Auto transport is the process of moving your car from one place to the next. This can be from state to state or country to country as long as you and the shipper can agree, your car can be transported. If the destination is just a local one, trucks are used to transport your car and if the destination is international, ships are used instead.
There are several types of auto transport service that different companies can offer and if you don’t know what you are looking for, you could end up getting something that you don’t really need. In this article let me give you some ideas regarding the different auto transport services so that you can avoid confusion when choosing one.
1. Open carrier
Open carrier auto is the standard service that most companies will give their customers. This is a reliable type of service which works for most shipping needs and this is also what most customers want because this is the cheaper service among those that are offered by shippers. This type of service works for most needs but it has one disadvantage and that is, your car is exposed to the elements.
2. Enclosed carrier
Enclosed carrier is the type of service wherein your car will be placed in an enclosed cargo van or container. This is designed for special needs like shipping a vintage car or a luxury car wherein more protection is need and the car owner just can’t afford his car to be exposed to the natural elements. As you can guess, this is the pricier option.
3. Door to door auto transport
Another type of service is the door to door service. In this type of service, the carrier will pick your car in a designated place nearest to where you are and deliver your car to the nearest place to your destination. Seldom can a door to door service really pick up and deliver right at your door because there are certain restrictions that can prevents this and shippers are only required to pick and deliver to the nearest location that safety will allow.
4. Terminal to terminal
Terminal to terminal auto transport is the type of service wherein you the car owner will have to deliver your car to the nearest shipper terminal and likewise, they will have to deliver your car to the terminal nearest to your new location. Upon reaching the terminal, your car will be stored in a storage facility and it is then your responsibility to pick your car up and drive it to your new home.
Things can differ between auto transport companies but there services will definitely fall within these four categories. If you still don’t know what you need, try to contact a reliable shipper and tell them what you want done. Tell them also about the make and model of your car and any pertinent information that comes with it. Doing this will surely enlighten you because auto transport companies are most helpful to prospecting customers.