About Our Enclosed Auto Transport Services

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I had a great experience going with SGT to ship a vehicle approximately 1400 miles. They arrived on time, loaded up quickly, and met me on the receiving end at my convenience.
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They made it easy to transport a car from Oregon to Alabama and returned calls fairly quickly. Thank you for the efficient service.
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Covered car transport service

What is enclosed auto transport?

Enclosed auto transport, also sometimes called enclosed vehicle transport or enclosed carrier auto transport, is a way of shipping a vehicle that provides extra protection. If you’re the proud owner of any high-end car, classic car, or custom car, enclosed car transport is the perfect choice to get your vehicle from where it is now to where it needs to go. Auto transport that’s enclosed allows you to transport your car from point A to point B in a trailer that’s fully enclosed on all four sides and it’s protected from the weather and traffic debris, so you don’t have to worry about anything.

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What is the difference between open and enclosed auto transport?

If you choose open car transport, your vehicle will be tranported in an open trailer, along with several others. Open car transport allows your vehicle to be exposed to the weather, dust, and dirt. However, open transport is still a safe option for people looking for budget-friendly auto transport option. Vehicles shipped using covered car transportation are protected on all four sides. With this option, your vehicle is transported using an enclosed auto transport trailer. This is the auto transport service of choice for owners of classic cars, luxury cars, antique, exotic, and expensive cars. The enclosed auto transport cost is a bit higher than what you’d pay for open transport; normally, normally, this service is 30%-40% more expensive.

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When is enclosed auto transport the best option?

There are several options when you want to ship a car, but enclosed car transport is best if your vehicle is an investment. If If you’re looking to transport any of the following, then auto enclosed transport is probably the best choice: a sports car, a classic car, a luxury car, an antique vehicle or vintage car, a vehicle that has a custom or unique paint job, or a “garage queen” that you’ve spent a lot of time detailing to achieve a show-car finish. If your vehicle has huge sentimental value, covered car transport is also a good option. However, if you want to ship a standard vehicle or daily driver, we recommend you use open car transport open car transport.

Enclosed auto transport is door-to-door

Is enclosed auto transport a door-to-door service?

Yes, covered car transport can be door-to-door if you want it to be. When choosing your pick-up and delivery location, check whether there are any restrictions, low-hanging trees, or power lines, as this will make a door-to-door transport service very difficult. Rest assured, the carrier will arrange locations that are as close as possible to your door.

Enclosed auto transport is safe

Why is enclosed auto transport the safest way to ship a vehicle?

Using an enclosed auto transport company to ship your car is the safest option. Enclosed auto transport companies use trailers that are enclosed on all sides. These trailers provide complete security and protection. Having your vehicle transported in a covered car transport trailer protects it from the elements such as rain, hail, sun, snow, and ice. It’s protected from road debris and traffic grime. It also keeps your vehicle out of sight and away from prying eyes.

How much does enclosed car transport cost?

The cost of enclosed vehicle transport is determined by several factors. They include: Make and model: if your vehicle is small it’ll cost less than a large vehicle. Distance between pick-up and delivery: if the distance is short, for example, from San Francisco to Phoenix, it costs less than coast to coast. Delivery time frame: if you want an enclosed auto transport service that’s quicker than usual, the cost will be higher.

Type of auto transport service: open car transport is a good value option, however, if you own a vintage, classic, sports, antique, custom or luxury car, enclosed car transport might be a better choice. The cost is higher, but your vehicle benefits from added protection. Condition of vehicle: if your vehicle is operable it will cost less than one that is inoperable. If your car can’t be moved, specialist loading and unloading equipment is necessary which adds to the cost. Pick-up and delivery locations: auto transport services between major cities cost less than shipping a vehicle to and from more rural locations. Time of the year: the summer months are the cheapest time to ship a car. Costs increase during the winter because of the dangerous road conditions

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0 - 500 milesEnclosed$1.25300 miles$375
500 - 1000 milesEnclosed$1.00750 miles$750
1000 - 1500 milesEnclosed$0.711350 miles$959
1500 - 2000 milesEnclosed$0.651900 miles$1235
2000 - 2500 milesEnclosed$0.632200 miles$1386
2500 - 3000 milesEnclosed$0.532750 miles$1458
3000+ milesEnclosed$0.483200 miles$1536

The Avg. price per mile rates shown up above are reflective of current market conditions as of 2023. The rates are subject to change due to seasonal fluctuations, price of gas, pick-up/delivery locations, etc.

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How our enclosed auto transport services work

Ship your vehicle in 3 easy steps


Get a quote and book your order

Receive your free enclosed auto transport instant quote in just a couple of seconds using our online quote calculator. Provide some basic information, such as: pick-up city and state, delivery city and state, vehicle year, make and model, condition of vehicle, transport type, and first available shipping date (this is the first date your car will be ready to be picked up).

You can also contact our dedicated covered car transport shipping advisors directly, by phone, Live Chat or email.

You’ll get an enclosed car transport instant quote that includes full insurance coverage. There are no hidden fees, guaranteed. When you make your booking, there’s nothing to pay upfront. If you change your mind about making the booking, cancellation is free.

If the price is more than you expected, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’ll see what we can do to meet your expectations. Similarly, if you’ve got a better quote from one of our direct competitors, we’ll do our best to match it.

Booking your order is easy, you simply click on the link in your emailed quote to complete the booking. It’s also possible to call (864) 546-5038, email, or use our Live Chat, if you’d prefer to make your booking directly.

To ensure you get the best covered car transportation service possible, we then search our network of trustworthy, reliable, and vetted enclosed car carriers, for one that meets your needs. Next you’ll receive a call to confirm your pick-up date. We’ll also fill you in on the rest of the covered vehicle transport process. We’ll send your assigned carrier’s contact information to you in an automated email.

If you choose our Discounted Cash Price, we’ll take a small partial payment from your credit or debit card. You pay the balance upon delivery of your vehicle and you can pay in cash, cashier check, or money order. If you opted for the Regular Price, we collect the whole amount in order to secure your spot on the enclosed auto transport trailer.

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We pick up your vehicle

A few hours before your scheduled pick-up time, the enclosed car carrier will contact you. They need to confirm the pick-up location is accessible for large commercial vehicles. If you think it might be a problem, let them know and they can arrange an alternative. You could meet them in a wider street, where you work, or at a parking lot.

Both you and the driver have to inspect your vehicle closely before it’s loaded. Record any dings, dents, scratches, or other existing damage on the Bill of Lading. This is a crucial document in the covered car transport process, and you must keep your copy safe.

The carrier will then load your vehicle into the enclosed auto transport trailer and you can say your goodbyes. You can track the progress of your shipment by checking in with the driver at any time. Alternatively, receive regular updates over the phone, by email, or Live Chat.

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You receive your vehicle

It won’t be long before the final step in the covered car transport process is ready to take place. It’s time for you to receive your baby. A few hours before the carrier arrives, they’ll get in touch to let you know they’re almost there. It’s also a courtesy call to make sure you’re available. If you’re otherwise engaged, you can nominate a trusted friend, relative, neighbor, or colleague to accept delivery on your behalf. They do, however, have to be at least 18 years of age.

Upon delivery of your vehicle, you have the opportunity to check its condition before signing the Bill of Lading. Anyone who has opted for the Discounted Cash Price now has to make the final payment. It’s possible to pay in cash, cashier’s check, or money order.

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Why we’re a preferred covered car transportation provider

Why we’re one of the best enclosed auto transport companies

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No upfront payment required

You pay nothing in advance when you book your covered car transport service with us. Use our online calculator to get your enclosed auto transport instant quote and book your order. Payment is taken when we find a carrier and your car is dispatched for shipping.

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The most trusted auto transport company at uShip

We are featured at number one in uShip’s list of most trusted car transport companies in the US. Read some of the feedback we’ve received and you’ll appreciate why we earned such an accolade.

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Your vehicle is fully insured

Throughout the duration of your covered car transport service, you know your vehicle is fully insured and secure. Our rates for covered auto transport include the cost of full insurance coverage.

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Personal service that’s fully customizable

No two people require the same thing when it comes to booking enclosed auto transport. For this reason, we provide auto transport services that we can tailor to meet your needs. Work with our trusted shipping advisors to get the enclosed car transport service you require. For the ultimate personal service, they’ll be there to guide you through the process and be on hand if you need to ask any questions.

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Around the clock customer support

We’ve earned an enviable reputation for the smooth running of our enclosed auto transport service. Our driven shipping advisors make sure they’re available around the clock. Whenever you need us, we’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your shipment is also monitored day and night.

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Cancellation costs nothing

You can cancel your shipping order anytime before we assign a carrier to pick-up your vehicle and incur no penalties. If you have to cancel after we’ve assigned a carrier, we’ll keep the small, non-refundable partial payment. If you plan to ship a car within 6 months of cancelling, you can use the deposit.

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The benefits of using covered car transport

Learn about the advantages of enclosed auto transport

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Total peace of mind

With our enclosed car transport service, your car will arrive as clean as when it was picked up. Enclosed car shipping costs more but can you put a price on total peace of mind, knowing your vehicle is fully protected?

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Guaranteed protection

Your pride and joy is protected on all sides from the weather, rain, and road debris. There’s nothing wrong with a little rain or snow unless you’re shipping sports cars or exotic cars. Choose covered car transport and your car will stay spotless every step of its journey.

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Multiple shipping available

If you’re the proud owner of not one but two or more classic vehicles, it’s not a problem if you choose enclosed vehicle transport. We’ll make sure we get you the best deal from one of our trusted covered car transport carriers.

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Caters for cars with low ground clearance

One big advantage of using our enclosed vehicle transport services is that the carrier uses hydraulic lift gates and extended racing ramps for loading and unloading cars. This is ideal if your car has low ground clearance. It’s an important feature of enclosed auto transport trailer services.

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Experienced enclosed car carrier

A special kind of knowledge is required when shipping collectible, classic, and luxury cars. The carriers we trust to provide enclosed auto transport are well trained and experienced in providing such a top quality service. We know they’ll treat your car as if it was their own.

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Increased insurance coverage

Vehicles being shipped using an enclosed car carrier are usually of a higher value than your standard car. If your car is worth more than $50,000, we’d always recommend covered car transport because the insurance coverage is much higher.

When we recommend enclosed auto transport

If you’re the proud owner of a vintage, custom, classic, exotic, antique, or luxury car, enclosed car transport is the service we recommend. We transport your valuable vehicle inside an enclosed car shipping trailer, completely protected from the elements and traffic grime. We also recommend covered car transport for owners of vehicles with low ground clearance. During the winter months when the weather is grim, you might want to choose enclosed car transport if you want to protect your vehicle from the elements.

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