Auto Shipping FAQ: Why is Open Transport the Standard?
Most auto transport companies today offer open auto transportation as their standard method of shipping a vehicle. Though there are several different methods of shipping, including enclosed transportation and flatbed shipping services, open transportation offers the fastest, cheapest way to ship a vehicle, and there are several different reasons as to why, but the main reason is the fact that there are more open auto transport carriers on the road today than there are any other type of shipper, which makes it much easier to find one for most standard vehicles as well as cheaper, due to the sheer number of open carriers available today.
Auto transporters prefer to drive open carriers, as opposed to enclosed or flatbed trucks, because of the fact that they are often the cheapest to own and operate. Forget maintenance costs; simply the way that open transport trucks are designed and built allows auto carriers to easily load multiple vehicles onto their truck, thus lowering the cost per-vehicle of actually shipping them. In other words, open transportation tends to be the most cost-effective for carriers as well as customers, and because of this most customers tend to gravitate toward open transportation in the first place. It’s kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy at that point: carriers can charge less per-vehicle since they can ship multiple vehicles in one trip, so customers gravitate toward those types of carriers, which increases demand for open transportation, which leads to more people owning and operating open transport trucks as a result.
At this point in time it’s pretty much evened out, but that’s one of the main reasons why open transportation is standard. Another reason is that open carriers, while leaving the vehicles they ship open to the elements, do indeed protect the vehicles they ship as well as they are protected while being parked in a parking lot, and even more so considering that they’re chained to a huge truck and the only person with the keys is the driver. This means that theft is virtually non-existent (though there are areas of the country where the risk is higher), damage is rare (it occurs in less than 5% of all transportation orders), and there is no risk of your car rolling off the truck during transport.
Another reason why it’s considered standard is the total cost of shipping a vehicle on an enclosed or flatbed truck. Enclosed and flatbed trucks can only haul a fraction of the vehicles that open carriers can – while an enclosed truck can haul anywhere from 2-4 vehicles depending on its size, open carriers typically can haul ten vehicles at a single time. Since enclosed shippers can haul fewer vehicles, it means that the costs of transporting them will be more per-vehicle than on an open carrier, and flatbed shippers often work the same way. This is a big reason for open transport being cheaper, and thus more accessible.
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