Auto Shipping FAQ: Is Open Car Shipping Safe?
Not too long ago we talked about the safety of enclosed car transporters, how enclosed shipping works and what you can expect when you ship a vehicle via an enclosed transport truck. Check it out, it’s pretty cool. Okay, maybe not “cool,” but certainly informative, especially if you’re trying to figure out whether you want to ship a vehicle open or enclosed. In this blog post, we’re going to discuss whether or not open car shipping is safe for the vast majority of customers, why it is or isn’t and what you can do if you aren’t sure about which method you want to actually choose.
So, is open car shipping safe? On the whole, yes, believe it or not. People like horror stories, and when they’re searching for a company to ship their vehicle the first thing they usually look for are bad reviews or other bad things that that company does or did with other customers. While horror stories certainly happen, the vast majority of shipments are completed on time without any damage to the vehicle. Open car shipping is generally safe because of the way that the transport truck is actually constructed; while it does indeed expose vehicles shipped to the elements, such as rain and snow and hail, it’s no different than exposing your vehicle when you drive it on the road yourself, and is actually safer because it doesn’t put the wear and tear on the tires and the engine.
Of course, damage is always a potential problem, but with an open carrier it’s actually safer than driving yourself since there are large bars and beams that surround the vehicles – it’s part of the structure of the truck, and these beams and bars can help deflect things like rocks, dirt clods and things of that nature that tend to get kicked up by passing motorists. It’s not foolproof, of course, but it certainly is an added bonus. While open car shipping services are not as safe as enclosed trucks, which we talked a bit about in the post we linked to above, it’s also a lot cheaper and a lot faster than enclosed transportation.
If you are interested in shipping a vehicle, you should take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. You can opt for quotes for open or enclosed transportation services, and once you fill out and submit the form you’ll receive multiple free quotes from some of the best auto shippers in the industry. We clear each company you get a quote from for both dependability and reliability, and that means making sure each one is fully licensed, bonded and insured. If you have questions about our services, or would simply like to speak to someone over the phone to get some more information, you can contact one of our live agents for free, any time, by calling 800-930-7417.