OPEN CARRIER CAR SHIPPING
Open car transport is the standard method of shipping vehicles. The plenitude of open car carriers makes open car shipping the most popular option to transport vehicles.
WHAT IS OPEN CARRIER TRANSPORT?
Open car transport is the standard method of transporting vehicles in the car shipping industry. As the name suggest, autos are transported on open car carriers uncovered to weather and road conditions. Your vehicle is exposed to the same elements you encounter while driving, such as sun, snow, dust, debris and others. Being it the most economic way to ship a car, there's no question why a large part of vehicle shipping (80%) is done on open transport carriers. Private individuals, auto dealerships and even car manufacturers generally use the open car shipping service.
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REASONS FOR SHIPPING CAR OPEN
There are three primary reasons that open car shipping is the most favored form of shipping vehicles:
First, the amount of open auto carriers available to transport a vehicle is vast. As a result, vehicles are generally picked up within 72 hours compared to other types of carriers like the enclosed or low-boy carrier that could take weeks to become available.
Second, open car transport is the most economical service in the auto transport industry. Due to the plenitude of open carriers available to choose from carriers need to maintain car shipping costs competitive.
Lastly, vehicles are fully insured bumper to bumper on the open car carrier. With a minimum coverage of $100,000 per vehicle on the open carrier, any negligent damage, scratch, ding or dent is fully covered with no out of pocket cost to you.
OPEN CAR CARRIERS
Open car transport is normally done with a 7-10 Car Hauler. These carriers, as you might suspect, can handle 7-10 autos at a time. Those are the same trucks commonly seen on the road hauling vehicles. There are; however, various types open car haulers.
1-3 Car Hauler- One open transport carrier that is seldom used is the 1-3 car hauler or as it is also known, a "hot shot". It resembles a flat bed tow truck and normally used for short distance routes.
3-4 Car Hauler- An open carrier that uses heavy duty trucks like an F-350 to haul autos is a 3-4 car hauler. It can get into smaller streets and transit times are faster BUT due to the small number of available trucks they're uncommonly used.
Low Boy/Step Deck- Low boys or step decks are utilized to transport large oversized vehicles. These carriers are capable of transporting vehicles with excess weight such as service trucks, buses, and RV's.
SAFEGUARD YOUR AUTO DURING OPEN CAR SHIPPING
It makes sense that cars during open car shipping are more likely to be damaged, right? Not really. The number one reason for damage to cars in transport is negligence. Damages are a result of inexperienced carriers who fail to take proper safety measures when handling vehicles. Although our carriers have over 15 years of experience transporting vehicles accompanied by outstanding safety records, there are steps you can take to minimize the odds of damage to your auto.
- Wash Vehicle: Prior to shipping your vehicle we suggest washing your auto to get a better visual on pre-existing scratches, dings or dents.
- Record Damage: Make notes of pre-existing damages. You can use these notes to compare them with the driver's inspection report.
- Take Pictures: In addition to your notes we recommend taking pictures as well. Take pictures with dates of your entire car from all angles and any pre-existing damage.
- Get Driver's Acknowledgement: Conduct a thorough inspection of the vehicle with driver. Have driver acknowledge any pre-existing damage before releasing vehicle and acknowledge any new damage before accepting it.
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