Enclosed Car Transport

The Safest Way to Ship A Car

Using an enclosed auto transport service is the safest option for pickup and delivery of vehicles that require extra attention and complete protection. Also known as covered car transport, these types of car shipping carriers also have higher motor cargo insurance coverage. 

enclosed auto transport

Enclosed trucks come in many configurations depending on your needs and preferences.  Using enclosed car trailers means you'll get the most secure type of vehicle transport. It's the best way to ship a car if you want the safest way to ship a car.

When comparing enclosed vs. open car carrier, you will notice the vehicle is kept away from the elements in a sealed container.

This is a premium car shipping service for high value or sentimentally valuable vehicles designed to offer you complete peace of mind. With this type of auto transport you will have the highest level of protection. It is also sometimes called covered transport. Although mostly designed for expensive automobiles, any vehicle of any value can be sent with an enclosed auto transport driver.  Having your car picked up with an enclosed car carrier can be for any reason. After all, it's your baby. You decide.

Enclosed Car Shipping is The Safest Way to Go

Car shipments will travel inside the walls of a truck that is shielded from the outside world. It is a great service and the best option because it is a fully insured and fully enclosed (covered). This type of car carrier that features much higher insurance policy limits. 

Your vehicle will be safeguarded against all the elements.  It is the safest way for anyone looking for a secure car shipping service. Enclosed car shipping is what is recommended to make sure your vehicle arrives in perfect condition every time. 

All enclosed auto transport carriers can reach the same delivery locations as the open auto transport can. In some cases they are a little faster!

Why Select Enclosed Auto Transport?

When safeguarding your investment is the top priority, there's no doubt that having your vehicle completely protected with the security of Enclosed Auto Transport Services, which will surpass the safety of open auto. 

Rare or sensitive vehicle, high value car, prototype? Enclosed vehicle shipping is a great option for you. Regardless if your vehicle is of high value or sentimental value, classic or exotic, if you do not want it to be exposed to the elements and road debris as it would with an open carrier, then you want an Enclosed Car Carrier.

Enclosed Vehicle Shipping is The Ultimate in Protection

The skill and expertise of the finest auto shippers in the industry are combined into this elite pool of professionals that only move top value vehicles efficiently and securely. They will take great care in every part of the work being done.

Even loading and unloading with this method of vehicle transport is safer with long ramps and lift gates for low ground clearance on these enclosed trailers.  Open car shipping does not compete with this standard.

Superior Standard for Auto Shipping Services Nationwide

Enclosed auto shipping is a segment of the transport service industry that is specifically built around the safe and secure transfer of rare or expensive vehicles. Enclosed auto transport companies will offer this at a higher cost.

However it is a premium car carrier service that provides the utmost security. It is part of an elite and limited group of carriers traveling across the country. Because of this limited availability for this type of vehicle shipping along with the level that vehicles are safeguarded, it comes at a premium. 

How It Works : Enclosed Car Transport

When considering the enclosed car shipping companies to relocate your invaluable vehicle state to state or even across the country, you will want to know not only what to expect but how and why it is the best choice.  Enclosed Auto Shipping will cost 30-60% more than the more common open air option

With Enclosed you will get:

Elite Enclosed Car Shipping Drivers and Carriers

There are a rigorous set of standards car transport companies will use. There are is a tremendous amount of experience and dedication which all enclosed car carriers must adhere to to qualify to ship high value vehicles. 

This includes the maximum vehicle shipping insurance prerequisites as well as a detailed history of successful shipment logs of vehicles ranging from the low six figures to over a million dollars.  As a result, the carrier taking your pride and joy has been granted access to your vehicle by adhering to our uncompromising standards of service.

Although we have stringent quality standards or open transport as well, this method of protection goes beyond the diligence of the driver by providing a secure sealed environment for your vehicle. 

Hard Side, Single Car, Lift Gate System

We use the best car carriers with the most up to date technology. At times an enclosed carrier will even offer climate controlled trailers to keep vehicles completely protected during transport. All in effort to provide the best type of auto transport for your prized possession. 

We offer a lift gate car carrier,  single car enclosed carriers, hard-sided, and even soft-side for less mission critical vehicle transportation. (See: carrier types)

Direct Contact With Your Driver

Unlike other auto transport providers, we follow up. Not only do we make sure your carrier is on point when your car is picked up, we make sure they are available to you directly.

This is extra peace of mind as you can reach them directly should you have any questions about anything related directly with the movement of your vehicle.

Your customer service auto transport concierge is ready for anything, even afer-hours. 

Extra Benefits of Enclosed Car Transport

As you already know, enclosed car transport carriers used by National Express have a lot to offer to safely transport your vehicle. But with us, we know you want more and expect the best. If you are searching for classic car transport, moving an exotic, it all comes down to maximum protection.

First-In-Line-Every-Time Customer Service

Not only do you get our best service, you get our utmost attention. You will have direct after-hours access to your own vehicle concierge that will guide you through every step of the way.  We know a lot is on the line, you get to us on the phone even faster.

Shipping with National Express Auto Transport is always having the customer first. However, with this premium service even more.

Enclosed Auto Transport Means Optimal Care

All providers are not created equal. With National Express, you are working with an enclosed auto transport company that puts your vehicle first. Your vehicle is a monument of engineering, pride, dedication, and workmanship.

Your driver and the carrier taking your vehicle must be one in the same for this type of car shipping. Enclosed auto transport drivers protect your vehicle with "white glove" service. Using special shoe coverings, gloves, and more. Your vehicle will come to your door exactly as it left.  

How Much Does Enclosed Auto Transport Cost?

To assist with helping you determine the car shipping cost, we have provided the following examples below. Whether it's classic car shipping or exotic car transport, most routes are based on the cost per mile, vehicle size,  and take in to account the extra protection.  To find out your cost for enclosed car shipping instantly, try our calculator.

Sample Rates

Locations To/FromSample Price Per MileCostTravel Time
Decatur, IN to Gulf Breeze, FL$1.50 / mile$12852 Days
Cincinnati, OH to Dallas, TX$1.16 / mile$11002 Days
Miami Beach, FL to Beverly Hills, CA$0.73 /mile$19905-7 Days
Belton, MO to Tampa, FL$1.23 /mile$15603-4 Days
Los Angeles, CA to Dallas, TX$1.14 /mile$16503-4 Days
Beachwood, OH to Naples, FL$1.10 /mile$14003-4 Days
Coral Gables, FL to Newport Beach, CA$0.64 /mile$17505-7 Days

Is Enclosed Car Transport The Right Choice?

The vehicle using these enclosed car shipping services does not need to have any more than sentimental value. So the answer is that although many choose enclosed shipping to protect a valuable vehicle like classic cars, luxury car, exotic, or any higher value car, the truth is it's a great choice for any vehicle. You don't have to have a specific reason tp use enclosed transport for that extra peace of mind. Even inoperable (non-running) types can go.

Is Enclosed Car Transport worth the price?

As a volume shipper we do not profit more or benefit from you selecting an enclosed car hauler. However, we are car people and we love the car shipping industry. As car lovers we know you want reliable carriers. Our parking lot rivals the SEMA show. So we know a thing or two about vehicles.

With that said, you want to make sure that a single rock chip, scratch, stain, can blemish your won't damage your perfect paint. To limit the risk of not getting your vehicle in the exact condition you left it, it is may very well be worth the extra shipping cost.

The Types of Enclosed Carriers

An enclosed auto transport company usually has a services based on 3 configurations that will be commonly used.  Car shipping services such as these use soft side, hard side, and two-to-three car hard side enclosed.

infographic showing hard sided enclosed truck features

Hard Side Enclosed

The most common you may think of is the large and full-size tractor trailer with vehicles hidden inside. They look like a regular 18 wheeler but actually move very valuable cargo like fine luxury cars, exotic cars, classic cars, and expensive motorcycles.

These are also called “hard side” enclosed trucks. With this type of auto shipping you are actually referring to the type of trailer. This means the vehicles are sealed off from the world inside the trailer.

infographic showing soft enclosed trailer features

Soft-Side Enclosed

Soft-side enclosed trucks are the way in which most new luxury cars such as Lexus, Mercedes, and others head to sales lot. Although the tarps are tightly secured tarps as seen here, some road dust can make its way in at highway speeds therefore slightly less appealing to the most meticulous shipper. The tarps themselves are extremely heavy and weatherproof. A large majority of enclosed shipping is done on these trucks.

These trucks usually have two levels. Each level holds 3 vehicles. Most will have a lift-gate to safely elevate the vehicles onto a trailer that keeps them safe inside. The purpose of the lift-gate will be to prevent low clearance cars such as a race car or ultra exotic car transport like Lamborghini and Ferrari that can scrape as they are very low to the ground.

You’ll see a lot of high-end in these big trucks. This is known as “white glove service” as it’s expected that you can touch and drag a white cotton gloved finger across the vehicle and not pick up any dust at all from the trip. For the most expensive and rare cars this is the type of carrier that you must use to ensure the best outcome.

enclosed car trailer pulled by dually truck

Single Level 2-3 Car Enclosed (Covered)

Another hard side carrier available to enclosed car transport companies is the 2-3 car single level carriers. These are usually pulled by a dually truck like the one pictured here. These are great for classic vehicles, luxury sedans, and other vehicles that don’t have an ultra low clearance, although some have ramp wedges. These are also very handy for a non-running vehicle. For example, a project in the middle of restoration without glass or a top.

The larger carrier may not have a way to maneuver a vehicle that has been rendered inoperable. Since they only hold two-three vehicles, they can easily get them in and out. They are popular for shorter distanced enclosed transport. Many prefer the very large carriers because their size alone makes it easy to load or offload anywhere. They do lack air ride suspension so it a a slightly rougher ride for your high end vehicle. 

National Express

We are one of the most highly rated and trusted car shipping companies in the nation. Don't take a risk with your prized vehicle when picking an enclosed car carrier for that higher level of protection.  If your vehicle has low ground clearance such as a race car,  is a show car, exotic car, classic car, high end museum piece, or just something you hold dear and want fully enclosed. Trust our transport services to get it to you safely.