When you first begin your auto transport journey, you will likely find that you have a lot of different options in terms of what services are available to you. For example, while most vehicles that customers use for their daily driving needs are just fine being shipped on an open auto transport carrier, classic cars, antiques, and even high-end luxury vehicles could benefit from enclosed auto transportation services, which while more expensive than open transport protects the vehicles it ships from the elements of the road. Then again, what if you need vehicle shipping services for a recreational vehicle, such as a motor home? In that case, your auto shipping representative may present you with a flatbed carrier or some other type of auto shipping carrier to move it. There are a lot of different vehicles on the road today, all requiring different types of carriers to haul them, and this article will briefly go over the basics of each of the most common forms of transport out there you can choose from.
The most common auto shipping carrier is an open ten-car carrier. These auto transport carriers are the ones that you typically see on the road, stacked high with cars and trucks. As the most common carrier on the road, they tend to be the cheapest, and the most readily available, resulting in the lowest prices and fastest pickup times among the various type of carriers available to customers. Open transporters can haul most types of pickup trucks and smaller sport utility vehicles, as well as almost every type of standard car on the road today.
For vehicles that are more rare or expensive, or those that you do not use on your day-to-day travels, it’s generally best to go with an enclosed auto shipping carrier, as these will protect your vehicle from both the natural elements as well as any road debris or errant rocks that are kicked up into the cargo area during transit. Keep in mind that enclosed auto shipping is more expensive than open auto shipping, but generally if your vehicle’s value is high enough it’s worth the cost to protect it, and if you’re unsure whether or not your vehicle needs enclosed transportation services you can get both open and enclosed quotes via our free online quote request form, and you can read more about the differences between the two here.
Vehicles such as large Duly pickup trucks and larger sport utility vehicles may need to be shipped via a flatbed auto shipping truck. These carriers are specialized in that they usually only haul vehicles that cannot fit onto a standard open transport truck because of their size or weight. This includes non-standard freight such as construction equipment, motor homes and tent trailers, among other things. Flatbed transportation is generally the most expensive of the bunch mainly because of the fact that there are so few on the road and the demand for flatbed shipping, as it stands today, is fairly low in comparison to open or even enclosed transportation services.
Flatbed trucks are often used to haul some smaller freight, typically vehicles that are too small to fit on a standard carrier. Flatbed shippers that haul smaller vehicles are more common, because the weight of the vehicles they ship is much less than an oversize pickup or SUV. Vehicles such as motorcycles and ATVs, as well as things such as golf carts and dune buggies, are usually shipped via a flatbed truck that specializes in smaller freight. This usually leads to lower prices, against because of the weight but also because of the fact that, unlike a flatbed carrier that ships oversize freight, companies that specialize in smaller vehicles can put more onto a truck, thus operating more like an open or enclosed carrier in that regard.
If you’re interested in getting quotes to ship your vehicle, regardless of what it is, you can fill out our free online quote request form to get multiple quotes emailed to you from top-rated auto shipping companies within the next hour. Most vehicles are included in our make and model section, but if your vehicle is not there you can choose the “other” category. Motorcycles have their own listing as well, under “motorcycle;” prices are usually based on engine size, so have that handy when getting quotes to ship a motorcycle or ATV. Golf carts, dune buggies, construction equipment, or anything else not listed in our form should be grouped under the “other” category; from there, once you submit the form entirely and start getting your quotes, you can fill those shippers in on what exactly it is you’re shipping, and they can adjust your price based on the type of vehicle. If you have further questions or need some help figuring out where to go or what to do to get started, you can always call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who can answer your questions and help you get your free quotes today.