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Open Carrier Car Shipping - What You Need to Know About It

What's in this article?
  1. What Is Open Carrier Car Shipping
  2. Why You Should Consider An Open Carrier
  3. But, Is It Safe?
  4. When You May Need Enclosed Carrier Shipping
  5. Do You Need To Ship Your Car? Get In Touch!
Open Carrier Car Shipping - What You Need to Know About It

Your car is likely one of your biggest investments and you probably want to ensure that it will be safe during transit. Six if you need to ship your car to a different city, state, or even across the country, you may be considering an enclosed carrier to make sure your vehicle is safe. However, an enclosed carrier is usually quite expensive and not very efficient.

While there are situations where an enclosed carrier is the preferred option, more often than not, open carrier car shipping is just as good or even better.

Let's find out more!

What Is Open Carrier Car Shipping

As the name suggests, an open carrier is a trailer that doesn't have any exterior walls. That means that your car will be exposed to the elements, such as rain, dirt, and ice, which is one of the main reasons people consider it not to be safe. But, that's not necessarily true.

Why You Should Consider an Open Carrier

Open carriers are the main transportation options most auto shipping companies use and for very good reasons.

Firstly, it's an extremely efficient cheap auto transport option. The way the carriers are designed can allow carriers to ship more than one vehicle at once. That saves on both time and fuel, enabling the company to keep the rates low.

Because an open carrier can fit different types of cars, regardless of their size, weight, or model, it makes it easier for the company to accommodate your order. So, if you are on a tight schedule and need to have your car shipped as soon as possible, then you should know that your chances of finding an available slot are higher if you opt for an open carrier.

The fact that the trailer doesn't have any exterior walls can be seen as an advantage too. This will make it easier for the driver to inspect the vehicles and make sure they are in good condition.


But, Is It Safe?

This is one of the main questions our customers ask us when we recommend them to use an open carrier for car shipping.

And, the short answer is yes, open carriers are safe.

Yes, your car is exposed to the dirt and grime from the road, but it's no different than if you were driving the car yourself. While the carriers are not enclosed, the trailers have sturdy metal bars that can prevent any hard objects, such as rocks, from hitting and damaging your car.

Your vehicle will also be secured on the trailer with chains and various locking mechanisms. Moreover, the drivers are experienced in shipping vehicles and will constantly check to ensure that the cargo is secured.

And, to give you additional peace of mind, we here at A-1 Auto Transport also offer extensive coverage plans. This way, if something happens to your vehicle during transit, you can rest assured that the costs will be covered.

When You May Need Enclosed Carrier Shipping

As mentioned, there are moments when an enclosed carrier makes more sense. If you need to ship a luxury car, a collection vehicle, or an antique, then an enclosed carrier will give you the extra layer of protection you need. Moreover, the price of this shipping option will still be considerably lower compared to the value of your vehicle.

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Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

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