Common Alternative Methods to Standard Auto Shipping
Most vehicles that are shipped via an auto transporter are shipped via an open auto shipping truck, which are pretty common on the road today – you often seen them hauling new cars to dealerships along major interstate highways. Open auto shipping, the method we just described above, is the most common method of shipping in the industry today, and the vast majority of auto transport companies that operate trucks operate open car haulers – so much so that open transportation services are considered the standard in the industry. However, there are some alternative methods to open auto transportation, and it’s not a bad idea to get a good idea of what you’re looking at with the different types of carriers. We are going to preface this by stating that open auto transport makes up a good 80-90% of the auto shipping trucks on the road today, though, which means that while these methods may exist, they may not be available to and from everywhere in the U.S.
1. Enclosed Auto Transport
Enclosed auto transportation is probably the second-most common method of shipping, after open auto transport, and enough companies offer it that we can get you multiple separate quotes from companies that specialize in enclosed shipping. Enclosed auto transport is great because it protects vehicles from inclement weather and harmful road debris, but it’s a lot more expensive than open transport and oftentimes not worth the cost for the vehicle that’s being shipped. You’ll want to discuss shipping your vehicle on an enclosed carrier with an auto transport professional, as they’re the ones that will ultimately let you know if your vehicle needs enclosed shipping services, or if open transport will be just fine.
2. Auto Transport by Rail
This is a method that we have a lot of people ask about, and it’s really not that surprising. The railroads today might be taking a backseat to overland transportation, but they’re still very much alive and a viable shipping option for many companies. However, auto shipping by rail has gone the way of the dodo in recent years, namely because of the advantages that come with an open auto transport truck as opposed to a big train. For one, overland transport trucks can get many places railroads can’t; they offer drivers more flexibility in the routes they choose and customers more flexibility in pickup and delivery dates as well as pickup and delivery locations. Auto transport by rail is available today on only a select few routes, with the rest being serviced by transport trucks.
3. Drive-Away Auto Transportation
This is a method we detailed not that long ago, and what we said then still holds true today: it’s not a popular method of shipping and there are virtually no auto shipping companies that offer drive-away services. Drive-away is kind of a sketchy proposition; it’s literally hiring someone to drive your vehicle for you, and they’re rarely bonded and insured the way an actual auto transport company will be. Drive-away can be nice if you have a friend who’s driving back to Texas and, since you need to get your car there anyway, can easily help you kill two birds with one stone; other than that, though, it’s a fringe option at this point.
If you want more information about various methods of auto transportation in the industry today, you should give us a call at 800-930-7417. We have live representatives standing by who can answer your questions as well as help you get a free auto transport quote from reputable and reliable auto shipping company. You can also fill out our free online quote request form yourself and get an instant price immediately right on your screen, without having to call us at all. We’re available almost 24/7 to answer questions and help you get your quote, so why not call and see what American Auto Shipping can do for you.