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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.

Door-to-door car shipping

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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"Everything with RoadRunner went smooth and seamless. They gave me a great rate and provided excellent service!"

Owen A.

Hartford, CT

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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.


Yes, through our advanced network of specialized carrier nationwide, we can ship vehicles of any size. However, you will need to call for a specialized rate quote based on the dimensions of the oversized vehicle you would like to ship. Our online quote calculator will not be able to generate a quote for you because pricing via the calculator is based only on standard and unmodified vehicle sizes and specfications.


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.


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.


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.


Yes, many of our business clients require service from salvage auctions and other types of auto auctions. Each auction will have different requirements to release a vehicle and we'll get all the necessary details from you at the time of booking. Please make sure the vehicle is fully paid and ready for release from the auction. Also be aware that if a vehicle is booked as operable but it turns out the vehicle is inoperable there will be additional cost and the original transporter may not be able to accommodate an inoperable vehicle.


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.

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