Covered Car Shipping vs. Open-Air Auto Transport

When shipping a vehicle, there are two main methods used by auto transporters. The first of these two methods is known as “enclosed transport” when using enclosed transport, your vehicle will be loaded into a fully covered carrier trailer. Although this method of shipping often costs more than using an open-air carrier, you also receive full protection of your vehicle during the transport. Enclosed carriers fully protect against the elements such as road debris or dangerous weather conditions. Also, these carriers will typically carry fewer vehicles due to lack of space, which reduces the risks of your vehicle colliding with another.

Now although enclosed transport does offer a higher level of protection, as mentioned earlier, it can cost anywhere from 10-50% more to ship in an enclosed trailer. Enclosed transport is only truly necessary when transporting an antique or exotic automobile. The actual likelihood of encountering conditions where enclosed transport would be necessary is not very likely. When using open-air transport, you’re vehicle is still completely secured into position and is perfectly save. Your vehicle might accrue a tiny scratch here or there from a small piece of debris, but for the money saved, it’s usually worth it. Also, as long as you’re using a reputable company for your shipment, their insurance policy should cover and damages that occur during shipping.

Covered Auto Transport

Covered Auto Transport

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