Open vs. Closed Car Shipping

Closed car shipping offers the greatest protection, but costs much more than open car shipping.

Open car shipping refers to open car carriers that can carry multiple vehicles at once. These trailers are common and almost all cars that are shipped utilize this method. Often you can spot trailers on the highway loaded with new cars on their way to the dealership.

The downside to this type of shipping is the exposure to weather and roadside debris. Since these factors are uncontrollable it’s important to make sure you have the proper insurance in case of damage.

Closed shipping is less common and refers to closed trailers that completely enclose the vehicle. Closed trailers usually only haul one or two vehicles at a time and are recommended for exotic and classic cars since they offer full protection from the elements and roadside debris.

The downside to closed shipping is cost. Since closed trailers only haul one or two vehicles at a time, the cost per vehicle is significantly higher. Open shipping is always less expensive because carriers can ship up to ten cars at a time versus one or two with closed carry.

As long as insurance covers your vehicle, open shipping is always recommended. You’ll save money and have more options when it comes to shipping companies and scheduling.

If you have any questions or would like to obtain a free shipping estimate, please contact Car Shipping Inc. at (800) 909-2330 or Email Us. You can also visit our website by clicking on the link below:


Car Shipping Tips: Things To Be Completed Before Shipping

You know where your car needs to go, now find out what you need to do before it ships.

Here is a general list of things to be completed before shipping your car. Since each move is unique, there may be other items you want to add to this list.

1. Obtain copies of insurance policies and all other agreements or promises in writing in order to avoid misunderstandings later.

2. Check the insurance plan offered for your package as the companies cover up damages only up to a certain amount of money.
You might want to consider a supplementary insurance coverage for a particular vehicle shipment. This might be especially true if you are transporting a valuable classic, vintage race car, exotic, antique or other specialty vehicle.

3. Ask for a copy of transporters insurance coverage, and find out whether their insurance is primary or secondary to your own car insurance. Any licensed and authorized transporter will have insurance that would theft while your car is in possession of the auto shipping company.

4. The shipping company will complete an exhausting inspection of the car and a bill of lading will be signed by you.

5. Get the phone number of the driver who will pick up the vehicle.

Part II: Packing Tips For A Successful Move

Here are some tips for packing your belongings properly. The right pack job will keep your belongings safe during your move and will also help you stay organized when unpacking.

1. Pack a suitcase – For each member of the family moving, pack a suitcase as if you’re all going on a 3-day vacation. Keep your suitcases separated from other items to be moved and make sure they are easily accessible. This way, you’ll have everything you need to get by during the first few days without having to search through boxes.

2. Create “Open Me First” boxes – Designate one or two boxes per room as “Open Me First” boxes. Pack items you’ll need first at your new location inside and label the side of each box so it can be easily found.

3. Pack one room at a time – Wherever possible, focus on packing one room at a time (instead of several all at once) to keep things efficient and organized.

4. Less is more – Use packing as a way to clean out belongings for donations, a yard sale, and/or the recycling center. You’ll save time and money by getting rid of unwanted/unneeded items.

5. Stay off the floor – Instead of the floor, use a completely cleared-off table top or counter for packing boxes. You’ll find you get much more accomplished.

6. Keep track of small parts – When taking apart items such as tables, securely tape screws and other small parts to the underside of the item. You’ll always know where to look and you’ll save time when putting items back together.

7. Save space – Use towels, pillows and t-shirts as extra padding around fragile items. Not only will you save space, you’ll also save money on packaging supplies!

8. Criss-cross tape – Tape boxes along the seams where the flaps meet together. Then tape perpendicularly at the center of the first tape forming a cross.

9. Stacking – To prevent items from being crushed, stack boxes with the heaviest items on the bottom and the lightest on top.

10. The 30 pound rule – Whenever possible, keep each box at 30 pounds or less. Heavier boxes lead to injuries and are much more likely to fall apart or get dropped.

11. Scale – Keep a bathroom scale in the room you’re packing so you can keep the boxes below the recommended weight limit.

Moving Help Part I: Moving Plan

Here are a few tips for creating a moving plan from our Moving Connections team!  Having a moving plan in place will help you manage your time more efficiently and will minimize those last minute surprises.

1. Start early – Almost everyone has more stuff than they think they do, and almost no one leaves enough time to pack it.

2. Room Lists – Start by forming two room lists, one for your current place and one for your future place. This will help you manage what has to go where.

3. Room Inventory – Go to each room and write down the types of things that need to be packed: furniture items, length of shelving, closets, etc.

4. Time Allotment – Make sure to leave enough time. The most common timeframe reported by people moving is that it takes a month to pack. One study reported that it takes 4-5 hours to pack an average dorm room, so that should give you an idea of what’s involved.

5. Calendar – Pull out a calendar and plan by day when each room will be completed.

6. Delegation – If you’re moving with family members, agree with them exactly which tasks they will be doing and the date they will be finished.

7. Track your progress – at least once per week track where you are against the date on the calendar. Revise your plan if you’re falling behind.

For help with your next move, please contact Moving Connections at (801) 532-6683 or Email Us

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