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Open VS Enclosed Car Transport

Which Should I Use?

When it comes to transporting vehicles from one location to the other, there’s two common modes of transport. These are open air and enclosed. The mode of transport to be used is dependent on size, number and type of cars being shipped. Open air transport means that the vehicles are fully exposed. It’s mainly used to transport multiple vehicles. Enclosed transport is mainly used to transport luxurious, classic or exotic vehicles that need protection from external damages. Below we will discuss pros and cons of each mode of transport.

Open Air Transport

Used in transporting multiple vehicles. Below are the pros.


They ensure your car is fully insured before transport and all the right paperwork is processed. Each client is made a holder of the insurance cover so that if they need compensation, they can directly go to the insurance company where they will get fully compensated. Total Car Shipping specialists advise clients on how to prepare their vehicles for transporting to make the process easier and fast.


When transporting a high number of vehicles, open air transport is ideal because you can fit several vehicles without a problem. To save on the cost, you can also transport a single car together with other people’s vehicles if there’s some space left.

Enclosed Trailer Transport

This mode of transport can be used to transport up to 7 vehicles in a single trip. Below are the pros.


This mode of transport guarantees protection of vehicles because they’re fully covered from any external damages. The client doesn’t have to worry about any potential dents. This explains why it’s slightly more expensive than open air transport where vehicles are exposed.


Unlike open air transport where the driver might need to stop regularly to drop off vehicles along the way, once an enclosed trailer is dispatched, it doesn’t stop until the vehicles are delivered to the destination given. This makes it fast and timely.

Which Mode of Transport is Suitable for your Car Transport? Open or Enclosed?

Total Car Shipping agents advise the clients on the most suitable mode of transport based on the type, size and number of vehicles to be shipped. If the vehicles to be shipped are rare and exotic for example, enclosed trailers are recommended for maximum protection. If a client wants a budget friendly mode of transport, open air transport is recommended. Regardless of the mode of transport used, we always ensure that each car is delivered on time and in the very condition we picked it in.

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Total Car Shipping is a top-rated car shipping company with the client’s best interest at heart. We do it all. We transport all types and numbers of vehicles. After you book your car shipment with us, we take care of everything else. Each car is fully insured and picked on the agreed-upon date. The agent assigned to your car shipment will keep you updated at all times to ensure you’re constantly aware of the location of your car. Our car shipping services are reliable and available all year round. Our car shipping quotes are free and all-inclusive. To transport a car with us, contact us through our toll-free number (800) 516-5569.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to our most commonly asked questions about vehicle shipping.

The cost of transporting a car across the country is highly influenced by factors such as mode of transport, number of miles traveled, number of vehicles shipped, time of the year among others. However, the average cost of shipping a car for a short distance is about $570 for 300 miles.

Open-air transport is the cheapest way to transport a car because you can share space with other clients transporting vehicles in the same direction. Instead of door-to-door car transport, using terminal to terminal will save you some money. Booking your car transport during peak seasons such as summer is budget-friendly because there are many carriers available.

The answer is yes. Transporting a car with Total Car Shipping means that you can transport luggage of up to 100lbs in your trunk. In this case, our drivers are allowed to inspect the luggage for legal purposes. The drivers are allowed to reject transporting luggage in the car if it might pose a security threat.

Yes. Total Car Shipping fully insures every car we transport and makes the client a holder of the insurance cover. This is to ensure that if the car isn’t delivered in the condition we picked it in, the client can claim compensation from the insurance company without having to go through us. This makes the process easy and fast.

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