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Enclosed Auto Transport Cost

Enclosed Auto Transport Cost
Enclosed Auto Transport Cost

How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Car In An Enclosed Carrier?

As you may or may not be aware of, the two main shipping methods for domestic shipping in the United States are Open Transport and Enclosed Transport.

In dealing strictly with enclosed carriers, as the more expensive option of the two, it's important to understand both its cost and the factors that can subsequently affect it.

The truth is, when you're provided with a shipping quote by an auto transport company, the way in which it is derived depends on a few different aspects, all of which are combined together. The more reputable auto transport companies will be able to provide you with as  accurate of a quote as possible at the very beginning, something which A-1 Auto Transport can do. 

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Factors That Determine the Enclosed Auto Transport Cost

The first thing to note is that, on average, the cost of enclosed auto transport is around $1.00 per mile, which is around twice the amount that open auto transport costs. However, this is not something that should be relied upon when determining the actual cost, as it doesn't always come out to this rate. Instead, there are many other determinants that can affect the final enclosed auto transport cost, which are the following:

  • Weather: If you're choosing the enclosed transport option during the winter, in which your automobile has to be transported in areas of the country that experience snowy or harsh weather, that'll make the cost rise in most instances. That's because not only are there less scheduled routes around this time, but there are also more security measures that have to be taken due to the increased risks involved. When a truck is driving in areas with low visibility due to snow, as well as roads that are covered in ice, it's much more dangerous and costs more to insure.
  • Location: Another aspect that can drive up costs is the location if you live in a remote location or one that isn't easily accessible. This is often the case in door to door shipping if one doesn't live near a city. In order to lower the costs for enclosed shipping in this matter, one can drive the vehicle to a more cost-effective location, as can be arranged with the auto transport company.

Costs can be lowered if you're located in a city or a near a city where there is a large population or a heavily-used traffic route. The more popular the area is, the more transport trucks pass by or are located near it, thus leading to lower costs for you. Costs can decrease by up to 50% in some instances for enclosed auto transport in high-traffic volume areas.

Even yet another aspect of location that plays a part is the elevation of the area. If you live in the mountains, this will lead to higher costs. Not only does the transport truck that's required for enclosed shipping have to take extra security measures, but it also will mean that the transport time increases. For example, if the road is particularly steep, the transport truck will have to drive much more slowly (especially if it's winter) both to the top and the bottom. This can result in a few extra hundred dollars in costs.

Reasons Why Enclosed Auto Transport Costs More Than Open Auto Transport

Besides the aforementioned factors that can affect enclosed auto transport costs, it costs more than open auto transport because of a few reasons:

  • Enclosed auto transport carriers only hold between 2 to 3 vehicles as opposed to 8 to 10 on open auto transport carriers. More vehicles = cheaper costs.
  • Enclosed auto transport carriers utilize special shipping trailers / containers that require specialized security equipment and measures to be taken to both secure the vehicle and protect it from the elements. This includes certain harnesses and ropes to minimize vehicle movement and road shock.
  • Enclosed auto transport carriers are used less. This is basic supply and demand, meaning that costs are higher for the carrier due to less demand.
  • Enclosed auto transport carriers have to be equipped with certain outer layers to add an extra layer of security to protect the containers from the elements.

Due to the above factors, one shouldn't just rely on an automatically-generated quote from an online formula that many auto transport companies use. Instead, one should use any instant quote as just a rough guide. The best way to find out the actual cost of enclosed auto transport is to speak to a representative and to provide your exact location details. A-1 Auto Transport offers live customer service help that will be happy to assist you in determining an accurate price BEFORE you make any commitments. 

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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. 

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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.

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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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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.

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