Open auto transport carriers are by far the most common and easiest-to-find carriers in the auto transport industry today. They are the go-to trucks for most auto transport companies as they transport roughly 90% of all auto transport freight each year, and they are the most cost-effective carriers on the road as well. You’ve probably seen them yourself on the road – they’re the ones with all the cars stacked seemingly-precariously on the back of their rigs. Open carriers are considered the standard carrier of choice for most auto shippers, and we’ll discuss what that means and what you can expect when you book your shipment with an open carrier.
Open carriers, as mentioned, are the standard carrier in the industry. There are thousands of open carriers on the road running all sorts of different routes; chances are, no matter where you are shipping from and to there will be a carrier willing to move you vehicle for you. It helps that open carrier trucks are by far the easiest to license and operate, and many carriers today are small, one-to-two man operations that rely on brokerages like us to find them customers who need to transport their vehicles.
Open carriers come in different sizes – there are smaller three-car haulers that do more local moves, especially state and regional shipments that aren’t going more than a thousand miles. Some are larger five-car haulers that can do nationwide transportation, but they too mostly service more local areas. The ten-car haulers are the nationwide shippers – they’re the ones that can handle crossing three thousand miles in a week or two, they can run routes cross-country without having it hurt their bottom line. And these are the carriers that we work with most to transport your vehicle.
Open carriers provide the cheapest rates for several reasons. For one, they can haul up to ten cars at a time, which means that less money is needed per vehicle – carriers can schedule pickups and deliveries to make sure that they always have plenty of money on hand to fuel their trucks, maintain them, etc. Not only that, but because there are so many traveling along the same basic routes many routes have carriers essentially competing for loads, trying to undercut each other and get more loads to transport.
If you are searching for an open auto transport quote you’ve definitely come to the right place. We here at Mercury Auto Transport only work with the best open carriers in the industry to transport your vehicle, so you know that if you book with us your car will be in good hands. You can fill out our free online quote request form or give us a call toll-free at 800-553-1828 to speak to one of our live auto transport representatives who can give you a quote, answer your questions and help you book your order. With Mercury Auto Transport, you just can’t lose.