An open auto transport is the most common way of transporting a vehicle from one location to another. It comes in different lengths and capacities, ranging from an 8-12 car trailer, to a single car, raised bed trailer, and depending on their size, they are used for different dimensions of autos.
The reason open transport vehicles are as common as they are, is because they are more versatile in their application than the enclosed transport trailers. While they do not provide the same amount of protection as the enclosed variation their versatility comes from the angle of the ramps and the size of vehicles they can transport.
An open trailer can transport vehicles with varying heights and dimensions in a single trip which makes the job of a carrier a lot easier than if it were an enclosed transport. This is also why the price of transferring a vehicle with this type of a trailer is a lot more affordable than the latter.
Due to their versatility, open transports can carry different types, models and sizes of cars at a time, meaning that even a Ford F150 can be transported, without it costing an arm and a leg. Depending on the size, weight and width of the vehicle, a special open transport with the capacity to carry that particular vehicle, would more suitable and safe.
However, those specialized, individual trailers, are more expensive for carriers and thus, for you to book, so keep that in mind when choosing.
The booking process requires the specific information for the make and model of the vehicle as well as if there are any suspension, visual or performance modifications which could make the transfer more difficult. In these cases, it’s vital to inform us, so we can choose a carrier who is capable to safely take on your load.
An open transport does not have any walls or a ceiling, thus making it possible to transport large vehicles like family vans and work trucks. An enclosed transport is used for high value, show, sports or super cars who have a low suspension and cannot get up steeply inclined ramps safely – enclosed have a lifting feature, whereas open ones have a foldable ramp.
There is a limited risk of road chips hitting the car and mildly scratching the paint, however, those cases are quite rare. The only way an auto is secure to the auto transporter, is through straps, so theft, while also rare, is possible – if you want to make sure that you vehicle is 100% safe, then book a more expensive enclosed transport.
This can occur due to several reasons and unfortunate events like a delay of the transport job on your end, an undisclosed immovable vehicle, an undisclosed oversized load and much more. This is why we recommend that you follow the protocol and are upfront – in the case where all of these conditions have been met, and you still receive a large charge, give us call immediately.
If you are available at the location of the pickup, it’s good to make sure that the driver has enough space to maneuver and that the ground is level so the ramp can lay on an even ground. This will make the carrier’s job a lot easier and turn you into their favorite driver – food and drinks as a courtesy are also nice.
Ask for a cover for the vehicle or put a cover on it to prevent rain and dust to damage pain. It’s also good to remove window wipers and fold side mirrors.
I chose USTrans as my auto transport platform because they were the only ones who were honest with me. They didn’t set unrealistic expectations just to get my money, they were straightforward from day 1 and were very helpful which I really appreciate – here’s to a 5 star Google Review!!
I’ve had bad experience with auto transport companies before which made me reluctant trying and trusting anyone else. Long story short – USTrans talk the talk and walk the walk which is super rare nowadays. I’m extremely happy with the service, they chose a very nice carrier who kept in touch with me.
I live in LA, but had a show in Dallas and I didn’t want to rent a car so I had USTrans move my vehicle ahead of time so I could have I there. I’m generally satisfied with them, however, one thing that caught me of guard that the carrier changed the price at the last second, I don’t know who’s fault it is – we were able to clear everything up.
When I received the orders to move again, I knew that this time I had to have my car with me, can’t be without a vehicle. So I found USTrans, they were very helpful in finding a suitable carrier, my moving date was just a week away and I had to use expedited shipping – good thing the military covers the expense.
I’m kind of relieved that it’s over. It’s my first time using an auto transport service across the country and I was scared that the car would get stolen and I’d never see it. Honestly it was a sigh of relief when I saw the semi pull up with my civic – it was a sight for sore eyes – glad I chose USTrans because they were honest and upfront with them from the get go – great service.
Moving a car from Hawaii to mainland US would be a nightmare without the services of USTrans. I don’t really know the details, but by the end of it I felt like I swam the distance myself – good thing the carrier was upfront and they let me know whenever they were delays – you can’t control everything even if you wanted to.
The overall experience of moving a car is super stressful, but USTrans were there to assist. The only issue I had was that they were a little late to reply to some of my messages, however, aside from that they were fantastic – I could not be happier.
USTrans helped me get back on my feet. After I lost my business, life’s been kinda hard, but speaking with the customer support people kinda brought back some enthusiasm back to me, that’s how you do business. These guys helped me move my van to Minnesota so I can start over. Thank you!
So I came back from Europe, but didn’t have the time go get my car back, so I used USTrans to assist and they were fantastic. I don’t really know how they select the carriers, but whoever made their selection process should get a medal – the carrier was fantastic, super organized and they were really honest with the delays – great job, USTrans!