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Open Carrier Car Shipping

Nationwide Door-To-Door Open Car Transport Services

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The Most Common Method of Vehicle Shipping

Open car transport is the most popular and economical of our vehicle shipping services. With open carrier car shipping, your vehicle will be shipped door-to-door on an open trailer car carrier - most commonly seen on highways and delivering to dealerships across the country.

The Cost-Effective Way to Ship a Car Anywhere Safely

Open carrier car transport is the standard for car shipping and is the least expensive option for nationwide automobile transportation.

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open transport car shipping

The Most Common Method of Vehicle Shipping

Open car transport is the most popular and economical of our vehicle shipping services. With open carrier car shipping, your vehicle will be shipped door-to-door on an open trailer car carrier - most commonly seen on highways and delivering to dealerships across the country.

The Cost-Effective Way to Ship a Car Anywhere Safely

Open carrier car transport is the standard for car shipping and is the least expensive option for nationwide automobile transportation.

Over 30 Years of Reliable Open Carrier Car Shipping

A few reasons why open car transport is our most popular service:

Network of open car transport professionals

Over 10,500 certified open carrier car shipping experts in our advanced network of nationwide transporters.

Complete nationwide coverage

Direct service to and from anywhere in the country - our transporters will pick up and deliver at your home or business.

Frequent carrier availability

Open carrier transporters are the most common carrier on the road and provide the most flexible options for pickup and delivery.

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The RoadRunner Advantage

Below, you can find the benefits and advantages of shipping with Roadrunner Auto Transport.

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Top-Rated Auto Shipping

We have thousands of 5-star reviews for exceptional vehicle shipping services.

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Nationwide Door-to-Door Service

We provide direct service to and from any residential or business location in the US.

Complete vehicle coverage

Complete Vehicle Coverage

We offer the most comprehensive coverage options for complete peace of mind.

No up front deposit required

No Up-Front Deposit Required

You don't pay a penny until the day your shipment is scheduled for pickup.

Extended office hours

Extended Office Hours

We're available past normal business hours in every timezone in the country.

Online shipment tracking

24/7 Online Shipment Tracking

You can track the status of your shipment online anytime at your convenience.

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"The driver was professional and courteous. Very pleased with my entire experience with RoadRunner Auto Transport."

Sally D.

Atlanta, GA

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"When I bought a car out of state I was unsure what to expect with the shipping. RoadRunner made everything so easy!"

Jenna D.

Lufkin, TX

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"The RoadRunner agent we spoke with answered all of our questions and kept us in the loop throughout the shipment."

Christopher G.

Cincinnati, OH

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"I couldn't have been happier with the service provided by RoadRunner to transport my car from CA to NY"

Deborah B.

Long Beach, CA

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Frequently Asked Questions

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


Open transport is the most common car shipping method. There are two types of open-air transporters. Most shipments are 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.


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 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.


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.


You may ship personal belongings inside of your car, the total weight of these items cannot be more than a hundred pounds and has to be left in the trunk or back seats (under the window line). Please note that personal belonging are not covered under insurance if they are reported as damaged or missing.


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.


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.

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