Open or Enclosed? Which is a better car transport option?

In the process of getting a quote for the transportation of your vehicle, you are faced with two options, open transport or enclosed. Now which should you choose? The answer depends on a number of factors. Mind you, open transport is neither better nor worse than enclosed shipping. They both play different roles.

Open car transport

Open car transport is the most common and least expensive method in auto transportation. In this method, your car is carried by an open trailer. Though the vehicle is protected and safe, it is exposed to the weather and other road elements like dust, just in the same way as if you were driving the car. Open carriers can carry up to 10 vehicles at a time, another reason why it is cheaper.

The advantage open car shipping has over enclosed is the price. It cost approximately 50% less than enclosed transport.

It is usually used when transporting regular cars, low-priced cars or if you don’t mind the effect of the weather or elements on your vehicle.


Enclosed car transport

Enclosed car carriers are usually used to ship classic cars, high-end sport cars, luxury vehicles, antiques and generally expensive cars. They provide covering for the vehicles, thereby protecting them from road elements and the weather. It is quite expensive to use enclosed carriers and could cost  between 50-60% more than open car transport. Enclosed carriers can carry between 2 to 4 cars at a time. It is a good option if you have multiple cars to transport and you require a personalized service.

Its advantage over open car transport is the protection and covering which reduces the risk of damage to the vehicle.


Open car transport is more cost-effective while enclosed car transport is more secure. At the end of the day, you have to choose the option that fits your purpose. If you are concerned about the cost and you have a tight budget, go for open transport. But if you don’t mind the cost and you don’t want to risk altering the condition of the car, go for enclosed transport.

At Fortecho LLC, we offer both open and enclosed auto transport services. 

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