Open Carrier
Auto Transport

There are essentially two types of vessels that can be used to transport vehicles: open carriers and enclosed carriers. If you’re looking car shipping for the first time, it is important to know what kind of vessel you’ll need to transport your vehicle. Before making your auto shipping decision, it is important that you speak to an expert in the field.

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Teresa Ann
Teresa Ann
September 21, 2022.
Verified
Outstanding communication and reasonable price 🙂😊. Definitely recommend them. 5 Star ⭐
Leah Thurman
Leah Thurman
September 21, 2022.
Verified
Although more expensive, the service was excellent. It was really easy to communicate with Victor and the truck drivers. Everything was properly organized. I had nothing to be concerned about. They were available by text message for any queries, and their comprehensive website is quite helpful. Additionally, once I informed them that I work nights, they made care to get in touch with me in the late afternoon when necessary and they scheduled the release of the car for the late afternoon as well, which I thought was extremely kind. This allowed me to get some sleep.
Mike Hadley
Mike Hadley
September 21, 2022.
Verified
I used Nick's Shipping twice, once from Florida to Pennsylvania and once back, and both times everything went extremely well! Nick is in constant contact with you during the entire process. The automobile arrived in 5 days and the driver was precisely on time! AAT comes highly recommended.
Kimberley Acy
Kimberley Acy
September 21, 2022.
Verified
This business is excellent. Nick was excellent and responded quickly to my texts! My personal items were fully undamaged and my automobile was delivered in flawless shape. Very pleased!
Melissa Puentes
Melissa Puentes
September 20, 2022.
Verified
George provided excellent, reliable service and was very flexible with pick-up and drop-off locations for auto transfer. I frequently use this shipping business and definitely suggest it!
Patricia Richard
Patricia Richard
September 20, 2022.
Verified
A little more expensive than they previously stated. However, they delivered my car on schedule and without a damage (they said it was because of the weather, which I questioned). And ultimately, that's what counts.
Crystal Toller
Crystal Toller
September 20, 2022.
Verified
Victor provided excellent service and was very responsive. Car showed up on schedule. My car hasn't really been transported yet. But it is commendable that American Auto Transport makes an attempt to negotiate the cheapest price.
Jackson Self
Jackson Self
September 20, 2022.
Verified
My automobile was shipped via American Auto Transport from Florida to California, and everything went smoothly. I had previously worked at this firm. Even with my unpredictable schedule, I thought George was always kind and tried his best to assist me. The answer was prompt, and communication was simple. AAT is my go-to company for vehicle transfer, and I would suggest it to everyone.
Amy McAbee
Amy McAbee
September 20, 2022.
Verified
Nick is timely in his responses to inquiries and extremely comprehensive in his email and text interactions. In comparison to other regional freight suppliers, his price is reasonable.

What is open carrier auto transport?

Open carriers are the most common way to transport vehicles. An open carrier is a carrier that leaves your vehicle exposed to the elements. Unlike enclosed carriers, there is little between the weather and the surface of your vehicle. Chances are that you’ve seen the standard 10-car open hauler on the highway. These are 18-wheel double-decker tractor trailers that carry between 8 and 10 cars. This will most likely be your best option for auto transport.

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Open carrier Auto Transport, how much does it cost?

How much does open carrier auto transport cost?

The average cost for open carrier auto transport is generally $.30 to $.50 per mile, depending on the type of vehicle. If your move consists of transporting standard daily vehicles the open carrier transport is your preferred choice and is more affordable than an enclosed auto transport option; yet still offers prestige door to door service. Most daily vehicles are exposed to weather elements and do not require the added expense of an enclosed transport.

Should I ship my car in an open or enclosed carrier?

In short answer, it depends on your auto shipment needs. The most notable reason for open carrier auto transport is cost, speed, and convenience. If As long as you don’t mind your vehicle getting a bit dirty by being exposed to the outside elements, open carrier auto transport will be just fine.

Should I have my car shipped in an open or enclosed auto transport carrier?
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Do I need open carrier auto transport?

Below are a few questions to ask yourself if you're deciding whether open carrier auto transport is right for you and your vehicle:

  • Do you consider your vehicle an investment?
  • Are you concerned about your vehicle being exposed to outside elements?
  • Are you concerned about dust, dirt, pollution, or other debris your car might be subject to over the course of transport?
  • Is your car old and/or have a custom or unique paint job?
  • Do you want extra protection against theft?

WHY TRANSPORT WITH US?

When you ship with American, you're shipping with the best in the Auto Transport business.

The primary benefit of Open Carrier Auto Transport is availability. Most transport vessels are open carriers, so the odds of finding an available driver quickly are higher than with an enclosed carrier. Thus making open carrier the least expensive option. More availability translates into prices that are much lower than enclosed auto carriers.

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