Only Use Enclosed Car Shipping Services if You Need Them
There’s this thought going around right now – and, really, it’s been around a while – that enclosed auto transportation services are somehow superior to standard open transportation. Of course, it’s not like there’s a lot of people thinking this – the auto shipping industry is fairly niche, after all – but we’ve talked to more than enough people who think that enclosed car shipping is something that every vehicle needs and why on earth would anyone want to ship with an open carrier? Well, the truth is it’s probably a good idea to only use enclosed car shipping services if you need them, and we’re going to explain why.
To start, open auto transportation isn’t nearly as bad as people seem to think. A lot of people believe that damage during the transportation of a vehicle is going to happen, but the truth is that less than 5% of all vehicles shipped are damaged enough during transit for the owner to make an insurance claim. There are horror stories floating around about carriers delivering vehicles in the dead of night to mask massive amounts of damage, and while this may have happened, those carriers aren’t around for very long if they do that; reputation is everything in the vehicle shipping industry, and carriers that do shady things like that aren’t carriers for very long.
Another thing is the cost – this is probably the biggest kicker for a lot of customers. Enclosed vehicle shipping services are expensive, more expensive than open auto transportation and usually by several factors; a shipment that costs $500 with an open carrier could easily cost $1200 or more with an enclosed carrier. This is due to the lack of enclosed shippers on the road; most carriers can save themselves and their customers money by operating an open carrier; they can haul more vehicles and often get better fuel economy due to the design of the truck. This keeps prices for open shipping lower, and enclosed carriers thus have less demand on them, so there are less of them.
If you’re interested in enclosed car shipping services, don’t let us stop you from getting quotes for it – at the end of the day, any vehicle can be shipped enclosed so long as it can fit on the truck, from a brand-new Rolls-Royce to a 78 Chevy Nova that’s rusted out and barely runs. But only one of them is going to get their money’s worth (the Rolls). This is because open transportation won’t diminish the value of a 78 Nova any more than driving it would; it could certainly lower the value of the Rolls-Royce, but then again driving it that distance would as well. Either way, you can get quotes for both open and enclosed transportation by filling out our free online auto transportation quote request form. Your quotes will be emailed to you from top companies within about an hour of submission. If you have questions about our services, or need some help getting your quotes, give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to a live agent.