Things to Know About Enclosed Auto Transport
If you’re new to shipping a vehicle, you may not know that there are actually three different types of carriers on the road today – technically there are more, but they can be loosely grouped into three different categories. Open transport trucks are the standard – cheaper and easier to find than the other two, these carriers can haul up to ten vehicles at a time, though there are many different trucks that haul different amounts of vehicles. Open carriers expose the vehicles they ship to the elements. Flatbed transport trucks are specially designed to haul oversize freight, and are not commonly seen or used. And then there are enclosed transport trucks, which will form the basis of this blog post.
Enclosed carriers typically can haul up to four or five vehicles, depending on the configuration of the truck in question, and unlike open carriers, enclosed transporters haul their vehicles in an enclosed trailer that protects the vehicles trusted to them by metal walls surrounding the vehicles. They often look like lowered 18-wheelers, those huge semi-trucks that you see hauling goods for grocery chains or fast food joints. Unlike those, enclosed vehicle shippers are designed to transport vehicles, and their trailers are custom-built to haul as many vehicles as they can.
Enclosed transportation services tend to be more expensive than open carriers, mainly because they haul a specific type of vehicle. Enclosed carriers protect the vehicles they ship from the elements and the hazards of the road; oftentimes, enclosed transportation is used to haul expensive, rare, luxury, antique and hard-to-find vehicles. Basically, if a vehicle has a really high value, and even something minor like a ding or a scratch on the paint can drastically lower its value, enclosed transportation is generally recommended. It’s more expensive than open transportation because there are far fewer enclosed carriers on the road than open ones, and with the ability to haul only half the load a standard carrier can ship, enclosed carriers have to charge more per vehicle to have it shipped. But enclosed transportation is definitely worth it, so long as the vehicle is – if you drive your vehicle to and from work every day, you likely won’t need enclosed transportation. But if you’d rather put a cover over the car and keep it in your garage, and only bring it out on a sunny day, well…enclosed transportation is probably best.
Luckily for you, we can help you get quotes to ship via both open and enclosed transportation – all you need to do is fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. When you do, you’ll have the option to select enclosed transportation quotes right there on part one of our form; part two will ask you some basic information including name, email address, telephone number and when you’re looking to ship. Submit our form and you’ll receive free quotes from top auto transport companies in your email completely free of charge. You can then compare prices and services and even discuss your shipping options and needs with a live representative over the phone. If you have questions about our services, or need some help getting your free quotes, give one of our agents a call toll-free at 800-930-7417 any time.