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, you might want to take additional precautions to protect your vehicle. Traditional open carriers are cheaper, but your car is more vulnerable to outdoor elements including bad weather, dirt, rocks, and debris. Enclosed transport, on the other hand, provides a safer transport option where your vehicle is shipped inside an enclosed carrier. While it does cost a bit more, 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. Here’s how it works as well as the pros and cons of utilizing this type of service.
What is Single Car Enclosed Shipping?
Typical enclosed trailers can hold up to seven vehicles, but as the name suggests, a single car enclosed trailer holds and transports only one car at a time. Again, if you own a rare, vintage, or luxury vehicle you may want the peace of mind of knowing that your car is the only vehicle in transit. Drivers who pull single car trailers are specially trained to make sure your vehicle remains secure at all times and arrives safely at its destination.
Advantages of Single Car Enclosed Shipment
Single car enclosed transport is 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. Furthermore, most single car enclosed trailers offer special features to provide maximum protection. These include:
- 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
How Much Does Single Car Enclosed Shipment Cost?
There are many factors that determine the price of this type of shipment 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. Typically, this shipping method will cost about 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Your Car Moving Questions
The hardest thing for people researching car moving companies to understand is that the prices they are getting are not hard and fast gaurantees, but rather ESTIMATES of what one company thinks it will take to get a vehicle moved promptly versus another company's opinion of what it will take. Don't be fooled, there are not carriers committed to take your vehicle at these quoted prices, the company you choose will still have to get to work getting a carrier to commit to move it at the price they quote you.
Your total price breaks down into two parts, the broker's fee (or 'deposit' as everyone calls it) and the carriers fee (your COD amount) Make no mistake about this, EVERYONE YOU ARE GETTING SALES CALLS FROM IS GOING TO BROKER YOUR MOVE. In this industry, there are brokers who try to fool you into thinking that they are the actual carriers and there are an equal amount of carriers who sell themselves on the fact that they have a truck or two but are not being honest about the fact that they broker out 90% of the orders they book. Here is a quick easy way to tell, if a company takes an up front fee, whether they call it a deposit or any other name, they are a broker. Carriers do not take any payment until the vehicle is delivered.
In our opinion, you are crazy to do so. Have you ever been paid up front for the work that you perform for your employer? Why would you pay a fee up front when there are reliable and trustworthy companies like ours that won't ask for it until we provide you with your carriers details?
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will be between one and two weeks. 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.