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:

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