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Enclosed Car Shipping

What's in this article?
  1. Enclosed Auto Transport Services
  2. Enclosed Auto Transport Examples
  3. Why Use Enclosed Car Transport?
  4. Different Types Of Enclosed Shipping Options
  5. Single Enclosed Car Trailers
  6. Multi-Car Enclosed Trailer
  7. Why Enclosed Transport Is More Expensive
  8. Why You Will Love Enclosed Auto Transport
  9. Guaranteed Pickup And Delivery Dates
  10. Direct Contact
  11. Tracking
  12. Higher Insurance Coverage
  13. Benefits Of Covered Shipping
  14. Distance
  15. The Kind Of Car Transported
  16. Carrier Availability
  17. Season
  18. Related Information
Enclosed Car Shipping

Enclosed Auto Transport Services

A-1 Auto Transport offers top-of-the-line enclosed auto transport and car shipping services! Whether you need a vehicle moved across the state, to the other side of the country, or even internationally, A-1 Auto Transport offers an easy solution. With the added level of protection and security that only comes with enclosed auto transport, you can rest assured your car will arrive safe and sound.

Those with high-end, luxury vehicles, exotic cars, vintage hotrods, and antique autos tend to prefer enclosed carriers over alternative shipping methods. Whether your everyday vehicle or a valuable one-of-a-kind restoration, requesting an enclosed carrier with A-1 Auto Transport provides the safest option available.

Enclosed Auto Transport Examples

Shipping To/FromCostMilesDays
St. Louis, MO to Kansas City, KS$560-$11202482-4
Detroit, MI to Chicago, IL$590-$11502822-4
Las Vegas, NV to Salt Lake City, UT$790-$12004212-4
New York, NY to Indiana, IN$850-$15507083-5
Phoenix, AZ to Denver, CO$900-$16008653-5
Los Angeles, CA to Dallas, TX$995-$190014364-6
Louisiana to Montana$1510-$193018545-7
Oklahoma City, OK to Portland, OR$1560-$195019095-7
California to Delaware$1700-$260028495-7
Seattle, WA to Miami, FL$1730-$270032987-9
  • *Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and what type of vehicle you are shipping.
  • *Prices can vary depending on the availability of enclosed carriers in your area.
Benefits Of Covered Shipping

Why Use Enclosed Car Transport?

The primary advantage of using covered car transport over other options (such as open carrier transportation) is it provides the highest level of security and extra protection. Not only is the vehicle safeguarded from weather, rocks, and other road debris that may be kicked up by the road, but it will also be out of view from prying eyes. Enclosed car transport provides a secure environment and prevents any unwanted passersby from tampering with or having access to it. This is especially important when shipping high-value, rare, or classic cars.

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With well over half a million cars stolen annually in the United States, and $4.5 billion lost as a result, any extra security that can be provided is a good investment when considering an enclosed auto transport company. Even with existing auto insurance in place - an absolute must when shipping your car - haggling with an insurance company over a claim is a headache. Avoid all that by using a highly competent, professional vehicle transport service like A-1.

When shipping a car it may be possible to get a better rate on private insurance for the vehicle if you go through a shipping company. Enclosed shipping is the most secure method for transporting vehicles from one location to another and insurance companies know this. In fact many insurers of car transporters provide discounts to businesses that employ trucks for the transportation of their clients' vehicles.

Different Types of Enclosed Shipping Options

There are two primary types of enclosed auto shipping carriers: those that ship one car and those that ship multiple vehicles (usually between two and four).

Single Enclosed Car Trailers

Many of the companies that use a fully enclosed trailer (also referred to as an enclosed car carrier) to ship a vehicle move only one car at a time. This method of is typically reserved for cars that are a luxury vehicle, high-end make or model, or another types of valuable vehicle. A single-car trailer is one of the safest and most secure methods of transporting a vehicle.

In some instances, you can find enclosed car carriers that have padded interiors for an extra level of protection. These are referred to as soft-sided enclosed carriers or simply soft-sided carriers. If this is an option you think you might need, be sure to mention it when you first contact an enclosed auto-shipping company.

Multi-Car Enclosed Trailer

A multi-car enclosed trailer can haul one or more cars and the trailer often comes as a double-decker where two levels of cars can be stacked. Just as the single-enclosed car trailer is, multi-car trailers are reserved for expensive vehicles and the fact that they are enclosed on all sides prevents the cars from being exposed to the elements during shipment.

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Why Enclosed Transport Is More Expensive

If you have priced enclosed auto transport and compared the rates with open auto transport services, you probably noticed that enclosed transport costs more. There are a few reasons for this.

  1. One reason that enclosed auto transport is more expensive than open auto transport is that there are fewer enclosed auto carriers on the road. Most transport carriers are open carriers and with fewer enclosed carriers available, you may have to request an enclosed carrier earlier to get the dates you requested.
  2. Many drivers who deliver motor vehicles their own carriers and open carriers are cheaper to buy than enclosed carriers. Due to the cost, there are fewer enclosed carriers available.
  3. Enclosed carriers simply cannot compete with open carriers when it comes to the number of vehicles that can be hauled at one time. When an enclosed carrier may have anywhere from one to four cars loaded for delivery, an open carrier can haul up to nine or ten cars at one time. This means that even when a customer pays a higher fee for delivery with enclosed services, the driver and company are making less money because fewer vehicles can be loaded for delivery.
  4. Weather can play a big factor in determining the average cost of enclosed auto transport. If you are shipping during the winter in areas where there may be snow and ice on the ground there is a chance that many roadways may be closed for safety reasons and if so, this can cause the rate to increase.
Single Enclosed Car Trailers

Why You Will Love Enclosed Auto Transport

There are many reasons that our customers love enclosed auto transport, and if you have a car that needs added protection during relocation, you’re going to love it as well.

Guaranteed Pickup and Delivery Dates

With enclosed auto transport, you can have guaranteed pickup and delivery dates, so you will know when your car will be picked up and delivered. If anything occurs on the route that would create a delay, you will be contacted immediately.

Direct Contact

You will be able to contact the driver directly, so you can stay on top of everything about the delivery of your car.


We offer real-time tracking that you can check on your computer, Smartphone, or other internet-capable devices.

Higher Insurance Coverage

All motor vehicles are covered during auto transport, but when you have a very expensive car to ship and you use enclosed shipping services, the coverage amounts may be higher than if you were to use open transport. Be sure to inquire about the insurance coverage amount when you get your quote and book service.

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Benefits of Covered Shipping

  • A stress-free shipping experience with a trusted and accountable auto-shipping leader
  • Protection against inclement weather during transport
  • Ensure the safety of your vehicle’s body and paint from dust, dirt, and road debris
  • Additional theft protection; is an important consideration for valuable vehicles
  • Safeguard the value of your vehicle throughout the shipping process


For the most part, the farther you have to ship a car, the more it will cost. This may not always be the case, since locations along well-traveled routes may cost less than a shorter trip that’s off the beaten path. But in general, a longer journey means a larger bill.

The Kind of Car Transported

There are two reasons why you have to supply your make and model when requesting a quote. The first is to see how big your vehicle is—the larger your car is, the fewer cars your carrier can transport overall.

The second reason is to get a sense of the value of your car. A more expensive car requires more levels of protection, as well as more insurance. Those additional costs usually translate into a higher price tag.

Carrier Availability

There are far more open-air transport carriers on the road than there are enclosed trailers for several reasons. Open-air carriers are cheaper to purchase and cost less to maintain, and they carry up to three times as many cars at once


Car shipping rates tend to fluctuate throughout the year, based on many factors. In the summer, for instance, there’s an increased demand and that can lead to higher prices. In the winter, on the other hand, there’s less demand for car shipping in most of the country, but snow and ice can cause significant delays in shipments.

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Paramount, CA 90723
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NO. 17858N
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