Open Vs Enclosed Auto Transport

People who want to make moving easier have very well depended upon auto transport. The hassle of driving miles across countries or states is eliminated by having shipping companies do the job. One only has to pay for the transport and his car will reach its location in just a matter of time. Of course, one has to choose a professional and legitimate auto transport company to ensure the safe delivery of his car.There are many considerations to think about when planning to have a car transported. There are the cost, the special services for the vehicle, and the type of transport. It is a common misunderstood notion among many people that transporting a car may only be done through a large trailer hauling vehicles together. Auto transport companies offer a variety of shipping methods. One such type of shipping to decide upon is whether to avail of open or enclosed shipping. These two have many differences in terms of cost and benefits.Open Transport
This method is the most common means of transporting vehicles. This is also the common idea most people have in mind when they want their cars transported. The vehicles are transported in open carriers, with about 10 to 15 cars at a time. Open transport is the standard method among companies. Even dealers get their vehicles transported by open shipping. With this method, the transport cost is cheaper than the other methods. However, since the cars are transported in open air, they are at risk of damages. Debris encountered along the road may prove dangerous to the vehicles. The weather is also very unpredictable and is the greatest enemy of travelling trailers. Occurrence of snow or even hail while transporting the vehicles is very hazardous. This is why prior to the transport, the owner must make sure that any damages that might occur will be covered by the insurance provided by the transport company.Enclosed Auto Transport
Due to the risk posed to the cars in open transport, many companies have thought of transporting them inside closed carriers. This method is now very common especially for people with expensive cars. Compared with the open transport that hauls more than 10 cars a time, closed transport is done only with 2 to 4 cars inside the carriers. Thus, closed auto transport commands a very high price. Nevertheless, what you are paying is worth it, considering the assurance that your car will be delivered safely and scratch-free. Imagine transporting a vintage car out in the open, or maybe a car that is worth millions. Surely, that is not a good thought.So which method of shipping to choose? It all depends on your priority. If you want to save up on money, then the open shipping is for you. However, you must be prepared with the risk that might happen to your car. This would not be a problem of course if the insurance covers the damages. But if your car is very precious, you might want to consider the enclosed transport.

Auto Transport “Free Auto Transport Quotes”

Free Shipping quotes:When looking for auto transport, a popular search will result in many sites offering free shipping quotes or free transport quotes. These quotes are based on different national auto transport rates that include many variables. These variables can be the time of year (season), size of vehicle, location of origin and destination, etc. Also, how the rate is calculated depends on whom it is coming from, and the majority of free online quotes are from auto transport brokers. This means the transport quote will include a broker’s fee.Free shipping quotes are a way to lure in prospective transport jobs. It attracts curious shoppers to auto shippers’ services. As mentioned before, these quotes will vary depending on many variables. However, the biggest factor to getting good service is how much the actual transport truck is getting paid. The total transport rate minus the auto transport brokers fee will determine the transport trucks total pay for the job. A higher paying rate to the transport truck will result in better and quicker service. Also, the truck driver determines the quality of the transport service.Today, the vehicle transport industry has evolved to the point that your free transport quote may be sold as an auto transport lead, also known as a “Hot Lead”. Once you place your free quote request for auto transport, your info may be posted on an online lead board. Brokers looking on these lead boards will receive your request based on how much money they have paid for the “lead”. The more money they pay per lead means the less competition they will have competing for the transport lead. You will receive phone calls from up to a dozen or more auto transport broker companies. They will tell you about their service and try to get your business. Whichever auto shipper you choose, the process will work the same. Any further questions or concerns about how the “process” works, you can read our previous articles “How Auto Transport Works” and “Problems and Solutions”.To insure a good auto shipping experience, always do your research so that you feel confident and secure about your decision. There are many Transport Review sites that post feedback on all auto transport brokers. Almost every broker will have a couple negative feedback stories. Typically, most people choose the auto shipper with the lowest amount of negative feedback. However, this is not always the best way to make a good decision. You need to remember that when using an auto transport broker, there will be two parties involved. Most of the time auto brokers receive bad feedback when they make promises that they cannot keep. You must realize the truck driver/transport company has their own agenda so the broker has little to no control. With that being said, if you want to help insure the quality of your service, you can ask how much the actual transport truck will be paid for moving your vehicle. Because as previously stated, a higher paying rate to the transport truck usually results in better and quicker service.Our next article will discuss types of transport trucks and how the service differs from truck to truck (ex: 2, 4, 6, 10 car carrier trucks). Also, tips to avoid natural and preventable hazards during transport will also be included in the next article.