Number 1 Auto Transport Uses Only the Best Auto Transport Carriers
Regardless of the different types of auto transport carriers, we’re using when you book through Number 1 Auto Transport, you can be guaranteed that it is modern and in perfect working order. We only work with carriers who use the safest, most secure, and most reliable transport methods.
The best part of it is that while it might be interesting to talk about all of these types of auto transport carriers, you’ll have our team here at Number 1 Auto Transport to help guide you by figuring out your best option. We’ll make sure you’re getting the safety, security, and cost savings you seek while knowing your vehicle is safe. Reach out to our team today!
Open Transport Trucks
Open to elements, these types of auto transport carriers are the most widely used, as they are inexpensive and efficient. They can be loaded up with most vehicles, thanks to being topless and lightweight.
Single Car Open Trailer
Single car open transport is often hauled behind a heavy-duty truck, usually a dually with a high torque engine. They are the lowest and most compact transport option available, meaning they can transport vehicles into hard-to-reach destinations, down tight roads, or through areas with low clearances.
These are most often used for short delivery trips or transport situations with unique demands. They will be used for expedited door-to-door transport from time to time – the direct option is beneficial and handy and carries a stiff price tag.
Single Level, Multi-Car Open Trailer
Usually a gooseneck trailer or a cramped trailer, the single level means it can haul vehicles in areas with low overheads. They can hold anywhere from 2-4 vehicles, depending on the size. The length of the trailer makes them a bit less maneuverable than a single-car hotshot trailer.
However, similar to the single-car, they’re great for taking to places where clearance may be doubtful. They also have the advantage over the multi-car trailer in that they can be pulled by dual-wheeled pick-up trucks with a gooseneck or a lightweight chassis with dual wheels. This allows for greater flexibility and team driving for faster transport.
Multi-Level, Multi-Car Open Trailer
When someone mentions a car or truck transporter, you usually think of high-volume trailers with two levels. With incredible engineering and great operators, these trailers can move up to 10 vehicles in one shot. These are bulk movers that aren’t logical for door-to-door transport. Instead, these run from terminals to terminals, dealerships, auctions, and more. That being said, almost any car, truck, or SUV on the road today has been on one of these at one point or another. These require a semi-truck to tow due to the weight and are restricted due to height and maneuverability issues.
Covered – Enclosed Auto Transport
Just as with open transport, covered transport comes in a variety of sizes. The enclosed trailers provide superior protection against the elements, wayward debris, and other things that may damage your vehicle over the course of transport.
Single Car Enclosed Trailer
Just like the open version, a single car-covered transport is often hauled behind a dual-wheeled truck. However, these can also be used as motorcycle haulers and can sometimes hold three or four motorcycles when palletized. They are similarly used for short delivery trips or transport situations with unique demands.
Like the open trailers, they will also be used for expedited door-to-door transport – but a covered, single-car hauler is perhaps the single most expensive method of transporting a single vehicle, especially over long distances. That being said, for transporting classic cars, exotic cars, and high-end luxury vehicles, they also offer the most security and safety of any method.
Single Level, Multi-Car Enclosed Trailer
These depart a little from their open-version cousins. While they still haul vehicles on a single level, they don’t benefit from being ramped or goosenecked to the hauling truck. This means they are usually limited to two vehicles, possibly three if they are smaller. Like the single-car closed trailers, though, these are often used as motorcycle haulers and can sometimes haul up to 6-8 bikes in a single load!
Multi-Level, Multi-Car Enclosed Trailer
While these don’t have quite the carrying capacity of their open-air counterparts, these towering, enclosed trailers usually haul up to 6 vehicles. You may find them in soft-sided – sometimes called curtain-sided – trailers, as well as hard-sided. They will sit low to the road to make sure they can clear low clearance highway bridges. They may have issues off the freeway and highways, though, and drivers have to be careful.
There are different types of multi-level, multi-car trailers as well. Some use an exterior ramp to move the cars to the second level, while others have a top-level that can be raised or lowered independently. The size and weight of these trailers require a semi-truck to move.
Heavy Equipment Transport
Big, bulky, heavy equipment and commercial or industrial trucks require special considerations and special equipment. You’re not going to stack these up behind a truck or fit them in small, enclosed trailers.
Instead, these units are almost always open-air, lowboy trailers. The low ride height makes it easier to clear low bridges and makes it easy to load heavy equipment. It also keeps the center of gravity low to the ground for stability.