Open Car Shipping

The fastest, most economical method of vehicle shipping is through open car transport, loading, unloading, and delivering your vehicle quickly and efficiently.

What is open car shipping?

Open carrier car shipping is the most common and cost-effective method of shipping available to date. Open carriers are those often seen on highways carrying several vehicles at once using a double-decker trailer design.

These trailers can carry up to 10 vehicles at a time. It’s an economical choice for shipping, whether you share the entire trailer or transport 10 of your own vehicles. Delivery is often faster with open car transport because of its open design, allowing for easier loading and unloading.


Pros

Faster shipping due to easier loading
Cost-effective delivery
More delivery times
Cheaper fuel costs
Cons
Exposure to external elements
Minimal protection from road debris
May arrive dirty due to lack of exterior protection
Not suitable for luxury cars

Want to compare to enclosed car shipping?

Open car transport has more carriers to choose from and exposes your vehicle to the elements, whereas enclosed shipping offers some added levels of protection.

When should I use open car transport?

Shipping a standard vehicle

Open car transport is the best solution for delivering a standard vehicle across the country. If this is your daily vehicle or even your second family car or van, then exposure to the elements and road dirt is no issue.

Save with open carrier shipping for vehicles that don’t require the added layers of protection seen with other transport options, like enclosed shipping. You’ll still benefit from insured shipping in the very unlikely case of damage. Plus, your vehicle will arrive sooner than with any other shipping method.

Shipping multiple vehicles

If you are shipping multiple vehicles to the same location, then open car transport is the best solution for the price. You can request that each vehicle is shipped on the same carrier and benefit from all-around faster delivery for each vehicle.

 Whether you’re moving or shipping multiple cars as a dealership owner, open-air shipping helps you keep costs down. You’ll have more carrier options and more arrival times to choose from when working with this method of delivery. Book according to your schedule.

Long-haul shipping

If you’re shipping a vehicle from one coast to the other, the fastest way to get your car back on the road in your new location is through open carrier car shipping. This method keeps costs down on your already expensive move along with faster arrivals.

With open shipping, you can get back into your driving routine faster. Because there are more open carrier shippers on the road, you have more options to choose from. This allows you to plan the arrival of your vehicle to align with your own arrival, so you don’t miss a beat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please remove all household items from your vehicle when preparing it for shipping. The Department of Transport prohibits the transportation of these items, so most carriers will require you to remove all items from the vehicle prior to pick-up. The Department of Transport also requires you to hand over all keys for your vehicle to the shipper for the duration of its journey. You’ll also want to make sure only about ¼ tank of gas is available in your car, as anything more might induce a fee for excess weight.
o ensure the safety of your vehicle during open carrier car shipping, we use a carrier registration process that validates each carrier against the Saferwatch database. Insurance is also available for all shipments as well as complete pick-up and delivery documentation from the carrier.
Accidents do happen sometimes, though the likelihood is incredibly low. Even so, we insure every shipment as well as require carrier documentation at least twice regarding the status of your vehicle.
We also offer enclosed shipping that provides additional layers of protection for your vehicle.
We don’t offer a personal selection of carriers, unfortunately. However, if you have a preferred carrier in mind, please let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.
Shipping a standard vehicle such as a car, van, truck, or SUV is no problem for open car transport. If you are trying to ship a vehicle that is oversized, highly valuable, heavily modified, or totaled after an accident, then the carrier may require special equipment to load and unload it from the trailer. Not all carriers have this equipment, so it’s incredibly important that you state exactly what you are shipping. Otherwise, significant delays and high fees could follow.
Yes, our instant quote feature is free for use. Select the method of shipping you prefer and the type of vehicle you would like to ship. Then, it will display accurate pricing for your selection.
Our quotes are incredibly accurate, as long as the information provided during the process is correct. Keep in mind that each quote has an expiration date.
The instant quote feature includes all fees. You won’t accrue any addition charges or costs unless the information you provide in the quote process is inaccurate. If a carrier receives an order for one type of vehicle but another type arrives in place of that order, then they may charge you for the additional work and alterations.

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