Open Auto Transport

What is Open Auto Transport?


Open auto transport is the most common type of car shipping service. Open transport car shipping is easier to arrange than enclosed car shipping. Because open trailer car carriers can carry an average of 8-10 cars at once, open car transport is also more cost-effective than enclosed.

Speedy Service

Open car transport is the fastest way to ship your car. Over 90% of truckers operate an open road auto transport trailer, which means there are more options to pick up your car.

Most Affordable Option

Most people are just looking for the best overall option when shipping a car. Some people, mostly classic car owners, prefer to ship enclosed. But if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, open auto transport is the way to go.

Most Common Option

Dealerships almost always use open auto transport when they send cars from one location to another. We work with some of the largest dealers in the country and often haul brand-new vehicles for them using open auto transport.

Frequently Asked Questions


In order to pick up your car from the auction, we will need the following information:

  • Gate Pass: This document is usually a requirement from Manheim to pick up a vehicle after-hours from the guard shack.
  • Buyer Number: Required for both IAAI & Copart.
  • Lot Number: Inventory number for the vehicle being picked up.
  • VIN: The full 17 digits or the last 6 are required for verification.

A car that doesn’t start at any point in the transport process is considered non-running. If this is the case, a winch is used to get the car on and off the trailer.

A vehicle that has collision damage and doesn’t roll, will need to be loaded by a roll-back tow truck or a forklift. When picking up a vehicle at a salvage auction, a forklift is generally available. Additionally, an adequate size forklift will also be necessary at the time of unloading.

You will have access to our online shipping calculator or you can contact us to receive a quote from one of our representatives.

The Bill of Lading is a document used by car shipping companies to document any pre-existing damage on the vehicle at the time of pickup. It also serves as an official agreement for transport.

No. Personal items are not permitted during transport.