shipping guide

Open transport means that your vehicle will be outdoors, probably on an open trailer, during transport and will be exposed to the elements. This is the most common and cheapest way to ship your vehicle. If you follow all the guidelines listed here, your car has less than a 5% chance of being damaged on its journey.

There are several types of transport vehicles that can provide open transport auto shipping, from single car trailers to trucks capable of towing 10 or more cars.

Having your Car Hauled on a Trailer

If your car has low clearance, large aftermarket tires or modifications, you will need to consider hiring a single level car transport trailer or hotshot truck. These are flatbed trailers designed for one to three cars, and are also the preferred method for SUV’s, trucks, and modified cars. These trucks can transport autos more quickly than other solutions. Otherwise, you may choose to transport your car by tractor-trailer, which can load and transport many standard-sized cars at once.

Having your Car Driven to its Destination

Driveaway is also a form of open transport. The service provider drives the vehicle to its destination. No other equipment is used for the transport job, which keeps costs to a minimum. This service is a good option for customers that require affordable vehicle transport and do not mind the additional mileage on their vehicle. This is the most basic level of auto transport service. The drivers for this service are screened and the company’s insurance helps cover you against any problems with the driver or transport.

The alternative to open transport is closed transport service.

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Dean Xeros

VP of Sales, GM – Motors & Relocation at uShip.com
Dean Xeros has nearly 30 years of motor transport experience and logistics sales leadership. He is currently the VP of Sales, GM – Motors & Relocation, where he applies his expertise to some of uShip's highest volume categories including vehicles, boats, motorcycles, and household moves. Prior to joining uShip, Dean spent five years (2005-2010) as Vice President of Dependable Auto Shippers (DAS).

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