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Should I Ship My Vehicle Enclosed?

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  1. Enclosed Vehicle Shipping
  2. Is Enclosed Vehicle Shipping Right For You?
Questions About Enclosed Vehicle Shipping

Enclosed Vehicle Shipping

The question of whether you should ship your vehicle enclosed is typically pretty straightforward, but there are some cases when you may have to weigh the benefits against the cost. Standard auto transport is done on an open air carrier with several other cars, usually between eight and 12, and is a perfectly safe and secure way to have a vehicle shipped. In fact, the majority of cars and trucks transported by professional shippers are moved in this fashion. 

Having said that, there are some circumstances which do warrant enclosed vehicle shipping, which is ultimately up to you as the owner. Generally speaking, the vehicles that are most frequently shipped in an enclosed carrier are luxury, classic, high end, and vintage vehicles since they tend to have a higher value or are more delicate and require special handling and care throughout the shipping process. While these types of vehicles can be shipped using the standard method, an enclosed carrier provides the most protection, which is why owners tend towards enclosed shipping in most cases. 

A-1 Auto Transport provides long distance, cross country, and international enclosed car shipping services for all types of vehicles. If you’d like a FREE price quote for enclosed vehicle shipping click here or call us at 1-855-545-8411  today! All estimates are FREE of charge and require no payment or obligation on your part!

Should I Ship My Vehicle Enclosed

Is Enclosed Vehicle Shipping Right For You?

We mentioned some of the main reasons above as to why you might choose enclosed auto transport over open air transport, but there are several other factors that could play into the decision as well. Here are some of the other reasons that our customers prefer enclosed shipping:

  • The vehicle is protected from other potential issues that can cause damages, such as bad weather and debris that can kick up from the road during long hours on the highway.
  • Some of our customers prefer the higher level of discretion provided by an enclosed carrier since the vehicle is completely covered in the cargo area of the truck.
  • There is less chance of theft or vandalism. While these situations are a rarity, even on an open carrier, the possibility does exist and is far less likely when using enclosed transport.
  • Enclosed shipping provides the highest level of security and privacy available in the transport industry.
  • There are fewer vehicles moved at once in an enclosed carrier, which means that more attention and care can be provided to each individual vehicle.
  • Door to door delivery is easier and can be more readily accommodated when using an enclosed carrier since the trucks are much smaller than an open air carrier.
  • The likelihood of spills, leaks from other cars causing damages is far lower since they are not stacked on two levels as they would be when using an open carrier.
  • There is less shifting of the vehicle during the delivery since an enclosed carrier allows the transport company to fix it in place more securely.

If you have any questions about shipping a car, truck, motorcycle, or other type of vehicle using an enclosed carrier, please give us a call today at (800) 452-2880 and we’ll be happy to assist. Our staff is available seven days a week and we’re always happy to help in any way we can. 

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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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