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When you decide to have your vehicle shipped from one location to another, you want to take all the right steps to ensure your car is safe during transport. Especially if you are transporting a new, luxury, or antique vehicle.
Single car enclosed transport is the solution.
Take the necessary precautions to protect your asset.
What is Single Car Enclosed Transport?
Enclosed transport is where your vehicle is shipped inside an enclosed carrier.
Traditional open carriers are cheaper, but your car is more vulnerable to outdoor elements including bad weather, dirt, rocks, and debris.
With single car enclosed transport, you will have the peace of mind of knowing that your vehicle is completely secure during its travel. If you decide to utilize enclosed car transport, you will also have the option of choosing single car enclosed transport.
The Best Choice for Rare, Vintage, or Luxury Vehicles
Typical enclosed transport trailers can hold up to seven vehicles, but as the name suggests, a single car enclosed trailer or covered single car transporter holds and transports only one car at a time.
If you own a rare, vintage, or luxury vehicle you want the peace of mind of knowing that your car is the only vehicle in transit. Drivers who offer enclosed car shipping services are specially trained to make sure your vehicle remains secure at all times and arrives safely at its destination. At Ship a Car Direct, we ensure those drivers are licensed and capable, and all auto enclosed shipping comes with our damage-free guarantee.
Advantages of Single Vehicle Transport
1. Safe and Secure
Enclosed car shipping services are without a doubt the safest and most secure way to ship a vehicle. That’s because it provides absolute protection from inclement weather, rocks, insects, road debris, and other mishaps that can happen on an open carrier.
2. Special features ensure maximum protection.
- Liftgate technology to ensure your vehicle is safely loaded onto the trailer
- Fluid-tight decks to protect your vehicle from leakage
- Climate control haulage to keep your vehicle at a stable temperature throughout transport
- Electronic track flooring to help secure your vehicle to the trailer in order to prevent shifting or movement during transport
The Cost of Single Car Enclosed Shipment
There are many factors that determine the price of single car auto transport, including the trailer type, the size of the vehicle, pickup, and delivery locations, the distance of the transport, as well as the urgency of the shipment.
You can expect a single auto transport shipping method to cost twice as much as open trailer transportation. You also have to consider that since your vehicle is the only one on the trailer, you may have to wait a little longer for your shipment.
What are enclosed car shipping rates?
Enclosed car shipping rates will vary depending on a few factors, but a safe rule for calculation is anywhere between 1 and 2 dollars per mile, with the figure pushing closer to $1 per mile on long moves and $2 per mile on shorter moves. You can easily calculate an enclosed car shipping rate by using our online car shipping calculator, it requires no personal info and can be found here: https://shipacardirect.com/car-shipping-quotes/
How many cars fit in an enclosed car hauler?
Enclosed car haulers come in all shapes and sizes, with specialized trailers that haul only one car to larger enclosed car haulers that can fit as many as eight vehicles. For most people researching enclosed car shipping, you will usually end up with an enclosed car carrier that holds between 4 to 6 cars.
How do you transport two cars at once?
The safest way to transport two cars at once is to hire a professional car shipping company. While it might be easy enough to rent a tow behind car dolly for one car, two cars will need a much longer trailer with a heavy duty truck that can pull it and will be much more difficult to maneuver. Don't put yourself and those around you in danger if you've never driven such a truck. Hire a professional car movers. You'll be glad you did.
How many cars can be transported at once?
An car carrier will hold anywhere from 8 to 10 being transported and an enclosed car carrier will normally hold about 4 to 6 cars.
What is the difference between a cargo trailer and a car hauler?
A cargo trailer will basically be a big open box, with side rails on the walls for tying down the cargo inside. Most people have used these at least once as a rental when moving from stat to state. A car hauler has two levels with two rails each and specially designed hydraulic systems so that the rails can be configured at different angles to maximize the available space and carry as many cars as possible.
What are the dimensions of a enclosed car trailer?
A smaller single car enclosed trailer may run as short as around 20 feet in length and 7 or eight feet in height, whereas a multi-car enclosed trailer can be as long as 80 feet. In either case, do not plan to take get these trailers into a parking garage or a drive thru take out lane.
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.