What is the Difference between Oversized Shipping vs Regular Shipping?

Many customers are confused about the difference between oversized shipping vs regular shipping. However, they need not be. We will lay out the differences between regular and oversized shipping for you below.

Regular Shipping

Regular shipping is performed with an open car transporter. An open car transporter is like a mini two story parking garage on wheels and is about 70 to 80 feet in length. These can hold up to 10 vehicles and, generally, each vehicle is insured for up to $100,000.

In an open car transporter, your vehicle is open to the elements, but your share the overall cost of shipping between 8 or 10 vehicles. Thus, shipping with an open car transport is the least expensive shipping method available.

Classic/Antique Vehicles or High-End Sports Cars

It you have a smaller vehicle that is worth more than $100,000, many car transport companies will suggest enclosed transport. In enclosed transport, your vehicle is safely secured in a climate controlled container and shipped that way. The process is more expensive, but each vehicle traveling via enclosed transport is normally insured for up to 1 million dollars.

Oversized Shipping

Oversized shipping is used for any vehicle that cannot fit on an open car transporter. This includes farm equipment, construction equipment, some trucks, buses, and some cargo or passenger vans.

There are many different types of trailers that can be used to ship oversized vehicles. The correct trailer for shipping any oversized vehicle is determined by the vehicles dimensions: weight, height, length, and width.

The biggest difference in oversized shipping vs regular shipping is the cost. Oversized shipping is more expensive for many different reasons:

  • Less oversized vehicles can fit on a carrier so the cost of shipping per vehicle goes up.
  • Auto transport carriers require special insurance and state and/or federal permits. These go up with the size of the vehicle that needs to be transported. This is especially true in the case of extremely heavy vehicles.

An Alternative to Oversized Shipping

If you are transporting one vehicle, it may be better to have the transportation company perform a drive away. A drive away is where one or two of the transportation companyโ€™s drivers personally drive your vehicle from the pickup location to the drop off location. Considering the distance or the route being traveled, a drive away may be an option that you can look into.

Is My Vehicle Oversized?

Many customers with larger standard vehicles are often confused about whether they will need oversized shipping or regular shipping.

Take a look below for a general guide for oversized shipping vs regular shipping for standard vehicles:

Vehicles That Can Be Transported On an Open Car Transport

  • Cars
  • Small Pick Ups
  • Small SUVs
  • Standard Minivans
  • Small Cargo Vans

Vehicles That May Be Considered Oversized

  • Dually Pickup Trucks
  • Oversized Vans
  • 15+ Passenger/Cargo Vans

Vehicle Grey Area – vehicles that may or may not be considered oversized based on make and model

  • Large Pickup Trucks
  • Large SUVs
  • Large Cargo Vans

If you are looking into oversized shipping vs regular shipping for your vehicle, it is best to contact a car transport company like We Will Transport It. We have the knowledge and experience to determine the shipping needs for your vehicle.

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