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Auto Transport: The What, Why, and How of Enclosed Carrier

Auto Transport: The What, Why, and How of Enclosed Carrier
Auto Transport: The What, Why, and How of Enclosed Carrier

Entrusting your valuable car to a stranger is a stressful decision. We’re here to help make it less of one.

  • Enclosed Carrier Auto Transportation is the most Secure means for transporting your auto
  • Best for Antiques, Classics, Hotrods, Exotic Sport Cars, and High-End Luxury Vehicles
  • Ideal if weather and security is a concern or unknown
  • For a free quote, simply fill out the form at the top of the page or call us any time at 1-800-452-2880.

What Is An Enclosed Carrier?

Enclosed carriers are fully encased, hard-sided containers meant to ensure the highest level of protection for your vehicle. Locked down and fully enclosed, this option offers no expose to the elements. Whether you need a custom-built single for a coast to coast move or a neo-bulk cargo ship for an auto show across the globe, enclosed transportation offers a solution.

Unlike open auto transport trailers, auto transport enclosed carriers offer superior securing mechanisms. As opposed to the standard two chain wrapped tire and rubber stopper, enclosed transport use special heavy-duty belts to harness your car. No matter what’s going outside, your car does not move an inch inside.

Another key difference between open auto transport trailers and auto transport enclosed carriers is how the car is handled throughout the trip. From loading to storage, enclosed carriers always keep your auto level and horizontal to the ground. This is accomplished by hydraulic liftgates. Enclosed carriers additionally often offer a cloth overcoat or shee as a protection against dirt, dust, and miscellaneous factors. If requested temperature-controlled shipping for vehicles can be offered as well.

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Why Use An Enclosed Carrier?

Complete protection and total security is the leading reason for having your auto transported by enclosed carrier. While auto transportation is the cheapest manner to ship one’s vehicle, enclosed carriers are on the more expensive side of the spectrum. Due to its higher cost (60% - 75%) compared to open auto transport, enclosed carriers are not for everyone. If you drive your car everyday to work enclosed transportation may not be for you. We recommend you go with this option if your car is a collector or classic make not regularly driven or worth more than $50,000. Enclosed carrier is worth it so long as your car is.

  • Protection

Your vehicle is extremely valuable to you, and you want it arrive in time and without a scratch. Due to the enclosed carrier’s hard-sided container and heavy-duty, movement denying belts in the chance of a fender bender during transportation your baby is free of bumps or blemishes.

Meteorlogy is still more of an art than science, so don’t take a chance with precious vehicle. From torrential storms that could cause water damage or break a limb off a tree to dust and dirt that may very well damage your custom paint job, protection comes first.

For those of use that are collectors or own classic car, we know anything from a couple extra miles to and the unsuspecting animal can destroy its value. It is far from unreasonable to ship your car even a short distance via enclosed carrier for that reason. When it comes to auto transport, enclosed carriers let your car go miles without gaining any.

  • Security

As one cannot control the route taken by the driver, one can’t know what areas they pass through or rest at. For those with new or high-end luxury vehicles auto transportation by enclosed carriers offers peace of mind. No need to worry about your car being stolen, vandalized, or picked apart. Enclosed carriers are locked down and the cars physically tied down.

How Do I Book An Enclosed Carrier? 

Easy! Fill out the form above to get a FREE enclosed car transport quote today or call us at 1-800-452-2880 with your questions!

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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