Enclosed car transport offers you and your car many benefits. All of the perks you'll receive with enclosed car transport tie into the idea that your vehicle will be safer than it would be compared to other transport styles, such as an open carrier.
The main issue with open carrier transit is that your car is more vulnerable to outdoor elements, including bad weather, dirt, or stray rocks. Utilizing enclosed transportation for your vehicle means that your vehicle will be entirely housed during transit. While enclosed car transportation costs more than an open carrier, you'll be able to rest easier, knowing that your vehicle will be more secure during its travel.
Now that we've given some context as to what enclosed car transport is, let's talk about single car enclosed transport.
What Is Single Car Enclosed Transport?
The typical enclosed transport trailer can hold up to seven cars. As the name suggests, single—car enclosed transport trailers hold and transport only a single vehicle at a time. Single car enclosed transport is typically performed via a dually truck that can pull the weight of the vehicle's trailer. An example of a dually truck is a Ford F-450 Super Duty.
You're probably wondering why there's a need for single transport trailers.
Modern supercar and rare vintage car owners are prime examples of the type of clientele that order a single car enclosed transport. If you own a vehicle with tons of value attached to it, knowing your car is the only vehicle in transit is excellent for peace of mind. Drivers who pull single car enclosed trailers are specially trained to make sure your vehicle is safe and secure for the planned journey.
Single car enclosed transport drivers tend to be hired for shorter distances due to the high cost involved, or in situations where you need your vehicle delivered fast. Naturally, multi-car transport will take longer to deliver cars due to the carrier holding more weight and dealing with more than one client.
Let's take a look at more specific specs within a single car enclosed transport trailer.
What Features Can I Expect My Single Car Enclosed Transport to Have?
If you're going to opt for the higher cost of single-car enclosed transportation, you'll want to understand the extra features you'll be receiving. Liftgate technology, fluid-tight decks, temperature control, and electronic flooring track flooring are four of the top perks associated with enclosed car transport.
Liftgate technology is one of the essential elements that single car enclosed transport contains.
Hydraulic lifts within the liftgate technology ensure that your vehicle is safely loaded into the trailer through in a horizontal manner. Open carriers use slanted ramps to load cars onto the transport device, which is not as useful for vehicles with low clearances. When your car is low to the ground, enclosed transport will help reduce the risk of your car suffering damage during the loading and unloading process.
Fluid-tight decks will help protect your vehicle from leakage that could occur if the transport goes through inclement weather. Similar to fluid-tight decks is climate control haulage to help your vehicle maintain stable temperature during the journey.
Safely loading your vehicle into enclosed transport isn't enough. Electronic track flooring helps the transport employee(s) secure your car to the trailer through long metal rails that operate as tie-down points. Once your car has some extra security within the transport, it won't be as susceptible to movement or vibrations that can occur at more turbulent points of the ride.
Many enclosed transport services offer insurance coverage within your overall cost to protect your car against the rare situation where damage occurs.
All this sounds great! How much is it going to cost?
How Are Single Car Enclosed Transport Costs Calculated?
It's essential to request a quote for single car enclosed transport as several factors will influence your final cost to ship enclosed, including distance, vehicle size, vehicle model, condition of the vehicle, and the season.
Distance costs are calculated based on the amount of fuel it'll take to transport your vehicle to the desired location. While longer-distance drives will cost you more, shorter distances incur a higher cost per mile.
If your vehicle's size is more significant than a typical vehicle length, it's going to cost the transport company more money and resources to fit and move your vehicle. A vehicle's make and model relates to size as a company can verify how much weight the car will add to the transport.
Pick-up and delivery locations are essential as urban locations are far easier to perform pickups and drop-offs due to the higher number of trucks and shipments coming in and out. Rural stops make it more difficult for drivers to adjust their routes as most shipping lanes run through more populated areas.
If you have the choice between shipping your vehicle in the winter or the summer, try opting for warmer months as your driver won't have to deal with bad weather scenarios that can delay the trip.
If your vehicle isn't in working condition, the cost to transport the car will be higher. You're going to pay an average of $500-$2,000 more for enclosed car shipping than open carrier transport and even more for single-car transport.
If you're ordering a single car enclosed transport, it's best to opt for door-to-door service for maximum convenience. Door-to-door service consists of the transport company loading your vehicle onto their carrier at your door and delivering the vehicle as close to your desired destination, so you don't have to travel to a company's designated location for pickup.
Is Booking Single Car Enclosed Transport Difficult?
While it's more challenging to find a carrier willing to transport a single vehicle, it is possible. If you live within a frequently traveled route, the chances are higher that you can book single car enclosed transport. The main perk you'll receive through waiting out for a single car enclosed service is a slightly expedited delivery time.
We've come this far, and you're ready to send your car off to its next destination within a single car enclosed transport.
Here's how you can prepare:
How Do I Prepare My Vehicle for Single Car Enclosed Transport?
Cleaning your car, leaving some gas, monitoring fluids, evaluating your tire pressure, and checking your battery are great steps to take before you send your vehicle for single-car enclosed transport. It's against the law for auto transporters to move vehicles that contain personal item weight levels that exceed 75 pounds, so be sure to remove extra possessions from your car.
Clean your car both inside and out. The transport company is going to perform a thorough inspection of your vehicle during drop off and pick up, so you're going to want to present your car in the best condition possible to make any potential damages that occur during travel appear evident.
Lastly, set aside a spare tire and jack, just in case.
Single car enclosed transport is one of the quickest and safest ways to transport your car short and long distances. A1 Auto Transport can quickly supply you with a quote that will get you started with the shipping process.
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.