When it's time to move
to someplace, it will work out best for you if you are made
aware of your options and if you know how you can safely move it. Getting it
transferred to another place takes a good chunk of money. In order to customize
you can choose various options for your auto transportation. To minimize the
hassles that you might face while moving your car by yourself, you may choose to
hire an expert in auto moving. These auto transport companies make it
possible to ship your vehicle(s) safely by following the high safety standards
and various automobile safety measures and also by utilizing their
state-of-the-art trailers. The decision on how to ship your car is as important
as choosing who will ship your car.
The mode of transportation that is
used to transport your car or truck will ultimately decide the price of your
auto move. Many auto transport companies have different
types of tractor trailers to move your vehicle
. Most of the time, your
options will boil down to two distinct choices: an open-air trailer or enclosed
trailer. These two ways of transporting your vehicle do the same job, but each
one of them has their own ways of getting it done, and the subsequent advantages
and disadvantages as well.
Enclosed/Fully-Covered Auto Carrier
If you are looking for a safe and reliable way to ship your special
vehicles, then look no further. Enclosed auto carriers are the ideal trailers
with which to ship your vehicles safely. These enclosed trailers tend to be the
more expensive option when it comes to shipping your automobiles, however those
that need complete protection for their vehicles while in transit should choose
an enclosed carrier in order to avoid damages that may occur during the
The name itself says it all; it is a fully ENCLOSED solid
container, and it will have a roof over your car, as well as additional
protection on the sides and back. Your car would be covered fully from dust,
debris and environmental conditions. In order to be the best fit for every
vehicle, enclosed trailers come in varying sizes. The typical enclosed trailer
will move two to three cars at a time and tends to be more expensive than most
other trailers. As these trailers are less common in the auto transport industry
and because of the extra
protection that they offer
, they are highly sought after by people who are
looking to move newer vehicles or more expensive luxury vehicles, and this is
often reflected in the price it will cost to hire one.
Open-Air/Uncovered Auto Carrier
An open-air auto carrier is one
of the most common methods of shipping your car, and one which is preferred by
the majority of customers. With these types of open-air carriers you will most
often receive a dependable and safe method of transportation for your vehicles,
and what's even better is that it is an option that is a very affordable means
of transportation for the average person looking to move one or two
What sets these open-air auto carriers apart from enclosed
carriers is the simple fact that it is open on the top and on either side as
well, exposing all of the vehicles being transported to the elements and to all
of the outdoor weather and conditions that it would otherwise be protected from
in an enclosed trailer.
Open-air trailers are typically designed to fit
various car sizes, from small compact cars to bigger SUVs and they are often
composed of a two-level trailer with cars and trucks on both the top and bottom
levels, similar to the trucks that you often see on the road transporting new
cars to dealerships. These carriers can ship 8-10 cars at a time, and because of
this, their rates tend to be much more affordable than what you will pay for an
enclosed carrier. Because of these reasonable rates and the rather large
availability of open-air carriers in the auto transport industry, these open-air
carriers usually have a large number of customers.
Enclosed Trailers vs. Open-Air Trailers
Take a glimpse into
both the pros and cons of each type of auto transport carrier and what you can
expect from each:Advantages of Choosing an Enclosed Carrier:
of Choosing an Enclosed Carrier:
- Enclosed carriers are your best option to fully protect your costly
vehicle(s) from all weather conditions and road debris. Big trucks like auto
transport carriers tend to kick up a lot of road debris during the course of a
long trip, debris such as rocks and dust that can potentially damage the
exterior of your car. But with an enclosed trailer, you won't have to worry
about any of that.
- The enclosed carriers also make use of soft tie-downs and climate control
systems in order to deliver
your vehicle in the right shape and condition. The climate control systems
help to ensure that your vehicle is transported in a constant temperature and
that the inside of the truck is not too hot or too cold, which is important for
people who are having their vehicles transported from a warmer climate to
somewhere that is colder, or vice versa.
- Enclosed trailers have lift gates which work as an elevator that lifts your
vehicle onto the truck, and avoids any hassles that can happen while lifting the
vehicle into the trailer, which may often cause scratching, denting, or other
damages to the exterior of the car if something goes wrong.
- As these auto transport carriers are totally enclosed, they are by far the
best way to ship your sports car, convertible or any other vehicle with exposed
interiors. Also, any classic or antique vehicles should probably be shipped
using an enclosed carrier solely because their value and appeal is largely based
on them being in good condition, and it's better to be safe when transporting it
by not exposing it to the elements of the open road.
- Shipping your vehicle on an enclosed trailer is extremely expensive, and
because of these typically high costs that are often associated with the service
it is not as readily accessible to the average person who is looking to
transport one or two family cars to a new home or other destination. These high
costs, which typically vary depending on the time of year in which the move is
being done, mean that most people who use enclosed trailers to transport their
vehicles are people with higher-end luxury cars or antique cars.
Advantages of Choosing Open-Air Carriers:
- Another potential downside with choosing enclosed carriers for your auto
transport is their lack of availability. The driver should always check for the
availability of cars as it is less visible and enclosed.
- While this may not be a disadvantage for you personally, enclosed trailers,
because of their bulkier size and climate-controlled interior, tend to use more
fuel, which not only raises the cost of the truck but also is the cause of more
harm to the environment than regular open-air auto transport
- With the more common open-air auto
transport carriers, you can find quick shipping services at low prices,
something that just isn't possible with enclosed trailers. While you normally
have to reserve an appointment for an enclosed trailer months in advance, it's
easier to secure a sport on an open-air trailer on short notice, and their
services tend to be a lot more flexible, especially with the uncertain and
rapidly changing schedules that often come with a hectic move.
- With the help of open-air carriers, you can ship any type of vehicle, no
matter how expensive they are. From your beat-up 20-year-old four-door sedan to
your brand new luxury SUV, anything and everything can be transported on an
open-air carrier, and at a much cheaper rate than an enclosed trailer.
- The biggest advantage to moving your vehicle(s) on an open-air carrier is
that you can transport a whole group of vehicles at one time. While most
enclosed trailers only have room for a few cars at the most, open-air carriers
can fit up to 8-10 cars on it at once, meaning that if you're a family with
multiple cars, you can have them all moved in one shot, instead of hiring
multiple trailers and multiple services to get the job done.
Disadvantages of Choosing Open-Air
- In turn, open-air carriers will not only save you a lot of money on your
moving costs but they'll also help our environment by using less fuel to
transport the same number of vehicles.
- Finally, open-air trailers are a lot more common in the auto transport
industry than enclosed trailers, thus they are much easier to find and much
easier for the average person to book. They are readily available at every auto
transport company and can provide immediate service to you and your vehicles as
you get ready to make your move.
- Of course, open-air carriers leave your cars exposed to the elements of the
road and the weather as well, and in turn, the carriers and auto transport
companies cannot give you a guarantee that your vehicle will be fully protected
from road conditions and/or weather conditions.
- Also, open-air carriers, being that they expose the vehicles on the back of
the truck rather than keeping them contained inside a fully-enclosed trailer,
are less secure than enclosed trailers.
By considering the type of
vehicle you will be transporting and by analyzing the security issues, you must
decide which mode of transportation is required for the vehicle. With much
deliberation on these types of carriers, you can choose which one will be the
perfect fit for your vehicle.