Enclosed Vs. Open Transport: Which is Right For Me?

When shipping your precious automobile, especially if it is a luxury, exotic, or antique car, enclosed transport may be the best option for your situation. You know what they say, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

What enclosed means, as opposed to an open transport, is that your vehicle will be shipped without it being exposed to the elements, such as bad weather, road debris, bug guts, and so on.

If your car isn’t necessarily a “luxury vehicle” or you just simply want to get it from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible, an open carrier or trailer is the most cost-effective option and can save you days or even possibly weeks if you are located in a very rural area or plan on shipping your car to another country.

What Does Open Transport Mean?

During an open transport, your vehicle will be safely and securely locked down to a large truck exposed to the atmosphere. You’ve probably even seen them before on the interstate or the Turnpike; they are those large double-decker trucks that generally carry up to 10 cars, sometimes less. They can look a little intimidating and you may find yourself asking, “how does that work?”, but you can rest peacefully knowing your vehicle is very secure. This is the main method of auto transport in the country.

If you’re transporting your “everyday” car, it’s already exposed to the weather and road debris all the time. In fact, it’s actually safer to openly transport your car than to drive it long distances. It would typically be surrounded by 5-9 other cars plus the cab of the truck, leaving the chances of an automobile accident very slim. Plus, you won’t have to put any miles on your car!

What Makes an Enclosed Transportation Safer?

If you choose to go with the enclosed method for transporting your automobile, it’s not necessarily safer, it simply protects your car through all the road conditions, like hail storms or falling rocks, as it travels across all of the highways and byways.

There are two different types of an enclosed car transport. The first being a soft-side encasement. This means it will still have a hard roof and a hard bottom, except instead of hard metal or tin sides, they have a heavy type of canvas that operate almost like curtains — but pulled tight and secured when actually getting on the road. This is a cheaper version of enclosed transports that many high-end car manufacturers use themselves for transporting vehicles from the factory to the dealership.

The second would be probably what you’re most familiar with, a totally enclosed hard-side transport. In this case, the sides would be hard like the top and the floor. This type of encasement is highly recommended for vehicles valuing over $100,000, antiques, show cars, etc.

Keep in mind, this doesn’t mean that an open transport is unsafe, as it the most common mode for moving cars, trucks, and SUVs across the country. Enclosed carriers just add a bit of extra protection for your most prized possessions.

Let Ship It Quick Be Your Choice For Transporting Your Vehicle

Here at Ship It Quick, we treat every car, truck, boat, RV, or motorcycle that you’ve entrusted to us as if it were our own vehicle.

We work with many carriers that we personally trust whether you’re simply looking for an open transport or are transporting your prized show car in a hard-side encasement. If our customers aren’t happy, we aren’t happy — because we want your experience to be as simple as possible, leaving you satisfied and your car exactly as you left it. Call us today at 1-877-832-9974

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