Open auto shipping carriers are the most common nationwide auto transporters in the car transport industry today. Now, thirty or forty years ago, that wasn't the case, but times have changed and the overland auto transportation industry is booming in such a way that almost anyone can get into it. Because of this, car shipping carriers are quite common in the industry and compete with each other for your business, which is great news for you because it helps keep your prices much lower than usual.
Open auto carriers come in many different shapes and sizes, though the most common is going to be the standard ten-car hauler that you see transporting new cars to dealerships quite often - a ten-car carrier is the most cost-effective nationwide auto transport carrier on the road today, able to haul ten cars at a single time which helps carriers maximize the money they make off of the cars they ship. When it comes to shipping your vehicle and gathering quotes, open carriers will almost always be the de facto shipper that your auto transporter will look for; you will need to request an enclosed carrier, but they are more expensive on the whole. Door-to-door car transport services are also considered standard, so the term “door-to-door, open transportation” is one you'll probably see quite often.
Open carriers are best for transporting cars that are driven on a daily basis, as open carriers expose the vehicles they ship to the elements - rain, wind, dirt, dust, snow and ice, etc. - and vehicles shipped on an open carrier might end up with dents, dings scratches and the like, though damage is typically fairly rare during open transport. Less than 5% of all vehicles shipped on open carriers have some sort of damage that requires an insurance claim, and with hundreds of thousands of vehicles shipped across the country every year from all walks of life, that's quite a small number overall. Open transport is typically the cheapest method of shipping available because of this (and because of the fact that there are more open carriers on the road than any other type of transport truck), so you stand to save a fair bit over something like enclosed car transport services. Also visit our open auto shipping FAQ page for more information.
We can get you quotes to ship via open transport carrier from anywhere, to anywhere in the U.S. at a reasonable and competitive rate, and you can fill out our free online quote request form to get a free quote in you e-mail that was calculated by one of our auto transport staff members. Our representatives are also standing by to answer your phone calls - if you'd rather call into our office and speak to one of our live auto transport representatives, we can do that too. Just give us a call and you'll be connected to a live person who can answer your questions, compile a quote for you, check on orders for existing customers, give tips and tricks to make your auto transport experience the best it can be, and much more.