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Open Vs Enclosed Auto Transport

What's the Difference Between Open Auto Transport and Enclosed Auto Transport

Let’s dig in and explore the difference of open vs closed auto transport. You will find the main difference between open and closed auto transport, is cost and how the vehicle is shipped. Below you can find more detail on the difference between open auto transport and enclosed auto transport.

eShip Auto Transport Services is the obvious choice of transport company when you need to ship your car from one location to another. From our outstanding customer service to our unbeatable prices and reliability, you need to feel secure in the knowledge that you are entrusting your car to the right people. Our expertise is second to none. With eShip Transport, the main choice there is to make is whether to choose open auto transport or enclosed auto transport?

The answer you should make primarily depends on the value of the car you are transporting.

A mid-range family sedan is unlikely to require as much protection from the road and the elements as a 1939 Alfa Romeo. Whether you choose open auto transport, enclosed soft side auto transport, and hard side enclosed auto transport, eShip Transport has an option with the correct amount of protection for any car you are shipping.

What Is Open Auto Transport?

What Is Open Auto Transport?   eShip Auto Transport’s open auto transport is our most economical choice for shipping your car. This option utilizes uncovered multi-car trailers. This option is the one that most people have seen on the highway at some time. Most multi-car trailers carry anywhere from eight to ten cars per transport. This means that the cost per car is lower and eShip Transport can then pass those savings on to our clients.

Open Auto Transport is Very Safe

When a car is transported via open auto transport, it will not be protected by a physical barrier while it is on the road. This means that your car will be exposed to the normal dirt and dust that any car would encounter on a road trip. It will also be unprotected from any debris that might kick up from the road as well as rain, hail, snow, and strong winds. However, the chance of any serious damages to your car is remote and aside from a little dust and grime, we guarantee that your car will be delivered damage-free and on time.

In fact, the chances of damage to cars on an open auto transport are so small that car dealerships and auto manufacturers also use this method of auto transport to move their inventory around the country.

What Is Enclosed Auto Transport?

What Is Enclosed Auto Transport?    eShip Auto Transport’s enclosed auto transport option is our more expensive transport option. You will probably not realize it when you see a closed auto transport carrier on the road because the cars are not exposed and visible. Enclosed auto transport carriers can carry fewer cars at a time than open auto transport carriers, with the typical number of cars per load being between four and six. Because enclosed auto transport carriers are a more specialized and expensive vehicle for a driver to own, there are fewer of them in service. This makes them harder to book, which in turn contributes to the higher cost to the client. Enclosed auto transport provides a physical barrier between your car and the elements during transport, thus providing a higher level of protection.

Enclosed auto transport is available in two options; soft side enclosed auto transport and hard side enclosed auto transport with a hydraulic lift.

Soft Side Enclosed Auto Transport

When you choose eShip Auto Transport’s soft side enclosed option, your car will be shielded from the elements by a sturdy tarp as it travels on the highway. The tarp will form a barrier of protection from anything that might be thrown up from the road and potentially scratch or dent your car. Your car will also be safe from the damaging effects of hail, snow, high winds, and other harsh weather conditions.

Because the tarp does not form a fully airtight seal with the frame of the auto transport trailer, some road dirt and dust could still seep in and get onto your car.

Hard Side Enclosed Auto Transport with Hydraulic Ramp

eShip Transport’s hard side enclosed auto transport option provides the highest level of protection possible to your car during transit. These carriers have four hard walls and a hard roof.  Nothing is going to touch your car when it is inside a hard side carrier;  from dirt and grime to harsh weather, to road debris, your car will be totally protected. The condition in which your car is loaded is the same condition in which it will arrive at its destination.

Our hard side auto transport carriers also feature a hydraulic ramp that offers an extra level of protection to your car from possible damage in the loading and unloading process.

When Is Enclosed Auto Transport The Right Choice?

When Is Enclosed Auto Transport The Right Choice?    Ultimately, the final choice between open auto transport and enclosed auto transport is made by the car owner. There are, however, some obvious situations where enclosed auto transport would be a wiser choice and the additional transport cost is justified.

Very Expensive Cars or Investment Cars

For cars of very high value, enclosed auto transport is a prudent choice. If a car has been purchased as an investment or if it has an expensive or unusual paint job, it would be unwise to ship it via open auto transport. Even the smallest ding or scratch on such a car can cause its value to decrease significantly.

Cars With Low Ground Clearance

Cars that have low ground clearance, i.e. four inches or less, require the use of a hydraulic lift for loading and unloading. If a car with low ground clearance is driven up a ramp of standard grade, the undercarriage will scrape on the ground, resulting in scratches and maybe even serious damage. For this reason, all of eShip Transport’s hard side enclosed auto transport carriers feature a hydraulic lift.

Antique, Classic and Collectors Cars

By their nature, antique, classic, and collector’s cars tend to be older. As these cars also fall into the category of expensive cars, the wise choice is to ship them via enclosed auto transport.

Older cars are more delicate and there is always a risk of parts either falling off, being blown off, or being jolted off on the open road. When parts are lost from antique cars, they can be very difficult and expensive to replace. Also, classic and antique cars are often show cars and it is important for them to arrive at their destination in pristine condition with no extra wear or damage to paint jobs or upholstery.

eShip Transport Is Always The Best Choice For Either Open Or Enclosed Auto Transport

eShip Transport Is Always The Best Choice For Either Open Or Enclosed Auto Transport    Whether you choose open or enclosed auto transport, we promise that we will handle your car with white-glove service. At eShip Transport, every auto transport, whether open or enclosed, comes with our Platinum Protection Plan which includes:

  • Our guarantee that every driver and carrier is fully bonded and insured
  • $300 towards car rental should your delivery be delayed by over 48 hours
  • Vehicle tracking
  • Your own designated agent through the entire process
  • Free storage at our eShip Transport locations
  • Price lock guarantee
  • Door to door service.

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eShip Transport 5-Star Review Rating
Family owned business who go above and beyond for their clients. Easy to reach, calls returned and inquiries tended to promptly. They are very on top of their operations. Answered all my questions thoroughly. Honest people. Got the ball rolling quickly and set me up to transport my vehicle with 36 hours. AMAZING.
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eShip Transport 5-Star Review Rating

I have been in touch with eShip auto transport like last one year. They are number 1. They not only provide best service but insure the security of vehicles. I transport through them because they take care of my vehicles. I never encountered any damage. Extremely satisfied with and recommending to others as well.

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eShip Transport 5-Star Review Rating

Many thanks to the guy at Eship for handling the transportation of my 1967 Mustang. I was nervous to say the least. However, after speaking with Craig, and having him explain to me the process, I felt much more at ease. Fortunately my car arrived in the same mint shape it was when it was picked up. Thanks again for a your professionalism. I ‘ll be sure to recommend you to my friends and family.