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Should You Choose Open or Enclosed Carrier Transportation?

Most people who decide to ship their automobiles do so because they want the act of moving their vehicle to be more convenient. At the same time, they want a company they can trust to get their cars, trucks, or SUVs to the destination on time and intact. It’s not only important to find car shipping companies you can trust with your vehicle, but it’s important to find a service that will charge a reasonable rate for transit. There are many factors that you must consider when choosing a car shipping company, which includes the type of transport you want to carry your vehicle.

Many car shipping services offer both open and enclosed carrier transport. Open carrier transport means that your car will be shipped on an open, dual-deck transport trailer pulled by a semi. Enclosed carrier transport means that your vehicle will be moved in a fully enclosed transport trailer. Both have their benefits, though open and closed transporters are suited to particular vehicles and circumstances. If you’re planning to ship your car or truck, make sure you understand the differences between the two styles of carriers and the benefits of each type.

Open Carriers

You’ve likely seen this type of vehicle hauler on the highway at one time or another. Open carriers come in three main types that include two-level multicar carriers, single-level multicar carriers, and single-level single car carriers. Two-level multicar carriers are the most common and will provide the lowest price for shipping your vehicle in most cases. That’s because many cars can be moved at once, which cuts down on the overhead. Single-level multicar haulers are usually used for luxury cars that must be moved long distances, while single-level single car carriers are reserved for short-distance moving.

Open carrier transportation offers the fastest and least expensive type of vehicle transport. Not only can more cars be carried at one time, which lowers the price, but open trailers are lighter which results in lower fuels costs. Open carriers also offer greater flexibility in scheduling pickup and delivery times since there are more open carriers in service. On the downside, open carriers offer less protection from road hazards and other threats than enclosed carriers. Also, your car will be exposed to the weather on an open carrier, which may be something to consider if you’re shipping an expensive collectible vehicle.

Enclosed Carriers

Enclosed carriers perform the same tasks as open carriers with the added benefit of enhanced protection. Because your car will be completely enclosed, it will be better shielded from road hazards and the elements. Enclosed carriers come in two primary styles, including multilevel enclosed carriers and single-level one- or two-car trailers. Multilevel enclosed trailers represent the most affordable enclosed carrier option, while one- or two-car carriers are reserved for expensive or antique cars.

The obvious benefits of enclosed carriers are the increased level of protection from hazards and weather and the heightened security of an enclosed carrier. Also, drivers of enclosed carriers are often more experienced in transporting luxury automobiles, so if you’re planning to move an expensive car, an enclosed carrier would be a wise option to consider. Many car shipping services with enclosed container options offer white-glove service for luxury cars, which includes additional care and handling, constant communication about your vehicle, a single-car carrier, and enhanced insurance. If you’re moving a prized collectible or exotic luxury car, white-glove service can be an attractive though expensive option.

Enclosed transport

When it comes to shipping your car, it’s important to tailor the transportation style to the type of car you wish to move. You wouldn’t want to spring for white-glove service, for example, for a 20-year-old commuter vehicle. In that case, open carrier transport would be your best option.

To learn more about the differences in car carrier types and how to match them to your shipment needs, contact LaPowski Transportation LLC.


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