Auto Shipping Glossary: Flatbed Transport
In this new blog series we have started up, we are going to be talking about various terms that you will hear bandied about while you are searching for quotes or browsing various websites, and it is important to know what exactly these terms entail. Today’s installment of the Auto Shipping Glossary blog series is the definition of flatbed auto transport.
A flatbed carrier is a type of auto transport carrier that has a flat bed on the back of the truck, as opposed to something like a ten-car hauler that has two rows, top and bottom, for vehicles to be secured on, or an enclosed carrier that completely encloses the vehicle. Flatbed transport is generally more expensive and harder to find than either open or enclosed shipping, mainly because flatbed trucks are not built to haul just any type of vehicle. Rather, flatbed shipping is primarily used when an open or enclosed carrier is not an option, for instance when the vehicle is too large or too heavy to fit properly on the back of a standard carrier. This is the most common use of flatbed shipping, and also why it is more expensive: with a much smaller client base, flatbed carriers have to charge more per car in order to make the same amount as any other carrier on the road. Generally you cannot request a flatbed carrier for your vehicle – your representative will let you know if your vehicle requires one.
If you are interested in getting quotes to transport your vehicle, you can fill out our free online auto transport quote request form to get up to ten free quotes from reputable and reliable auto transporters who can help you with any type of transportation service you need. You can also call our toll-free telephone number to speak to one of our helpful representatives, who can answer any questions you have as well as take your information over the phone to get you in contact with multiple auto transport companies who can help you get from wherever it is you are shipping from to wherever it is you need to get to.