Open Style Carrier
Here are some terms you should be familiar
with when booking an auto for shipment.
Enclosed Transport — Enclosed trailers handle from
one to six cars at a time depending on their length.
Cars are loaded into a trailer with protection on all four
sides. This is generally the most expensive method of
transport, but provides the greatest protection from the
elements. This method is most commonly used for
exotic automobiles and is rarely the factory used method
for new autos.
— This method is the most common. Unless your car was manufactured by
Porsche or Volvo whom sometimes use enclosed, this is most likely the way it was shipped from
the factory when brand new. The cars are secured on open trailers and are exposed to the same
elements as when driven.
— Often cars are consolidated into a terminal for loading. A smaller truck is better suited
to come directly to the customerís residence and relocate the car to a facility where a larger multi
car unit can load it. Often a reduced rate may apply if a customer drops off or picks up their car
from the terminal.
Door to Door
— This commonly used expression is often misunderstood. While the use of a
terminal allows the smaller truck to come directly to your residence, this is not always the case.
Terminals are not always available in certain areas. If the larger multi unit truck is delivering
directly to you, it may be necessary to meet the driver in a large commercial parking lot to receive
your car. This is important to understand. Many people assume that if a moving van can get to
their house then the car carrier should as well. The problem is first that the turning radius and
ground clearance on the car carrier is very different and second that your car as well as others
on the truck will be exposed to low hanging branches common in residential areas. It is in the
customerís best interest as well to arrange a safe meeting in a commercial location. Details
such as this can be discussed with your customer service representative prior to booking your