What are open and enclosed carriers, and which one do I need?
When shipping a car it is a key thing to consider. There are drawbacks and benefits to each method and you will need to look at these carefully before you make you decision. To make it easy to select the best carrier for your type of transport, we listed the pros and cons below:
Open Car Carrier Transport
Open is the cheapest type of transport. 95% of vehicles travel in an open carrier with extremely few incidents. When using an open carrier, it is a possibility that rocks and other debris can hit the vehicle. That said, this risk is about the same if you drive a vehicle yourself. Top loading or center loading may also be possible for special vehicles, because it will decrease the chances of incidents. However, when your car is transported with an open car carrier, it is important to use A-rated carriers with a strong customer service history and full coverage insurance. Try to find a company that has the ability to start an insurance claim on your behalf at any time, and that will always cover any potential damages. This way, you can rest assured that open transport is an affordable and viable option.
Enclosed Car Carrier Transport
Enclosed transport is generally used for classic or recently painted luxury cars. The cost for this method of transport is about 60% higher than the cost of the open car carrier method. If you have a car that you consider to be priceless because of the rarity of the car or the cost of the car this will likely be the best method for you. Also, many enclosed carriers are equipped with special equipment that can safely manage vehicles with low ground clearance. This method keeps the car in an enclosed trailer and this means that there is virtually no risk of any rocks or debris hitting your car itself because the trailer will be protecting it.
When choosing an enclosed car carrier, you have the option between a soft-sided and a hard-sided car carrier. The most common used one is the hard-sided one.