Open car transport experiences
Why our customers chose us as their open transport car shipping partner
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.
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.
We go above and beyond with our open car transport
Check out some of our valued customers stories
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 videos at the pick-up. Everything went smoothly!
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!
1957 Triumph TR3 that we shipped for a client that hired us on uShip. This was a challenging pickup as the seller of the car has owned it for the last 60 year. However, we successfully managed to load the vehicle and safely deliver it to his home.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
$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.
The benefits of using our open car shipping service
Learn about the advantages of open car transport
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Open car transport hints & tips
Open car transport advices from experienced car shippers
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.
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.
Before you ship a car, you might want to consider how to get a car shipping quote! Contact us here at SGT Auto Transport and we'll provide one to you very quickly.