Most of the time when you think of auto shipping, open auto transport carriers come to mind. This is because they are the most common around, and everyone notices them because of that. These are considered the standard auto carrier for the car transport business.
Why Select Open Car Transport Services?
- Most used type of auto carrier so more trucks means faster pickup
- More of trucks equals most affordable auto transport
- Cars at dealerships are moved on these carriers. Dealers and private owners trust them.
In the event that you are moving, sending a car to a family member, going to school , or selling your vehicle, chances are it will be transported on an open auto carrier. This is the industry’s standard method because most of the vehicles that are shipped will be daily drivers. They are exposed to the numerous elements of being outside on a normal basis. For that reason, open car transport services are the majority of what will be available. Since there are literally thousands of these trucks, it makes getting your desired dates quickly and efficiently. These carriers hold up to 10 vehicles. That lowers the cost of the car transport service especially if you are comparing to enclosed auto transport carriers.
Many car manufacturers like Chevy or Honda will make use of open auto transport companies to deliver cars that are even brand new. That’s because open auto carriers are safe and hold more vehicles in one load compared to an enclosed carrier. This usually gets them their new vehicles to them a lot faster too.
So what kid of open carriers exist? The most common is the 9 to 10-car carrier. This type of carrier will easily hold anywhere from eight to ten vehicles, easily. They are very big diesel semi trucks with a specialized rack to hold vehicles. These will measure out to about 50-80 feet font to back as tall as 13-15 feet.
The next is a six to seven car carrier. These generally run on regional routes but occasionally run long distances, too. They measure the same as a 10-car, but are set up differently. A 10-car has a fifth wheel that is down close to the ground while the 6-7 car carrier will usually be a regular semi-truck with a trailer equipped for that many vehicles.
For shorter routes, your car could be loaded on a 3-4 car carrier. These have a single level, unlike the other types which have 2 levels. Occasionally they will run a longer distance, but usually for a load of larger vehicles. These are still the same length as a 10-car, but not quite as tall since they are single level.
All the carriers we assign have proper cargo insurance, and, no matter their size, are careful as to where they drive their loads. They pay close attention to low hanging branches or power lines that could cause damage to vehicles on their load. They also need to be able to make wide turns like regular semis. Drivers will sometimes ask to meet at a nearby shopping center or big box store. This is so they can keep both your car and other vehicles on their load free from possible hazards that can cause damage.
Open carrier shipments are available with our Pro Price and Rental Car Guarantees.