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What Is Open Air Transport?

What Is Open Air Transport?
What Is Open Air Transport?

Open Air Transport

Shifting to a new place of work or relocating overseas comes with difficulties. Household goods and other valuables may not be a problem. However, getting your car to the other side could pose a challenge. It is either you are worried about the mode of transport or the cost involved. Perhaps you could drive all the way and save some cash, you ponder. Yet even as you do, have you thought carefully about the price of gas?

You could end up spending twice what it would have cost you to hire a professional auto transporter.

What does this shipment type entail?

Open-air transport involves the use of trucks that are not enclosed. An open-air lorry is easy to identify. The truck’s length is about 80 feet with a two-tier trailer. If one passes nearby, you can see cars neatly arranged on the lower and upper decks. The trailer does not have a roof and is not enclosed on the sides hence the term “open-air.”

Why is this type of auto transport a favorite?

When they use an open trailer, transporters can haul between 8-10 cars in one trip. Owing to the size of these trucks, they can only pass through certain roads. The route must be determined in advance to avoid places with low clearance bridges, power cables, and tree branches. Car importers and retailers love these trailers because of their ability to transport many cars at a low cost. Having your car ferried in an open trailer will cost less than if it was in an enclosed trailer.

A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods nationwide. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.

Open-air truck downside

The main disadvantage of the open-air auto transport is that it exposes your vehicle to the sun, snow, heat and other harsh weather elements. Failure to protect your car from rain or sunlight can lead to its paint coming off. Also, heat swings could cause cracks in the windshield. Then there is the problem of security; how do you keep these cars away from prying fingers? Car stereos are a favorite among thieves. Someone could steal your highly-prized auto stereo and set you back many months of saving.

Dispelling the fears

While you may think that safety is a big issue with open-air auto transportation, you could be wrong. First, the shipment personnel carefully drive the cars up the ramps. They then fasten each securely to hooks on the ramp floor. When it comes to exposure to weather elements and its effects, this is no different from when you drive your car along any road. Then remember that this mode of shipping is very affordable.

Open air trailers have a higher cargo capacity than other truck auto shipment techniques. Ten cars in one haulage is a good number. Exposure to weather and security threats are some of the shortcomings. However, the risk is the same even if you decide to drive the car yourself rather than giving it to a shipper. More importantly, an open-air trailer service is less pricey in comparison to the closed trailers.

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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.

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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!

Testimonial by Cristine Benoit
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.

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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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Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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