What is the Best Auto Transport Method?
There really is no “best” auto transport method that covers every single type of vehicle on the road today; with how many different types of vehicles there are, ranging in size from small cars to giant motorhomes, different types of carriers are designed to haul different types of vehicles. This has led to the rise of the three main types of carriers on the road today: open auto transport carriers, enclosed auto transport carriers, and flatbed auto transport carriers. Each one provides shipping services for different types of vehicles and each has its own advantages and disadvantages, which we will discuss below.
Open Auto Transport Carriers
The main type of carrier on the road is the open auto transport carrier, which is the most widely seen and is considered to be the standard method of shipping a vehicle. Open carriers can handle most personal vehicles on the road; that is, they can fit most cars, sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks, as well as cargo and mini vans. Because of their versatility, most auto shipping companies, including the vast majority of independent owner-operators on the road, operate open car shipping trucks. With many being able to hold upwards of ten vehicles at a time, maximizing the amount of money they make on a route with an open transport truck is much easier than with other types of haulers. This generally leads to the lowest prices in the industry.
Enclosed Auto Transport Carriers
Enclosed trucks are a lot like standard semi-trucks in that they use an enclosed trailer to haul vehicles. This protects vehicles being shipped from standard road conditions such as inclement weather and other hazards. Open carriers leave the vehicles they ship open to the elements, and vehicles on an open carrier are exposed to the same hazards they would be if the vehicles were to be driven on the roads themselves – albeit without wear and tear on the engine or tires. Enclosed carriers allow for more protection for a vehicle that is being shipped, and as such enclosed shipping is generally reserved for vehicles that are high in value or rarity. High-end luxury and sports cars, particularly those that cost upwards of $100,000+, are usually best suited for enclosed auto transportation. Rare and classic cars, particularly show cars, are also included in that.
Flatbed Auto Transport Carriers
Flatbed auto carriers are the most niche type of carrier on the road today and are only used when situations call for it. Flatbed trucks are usually used to haul vehicles that are too large for open or enclosed transportation. This includes vehicles such as high-lift pickup trucks, larger-than-normal cargo vans, construction vehicles and equipment and motorhomes and travel trailers. Flatbed haulers are usually the most expensive, as they are the most specialized; the vast majority of vehicles shipped today are done either on open or enclosed trucks due to lower costs and higher availability.
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