As in many situations in life car transport also has a “versus story”, such as good vs. bad, white vs. black, gold vs. silver, and so on. Car transport has the great decision between and enclosed carrier vs. an open carrier. On the following article we will revise both options, analyzing their benefits and disadvantages so you are better informed when making this tough decision.
As the years have gone by, the car transport industry has been modeling itself around its different experiences and from what customers expect during their service. Through these different experiences they have been able to accommodate the different needs customers encounter and have conditioned many types of carriers to serve their customers. Two of the main carrier types in the industry that cause a great dilemma to some are enclosed and open carriers. Both carriers offer great services and guarantee a great service. Many find their selves hard to choose between both these options as they compare price to vehicle protection.
We find that customers are price oriented and make their decisions based on this factor, however sometimes this factor is not always the answer to determine vehicle proper transportation. We have set a list of pros and cons comparing both of these services in order to educate and make our customers aware of what are the perks of each option. This way when decision time comes, they are better prepared to make up their mind, besides the price tag.
As you may have heard before, the very popular saying of “you get what you pay for” is very true, especially when you come to the car transport industry. The more you pay, the more you can guarantee a professional and hassle free service. However, this does not mean that a low budget is an immediate association for a bad service, there are great drivers all around that offer great transportation no matter the price. Then again, if your budget allows, take advantage of it.
Now we will proceed to further analyze both carriers, for a better understanding of each service. As you may be aware, there are no two cars that are the same, and each car is unique. Due to this, each car requires of different accommodations in order to be safely transported. Not only this, but the expectations that each customer have also needed to be taken in consideration. What may seem as an important detail for one customer may not seem as important to another.
The way to determine this is usually on the type of car being shipped. A high end, luxury car may not be treated the same way as a regular 4 door sedan. This luxury car will need different accommodations in order to be securely strapped and transported to its destination. Not only because the car requires more protections, due its expensive cost of repair in case of any damage, but because the owner will request these extra precautions as well.
Real Dilemma: Open or Closed?
After you have made the decision whether you need the extra protection or not, the great dilemma comes along; whether your need an open or enclosed carrier. This might not be a dilemma for some once they hear the price each entitles, but for others, this it is something they need to put into consideration.
Before we start lets define what each carrier is and does. An open carrier is the most common type of carrier in the industry, because it is common, there is high driver availability all throughout the year. Open carriers also require low maintenance and can carry more cars at a time. In the other hand, enclosed carriers require of a higher maintenance, due to this driver availability is not as high, however, it offers ultimate protection for your car.
Open Carriers, the Industry’s Favorite
Open carriers as mentioned before are the most common transport type in the industry. It is more probable you have seen more of these carriers on the street than an enclosed. Even your average towing truck can be considered as an open carrier. Because they are easier to maintain, they have become a lot more accessible to customers and the high demand has given room to a high availability of drivers yearlong. Also open carriers can carry up to 11 cars at the same time, providing more trips and loads for the driver. Because of these great advantages, prices to ship on an open carrier are more accessible when on a budget, and are easier to play around with. Security for cars is great as well; the amount of cars delivered is far greater than the damages that occur along the way. Unfortunately, many times these damages do not happen because of driver’s inexperience or negligence, but due to customer’s negligence and road conditions such as weather; making this one of the biggest disadvantages of the service.
Enclosed Carriers, a Luxury Must
Enclosed carriers are not as common on the streets as open carriers; however this does not mean they are less popular. Enclosed carriers are in great demand when it comes to transport high-end luxury cars, classic, sports and smaller cars if possible. One of the greatest advantages of enclosed carriers is that drivers are the best drivers in the industry as they are trained to deal with these high-end cars in order to secure them properly and transport them safely to their delivery point. They are specially trained to handle road situations in order to safeguard the cars they are moving. Also, the insurance offered by an enclosed transporter is the best insurance offered by the service, it can cover up to $500,000.00 in losses or damages. The security offered is also another great advantage as these carriers are protected with metal or canvas walls, protecting the vehicles inside from weather, dust or other objects that can damage the cars. Because all these points are offered, prices to ship in an enclosed carrier are much higher than an open carrier. This is one of the biggest disadvantages. Also these carriers need very high maintenance and can carry between 4 to 6 cars at a time. Although the pay is high, it limits the driver to fewer jobs per route.
Now that we have offered a detailed analysis between both options, it all depends on the type of car you are shipping, the budget you’re working with and how much security you need. Although ultimately it is the customer’s choice whether he will ship his car in an open or enclosed, if the car being shipped is a high-end luxury or classic car that requires extra accommodations, even is transportation is possible in an open carrier, drivers will not commit to take it. Damage costs are too high for a driver to risk a small scratch.
When shipping your next car, evaluate all these points and make your decision, if price is a deal breaker for you as you’re working with a budget, don’t worry open carriers offer a great service and also securely transport thousands of vehicles all the time. However, if you have the extra bucks to pay for an enclosed, invest on it, we assure you won’t regret the price.
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