Introduced in 1999 for the 2000 model year, the Hyundai Equus – known as the Hyundai Continental in many markets outside the U.S. – is Hyundai’s flagship vehicle and also their most expensive. A full-size luxury sedan, the Equus is currently offered in two different versions, the Signature and the Ultimate, with both featuring the same 429-hp 5.0L V8 engine. Coming in at $61,250, the Signature Equus also features a navigation system with a 9.2in display, Smart Cruise Control with stop/start, a front-and-rear parking assist camera, rear cross-traffic alert, heated and cooled front seats, premium leather seating and a Lexicon-powered 17-speaker surround sound system. The Equus Ultimate features much of the same things with a few upgrades, namely a multi-view camera system, a full 12.3in TFT LCD instrument cluster display, a heads-up display, cooled rear seats, and a haptic steering wheel remote. The Ultimate comes in at $38,500, and you can learn more about both models here.
The Equus is Hyundai’s most expensive model available to the public, but it’s still just a car – even if it’s a full-size sedan. That means that, all things considered, it won’t cost you an additional money in oversize or overweight shipping fees, or at least it shouldn’t. Even as a fully-size luxury sedan, it’s the same basic size and weight as a full-size car, and auto transporters use full-size cars as a base price for the vehicles they ship. Added weight in vehicles can lower fuel economy for auto shippers, which is why they typically price SUV’s and pickup trucks higher than standard cars.
However, when it comes to transporting an Equus, you’re going to want to determine whether or not you want to ship it via an open auto transport truck or an enclosed one. Open auto shippers are more common, and cost less than enclosed, but they only provide minimal protection from the elements and the hazards of daily driving. Enclosed transportation, on the other hand, literally encloses the vehicles entrusted to it in a large container on the back of a truck, much like those large semi-trucks you see hauling just about anything else. Of course, enclosed transport trucks are built to haul cars, so they’re different, but the premise is the same: they provide additional protection from the elements and hazards of the road, meaning your expensive Hyundai Equus would not suffer any damages, even minor dings or scratches. However, enclosed transportation is more expensive than open – anywhere from 50-100% more on the same route, depending on the shipping company.
If you’re interested in learning more about the differences between open and enclosed transportation services, read this article; it’ll give you a good idea on what you can expect from each. You can also give us a call toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents that can give you good advice on which carrier would be best for you. The Equus is a nice car, and you want to make sure you keep it nice if you’re transporting it. If you’re looking for quotes to ship your Equus, we can get you great quotes from reliable auto shippers for both open and enclosed transportation services; just fill out our free online quote form to the left of the page and you’ll get multiple quotes e-mailed to you within about an hour.