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All You Need to Know About Car Carrier Trucks

Posted on 04/28/2023


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Different types of car carriers

 
You can choose to have your car shipped with several different types of car carrier trucks. They include open-air car carriers, enclosed car carriers, flatbed vehicle carriers, and car carriers with a winch. Each has a unique purpose, advantages, and average price points.
 

Open-air car carriers

 
Open-air car carriers are the car carrier trucks that you will frequently see out on the road, typically delivering cars at dealerships. They consist of two decks with no walls or roof. Each deck has two flat metal treads wide enough to accommodate most of the tires found on passenger cars. They cannot ship oversized vehicles such as RVs or busses, nor can they ship two – or three-wheeled vehicles such as motorcycles or trikes. There is usually room for 9 to 12 cars on these carriers at any time.
 

Advantages of open-air car carrier trucks

 
One distinct advantage of shipping a car on an open-air car carrier is that it is the cheapest option compared to shipping a car on any other carrier. Another distinct advantage of shipping your car on an open car carrier is that they always have a maximum amount of shipping availability because they are the most common type of auto carrier. Just about every four out of five car shipments are made with open-air car carriers. So, you will have the least difficulty getting preferred pick-up or delivery dates if you ship your vehicle on an open carrier truck.
 

The cost of shipping a car on an open carrier

 
The following are the estimated prices of shipping a car on an open carrier along popular routes in 2023:
 

Shipping Route
Estimated Shipping Cost
New York, New York to Miami, Florida
$795
New York, New York to Los Angeles, California
$1,185
New York, New York to Boston, Massachusetts
$435
Chicago, Illinois to Seattle, Washington
$1,195

 
The above prices are only estimates and are subject to change at any time based on many factors, including shipping demand, fuel prices, vehicle type, and more.
 

Enclosed car carriers

 
Enclosed car carriers differ from other car carriers because they have walls and a roof. They might have only one deck, but some larger ones have two. Enclosed carriers, or covered carriers as many call them, can ship any vehicle that is not oversized, such as a passenger car, motorcycle, or trike. An enclosed car carrier truck can usually hold between 2 and 10 vehicles during shipments depending on the carrier truck’s overall size and whether they have a second deck. Shipping a vehicle on an enclosed car carrier will usually cost an additional $400 to $700 depending on how much notice you give for your shipment, what time of year during which you are shipping and fuel prices at the time of shipping.
 

Advantages of enclosed car carrier trucks

 
When you ship a car in an enclosed car carrier, you are choosing to ship your car with a maximum amount of protection from outdoor elements, including tree branches, powerful UV rays, rain or hail, and small rocks that can shoot up off the highway while your car is in transit. This is a clear advantage over shipping your car on any other car carrier, including an open carrier, as those carriers will not offer any protection from these things.
 

The cost of shipping a car on an enclosed carrier

 
The following are the estimated prices of shipping a car in an enclosed carrier along popular routes in 2023:
 

Shipping Route
Estimated Shipping Cost
New York, New York to Miami, Florida
$1,232
New York, New York to Los Angeles, California
$1,837
New York, New York to Boston, Massachusetts
$674
Chicago, Illinois to Seattle, Washington
$1,852

 
The above prices are only estimates and are subject to change at any time based on many factors, including shipping demand, fuel prices, vehicle type, and more.
 

Flatbed car carriers

 
Flatbed car carriers are used primarily for shipping oversized cars or vehicles. Some vehicles considered “oversized” are Humvees, buses, recreational vehicles or trailers, commercial trucks like 18-wheelers, tractors, boats, and more. You have almost certainly seen a flatbed hauler on the highway sometime in your lifetime. They are often tagged with large signage that reads “Caution: Oversized Load.” So, if you passed a very large boat being hauled or even a house being hauled, it was inevitably on a flatbed car carrier trailer.
 
The flatbed carriers that will be used in car shipping are comprised of the tractor, which is the front part with the engine and cabin for the driver as well as the trailer (hence the name tractor-trailer), which is the back “flatbed” part. Flatbed vehicle carriers always only have one deck and can typically only carry one or two vehicles at a time unless they are shipping motorcycles, at which point they can typically ship 4 to 8 at a time.
 

Advantages of flatbed car carrier trucks

 
The primary advantage of shipping a vehicle on a flatbed car trailer is that these car carriers give you an option for shipping that vehicle at all. In the vast majority of cases, flatbed carriers are used for oversized vehicles when it comes to auto transport. Most flatbed carriers used for shipping vehicles can haul between 40,000 and 50,000 pounds. If a motorcycle is being shipped on a flatbed trailer, it typically means the overall cost will be lower because you will not be getting all the bells and whistles of enclosed shipping.
 
There are several types of flatbed trailers, all with unique advantages and differences:
 

  • Flat-deck – Flat-deck trailers are the most common type of flatbed trailer, but not when it comes to car shipping. They are simply a flat and level platform where cargo is placed. You will rarely see oversized vehicles shipped using a flat-deck trailer, as the trailer’s higher clearance off the ground causes issues for shipping larger vehicles in terms of loading/unloading and overall height restrictions. Motorcycles are semi-frequently shipped on flat-deck trailers.

  • Lowboy (Drop-deck) – A lowboy trailer is a flatbed trailer that has the vast majority of the trailer that is between the wheels drop down to as close to the ground as possible. This allows for more clearance, which could be the difference between a taller vehicle being legally shipped or not due to height restrictions. It can clear up enough clearance so certain tunnels can be driven through and/or bridges can be driven under. If your vehicle needs to be loaded onto a trailer via forklift, lowboys make it much easier and quicker as the vehicle will not need to be lifted that high to be placed on the trailer.

  • Gooseneck – Gooseneck trailers offer the advantage that they provide a more secure transit for the cargo at a bit of a quicker speed due to their reliance on only a back axle rather than both a back and front axle.

 

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The cost of shipping a car on a flatbed carrier

 
The following are the estimated prices of shipping a car on a flatbed carrier along popular routes in 2023:
 

Shipping Route
Estimated Shipping Cost
New York, New York to Miami, Florida
$2,500
New York, New York to Los Angeles, California
$4,890
New York, New York to Boston, Massachusetts
$590
Chicago, Illinois to Seattle, Washington
$4,150

 
The above prices are only estimates and are subject to change at any time based on many factors, including shipping demand, fuel prices, vehicle type, and more.
 

Car carriers with a winch

 
Car carriers with a winch are almost exclusively used to ship inoperable cars. An inoperable car is any car that is not running at all or well enough to be safely/easily driven on or off a more typical car carrier truck. This means these carriers can ship scrap or junk cars and brand-new cars with temporary engine issues. They are also used occasionally to ship travel trailers.
 

Advantages of car carrier trucks with a winch

 
The advantage of shipping your car on a carrier with a winch is that it will be much cheaper than having a non-running car towed a longer distance. Also, when you ship a car on a carrier that uses a winch to onboard the vehicle, your car will likely be the only car in the shipment which will mean a slightly faster transit time.
 

The cost of shipping a car on a car carrier with a winch

 
The following are the estimated prices of shipping a car on a car carrier with a winch along popular routes in 2023:
 

Shipping Route
Estimated Shipping Cost
New York, New York to Miami, Florida
$2,175
New York, New York to Los Angeles, California
$4,250
New York, New York to Boston, Massachusetts
$550
Chicago, Illinois to Seattle, Washington
$3,750

 
The above prices are only estimates and are subject to change at any time based on many factors, including shipping demand, fuel prices, vehicle type, and more.
 

How cars are loaded onto car carriers

 
You might have wondered at one point how cars make it onto a carrier truck, especially the top deck of open-air carriers. The answer is that cars get placed onto different car carriers in different ways, including hydraulics, external/detachable ramps, winches, and even forklifts.
 

how cars are loaded onto different types of car carriers

 

How cars are loaded onto open-air car carriers

 
The vast majority of car shipments are performed using open-air car carriers. These car carriers have two decks, one right on top of another, to maximize the number of cars that can be transported in each shipment, leading to a maximum profit for the car shipping company. Cars are always loaded onto the top deck first. This is because the back half or so of the top deck of these trailers lowers down to the ground forming an upward ramp through the use of hydraulics. So, your car shipping driver just needs to press a button to get this to occur.
 
If cars were on the lower deck’s back part when this happened, they would be damaged because the top deck would partially lower into them. So, not only does the top deck always get loaded first, the cars on it are delivered and unloaded last when the bottom deck is empty. Sometimes the use of an external ramp or ramp extension is needed depending on the specific car carrier truck, but cars are driven onto and off the trailer on two individual metal treads on each deck that are wide enough to accommodate any sized wheels.
 

How cars are loaded onto enclosed car carriers

 
When a car gets shipped on an enclosed trailer, it will also get loaded and unloaded with the help of hydraulics on the truck, but that is where the similarities end with loading/unloading open carriers. Enclosed carriers have a back wall that flattens outward into the space behind the trailer and lowers to the ground via hydraulics.
 
A vehicle is then driven onto the back wall. Then, the wall and car are lifted to the level of the trailer, again using hydraulics, and the car is driven onto the carrier. The reverse happens when cars are unloaded. If an enclosed carrier has two decks, the hydraulics can raise the flattened-out back wall and vehicle even higher to get it onto that deck.
 

How cars are loaded onto flatbed carriers

 
Vehicles get loaded onto flatbed trailers in a variety of ways. If it is a flat-deck flatbed, then an external/detachable ramp can be attached to the end of the trailer, and the vehicle can be driven straight on and off. If it is a lowboy or gooseneck trailer, longer ramps can be attached to the sides, and the vehicle can be driven onto the lower portion from an angle. If that is not possible, a forklift can lift the vehicle onto the trailer.
 

How cars are loaded onto car carriers with a winch

 
When shipping a non-running car, a winch will be used to safely and securely pull it onto the trailer because it cannot be driven onto the trailer. A winch is a tool where a motor or mechanism with an extending cable can extend out and retract back in. When the cable extends out, it is attached to a thick nylon strap that can more safely attach to a vehicle on its underside than if attached directly. At this point, the motor runs, and the car is slowly pulled onto the trailer, or if it is a manual mechanism, the driver will operate it by hand until the car is securely on the trailer.
 

How cars are secured to car carriers

 
After they are loaded onto a car carrier, vehicles must be secured safely to the carrier itself so that they do not move around and get damaged by another vehicle on the carrier or the carrier itself. The way that cars are typically secured to the carrier is with tiedown straps in four different places. These places are the four wheels and/or the corresponding part of the chassis (bottom part of the car’s frame) to each wheel.
 
The straps go over and around the wheel and/or a close part of the chassis or even through the chassis if “tiedown holes” are provided in that particular chassis. The other ends of these tiedowns are securely attached to the carrier itself. Your auto transport driver will ensure that the straps are tight enough to immobilize the car during transport without any possibility of damage occurring from the tiedowns.
 

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Conclusion

 
Whenever you ship your car on the ground with an auto transport company, your vehicle will be shipped on one of four different car carrier trucks, depending on the type of car and/or what you choose. These carrier types are open-air, enclosed, flatbed, and with a winch. Each type of car hauler has pros and cons, ways of loading/unloading cars, and different shipping costs. Regardless of which type of car carrier ships your vehicle is shipped on, it will always be safely secured to the auto carrier via a series of straps and tiedowns to ensure it is immobilized while it is in transit.
 

FAQ

 

How many cars can a typical car carrier hold?

 
A typical open car carrier can hold a maximum of 9 to 12 cars depending on the overall size of the carrier itself and the sizes of the vehicles it is hauling.
 

Do cars ever fall off car carriers?

 
Cars do not fall off of open-air carriers or any other type of car carrier because they are secured to the carrier with extra strong straps in several places on the car.
 

Where can car carriers drop cars off?

 
Car carriers can drop cars off on most streets with a few exceptions. Sometimes streets are too narrow, have no shoulder or place for a carrier to unload, there is a clearance issue on that road or a road leading to it, or local law has imposed a weight and/or size limit on vehicles that can travel down that street. If this is the case, you must have your car dropped off at a nearby area with enough space, away from active traffic, where your carrier can safely and easily unload your car. A large nearby plaza parking lot is one such example of a potential meeting spot for the drop off of your car. This will always be discussed with your car shipping company before booking your shipment.

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All You Need to Know About Car Carrier Trucks

Posted on 04/28/2023


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Different types of car carriers

 
You can choose to have your car shipped with several different types of car carrier trucks. They include open-air car carriers, enclosed car carriers, flatbed vehicle carriers, and car carriers with a winch. Each has a unique purpose, advantages, and average price points.
 

Open-air car carriers

 
Open-air car carriers are the car carrier trucks that you will frequently see out on the road, typically delivering cars at dealerships. They consist of two decks with no walls or roof. Each deck has two flat metal treads wide enough to accommodate most of the tires found on passenger cars. They cannot ship oversized vehicles such as RVs or busses, nor can they ship two – or three-wheeled vehicles such as motorcycles or trikes. There is usually room for 9 to 12 cars on these carriers at any time.
 

Advantages of open-air car carrier trucks

 
One distinct advantage of shipping a car on an open-air car carrier is that it is the cheapest option compared to shipping a car on any other carrier. Another distinct advantage of shipping your car on an open car carrier is that they always have a maximum amount of shipping availability because they are the most common type of auto carrier. Just about every four out of five car shipments are made with open-air car carriers. So, you will have the least difficulty getting preferred pick-up or delivery dates if you ship your vehicle on an open carrier truck.
 

The cost of shipping a car on an open carrier

 
The following are the estimated prices of shipping a car on an open carrier along popular routes in 2023:
 

Shipping Route
Estimated Shipping Cost
New York, New York to Miami, Florida
$795
New York, New York to Los Angeles, California
$1,185
New York, New York to Boston, Massachusetts
$435
Chicago, Illinois to Seattle, Washington
$1,195

 
The above prices are only estimates and are subject to change at any time based on many factors, including shipping demand, fuel prices, vehicle type, and more.
 

Enclosed car carriers

 
Enclosed car carriers differ from other car carriers because they have walls and a roof. They might have only one deck, but some larger ones have two. Enclosed carriers, or covered carriers as many call them, can ship any vehicle that is not oversized, such as a passenger car, motorcycle, or trike. An enclosed car carrier truck can usually hold between 2 and 10 vehicles during shipments depending on the carrier truck’s overall size and whether they have a second deck. Shipping a vehicle on an enclosed car carrier will usually cost an additional $400 to $700 depending on how much notice you give for your shipment, what time of year during which you are shipping and fuel prices at the time of shipping.
 

Advantages of enclosed car carrier trucks

 
When you ship a car in an enclosed car carrier, you are choosing to ship your car with a maximum amount of protection from outdoor elements, including tree branches, powerful UV rays, rain or hail, and small rocks that can shoot up off the highway while your car is in transit. This is a clear advantage over shipping your car on any other car carrier, including an open carrier, as those carriers will not offer any protection from these things.
 

The cost of shipping a car on an enclosed carrier

 
The following are the estimated prices of shipping a car in an enclosed carrier along popular routes in 2023:
 

Shipping Route
Estimated Shipping Cost
New York, New York to Miami, Florida
$1,232
New York, New York to Los Angeles, California
$1,837
New York, New York to Boston, Massachusetts
$674
Chicago, Illinois to Seattle, Washington
$1,852

 
The above prices are only estimates and are subject to change at any time based on many factors, including shipping demand, fuel prices, vehicle type, and more.
 

Flatbed car carriers

 
Flatbed car carriers are used primarily for shipping oversized cars or vehicles. Some vehicles considered “oversized” are Humvees, buses, recreational vehicles or trailers, commercial trucks like 18-wheelers, tractors, boats, and more. You have almost certainly seen a flatbed hauler on the highway sometime in your lifetime. They are often tagged with large signage that reads “Caution: Oversized Load.” So, if you passed a very large boat being hauled or even a house being hauled, it was inevitably on a flatbed car carrier trailer.
 
The flatbed carriers that will be used in car shipping are comprised of the tractor, which is the front part with the engine and cabin for the driver as well as the trailer (hence the name tractor-trailer), which is the back “flatbed” part. Flatbed vehicle carriers always only have one deck and can typically only carry one or two vehicles at a time unless they are shipping motorcycles, at which point they can typically ship 4 to 8 at a time.
 

Advantages of flatbed car carrier trucks

 
The primary advantage of shipping a vehicle on a flatbed car trailer is that these car carriers give you an option for shipping that vehicle at all. In the vast majority of cases, flatbed carriers are used for oversized vehicles when it comes to auto transport. Most flatbed carriers used for shipping vehicles can haul between 40,000 and 50,000 pounds. If a motorcycle is being shipped on a flatbed trailer, it typically means the overall cost will be lower because you will not be getting all the bells and whistles of enclosed shipping.
 
There are several types of flatbed trailers, all with unique advantages and differences:
 

  • Flat-deck – Flat-deck trailers are the most common type of flatbed trailer, but not when it comes to car shipping. They are simply a flat and level platform where cargo is placed. You will rarely see oversized vehicles shipped using a flat-deck trailer, as the trailer’s higher clearance off the ground causes issues for shipping larger vehicles in terms of loading/unloading and overall height restrictions. Motorcycles are semi-frequently shipped on flat-deck trailers.

  • Lowboy (Drop-deck) – A lowboy trailer is a flatbed trailer that has the vast majority of the trailer that is between the wheels drop down to as close to the ground as possible. This allows for more clearance, which could be the difference between a taller vehicle being legally shipped or not due to height restrictions. It can clear up enough clearance so certain tunnels can be driven through and/or bridges can be driven under. If your vehicle needs to be loaded onto a trailer via forklift, lowboys make it much easier and quicker as the vehicle will not need to be lifted that high to be placed on the trailer.

  • Gooseneck – Gooseneck trailers offer the advantage that they provide a more secure transit for the cargo at a bit of a quicker speed due to their reliance on only a back axle rather than both a back and front axle.

 

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The cost of shipping a car on a flatbed carrier

 
The following are the estimated prices of shipping a car on a flatbed carrier along popular routes in 2023:
 

Shipping Route
Estimated Shipping Cost
New York, New York to Miami, Florida
$2,500
New York, New York to Los Angeles, California
$4,890
New York, New York to Boston, Massachusetts
$590
Chicago, Illinois to Seattle, Washington
$4,150

 
The above prices are only estimates and are subject to change at any time based on many factors, including shipping demand, fuel prices, vehicle type, and more.
 

Car carriers with a winch

 
Car carriers with a winch are almost exclusively used to ship inoperable cars. An inoperable car is any car that is not running at all or well enough to be safely/easily driven on or off a more typical car carrier truck. This means these carriers can ship scrap or junk cars and brand-new cars with temporary engine issues. They are also used occasionally to ship travel trailers.
 

Advantages of car carrier trucks with a winch

 
The advantage of shipping your car on a carrier with a winch is that it will be much cheaper than having a non-running car towed a longer distance. Also, when you ship a car on a carrier that uses a winch to onboard the vehicle, your car will likely be the only car in the shipment which will mean a slightly faster transit time.
 

The cost of shipping a car on a car carrier with a winch

 
The following are the estimated prices of shipping a car on a car carrier with a winch along popular routes in 2023:
 

Shipping Route
Estimated Shipping Cost
New York, New York to Miami, Florida
$2,175
New York, New York to Los Angeles, California
$4,250
New York, New York to Boston, Massachusetts
$550
Chicago, Illinois to Seattle, Washington
$3,750

 
The above prices are only estimates and are subject to change at any time based on many factors, including shipping demand, fuel prices, vehicle type, and more.
 

How cars are loaded onto car carriers

 
You might have wondered at one point how cars make it onto a carrier truck, especially the top deck of open-air carriers. The answer is that cars get placed onto different car carriers in different ways, including hydraulics, external/detachable ramps, winches, and even forklifts.
 

how cars are loaded onto different types of car carriers

 

How cars are loaded onto open-air car carriers

 
The vast majority of car shipments are performed using open-air car carriers. These car carriers have two decks, one right on top of another, to maximize the number of cars that can be transported in each shipment, leading to a maximum profit for the car shipping company. Cars are always loaded onto the top deck first. This is because the back half or so of the top deck of these trailers lowers down to the ground forming an upward ramp through the use of hydraulics. So, your car shipping driver just needs to press a button to get this to occur.
 
If cars were on the lower deck’s back part when this happened, they would be damaged because the top deck would partially lower into them. So, not only does the top deck always get loaded first, the cars on it are delivered and unloaded last when the bottom deck is empty. Sometimes the use of an external ramp or ramp extension is needed depending on the specific car carrier truck, but cars are driven onto and off the trailer on two individual metal treads on each deck that are wide enough to accommodate any sized wheels.
 

How cars are loaded onto enclosed car carriers

 
When a car gets shipped on an enclosed trailer, it will also get loaded and unloaded with the help of hydraulics on the truck, but that is where the similarities end with loading/unloading open carriers. Enclosed carriers have a back wall that flattens outward into the space behind the trailer and lowers to the ground via hydraulics.
 
A vehicle is then driven onto the back wall. Then, the wall and car are lifted to the level of the trailer, again using hydraulics, and the car is driven onto the carrier. The reverse happens when cars are unloaded. If an enclosed carrier has two decks, the hydraulics can raise the flattened-out back wall and vehicle even higher to get it onto that deck.
 

How cars are loaded onto flatbed carriers

 
Vehicles get loaded onto flatbed trailers in a variety of ways. If it is a flat-deck flatbed, then an external/detachable ramp can be attached to the end of the trailer, and the vehicle can be driven straight on and off. If it is a lowboy or gooseneck trailer, longer ramps can be attached to the sides, and the vehicle can be driven onto the lower portion from an angle. If that is not possible, a forklift can lift the vehicle onto the trailer.
 

How cars are loaded onto car carriers with a winch

 
When shipping a non-running car, a winch will be used to safely and securely pull it onto the trailer because it cannot be driven onto the trailer. A winch is a tool where a motor or mechanism with an extending cable can extend out and retract back in. When the cable extends out, it is attached to a thick nylon strap that can more safely attach to a vehicle on its underside than if attached directly. At this point, the motor runs, and the car is slowly pulled onto the trailer, or if it is a manual mechanism, the driver will operate it by hand until the car is securely on the trailer.
 

How cars are secured to car carriers

 
After they are loaded onto a car carrier, vehicles must be secured safely to the carrier itself so that they do not move around and get damaged by another vehicle on the carrier or the carrier itself. The way that cars are typically secured to the carrier is with tiedown straps in four different places. These places are the four wheels and/or the corresponding part of the chassis (bottom part of the car’s frame) to each wheel.
 
The straps go over and around the wheel and/or a close part of the chassis or even through the chassis if “tiedown holes” are provided in that particular chassis. The other ends of these tiedowns are securely attached to the carrier itself. Your auto transport driver will ensure that the straps are tight enough to immobilize the car during transport without any possibility of damage occurring from the tiedowns.
 

how-cars-are-secured-to-carriers

 

Conclusion

 
Whenever you ship your car on the ground with an auto transport company, your vehicle will be shipped on one of four different car carrier trucks, depending on the type of car and/or what you choose. These carrier types are open-air, enclosed, flatbed, and with a winch. Each type of car hauler has pros and cons, ways of loading/unloading cars, and different shipping costs. Regardless of which type of car carrier ships your vehicle is shipped on, it will always be safely secured to the auto carrier via a series of straps and tiedowns to ensure it is immobilized while it is in transit.
 

FAQ

 

How many cars can a typical car carrier hold?

 
A typical open car carrier can hold a maximum of 9 to 12 cars depending on the overall size of the carrier itself and the sizes of the vehicles it is hauling.
 

Do cars ever fall off car carriers?

 
Cars do not fall off of open-air carriers or any other type of car carrier because they are secured to the carrier with extra strong straps in several places on the car.
 

Where can car carriers drop cars off?

 
Car carriers can drop cars off on most streets with a few exceptions. Sometimes streets are too narrow, have no shoulder or place for a carrier to unload, there is a clearance issue on that road or a road leading to it, or local law has imposed a weight and/or size limit on vehicles that can travel down that street. If this is the case, you must have your car dropped off at a nearby area with enough space, away from active traffic, where your carrier can safely and easily unload your car. A large nearby plaza parking lot is one such example of a potential meeting spot for the drop off of your car. This will always be discussed with your car shipping company before booking your shipment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the vehicle shipping process.


When determining your car shipping cost, there are a few factors that we take into account in order to provide you with an accurate price quote. The mileage between the origin and destination is the biggest factor that contributes to your total rate. In addition to the distance of your relocation, another factor is the type and condition of the vehicle being shipped. The final factor is the date that your vehicle will be ready for transport. There are also additional options, such as enclosed carrier and top-load service that can be added to your shipment at the time of booking for a higher level of service. Read more about how much it costs to ship a car.

To get a quote for shipping your vehicle, you can either use our instant online car shipping quote calculator or you can call (888) 422-7584 to receive a quote from one of our car transport pricing specialists. In order for us to calculate your quote we will need to know the location you are shipping from and to, the type of vehicle you would like to ship, and the date your vehicle will be ready.

The transit time for your shipment is based mostly on the mileage between the pickup and delivery location. Generally, every five hundred miles will add one day to the transit time - so for a 1,000 mile transport, the transit time would be 2-3 days. Check out our estimated transit times for a detailed view of approximate delivery times.

Yes, online tracking is available to you 24 hours a day and is updated in real time. Upon scheduling your shipment, you will receive a unique booking number that will allow you to track the status of your shipment online. Your tracking portal will also give you the ability to live chat with a shipping agent that can answer any questions you may have regarding the status of your shipment.

All shipments include basic liability coverage during transit. Comprehensive insurance options are available for an elevated level of shipment coverage during transit. You will be able to select a level of coverage during the booking process. If you have further questions regarding insurance options give us a call.

We accept all major credit cards, electronic transfer, postal money order, and bank/certified check for the deposit or full pre-payment of your shipment. If a balance is due upon delivery, it can be paid directly to the driver and can be paid in either cash, bank/certified check, or postal money order.

Yes, there must be someone present to release and accept the vehicle, provide keys to the driver and sign the initial and final inspection reports. This person can be anyone over the age of 18 that you trust with releasing or accepting your vehicle.

You may transport personal belongings in your car, as long as their total weight does not exceed 100 pounds and they are stored in the trunk or back seat (below the window line). Please keep in mind that personal belongings are not covered by insurance if they are reported as damaged or missing.

To get a quote for shipping your vehicle, you can either use our instant online car shipping quote calculator above or you can call (888) 422-7584 to receive a quote from one of our car transport pricing specialists. In order for us to calculate your quote we will need to know the location you are shipping from and to, the type of vehicle you would like to ship, and the date your vehicle will be ready.

The further in advance you schedule your shipment, the more likely we will be able to meet the time requirements you desire. For best results, we suggest scheduling your transport at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance. Expedited shipping options are available in order to accomodate shipments that require . You can always give us a call and ask one of our car shipping experts what your options are in terms of the schedule for your car transport.

The driver will get the car transporter as close to your door as he can legally and safely get. In most cases, the driver will be able to pickup and deliver directly at your door. Some cities may have restrictions on large trucks that prohibit them from driving into residential areas. Auto transport trucks are large and need lots of room to maneuver and turn around, so if access to the pickup or delivery location is restricted by narrow streets, low-hanging trees or tight turns, the driver may ask that you meet at a location nearby with a large parking lot, such as a grocery store.

Open transport is the most common car shipping method. There are two types of open-air transporters. The Majority of shipments are be made with 8-10 car carriers. Smaller carriers which hold 2-3 cars are used for shorter more local moves. There is broader network of carrier availability for open-air carriers since they are used more often. We suggest choosing enclosed shipping methods when shipping classic, luxury or exotic vehicles. Enclosed transporters guarantee maximum protection from exposure to any open-air elements on the road. We suggest booking your enclosed transport in advance since there is limited carrier availability. Read more about the difference between open and enclosed transport

RoadRunner Auto Transport specializes in shipping all types of vehicles such as sedans, SUVs, pickup trucks, minivans, oversized vehicles, antiques, classic cars, motorcycles, construction vehicles, inoperable cars and boats. If you are not sure whether or not we can ship your vehicle, you can give us a call to find out what we can do for you.

You should have about a quarter of a tank of gas in your car at the time of shipment. This leaves enough for the car to be loaded and unloaded but doesn't add much additional weight.

The Bill of Lading is a very important document used by car shipping companies that documents any pre-existing damage on the vehicle during the time of pickup. It also serves as a record of your contact info and the official agreement for transport. If you want to file any insurance claim regarding your shipment you will need the Bill of Lading.

Top load service is when your car is placed on the higher deck or level of an open auto transport trailer. This is considered to be preferable to the bottom load because the cars on the lower deck are at risk of possibly having fluid from the cars above leak on them.

Make sure your car has been completely cleaned, both inside and outside. This is particularly important because this will help the driver conduct their inspection in order to assess any pre-existing damage on your vehicle. You will also want to make there are no additional personal items in the vehicle unless you intend to ship those with the vehicle (remember those items must total less than 100 pounds combined and be kept below the window-line of the vehicle). Be sure to inform the driver of any special circumstances concerning the vehicle. Finally, make sure there is a quarter tank of gas in the car at the time it is picked up for shipment. Visit our car shipping checklist to make sure you are prepared for your vehicle shipment.

Yes, we can ship vehicles that are in non-running/inoperable condition. When inoperable cars are shipped, a special auto carrier is required that makes use of a winch which is connected to your car and slowly and safely pulls your vehicle onto the carrier. There is an additional fee for inpoerable vehicles because of the special equipment and extra work involved with securing the vehicle onto the transporter. You can select the inoperable option on the online booking form or inform your shipping agent if you make your reservation by phone so that the proper arrangements can be made to accomodate a non-running vehicle.

We offer open car shipping and enclosed car shipping services. Open car shipping is used much more frequently and is the type of auto transport that you see on the highway where carriers are hauling vehicles on two decks that are exposed. Enclosed car shipping is when your vehicle is shipped in a trailer which has walls and a roof, they look like a larger version of a regular eighteen-wheeler. This method is recommended for luxury, exotic or classic cars.

Door-to-door car transport is the full service delivery of your vehicle directly from the door at the pickup location to the door at the delivery location. Our drivers do their best to get as close as physically and legally possible to the pickup and delivery locations, but in certain instances there may be restrictions preventing them from being able to safely reach your door. Our transporters need ample space to maneuver and load/unload your vehicle. If your street is too narrow, or if there are hazards such as low lining trees or power lines, drivers may ask that you meet them at a location nearby where they can safely load or unload your vehicle, such as a large parking lot or shopping center nearby.