There are several options to consider if you want to ship your car to a new home or destination. Automobile shipping utilizing an enclosed trailer is uniquely set apart from open transport in many ways. In fact, it’s important to note that enclosed car shipping might be the best option in many situations.
Value of Vehicle
The type of car you are shipping may decide for you if you are going to use enclosed car shipping transportation. When you’re moving a classic or antique vehicle, enclosed car trailers are probably the best overall option to protect your investment.
If you own one of these collector’s automobiles, then you know they are not at all easy to replace or repair. It goes without saying that keeping them safely stored, moved, and protected will be absolutely essential.
Beyond vintage vehicle transport, high-performance cars and trucks that have been modified for specific purposes might be good candidates for enclosed trailers, as well. It is not always the exterior that needs to be protected— what’s under the hood might be a lot more valuable. Expensive or high-end vehicles are among the top recommended candidates for this type of added-safety shipping.
Rocks and other debris kicked up from traffic are unfortunately a fact of life when driving down the road. There is little you can do about what lands on the roadways, but you can minimize the nicks by transporting the car completely covered. Window chips and other damages can occur at any time while driving down the road, but the chances increase exponentially over long hauls. Driving long distances can involve entering road construction sites where gravel is often present. Covered car carriers’ eliminate road debris damage.
Overhangs and Branches
Branches can be seen hanging into the roadways on many narrow country streets. Some cities also have issues with tree branches, and unless you know the areas to avoid, it can be impossible to predict when a limb could get the side of your car.
Scratches can happen before you know it, and damage all of the door panels, handles, or side mirrors. When moving to a rural area, get your car to your new location. Once you are settled, you can take the time to explore the roads and see which ones you should avoid, and which ones are safe for relaxing or luxury driving.
Unfortunately, some individuals may not be able to resist a hands-on approach if they see a vintage or high-end vehicle sitting out in the open. These vehicles are rare to see in many locations. In these instances, they are bound to draw attention, and no matter how attentive the driver is, if someone wants to make contact with the car, even just too harmlessly peek inside, they can usually find a way.
The best way to prevent unwanted finger and nose prints on your high-end or vintage vehicle is to eliminate the opportunity altogether. If it is completely hidden from the view of passerby, you most likely will not have this issue.
When it’s raining outside, you can store your car in a garage, but when an automobile is being transported in the open, the vehicle will have to take whatever weather hits it. Even if you have carefully planned your route and factored in the weather, conditions can always change and without warning— mother nature is unpredictable.. If you ship your car in an enclosed container, you will not have to worry about wind, hail, rain, or even sun damage.
Peace of Mind
Moving is almost always a stress-filled situation, even during the best of times. There are so many details to go over, and it takes intense planning to keep track of everything. Having a moving company handle your vehicles in the most protected way will give you one less major thing to worry about.
Pros and Cons of Enclosed Car Shipping
We just gave lots of reasons why enclosed car shipping might be the right choice. But what if you’re not shipping a valuable or antique car, but just a regular vehicle your college kid can use? Open and enclosed car shipping each have their benefits and downsides.
If you have a custom car, or if your automobile simply has sentimental value to you, then you’ll want the greatest level of protection. If not, you will want to take a closer look at the benefits and drawbacks of enclosed car shipping.
As mentioned above, when you opt to ship your car via a closed shipping method, your automobile will be well guarded as it travels down the open road. The enclosed container will also keep your auto safe and dry when the weather turns wet or icy.
If you’re worried about car theft, then this is the best shipping method for you. Insurance coverage is built into the car transporting services, but we also believe prevention is key -- it’s much better to have your precious custom or classic car arrive without a scratch than to have to deal with repairs or insurance claims.
One possible drawback of enclosed shipping is the cost. Enclosed shipping does cost more due to fuel costs and fewer cars being moved in one job, but they are an essential choice for the maximum level of protection for your investment.
Two Types of Enclosed Car Carriers
There are two types of carriers that you can pick from depending on the level of protection you’re looking for. The one or two-car trailers are perfect for expensive cars, while the multi-car trailer option is best if you’re on a budget.
If you’re not sure about which option to choose for your classic car, or would like to find out the availability of enclosed car shipping for your vehicle, contact us today!
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.