Open Vs. Enclosed Car Shipping

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What is Open and Enclosed Car Shipping?

Most vehicles move through tractor trailers and have two different kinds – open and enclosed. While similar in nature, they have their differences. We’ll discuss further.

You’ve probably seen a big truck on the road loaded with five to ten cars. And you get this fear that one of those cars may fall off the truck in any instant.

You can forget that fear with 1 Transport.

Also, 97% of all vehicle shipments go for open shipping. This must mean it’s safe. But if you plan to have your expensive automobile shipped, then you can opt for enclosed. It will cost you more, but your vehicle is 100% safe. You don’t want your $300,000 car out in the open, do you?

Let us elaborate so you know what’s best for your vehicle.

Open Auto Transport

One of the most commonly used method, 1 Transport’s open auto transport service guarantees safe shipping of your car to the location of your choice. Our carriers for this service can accommodate 10 cars at most. We never use tow trucks. We make sure your wheels don’t touch the ground.

When to use open car transport?

If you’re a car dealer and would like to ship as many cars all at the same time, we suggest that you go for open car transport because it can accommodate many cars. This can guarantee you a cheaper rate, plus it’s more practical. It’s also best to go for this service if you require everyday vehicle shipping.

What you can choose from?
  1. Double level multi-car trailer – mostly used
  2. Single level multi-car trailer – usually booked for special cars
  3. Single-vehicle dully truck with a tow trailer – used for nearby shipping locations

Advantages

  • A POPULAR, STANDARD CHOICE
    The open auto transport service became one of the most popular and trusted choices for shipping vehicles because not only it is affordable, but it is also proven to be reliable.
  • FRIENDLY TO EVERYDAY VEHICLE CONDITION
    If you don’t mind the daily exposure of your car while driving, then there shouldn’t be any concern with open auto transport. Having your car shipped via this service is the same as driving it, except this time, you’re not!
  • MORE AVAILABLE DRIVERS
    There are more drivers with open auto transport because it’s the standard mode of shipping a vehicle. So, you don’t have to worry about availability.

Disadvantages

  • MULTIPLE STOPS
    If you’re having only one vehicle shipped, your car is possibly in one carrier along with other cars. This means that the carrier will go to different drop off locations. Another factor is that you’ll be expected to pick up your vehicle at a specified drop off location. Usually, this location is a designated terminal initiated by the auto transport company. If you’re not willing to go all the way to the terminal, open transport may not be ideal for you.
  • PRONE TO ROAD HAZARDS
    When a big open carrier is transporting more than five vehicles, there is risk of possible road hazards. One sedan may get into road hazards, how much more a large vehicle carrying multiple vehicles?
  • PRONE TO BAD WEATHER
    Open car transport would also mean subjecting your car to the effects of weather conditions. Your car is likely to be drenched in water when it rains, or exposed to direct sunlight when it’s sunny. If these are none of your concern, then choose open car transport where you can save more costs.

Enclosed Auto Transport

Built with four solid walls, 1 Transport’s enclosed auto transport service gives your vehicle the maximum protection it needs. Its carriers have the same size as the open ones but can only accommodate fewer vehicles. This is availed by classic car owners who seek special care for their vehicles.

When to use enclosed car transport?

It is most suitable to use enclosed car transport if your vehicle requires more protection. If you plan to have your classic car shipped, it definitely requires extra protection against minor or major weather elements. Shipping via enclosed car transport also means that only a minimum number of cars are loaded, which also guarantees more protection since the cars won’tcrowd up.

What you can choose from?
  1. Multi-car carrier enclosed trailer
  2. Single car enclosed trailer

Advantages

  • BEST CHOICE FOR RARE CARS
    There are many different vehicles being shipped from all over states and cities. If you’re a sports or classic car owner. a better option for you is enclosed auto transport to assure you of the safety and protection of your vehicle.
  • NO ROAD HAZARDS
    With enclosed auto transport, there’s a lesser chance of encountering road hazards because this service only carries less than five vehicles, or on certain occasion, just one vehicle..your vehicle.
  • BAD WEATHER? NO PROBLEM
    If your vehicle is being shipped with enclosed auto transport, your car is protected with four walls rain or shine. This allows our drivers to reach the agreed location as soon as possible. However, there might be some cases wherein the weather gets too intense and makes it dangerous for the driver to proceed. If this happens, there is a big chance of delay. Don’t worry, our customer service is available 24/7 and you can check the shipping status of your car any time.

Disadvantages

  • MORE EXPENSIVE
    Maximum protection for your vehicle also entails more costs. Simply put, the best things in life are not free, but we can assure you that there is value for your money.
  • NOT ADVISABLE FOR CARS OF LOWER VALUE
    It may not be too practical or wise for someone who owns an 8-year old sedan to avail of an enclosed auto transport. You will definitely be spending more.
  • IT CAN ONLY ACCOMMODATE FEW VEHICLES
    Unlike the open auto transport, this service can only carry a maximum of five vehicles. Because of its protective walls, it has a very limited space.

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