Top Open or Closed Auto Transport Tips for 2018

open or enclosed auto transport tipsFirst time moving your car? Are you looking for open or enclosed auto transport tips to help you decide?

If so, read on for our tips, factors to consider and the key differences to determine which one is right for your move.

How do I decide on open or enclosed auto transport?

The short answer is there’s no “one size fits all” answer to this question. When it comes to choosing open or enclosed (also called closed) transport, base your choice on the type of car, where and when the vehicle is moving, and your budget. Keep reading for our open or enclosed transport tips that explain the key differences and which one is right for your move.

enclosed auto transport from Fisher ShippingThe biggest concern with shipping a vehicle on an open car carrier should be road hazards. Road hazards are things that fly off the road and chip your paint or your windshield. Since these things are not preventable and not the fault of a driver, cargo insurance generally does not cover this type of damage. Keep in mind that your vehicle is on a trailer and this is less likely to happen than it would if you were driving the vehicle yourself. It does happen occasionally though. Also, factor in how irritated you would be about a little rock chip in your paint. That’s a personal preference that bothers some people more than others.

Fisher Shipping can move cars anywhere nationwide on flatbeds, full-size car carriers, and even step deck and lowboy trailers. It’s your vehicle and your decision on how you want it moved.

 4 Top Open or Enclosed Auto Transport Tips for 2018

1. How much would it cost to repair a minor chip or scratch on your vehicle?If you own a vehicle with a custom paint job or one that is incredibly expensive to repair, it may be worth spending the extra money to move your vehicle on an enclosed car carrier. If you drive a 10 year old vehicle that’s already covered with imperfections, perhaps choose open auto transport.

2. What route will the driver take?
The route taken and time of year play a large role in the likelihood of a rock chip. For example, if the trucker drives through a cold weather state in the winter, the roads are covered in sand or salt. The car will probably be filthy when it arrives, but even in these conditions, rock chips are still uncommon.

Open or Enclosed Auto Transport3. How much does an enclosed truck cost vs open?
A closed truck is usually anywhere from 50%-100% more than moving a car on an open car carrier. It may also take a day or two longer to lineup a carrier for the move since there are far less enclosed trucks on the road. If you need the fastest and least expensive option, move your car on an open car carrier.

4. How much is your vehicle worth?
If your vehicle is worth over $100,000, factor in the difference in cargo insurance coverage. Open car carriers rarely carry more than $250,000 in cargo insurance. That amount is the total coverage for all of the vehicles on the truck. There can be anywhere between 7-10 vehicles on a full sized carrier. Enclosed trucks often carry $500,000 – $1,000,000 in cargo insurance. Those types of car carriers will never have more than 6 or 7 vehicles on them.

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Of course, there are pros and cons to either type of truck. We hope these open or enclosed auto transport tips will help you make the decision the best suits you.

If you are still trying to determine how to choose open vs enclosed auto transport, take a look at our guide or feel free to call us at 888-886-3456 to further discuss your options.

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Questions to Ask When Finding the Best Car Shipping Companies

avoid car shipping scamsWhen it comes to finding the best car shipping companies in the US, there are certain things to look for and others to avoid. Before trusting any company with the responsibility of shipping your vehicle, do your research. Answer these important questions to find a reliable car shipping company.

What do their customers say?

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Look for the BBB logo.

Before deciding on a company, simply google the company’s name + reviews. Check Google, Yelp, their Better Business Bureau profile and other reputable review sites to find out what their customers say. If you don’t see many ratings or there aren’t many good reviews, this should be an instant red flag. The best car transport companies understand it’s important to be customer-focused. They will most likely have lots of satisfied customers willing to talk about their positive experience.

How long have they been in business?

If the auto transport company you’re considering hasn’t been in business long, they may lack the experience of knowing the auto transport business inside and out. Make sure their team knows how to handle situations that could be detrimental to your vehicle arriving on-time and damage-free.

Do they work with the most reputable carriers?

The best car transport companies prioritize working with the best car carriers in DOT - Fisher Shippingthe country and understand the carrier is an extension of their company. They will make sure your car arrives at its destination on-time and damage free. It’s also a good idea to make sure they are bonded with the Department of Transportation (DOT), as well as a licensed member of the FMCSA.

Are they accessible when you need to reach them?

As mentioned before, customer satisfaction is always a priority for the top auto transport companies. Work with a company that makes it clear they are accessible during business hours. You shouldn’t have to deal with voice mail or phone tag. Their job is to make your life easier, not more frustrating.

Check out our free guide for more questions to ask when choosing an auto transporter.

Get in Touch with Fisher Shipping

These questions to find a reliable car shipping company are just a start. For a more in-depth list of tips and considerations please read our free guide on how to choose the right transporter.

Of course, when you’re ready to ship your car with the most trusted name in auto transport, contact the helpful team at Fisher Shipping Company.

Tips for Shipping your Vehicle from New York to Miami

snowbirds car shippingShipping a car from New York to Miami can be a stressful experience. Here are a few New York to Miami car shipping tips that we hope will make the process a little easier for you.

Every year thousands of “snowbirds” need to ship a car from New York to Miami for the winter. The first ones start trickling down south in September, but the real rush occurs October through December. Fisher Shipping has been handling these requests since opening our doors in 2006. Transporting a vehicle to Florida is far from rocket science, but it can be more difficult than you think. Finding a reliable company that will take good care of your prized possession can be a challenge.

Do your research!

Just because someone has a good looking website and they rank on page 1 of google, doesn’t mean that they are going to do a good job.Unfortunately, the auto transport industry is not policed very well. That may actually be the biggest understatement in the history of the internet. It’s not easy to find a reputable company that actually cares whether or not the process is a good experience for you. There are many companies that will change the price that they quote. Countless others won’t respect the timetables that you have spelled out for them. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to change your flight because the company you hired didn’t get the car when they said they would.

Know what to expect

Having an idea of how the process of moving your car to Florida will play out is important.

*The trip generally takes anywhere from 3-5 days from most places in New York.  If you are upstate, it could add a day to the trip.  If you are near Canada, it could add two days.

*The drivers should call the day before pickup and the day before delivery, but if there is a flaw in the process, this is it. Oftentimes, drivers call only a couple hours before, even if they are instructed to call the day before. Keep your cell phone on during the pickup and delivery windows that you’ve been given. It’s better to be safe than sorry. You can always call the broker you booked with to get an update if you need.

Set Door to door service expectations

*Door to door service is somewhat of a misleading term. These trucks can be up to 75 feet long.  Not only can they not navigate small streets, but there are also weight limits on certain streets and low hanging tree limbs that will prevent access. Expect to meet your driver at a safe place near your home for pickup and delivery.

*Delays can occur. These are trucks that travel thousands of miles every week. They break down. It happens. Delays dropping off and picking up other vehicles can occur as well.  Just understand that this is not a perfect science.  Keep in mind that these drivers want to get you the vehicle as soon as possible too. Their paychecks are usually based on a percentage of the rate you are paying.

Now that you’ve got the basics down, it’s time to decide on the type of vehicle. Ask yourself, do you want to ship your car to Miami on an open truck or an enclosed truck?

Decide on open vs closed auto transport to Miami

If you’ve hired a good broker (*cough cough* – Fisher Shipping) to handle the transport of your car to Florida, they’re going to make sure that your vehicle is placed on a truck with more than enough insurance coverage to make sure you are protected.

Unfortunately, cargo insurance doesn’t cover what are called road hazards.

Road hazards are objects that fly up of the road and damage your vehicle. It’s not a common occurrence, especially considering that your vehicle is off the ground on a trailer, but it still does happen.

If you choose to transport your car on an enclosed carrier, you don’t have to worry about that. Enclosed carriers can cost 50-100% more than open carriers, so be prepared to pay a premium.

Meet the driver in New Jersey.

If you are transporting your car from Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, or the Bronx, ask if there is a discount for meeting the driver in New Jersey.Fisher Shipping usually charges $100-$150 less if you are willing to meet there. Due to the tolls and heavy traffic in some of those areas, many drivers stay away from those spots when building their loads. If you have the time to make the drive to meet the driver, it’s an easy way to save some money

Your car is not a suitcase.

Most companies will allow you to pack 75-100 pounds of belongings in the vehicle for free, but these items are not covered by the trucks insurance. If you are going to pack items, I would suggest just packing things like clothing or bedding. You don’t want to pack anything that may tempt someone to steal it. If you know you are going to need to send more than 100 pounds of items, tell the broker you are working with up front. If they know ahead of time, they can price it accordingly. You don’t want to have a driver show up and refuse to take your vehicle due to the excessive weight from the items. These trucks have weight limits, and a fully loaded truck is usually right at that limit. Fines for being overweight can be very expensive for these drivers.

One final key takeaway…

Did I mention you should do your research?

I can’t stress this enough. You should visit the Better Business Bureau’s website ( first. The next step should be Yelp. The unique thing about these two sites is that you need to sign up for an account in order to give a review. These days there are more and more companies that businesses can pay to basically provide false reviews singing their praises. Google can still be a good place to look at reviews for auto transport companies, but this site can be easily spammed with these fraudulent reviews. When looking at these reviews, you should sort by the lowest rating score. This way you avoid all the false positive reviews and you get right to the info that you need to see. If this company has reviews about changing their price, excessively late deliveries, and unresolved damage claims….you probably want to stay away.

This article should hopefully help you navigate the jungle that is the auto transport industry. We know that transporting a car to Miami can be stressful. This should help!

If you have other questions about what to expect or how the process works, feel free to call us at (888) 886-3456.