How Auto Transport Works

Shipping Your Vehicle Can Seem Intimidating. It Doesn’t Have To Be.

Most people never give any thought to how to ship a vehicle over a long distance; until they have to. At first glance, the process may seem overwhelming and intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. eShip Transport has been shipping our clients’ vehicles all over the United States and the world for over ten years and our system is streamlined and easy to navigate. Our friendly, professional agents are always ready to take your call and assist with getting the process started.

The eSHip Auto Transport Three-Step Process.

eShip Transport has put together a guide to our easy Auto Transport Three-Step Process. Our years of experience in the auto transport business have allowed us to refine our operation to make it as user friendly as possible for you, our client.

Step One: Get A Quote- Secure Your Booking.

Once you have decided on your dates, simply fill out our easy to use free quote tool or, call us and one of our knowledgeable agents will be happy to put a quote together for you. Now go ahead and do some homework. Compare our prices and services to other auto transport companies. We believe you will find that you get a higher level of service at a more fair price with eShip Transport. Now all you have to do is let us schedule your vehicle pick up at a location that is convenient for you. You won’t pay a penny until the right driver for your transport has been located and your pickup is scheduled.

Step Two: Our Friendly and Professional Driver Picks Your Vehicle Up.

When your driver arrives at your pre-arranged pick up location, you and he will carry out a detailed inspection of your car and fill out a Bill of Lading. This document records the exact condition of your vehicle at the beginning of its journey. It is important to take the time to complete it thoroughly as it could be important in the unlikely event that your vehicle sustains damage on the road. Next, your driver will load and secure your vehicle and transport it to your new location.

Step Three: You Are Reunited With Your Vehicle.

The last step in the process is meeting your vehicle when it arrives. Your driver will call you when the transport is getting close to your location. On arrival, your vehicle will be carefully unloaded. Now all you have to do is re-inspect your vehicle to confirm that we took excellent care of it during transport, sign the Bill of Lading and the process is complete. It’s that simple!

You Can Call eShip Transport Any Time.

If you have questions at any step in the process, from gathering quotes to taking final delivery of your vehicle, we encourage you to contact us. We believe in being 100% transparent with our clients and if you have questions or concerns about how the auto transport business works, we will always be ready with straight forward, honest answers. We want you to make an informed decision and feel good about choosing eShip Transport to ship your vehicle.


What is the Difference Between Open and Closed Transport?

Think of it as the difference between a Honda and a Ferrari. You’ll pay a lot more for the Ferrari, but the Ferrari performs a lot better. If the two were in a race, the Honda wouldn’t stand a chance. So, while you’re paying more, you’re also getting more in return. That’s what happens with enclosed transport for your vehicle. Enclosed transport is more expensive, but the trailer thoroughly protects your car. Open transport is competitiveer, but your car has no protection from the dust, debris, and weather while in transit.

Which Option is Best for Me?

In this section, we’ll look at each option in more detail.

Open Transport

This is the most common method of transporting vehicles. Most companies that you call will offer this method only. That’s why some providers can come in with very low quotes. Be wary of them; they’re only offering open transport. With this method, the cars are loaded onto a trailer as is. The carrier moves them just like they are. This means that the vehicles have no protection against the elements and dirt (or debris) on the road.   Now, in all fairness, this is the most popular means of transport because it’s relatively low risk. The risk of damage to your car is around 5%. That’s pretty good by any standards. And, if you have an average-priced vehicle, this can save you some money. There’s a low chance of damage and, if anything does happen, repairs are inexpensive.  If, on the other hand, you’ve got a more expensive vehicle, like a Lexus or Ferrari, that 5% risk becomes more significant. With a luxury vehicle, even a small scratch is costly to repair. If your car is a collector’s item, scratches could dramatically decrease its value. Either way, it’s not worth taking the risk of transporting high-value vehicles without protection.  The advantage of using open transport is that it’s a lower cost. A further advantage is that it’s easy enough to find a carrier. Open carriers are a lot more common than their enclosed counterparts.  From the carrier company’s point of view, an open trailer is:
  • Less expensive to operate
  • Cheaper to buy
Of course, none of these considerations will mean anything to you if you’re a collector looking after your prized possession.

Enclosed Auto Transport

This entails using a trailer that offers the vehicles inside significant protection. There are two types available, and we’ll deal with this in more detail in a second. The primary advantage of these enclosed carriers is that they provide more protection for the vehicles inside. The cars are better protected from the elements and debris flying up from the road. If you want the best protection for your vehicle, this is it. Naturally, you’ll need to expect to pay a little more for the added protection of an enclosed transport.

There are Two Types of Enclosed Transport

Hard Side with Hydraulic Lift This is the premier option and best-suited for high-end vehicles that have low clearances. What sets this apart is that a hydraulic lift is used to lift the car into place. This process reduces the chance of damage when we load or unload the vehicle. The container that we put the cars into also has hard sides. The hard sides completely protect the vehicle inside from dirt and debris on the road. Soft Side with Regular Ramp   This is slightly less expensive. While this option certainly provides a greater level of protection for your vehicle than open transport, it does lack in protection in comparison to enclosed transports with hard sides and hydraulic lifts. With soft side transport, there are no hard sides to the trailer. The carrier covers the trailer with a tarp, so the vehicle does have a barrier from the outside elements. That said, there are gaps and holes in the tarps that dust and debris can work their way through.

Expedited Auto Transport 

Maybe something went wrong with the original company that you hired to move your vehicle. Perhaps something came up that makes it necessary to expedite the transport. Perhaps you need your vehicle at its destination sooner, rather than later. It doesn’t make a difference – the point is that you can’t wait for the typical length of time. Whatever the reason, give us a call. We deal with an extensive network of reliable carriers. We’ll help expedite the transport for you.  Expedited transport will cost a little more, but we’ll still negotiate the best possible rate for you. So, if you need your vehicle moved across the country fast, call us for the best price and service.