Transporting Your Car with a Car Shipping Company

The most common way of moving a car is to transport it with one of the many car transport companies on the road. This is usually one of the most affordable auto transport options available depending on the timing and the methods of your car transport.

Transporting your car with a car transport company also gives you the most flexibility in scheduling. With other vehicle transport methods, you may need to book very far in advance. Typically, when you transport your car with one of the car transport companies you find online, a week or two of notice is enough. Most vehicle transport companies offer pickup/delivery all year round, while transporting your car by plane or train will have certain days when the service is not available.

Finally, when you choose to move your car with a car transport company, door-to-door transport is offered in most cases. This means that your car will be picked up at the exact address you choose and delivered to the exact address you select. When you use other methods to move your car, you will have to drive it to the train station or airport/airfield.

The Different Ways of Moving a Vehicle with a Car Transport Company

The following are the different transport options that you will have when you choose to move a car with a car transport company:

  • Open-air car transport – Open-air car transport is when you choose to have your car transported on a typical car carrier truck that has no walls or roof. This is, by far, the most popular method of auto transport. It is also the cheapest way to transport a car with car transport companies.
  • Top-loading – Top-loading is when you choose to have your car placed on the top deck of an open-air or enclosed car carrier. On open-air car carriers, this ensures that small stones and rocks from the road cannot fly up and scratch or chip the exterior of your car, and it also ensures that fluid leaks from vehicles above yours cannot damage your car. In an enclosed carrier, this only ensures that your car is not damaged by a fluid leak from above, as your car will already be protected from all outside elements due to the walls and roof.
  • Enclosed car transport – When you choose to transport a car in an enclosed car carrier, your car will be placed on a car carrier that protects all vehicles with walls and a roof. This protects the cars from any potential damage from strong UV rays, rain/snow, tree branches, and rocks. This will add a few hundred dollars to the cost of your car transport.
  • Specialty vehicle transport – Specialty vehicle transport includes a variety of services that many auto transport companies offer. This includes:
    • Motorcycle transport – As you would expect, motorcycle transport is the special type of vehicle transport used to move motorcycles, mopeds and even other similar vehicles such as small ATVs. This type of transport usually occurs in an enclosed carrier with one deck but can sometimes occur on an open-air flatbed trailer.
    • Oversized vehicle transport – Oversized vehicle transport includes the movement of any type of vehicle too large to fit on a typical car carrier truck. This can include much larger cars/trucks, construction or agricultural equipment, RVs, limos, and more. This type of vehicle transport will always occur on one type of flatbed trailer or another.
    • Car transport for military members – Car transport for military members is the service of moving cars for military personnel to or from their bases and PCS assignments. Most of the time, this is just normal car transport with the complication that car carrier trucks are usually not allowed on the base. Therefore, the driver must meet the military member nearby for their pickup and/or delivery. Sometimes, the military will cover some or all of the cost of a military member moving their car.
  • Car transport for non-running cars – Car transport for non-running cars is the way of auto transport in which cars that do not work at all or well enough to be driven onto a regular car carrier truck are moved. The process involves a special car carrier with a winch attaching that winch to the car in question and pulling it on board while the car is in neutral. This will cost more than standard car transport.