The Basics of Open Carrier Transport

The Basics of Open Carrier Transport

Some of the most common questions people ask when scheduling auto transport are related to enclosed and open carriers and which one is the best option. Today we’re going to share everything you need to know about an open carrier and why it’s the most common mode of auto transport.  

How Does Open Transport Work?

A semi-tractor pulls a long, two-level trailer with room for six-nine cars, depending on each vehicle’s size. It’s considered the most reliable, fastest and most economical form of transporting a vehicle domestically. 

Pros of Open Car Carrier Transport

Open carriers are by far the cheapest way to ship your vehicle domestically. This is, in part, due to the fact that the carrier can transport multiple cars at once, allowing them to pass on the savings to you. It’s also considered the most convenient way to ship your vehicle because there are so many open car carrier transport vehicles on the road that are ready and waiting to meet all of your shipping needs. 

Cons of Open Car Carrier Transport

Because the trailer is open, keep in mind that your vehicle will be exposed to elements such as dust, rain, snow, and direct sunlight during transport. If you own a classic, exotic, or luxury car, you should consider an enclosed carrier to provide added protection, especially if you’re planning to ship your vehicle during the winter months. 

Metti International uses our longevity and expertise to provide exceptional service for our customers looking to find the best prices for open transport.

As a two-time finalist for the “Torch Award Finalist” by the Better Business Bureau for Ethics (BBB), it’s proof that we do everything by the book and provide our customers with exceptional service. We will do everything we can to make your experience a great one.

Call Metti International today for a free open carrier transport quote at 866.620.1776!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most major credit cards, postal money orders and cashiers checks are acceptable forms of payment.

As with most transport services, a deposit is generally required when placing an order. Deposits range from 10-25 % of the total shipping cost. The remaining balance will be due upon delivery.

Most auto transport companies accept cash, certified checks, and postal money orders.

Coast to coast trips usually takes between 10-14 days. Shorter trips ranges from 3-7 days, depending on the actual distance. Some factors may delay a trip, including traffic, weather, and truck breakdowns.

Yes, we request you, or a designated person, be present upon pick up of your vehicle. For your safety and your vehicle’s safety, an inspection is performed and a bill of lading must be signed that serves as proof of delivery.

The easiest way to ship an inoperable vehicle is to let us know when requesting a vehicle transport quote. There will be an additional charge, plus loading and unloading charges to your quote, if we are not informed of the vehicle’s condition prior to quoting.

Auto carriers are not licensed to carry house goods or personal items, these goods and items are not covered by the carriers insurance. Any damage to your vehicle due to household goods shifting or breaking is also not covered. Personal belongings left in the vehicle, are shipped strictly at the owners risk. Carriers will not inventory any belongings left in the vehicle and will assume no responsibility.

Your car is insured for the Blue Book value the entire time it is on the truck. Clearly listed on your Shipping Order, Agreement and Bill of Lading are occurrences not covered. At the time of pick up, a condition report is filled out and signed by both the person turning the car over and the truck driver and you are given a copy.

Upon delivery of your vehicle, this same report is presented. You should compare the condition of the vehicle to the report thoroughly at that time. If you feel damage has occurred to your vehicle during delivery, you must note it on the report before you sign it and the driver leaves. Damage done in transit does not relieve the shipper of paying for transport service performed. Claims will be handled by the vehicle carrier and insurance companies.

Metti International offers door-to-door auto transport service where possible. However, there are instances that we cannot collect/deliver directly to the door due to the size of our auto carrier’s trucks. The size of your street may prohibit direct delivery to your door. Also, some towns and cities do not allow trucks on their residential streets. If the carrier cannot get to your door, he will deliver your vehicle to the next most convenient accessible location, such as the nearest major crossing street, a shopping mall or supermarket.

Please have a no more than 1/4 tank of fuel, remove all personal items from your vehicle and have it washed and cleaned so that the ensuing inspection is easily performed. If it is a convertible, T-top, sunroof, etc. make sure all openings are closed and prepared for changing weather. You can find additional tips on how to prepare your car for transport here.