Open Carrier Transport (Open Air Carrier)


The open carrier is the most commonly used method to ship a car. Just as it sounds, it is a car carrier that can hold up to 10 vehicles and they are not covered from view or the outside world.  It is the industry standard and the cheapest way to transport vehicles.. They usually hold between three to ten vehicles at at time.

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Open Carrier - Standard Auto Transport or Car Shipping
The average shipping per mile on open transport is about 30-40 cents a mile, and can rise to a dollar a mile in more rural towns or very remote locations that experience very little movement. Since open carriers are everywhere, they are quick.  Car shipping can take 1-3 days to get if it is in a major city or populated area. Remote locations can take us a week plus to get because it takes longer to find a truck that will be going through those areas.
These are also the most widely recognized trucks on the road when it comes to the auto transport business. Everyone is familiar with these. You see them coming in and out of dealerships, and on major highways such as the one pictured here.

If this is your first time shipping a car, we highly recommend our auto shipping tips / faq  as a must read, followed by our how to guide to learn the basics.  Haven’t decided if we’re right for you? No problem, make sure you read about auto transport scams to be ready when making your final decision.

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