Millions of people move each year. Many of them, for a variety of reasons, choose a car shipping service to get their cars to their new home state. In addition to considering cost, reputability, and the safety record of the shipping service, consumers must also decide how they want their cars shipped. Should you choose an open or closed car carrier? Here are a few things to consider.
Open car carrier
You’ve likely seen these on the road a lot. Open car carriers are open trucks, with no sides or roofs, often with two racks. Multiple cars are loaded onto the top and bottom racks and safely secured.
Closed car carrier
Closed car carriers use large box trucks to transport fewer cars in an enclosed environment.
Both types of carriers are designed to get your car safely to its destination. Which one you choose will depend largely on goals other than mere arrival. These may include:
Cost – Open car carriers carry more cars and are more common. As with most business models, higher volume equals lower cost. If cost is your primary concern you will probably want to start your search with open carriers as a first option.
Speed – Open car carriers can generally have your car to you faster. Again, more trucks are available and can accommodate more cars. If you need to have your car sooner rather than later an open carrier is the way to go.
Protection – Is your car more than just a car, but your beloved baby on wheels? Opt for a closed carrier. Open carriers offer no protection from the elements, debris, vandalism or mischief. Closed carriers offer more protection for your custom, classic or antique car.
Car shipping is an easy and convenient way to get your car to its final destination. In most instances, open car shipping is the fastest, most economical option. If your primary concern is for the protection of your vehicle and speed is a secondary issue, opt for a closed car carrier.
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.