Open Carrier Transport

Open auto carrier is the most commonly used method to ship a car. It is the fastest and safest method available. Just as it sounds, “open” means it is not covered from view or the outside world.  It is the industry standard and also the cheapest way to transport vehicles. This type of truck holds 5 to 9 vehicles at at time.

Open car carrier transport with company logo

The average shipping per mile on open transport is 40-75 cents a mile, and can rise to a dollar a mile in more rural towns or very remote locations that experience very little movement. Find out how much it costs to ship your vehicle with our calculator. Since open carriers are everywhere, they are quick. It can take as little as 1-3 days to get a pickup. This is 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. They run on major highways such as the one pictured here.

With our open carrier service:

  1. Insurance is included.
  2. Shipping is door to door.
  3. You have quick and safe transport.
  4. Can request a top load.
  5. Have options for expedited transport.


Advantages of Open Carrier Shipping



This is the standard for shipping cars. Open carrier transport is the way to go for fast, cheap, and safe.  There are thousands of these trucks and by far they exceed any other kind of carrier. 98% of all auto transport is done on these types of carriers. As mentioned it’s the fastest and the cheapest. 


Disadvantages of Open Carrier Shipping


Your vehicle will be exposed the elements of transport. Although this is just fine for most vehicles, if yours is a classic car, exotic, or very sensitive vehicle you will need Enclosed. Dust, rain, snow, even direct sunlight can impact the condition of some vehicles. Also, motor-cargo insurance may not be enough to cover your vehicle unless it’s on an enclosed/covered trailer.


If this is your first time shipping a car, we highly recommend our frequently asked questions to learn the basics.  Haven’t decided if we’re right for you? No problem, make sure you read about scams and check our great reviews to be ready when making your final decision.


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