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Open transport vs. enclosed transport

What's in this article?
  1. Difference Between Open Transport And Enclosed Transport
  2. Open Transport Vs Enclosed Transport
  3. Open Transport
  4. Advantages Of Open Transport
  5. Disadvantages Of Open Transport
  6. Enclosed Transport
  7. Advantages Of Enclosed Transport
  8. Disadvantages Of Enclosed Transport
  9. Making The Choice
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Difference between Open transport and enclosed transport

Shipping of automobiles is a detailed process, with a lot of factors that need to be put into consideration. You have to look for a good long distance mover and also decide on the shipping option that would best suit your needs. The type of vehicle you are transporting will determine the transport method you will use. Many shipping companies, A1 Auto Transport included, offer clients with many auto transport shipping options, including open transport and enclosed transport.

Open transport vs enclosed transport

While making your move, you need to make a lot of decisions. Among the decisions you need to make is whether to ship via open transport or enclosed transport.

Some state-to-state movers may offer you with both shipping options, and you may select either depending on your needs.

Open transport

The open transport method uses open-air trucks. There are no sides and there is no roof. Therefore, vehicles being transported are going to be exposed to the elements at all times. Most open auto transport trucks are between 75 and 80 feet long. They also have two levels with enough space to hold a row of cars on the top and also at the bottom (the bottom row being shorter).

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Advantages of open transport
  • It is more pocket friendly .
  • It has a lighter body which makes it more fuel efficient.
  • It offers better visibility, making it easier for the driver to inspect the vehicles while on transit.
Disadvantages of open transport

Less protection: The cars being transported will be exposed to road debris, weather elements and risks such as falling tree branches.

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Enclosed transport

Enclosed auto transport is done in trucks which have a fully enclosed trailer. Protection is provided by the safe and secure enclosure created by the roof and four sides.

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Advantages of enclosed transport
  • Security: These trailers offer security that's required when transporting expensive vehicles.
  • Protection: Enclosed trailers offer protection against theft and the elements of weather as well as harm from debris.
Disadvantages of enclosed transport
  • Expensive: Due to the added security and protection offered by this method of transport, this option is more costly.
  • Less fuel-efficient: This is a heavy body. It will consume more fuel.
  • Less visibility: It will be harder for the driver to make routine inspections while in-transit.

Making the choice

When it comes to choosing between the two - open transport or enclosed transport, the main determinant will be the level of security that is required to ship your vehicle.

Enclosed transport is the best option for the highly valuable cars such as collector or antique cars. However, if you are shipping an old model of a car, an open transport truck will be good enough. You will have to research on the best rates that will apply to your move.

Requesting for quotes from the shipping companies is a good way to get the estimated cost of your move and to determine if the movers will provide you with a reasonably priced service.

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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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Mylene Rutllant
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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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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.

David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

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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