When having a vehicle shipped from the United States to Canada you’ll have two different options presented to you. Either an open-air carrier transport or an enclosed trailer transport. Both options are viable and it’s worth taking the time to consider the option that’s going to be best for you. While making this consideration you’ll have to think about the benefits of each system, as well as the type of vehicle that you’re moving.
Fit Larger Vehicles
While an enclosed trailer can be beneficial for shipping some vehicles, there are others that it simply isn’t designed to handle. Tall or wide vehicles generally won’t fit in a standard car trailer. That means if you want enclosed shipping you’ll need to pay extra for a custom trailer that will fit the vehicle. If you don’t want to go through that trouble, your best bet is an open-air shipping trailer instead. This will hold most vehicle sizes and using this solution is faster and easier than an enclosed trailer is.
It’s More Affordable
Enclosed trailer shipping might offer increased protection for vehicles during the shipping process, but it also costs a whole lot more than open air shipping does. That’s because enclosed trailers are more expensive and will not haul as many vehicles as open-air trailer will. If you have the option to choose between enclosed trailers and open air, you’ll have to decide between the added cost and protection of an enclosed trailer, or the more affordable open-air trailer shipping option. It’s important to realize that many shipping companies offer insurance on their shipments, making an enclosed trailer less important than it would be without insurance.
Consider Your Vehicle Value
Before deciding which type of transport you want to use, it makes a lot of sense to consider the value of the vehicle that you are shipping. If it is a rare vehicle or a highly valuable vehicle it’s worth paying the extra money for enclosed transport most of the time to make sure that it stays in good shape. If it’s an affordable model that’s easily repaired, it’s probably not worth spending the added money to protect further. Instead you can enjoy the savings of open air transport without worrying to much about what could possibly happen to the vehicle during the shipping process.
If you’re interested in having a vehicle shipped to Canada, consider both open air and enclosed trailer shipping and decide on the option that’s right for you. Many people prefer the flexibility and low cost of open air transport, which is why it’s the most popular option overall.
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Written By:Joe Webster
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.