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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. 

Do You Need to Ship Your Car? Get in Touch! 

Are you looking for a trustworthy auto shipping company? Contact us now to see what we can do for you and to ask for a free auto transport estimate

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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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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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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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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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Paramount, CA 90723
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