Relocating from one state to another can be a big task, but auto shipment can alleviate some of the hassle. Rather than driving your car all the way across the country, auto shipping is a much more convenient option. Auto shipment services can also make it possible to purchase your dream car, no matter where it is located in the country! That said, your car is one of your most valuable assets so it’s understandable that many people would be nervous about handing it over to a stranger to ship it hundreds or thousands of miles away. When you are working with a reliable auto transport company, they should offer you the choice between shipping your car on an open or enclosed carrier. Although it costs a bit more, there are several benefits to choosing enclosed transport.
Protection From Outdoor Elements
For many people, their biggest concern is that their vehicle will sustain scratches or dents while in transport. While most reputable companies take special care when handling vehicles, weather and outdoor conditions are unfortunately out of everyone’s control. Heavy rain, gusty winds, snow, hail, or ice can potentially cause damage to your vehicle. Cars on an open carrier are also more vulnerable to flying debris such as rocks, sticks, and pebbles that could strike the car during transport. The only way to ensure your car will be completely safe from hazardous outdoor and weather conditions is by shipping it in an enclosed carrier.
Protection From Burglary or Vandalism
Another benefit of enclosed transport is that it minimizes your vehicle’s exposure to burglary or vandalism. Burglars tend to target vehicles that are visible on an open carrier. This is especially important if you are shipping a luxury or antique vehicle. If your vehicle is on an open carrier, vandals and burglars are more apt to try and steal parts of your vehicle while the carrier is stopped. Burglars have also been known to break into vehicles on open carriers looking for personal items. An enclosed carrier will give you assurance that your vehicle will not be burglarized or vandalized while in transit.
Extra Protection for Luxury or Antique Vehicles
When you are shipping a luxury or antique vehicle you want to take extra precautions to ensure it is safe from damage. Since it’s not easy to replace these one-of-a-kind vehicles, you want to take a few extra steps to make sure your vehicle is safe. An enclosed carrier is the safest way to transport your vehicle and you can be sure it will arrive at your destination in the same condition in which it left.
The most obvious reason for choosing enclosed transport is the chance to have a stress-free experience as a customer. You will have peace of mind knowing every step has been taken to ensure the safety of your vehicle. Despite the added cost, enclosed transport is the safest way to ship your vehicle.
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.