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Our average rating is 4.7 out of 5 (based on 4514 customer reviews)

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Why our customers chose us as their open transport car shipping partner

Scott B
5.0 out of 5
Great service from start to finish with on time delivery and no damage to the car. I would absolutely use them again.
Keaton N.
5.0 out of 5
Great experience shipping with SGT. Not only did they beat the estimated delivery date by two days, but they were great to work with.
Garm B.
5.0 out of 5
I use SGT every time. I received a car today, and it was an exceptional experience.
Alex C
5.0 out of 5
Great service. I had car ship to me from different state. They kept me inform every step of the way. They were easy to get a hold off.
Rafael R.
5.0 out of 5
They responded to all my emails and phone calls in a rapid manner! Very professional! My vehicle arrived on the scheduled day! Thank you!
George Tompson
5.0 out of 5
The guys did a great job! The trucker that was assigned for my shipping order was great! He communicated with me in advance.
Tom Miller
5.0 out of 5
They shipped my brand new vehicle from the dealership to my home door! They gave me a firm price and the carrier arrived on time.
Andrew Johson
5.0 out of 5
Great experience from start to finish without issues. I dealt with rep John who was very professional.
Svetlana N.
5.0 out of 5
I'm very happy with SGT. They kept me informed of what's going on with my car delivery and they were always professional.
Michael D
5.0 out of 5
Extremely responsive and delivered our car three days ahead of schedule so it was waiting for us when we arrived, which was amazing.
Joseph L.
5.0 out of 5
SGT Auto Transport took great care of my van. They kept in contact with me throughout the process.
William Miller
5.0 out of 5
I would highly recommend SGT Auto Transport if you need a vehicle shipped! They assigned very reliable car carrier.
Jeff M.
5.0 out of 5
Fairly priced, professional service, and perfect delivery. Definitely recommended.
5.0 out of 5
A pleasure to deal with. Great communication the entire time. Car arrived early, a bit dusty but in perfect condition.
5.0 out of 5
Great experience! Very professional team always providing clear and accurate information. No surprises. No worries.

What is open car transport?

Open auto transport is the most common type of car shipping service. It’s easy to arrange, convenient, and excellent value for money. A car shipping company transports your car, together with other vehicles, using open trailer transport. They pick up and load your vehicle from a location of your choice and deliver it to your chosen location. It exposes your car to the elements, but it’s still the safest and most secure option if you’re on a tight budget.

What is the difference between enclosed and open auto transport?

Book open carrier auto transport and your vehicle is transported on an open trailer. The cost is lower but your vehicle is exposed to the elements. It's the preferred method for our customers because it's easy, quick and secure. Enclosed auto transport means your vehicle is protected on all sides for extra protection.

When is open car transport recommended?

There’s lots of choice when it comes to choosing car shipping, but we recommend open carrier auto transport if your vehicle is standard and you want to keep the cost to a minimum. Car dealerships choose it for this reason, and because it’s a safe, reliable, and fast option.

Is open car transport a door-to-door service?

Yes it is door-to-door transport. Shipping your vehicle using open carrier auto transport means the carrier picks it up from a location of your choosing and delivers it to your door. If it’s not safe or legal to do so, the carrier will make alternative arrangements. Rest assured, they will arrange pick-up and delivery locations as close as they can to your door.

Is open car transport a safe option for shipping your vehicle?

Yes it is. It exposes your vehicle to the elements, but that’s no different than if you parked your vehicle on the street. The construction of an open trailer provides a high level of protection from road debris. Your vehicle will also be carefully secured or locked into the trailer. You get added peace of mind knowing your vehicle has full insurance coverage.

Is open auto transport the cheapest way to ship a car?

Open carrier auto transport is the most common and cheapest way to ship a car. There are more open transport carriers, which means the price to transport a car is more affordable. Carriers are able to transport more cars on one truck, which also helps to keep the price low.

Type of
Avg. price
per mile
Sample distance
Sample price
Open $0.80 250 miles $200
Open $0.73 700 miles $511
Open $0.70 1000 miles $700
Open $0.48 1750 miles $840
Open $0.37 2400 miles $888
Open $0.35 2700 miles $945
Open $0.35 2700 miles $945
Open $0.33 3200 miles $1122

The Avg. price per mile rates shown up above are reflective of current market conditions as of January 2020. The rates are subject to change due to seasonal fluctuations, price of gas, pick-up/delivery locations, etc.

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We go above and beyond with our open car transport

Check out some of our valued customers stories

Open car transport of 2016 Ferrari California

2016 Ferrari California

Proudly shipped by SGT Auto Transport

This red beauty just arrived at “her” new home in Santa Monica, California. The customer was very concerned about the shipping, since he is doing this for the first time. We arranged a hard side enclosed carrier and as you can see, he monitored the entire process to ensure safe handling of the vehicle.

Open car transport of 2019 Porsche Panamera

2019 Porsche Panamera

Proudly shipped by SGT Auto Transport

This is exactly what door-to-door service means. We delivered the vehicle right at the customer’s front door. It was early morning and he woke up and saw his dream car outside. He tipped the driver for a job well done!

Open car transport of 2018 Mclaren 720s

2018 McLaren 720

Proudly shipped by SGT Auto Transport

Sometimes you get lucky enough to receive such a nice gift from your father for your graduation. We carefully selected our carrier for this shipment to ensure that the pickup from New York and delivery to San Francisco went as planned.

Open car transport of 1969 Buick LeSabre

1969 Buick LeSabre

Proudly shipped by SGT Auto Transport

An absolute classic! Or should we call this a muscle car? What else could you possibly need. This beauty was shipped from the heart of Chicago and delivered to a restoration shop in East Bronx. The customer required no more than 3 cars on the trailer so we arranged this as promised.

Open car transport of 1970 Chevy Corvette

1970 Chevy Corvette

Proudly shipped by SGT Auto Transport

For this shipment, we were hired through uShip. This customer had a very firm timeframe for pick-up and delivery. The customer required a pick-up within 24 hours because he wanted to be there at the time of pick-up to see the car get loaded and as well as complete the inspection report himself. We managed to meet his expectations with flying colors.

Open auto transport of 2017 Porsche Panamera

2017 Porsche Panamera

Proudly shipped by SGT Auto Transport

We've been shipping this vehicle since 2017. Our “snowbird” is using us for this vehicle twice a year to ship his car from New Jersey to his house in Key West, FL.

Open auto transport of Chevy Impala

Chevy Impala

Proudly shipped by SGT Auto Transport

Beautiful 1966 Chevrolet Impala SS that we shipped for a repeat client from Bobo’s Rods & Customs. We've been doing business together since 2016. Check out their stunning inventory!

Open auto transport of Lamborghini Huracan

Lamborghini Huracan

Proudly shipped by SGT Auto Transport

We were hired to pick up this vehicle and deliver it to the famous Liberty Walk tuning shop. After the aftermarket additions, we loaded the car on the same truck and delivered it back to the customer in Houston, Texas.

Open auto transport of Bentley Continental

Bentley Continental

Proudly shipped by SGT Auto Transport

After the previous shipper cancelled on the customer at the last minute, the customer was able to find us late afternoon on Friday with a special requirement to arrange his transportation over the weekend due to time restrictions. We successfully delivered his vehicle 7 days later from Boston to Seattle. The Bentley still shines!

Open vehicle shipping of Monster truck

Monster truck

Proudly shipped by SGT Auto Transport

This vehicle was delivered to the Monster Truck Show in North Carolina. This type of vehicle required a single car carrier or flat bed because of the oversized dimensions.

Open vehicle shipping of Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

Proudly shipped by SGT Auto Transport

The customer hired us to ship two of his three Ford Mustangs. He is restoring old muscle cars and we were able to ship a few more cars for him.

Open vehicle shipping of Chevrolet Corvette

Chevrolet Corvette

Proudly shipped by SGT Auto Transport

Bought from a private seller in Arizona, we loaded the car without any issues. The carrier was super happy to see such a vehicle in pristine condition. The customer required a few photos and video at the pick-up. All went smoothly!

Open vehicle shipping of Audi R8

Audi R8

Proudly shipped by SGT Auto Transport

The moment of delivery! The customer is taking a photo of the carrier who is unloading his new R8. Right after the picture, the customer jumped in his new car to take a ride in the city. He sent a nice gesture to our company - a bottle of wine!

Open vehicle shipping of Audi R8

1957 Triumph

Proudly shipped by SGT Auto Transport

1957 Triumph TR3 that we shipped for a client that hired us on uShip. This was a challinging pickup as the seller of the car has owned it for the last 60 year. However, we successfully managed to load the vehicle and sefely deliver it to his home.

Open vehicle shipping of 1940 Nash Lafayette

1940 Nash Lafayette

Proudly shipped by SGT Auto Transport

This is a really cool load for us. It’s a 1940 Nash Lafayette that we had picked up from Salem, OR. This is for the American Pickers TV show.

How our open car transport services works

Ship your vehicle in 3 easy steps

Open car transport process step 1

1. Get a quote and book your order

Get your free instant quote using our online calculator. It’ll take just a few seconds of your time. Provide us with 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).

It’s also possible, if you prefer, to call, email, or use Live Chat. Our dedicated open auto transport shipping advisors are always on hand to help.

The open trailer transport price you receive is fully inclusive. It includes insurance coverage, and there are no hidden fees, guaranteed. When you make your booking, we require no payment in advance. Cancellation is possible, free of charge, if you decide not to book at this time.

If you’re not satisfied with the price, contact us immediately. We’ll do our best to meet your price expectations, or do what we can to match the price you received from a direct competitor. Show more

Open car transport process step 2

2. We pick up your vehicle

A few hours before your assigned carrier is scheduled to pick-up your vehicle they will contact you. This is to confirm the arrangements and check that the pick-up location is accessible for large commercial vehicles. If it’s not legal or safe, you can make alternative arrangements at this time. There are a range of different locations you can use for the pick-up, for example, a nearby parking lot, where you work, or in a wider street close by. The carrier also needs to make sure someone is available to release the vehicle. You can nominate a third party, such as a neighbor, friend, relative, or colleague, to act on your behalf. Show more

Open car transport process step 3

3. You receive your vehicle

It won’t be long before your vehicle is almost home. Before you know it, you’ll be getting a call to let you know delivery will be in a few hours. If you’re unavailable at the scheduled time, you can nominate a representative to accept the delivery on your behalf. It could be a neighbor, relative, friend, or acquaintance. They do, however, have to be 18 years of age or older. Show more

Why car owners prefer our open carrier auto transport service

Learn why we are one of the top car shipping companies

Open transport zero due now

Zero payment required upfront

Book your open transport service with us and you pay nothing in advance. Get a free instant open car transport quote using our online quote calculator. Alternatively, phone or use our Live Chat. Only when we find a carrier and dispatch your vehicle is payment taken.

Open car shipping services uShip

The most trusted car transport company at uShip

In uShip’s list of most trusted car transport providers we come in at number one. Spend a few minutes reading our customer reviews and you’ll understand why they put us in such an excellent position.

Open auto transport insurance

Full insurance coverage for your vehicle

You get peace of mind knowing your vehicle is fully insured and secure because we include full insurance coverage in our open auto car shipping rates.

Open transport customizable services

Customizable transport and personal service

We can tailor your open auto transport service to meet your needs. No two customers are the same, which is why we decided to make it fully customizable. Get in touch with our shipping advisors by phone or Live Chat. They’ll secure the best car shipping rates and be on hand to guide you through the car shipment process.

Open car shipping personalization

Customer support available 24/7

We’re able to provide a smooth and trouble-free shipping service for all our customers because we keep our eye on the ball at all times. Our committed team of shipping advisors are available around the clock so they can monitor your shipment and be available for questions.

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$0 to pay if you cancel

You pay no penalties if you want to cancel your order before we assign a carrier. If you cancel after we’ve assigned a carrier, we’ll keep the non-refundable small partial payment. You can use the deposit if you decide to ship a car with us again, within six months.

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The benefits of using our open car shipping service

Learn about the advantages of open car transport

Easy and convenient open transport

Fast and efficient service

Open carrier auto transport is one of the fastest ways to ship a car. More than 90% of trucking companies use an open trailer. With so many to choose from, you stand a better chance of finding the right open car shipping service when you need one and the best car shipping rates.

Open car shipping saves time

A guaranteed pick-up can be arranged

If your schedule is tight and you need your vehicle picked up on a specific day, a guaranteed pick-up is the best auto transport service.

Flexible open transport

Top load placement is an option for additional protection

With open car transport you can request top load placement. This means that the carrier will not load a vehicle above yours. Choose this option if you'd like a little extra protection for your vehicle. Speak with one of our shipping advisors for an all-inclusive rate.

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Trusted network of open car carriers

We have a trusted network of open car carriers at our disposal. They’re chosen because of their high quality standards. We put each one through a strict vetting process before adding them to our list of approved open auto transport carriers.

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Best open transport prices

Get your free instant quotes using our online calculator, by phone or Live Chat, and you’ll see how good our prices are. Our goal is to secure the fairest and most competitive open trailer transport rates for you.

Multi-vehicle open transport

Your vehicle is completely safe

Your car is exposed to the elements during an open car transport service, but that’s no different than parking your car on the street. Open transport car shipping is one of the safest and most secure transport services. It also saves unnecessary mileage and wear and tear, saving you even more money.

Open car transport recommendations

When we recommend open car transport

If you’re looking for an auto transport option that fits your budget, open transport car shipping is what we recommend. If your vehicle is a standard model, and you want to keep the cost of shipping your car to a minimum, open auto transport is the best option. Open car shipping is one of the safest, most secure, and budget-friendly ways to ship a car.

When open car transport is not recommended

Open car transport suits many people but there are occasions when it’s not the recommended auto transport service. If you’re the proud owner of a custom, classic, vintage, antique, luxury, or high-end vehicle, for example, we’d recommend you opt for enclosed auto transport. Similarly, if you have modified your vehicle or it has low ground clearance, enclosed auto transport should be the service of choice.

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Open car transport hints & tips

Open car transport advices from experienced car shippers

Open or enclosed auto transport checklist

Should you choose open or enclosed auto transport? Here’s a checklist to help you decide.

What follows are 10 fundamental questions you need to consider. By the time you get to the end, you’ll have the information you need to make an informed choice.

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Open car transport: Is it safe enough?

When it comes to shipping a car, many people consider enclosed auto transport to be a far safer option than open car transport, but that’s not strictly true.

Difference between open car transport and enclosed auto transport

What is the difference between open and enclosed auto transport

If you ever need to ship a car across the country, you’re bound to have lots of questions. How long does it take and how much will it cost are probably the first ones. One thing that will influence the answers is the type of auto transport trailer that gets used. In this guide we’ll look at the various trailers used for both long and short distances.

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