In this blog post, we address the topic of shipping 2 or more cars, how it differs from standard car transport, and some tips and information to help you make the right decision. If you have questions about transporting multiple vehicles that are not addressed on this page, we encourage our readers to call us at the number at the top of this page or email us with your questions.
Shippers are always trying to fill their trucks so that they can deliver a full load of vehicles to maximize their earnings. For customers that need to have two or more cars shipped, this can be a very good thing. (Most auto transport companies will offer a discount for shipping two cars with them see the second section for more information.)
Two Ways To Ship Cars: Open & Enclosed
Whether you’re shipping one car or six, there are two main options that apply to how the vehicle is transported. An enclosed carrier completely protects the vehicle on all sides during transport, shielding it from bad weather, potential road debris, and sun damage. Enclosed carriers are the more expensive of the two since it’s considered a premium service.
An open carrier is more typical and the more cost-effective option. The reason it’s cheaper to ship on an open carrier is because they can hold more cars; generally between 6-12 vehicles at once. By contrast, an enclosed carrier can generally only accommodate 1-2 cars at the same time.
Saving Money By Shipping 2 Cars | A-1 Auto Transport
If you are going to be shipping 2 or more cars, make sure to inquire about a discount with the shipper. Discounts are generally somewhere between $50 to $75 per car, depending on how many are shipped at the same time. Multiple vehicle discounts are common enough in the auto transport industry that there’s no need to consider a company that doesn’t offer a discount for shipping 2 cars.
Planning ahead can be another way to reduce the cost of shipping multiple cars at once. Three to four weeks is a good amount of time and should be more than enough for most auto transport companies. If you wait until the last minute to book your request, you’ll still qualify for a discount for two or more cars, but you’ll end up paying a little more for the late notice. It can be a difficult and tricky process to coordinate shipping several cars at once that are headed to different locations.
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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.