When you need to change geographical locations, there are several things to keep in mind. You not only have to figure out your own mode of transport, but also the transport of your personal effects and possibly your vehicle. There are several different ways that your car can be moved from point A to point B without an inordinate amount of stress on your behalf. One of the easiest ways to get your car moved is via an official vehicle transport service, which offers to load up your car on a tractor-trailer to move it to your desired destination, freeing you up to find more immediate forms of travel. This is particularly helpful if you need to arrive at your destination fairly quickly.
The shipping process can be easily arranged and offers consumers a range of ways in which their vehicles may be moved. Choosing between these options comes down to a matter of budget and your personal preference in terms of how your vehicle is handled during the transport process. If you don’t already have a showroom quality vehicle, then you might opt for the less costly option, because a little precipitation or heat affecting your car isn’t necessarily going to make it look any worse. However, showroom quality cars must be impeccable in order to be sold, so the consideration is a bit more in-depth for these companies and individuals.
Enclosed Car Transport: This form of transport for your car does exactly what it says: keeps your car enclosed and out of the elements as it travels the distance to the pinpointed location. It is much most costly; however, for those concerned about the effect of the elements on their vehicles, this is the optimal choice. It protects your vehicle from the harsh potential effects of being subjected to heat, precipitation and other forms of harmful debris. This is the best option for vintage vehicles and other types of classic and shows cars that must have the paint job preserved during transport.
Open Car Transport: Open car transport is just what it sounds like: a form of shipping transportation for vehicles in a way that subjects them to the outdoor elements. This is the typical set-up on a tractor trailer that you might see traveling on the interstate. The cars are driven, via ramp, onto the carrier (several cars are generally transported at one time) to get them in place before the actual transport process takes place. During the trip, your car is open, which means it may be damaged from the elements during the transport process. However, it should also be noted that this is less expensive than the expense of an enclosed transport process.
Keep in mind that you may be required to meet the driver somewhere different than the company location to initiate the actual loading process for your vehicle. Because of the size of the tractor-trailer loading the smaller vehicles, the driver may need more room to get each car ready to be moved.
No matter which type you choose, or if the company in question offers only one choice, take your time in researching the differences in transport before you make a decision. For example, if you have a vehicle that you’ve put all of your time and energy (and a boatload of cash) into remodeling and restoring, then you might opt for the method of transport that poses the least amount of exposure and risk to your baby. If cost is a great consideration, then compare the price differences between the two modes of transport to see which impacts your wallet less.
Also, before you sign on the dotted line with a particular company, make sure they offer shipping insurance on your vehicle. The last thing you want is to be stuck with costly repair bills resulting from damage incurred during the shipping process. The company in question should have a policy that covers the cargo as it is in transport.
You can certainly opt to drive your car yourself, but that’s a time-consuming endeavor. Leave the transport to the professionals; the only thing you need to determine is which method you prefer for your car’s shipping and let the vehicle shipping company handle the rest.
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.