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Open auto transport works for any make and model vehicle. This is the most popular method of transporting vehicles.

open auto transport

What is open auto transport service?

Open auto transport works for any make and model vehicle. This is the most popular method of transporting vehicles, and the most economical as well. Whether you are shipping an everyday car or moving a luxury or a sports car, open car carrier is the standard method to ship a car.

three main types of open auto transport


Double level multi-car trailer

The double level multi car carrier is efficient and economical.

Efficiency lies in that they can load from seven to ten cars at once and haul them to different locations. Most of these trailers are modern with fully hydraulic ramps. With a push of a button a loading ramp comes out of the back, sloped down to the ground level for smooth loading.
With most double level or deck trailers, the top deck can come all the way to the ground which allows for fast and easy loading. At loading and unloading the truck driver can drop the air out of the trailer to lower it a couple of inches. Most of the carriers use wheels straps, which are better than chain straps.

Single level multi-car trailer

The trailer can load anywhere from one up to three cars.

You will not see many of these driving across the country. Such trailers are usually meant for short distances. Yet, they are used for both long and short distance deliveries. They could be faster and more versatile navigating residential areas. Single deck tractor trailers are often preferred for expedited services.
Booking this type of trailer, or expedited delivery, is often more expensive. You can request such a carrier for your sports, luxury or classic automobile.



Single-vehicle dully truck with tow trailer

Popular trailer for short, local and time sensitive deliveries.The whole composition consists of a pick-up truck pulling a trailer that can fit from one to three cars. This is a much easier to operate and this allows for faster service. Waiting for less cars to be booked and loaded is the reason companies use this type of truck and trailer for express deliveries.
If your car has low clearance or any other noticeable modification it’s best that you hire a single level car transport trailer. They are flatbed trailers designed for one to three cars and are preferred shipping method for any modified vehicles and SUVs, as well as non-running vehicles.

Our team will be happy to answer all of your questions and assist you in booking your car transport service with Corsia Logistics.

How does open auto transport work?

Open auto transport is not a complicated process. However many people shipping a car for the first time are often reluctant and worried when they need to hand the keys to a stranger. Corsia is one of the best car shipping companies – we are an experienced team and will help you understand the process of shipping a vehicle and give you peace of mind. Our logistics experts are experienced and knowledgeable and they will explain all details about how auto transport works, and specifically shipping via open air trailer. We work with the best carriers, who understand the value of the cargo they carry.

1. Pick-up
and loading

The trucker will load your vehicle on a single or double ‘decker’ trailer to deliver your car from its origin to its final destination.

2. Shipping
your car

Open auto transport is safe and reliable method of shipping a car. Almost all new vehicles are transported via open car carrier.

3. Delivery
at target destination

We deliver your car at the desired destination. While on the open trailer the car is exposed to the elements, but this is something that every car can handle.

Are you read to ship your car?

How much does open auto transport cost?


The cost to ship a car depends on several factors. A car shipping price that will ship a vehicle in a timely and professional manner, we call the golden mean.

In the auto transport industry it is very important to be able to accommodate the customer. But we have to accommodate the carrier as well. This means, the rate must be current market price.


In the US, almost all open car carriers are independent owner operators. This means a current market price is a decisive factor when it comes to timely shipping. A customer competes with other customers for a spot on the car carrier, and better paying vehicles always get picked up first.

Understanding this helps you understand the prices you see online. 


Supply and demand fluctuations usually decide the final car shipping price.

Certainly, there are other factors such as vehicle make and model, type of tailer, locations, distance and car condition. As well as vehicle modifications. It is important to understand the real cost to ship a car when it comes to correct pricing and professional service.

Open auto transport is usually the fastest way to ship a car. Open carriers are almost 90 percent of the whole fleet in the US and this makes them readily available. It is always faster to schedule an open car carrier than enclosed, for example. This means that the pick-up time frame is shorter, as well as often the delivery.


Before you choose to hire a company you should research and make sure it is licensed with the US Department of Transportation. Call several companies, ask questions and compare prices and services.