Car transport is a service that offers customers to ship their cars from a determined location to another by hiring a driver to load their car onto a carrier and driving the distance. This allows customers to relax and take care of other things in the mean time. There are many factors that play together in order to make this service function properly like price, type of car, locations, type of carrier, driver availability, brokers, and most important small details.
Open or Enclosed carrier
When transporting a car you will need to decide between an open or enclosed carrier. The most common are open carriers, as these are less expensive to book and less expensive to maintain. Open carriers can haul up to 11 cars in a two floor platform. Each car is stacked in a single line one after the other properly secured onto the carriers platforms by thick chains or tire straps. Enclosed carriers also have 2 floors and can haul up to 9 cars at once. Cars are securely strapped to platform as well with tire straps or thick chains; only the whole carrier is covered with a canvas or metal walls to protect cars from outside conditions.
Door-to-door or Terminal-to-terminal
There are two main services companies offer when picking up and delivering, either a close door to door service, or a less personal terminal to terminal delivery. A door to door service gives the customer a more convenient service and allows them to provide any address possible. In this case there must be someone present to give the car away and to receive it. Some companies however do not offer this service and require customers to drop off car at a terminal where they load their carriers. Delivery is done at another terminal where customer must go and pick up car as well. Many times customers are not available to be present when driver comes in or live in very secluded locations where driver cannot pull in to. For these cases, drivers unload cars into a terminal until owner can come and pick up the car, extra fees will be charged, yet car will be safely stored.
As regulated by the DOT, drivers are not permitted to drive more than 8 hours a day, which is the equivalent for 400 to 500 miles. Some drivers will be able to reach more miles as they have smaller haulers or less weight; however this is the average distance for most drivers. Delivery time is also based on how many loads a driver has. The more loads, the longer delivery times, without counting external factors such as weather conditions, traffic, flat tires or other inconvenient on the way.