All Posts

Which Type of Vehicle Transport Is Right For Your Vehicle?

Once you’ve decided to ship your vehicle, one of the most important questions is what transport method is best for you. You’ll need to take into account your timeline, budget and the condition and durability of your vehicle to decide. If you’re not sure which method is right for you, asking service providers who’ve provided quotes for your vehicle is a great place to start. They have plenty of experience, and can let you know what’s ideal for your car, budget and timeline. It’s also important that you notify the carrier of any specifications that make your car’s dimensions or weights different from the factory stock, as this may affect which method is ideal.

Keep reading to get a better understanding of the options available.

Open vs. Closed Trailers

There are two main types of trailers used for vehicle transport service: enclosed car transport or open car transport.

Closed transport (also called enclosed transport) is the most protective option, shielding your vehicle from outside forces and weather. Enclosed transport is ideal for classic and vintage cars, expensive sports cars, model cars and race cars. This option is typically more expensive, but the better option for cars that need extra care taken in transit.

Open transport is typically the most economical option, and means your car will be on an open trailer, exposed to the elements. This might seem riskier, but keep in mind, by following these preparation instructions, the chances your car will be damaged are very low.

There are several types of open transport trailers. Multi-car tractor trailers and double-level tractor trailers are usually a more economical choice and can haul more vehicles greater distances. However, they aren’t always able to access residential areas, so you may need to meet the transporter at a terminal to load and unload. This type of transport is called terminal-to-terminal, and often further decreases the shipping cost.

A multi-car trailer
Double-level tractor trailer

Smaller trailers can make for shorter transport times, and more accessibility, allowing door to door transport, but may increase costs. Hotshot trucks are trucks dedicated to a few customers or shipments at once, offering personal, expedited service.

Multi-car Trailer
Single-Vehicle Hotshot/Dually Truck with Tow Trailer

Still unsure? Don’t forget – you’ve got full access to expert advice right in your listing. Communicate with transporters to find out what they recommend. Do your research to find the right transporter, and you’re well on your way to a smooth, effortless vehicle shipment.

Read more:

How to Prepare a Car for Shipment

How to Choose a Vehicle Transporter

How to Ship a Car from Craigslist