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What is Enclosed Auto Transport?

New cars, luxury cars, classic cars, or exotic cars—whatever’s in your garage, you need VIP service when it comes to shipping this type of precious cargo. 

Enclosed auto transport is perfect for those who require dependable transport for their most prized possessions: With a covered top, soft sides, and fewer cars sharing the load, these carriers better guarantee the safety and condition of any vehicle.   

With Guardian’s enclosed auto transport service, you’ll get benefits that are unavailable with other shipping options. Enclosed shipping is the ideal transport method for high-end, luxury, and classic cars that need extra protection and safety to ensure their worth is not compromised. 

The more you learn about enclosed auto shipping with Guardian, the more you’ll see that there is no better way to transport your car. See what Guardian can do for you today. 

Research Your Car Shipping Options

When shipping your car, you have three main options: Enclosed, expedited, and open. 

Open shipping is ideal for those who don’t have the budget for enclosed shipping, but it offers less protection. Expedited shipping gets your vehicle from where it is to where it needs to be on a priority schedule. And enclosed shipping ensures your luxury or classic car is shielded from the elements.

Here are the main differences between the three and what you can expect when you choose enclosed shipping with Guardian.

Enclosed Auto Transport 

Enclosed car transport is the best way to safeguard the condition of your car while it’s on the move. Securely held within its trailer, your vehicle will be tucked away from potential theft and natural elements, like rain, snow, wind, hail, and dirt. However, since there are fewer enclosed carriers on the road, it’s essential to book early.

Expedited Auto Transport

Expedited auto transport is the fastest way to ship your car from Point A to Point B and is reserved for those who can’t wait for regular car shipping services and schedules. Customers who choose expedited shipping receive one to two-day pickup priority with guaranteed preferred dates. Because of these extra benefits, expedited shipping is the most expensive option.

Open Auto Transport

Open auto transport is Guardian’s most popular and least expensive option. With open carrier shipping, you get the easiest shipping experience with all of Guardian’s regular perks, like insurance coverage, constant communication, and door-to-door pickup and dropoff. Since open transport is in such high demand, preferred pickup dates are not guaranteed. 

Enclosed Car Transport Services

Enclosed car shipping is the perfect method for those shipping luxury cars, participating in car shows, and buying or selling exotic vehicles across long distances. 

When you choose an enclosed car carrier, Guardian reserves a driver who can best work with your schedule. They’ll use a special covered trailer so that your car is safeguarded throughout its whole trip. With Guardian’s three pillars of serviceexcellent communication, simple processing, and proactive service—you can rest easy knowing your car is in good hands. 

Here’s what Guardian provides to its enclosed car transport customers.

Total Vehicle Protection

For many people, their cars are an invaluable asset. So if you have a luxury car or classic vehicle that needs that extra protection, it’s crucial to opt for enclosed shipping, which consists of a roof, four sides, and an enclosed floor. 

Not only does this offer total protection from the elements, but you can also have full confidence that your car is better protected in the event of any “acts of God.” 

Under modern jurisdictions, this term refers to a natural hazard outside of human control where no person can be held responsible, such as hurricanes and other natural disasters. Plus, in the event of a theft or an accident, your car is better protected inside a trailer with extra secure attachments.

Safer Loading for Low-Clearance Vehicles

Exotic cars like Ferraris, Porsches, and Rolls Royces have a smaller clearance with front spoilers that are low to the ground, and classic cars often have custom paint jobs or larger tires. Unfortunately, typical ramps have steep angles that can cause dents and scrapes on these vehicles. 

But enclosed carriers are made for these cars. They have gates and ramps that hydraulically lift the cars horizontally into the trailer. Horizontal loading is a crucial feature of enclosed trailers and prevents any scraping from sharp angles. 

Most Experienced Carriers

Guardian’s certified and vetted enclosed car carriers know that if you choose this method, you’re transporting very precious cargo. 

We only use carriers that offer a white-glove service level, which means our drivers will treat your car with the utmost care. The driver will add extra oil trays, clamps, and ties to your vehicle to reduce the risk of movement during transport. 

No Cancellation Fees

Plans change, which is why all of our customers can benefit from our no-cancellation-fee guarantee. 

In case something comes up, or if you no longer want to ship your vehicle, you won’t be charged as long as you haven’t yet confirmed a driver for pickup. Even if a driver has been assigned to you, you can still cancel and receive a refund. You’ll just have to pay the service fee. 

If you’re uncertain about enclosed car shipping, then chat with one of our available shipping agents online or over the phone. You can also learn more about our network of 27,000 drivers and carriers and how we vet them long before your booking. 

Door-to-Door Service

Door-to-door service is included in all of Guardian’s shipping options and is just one of the many benefits that our customers get when they decide to work with us. 

No matter where you’re coming from or where you’re going, our carrier will pick up and deliver your vehicle as close to your requested destinations as possible. More often than not, this means door-to-door service!

If there are physical hazards like low-hanging trees, road closures, or severe weather, then Guardian will work with you to choose an accessible spot for pickup. And if that also isn’t possible, our carrier will hold onto your car and keep it safe until better arrangements are made.

Full Insurance Coverage

Before Guardian partners up with carriers, they are vetted and required to comply with specific insurance standards. We also guarantee a $100,000 limit for full-vehicle protection for all of our customers, no matter which auto transport method you choose. 

The Cost of Enclosed Car Shipping

The cost of enclosed auto transport is higher than open carrier transport costs. Enclosed shipping tends to be more expensive because it is a specialized service, and only a small number of drivers have the right equipment. However, the actual price depends on several factors, such as: 

  • The starting and ending locations. Having your car shipped across state lines is much different from coast-to-coast shipping: As you might expect, the further your vehicle is going, the more expensive the trip will be. 
  • The route is taken. Large freight trucks like enclosed auto transport carriers are not allowed on some roadways due to their weight class. Some examples might be city roads and parkways, which are reserved for noncommercial use. This may force the driver to take a longer or detoured route. 
  • The time of year. Usually, enclosed auto transport during the winter months will be more expensive since there’s a higher demand for enclosed car shipping because of the snow, sleet, and ice. Roads are also significantly more dangerous, which could affect the total cost. 
  • Your preferred dates. Some parts of the year are more popular than others, especially since most car shows happen between spring and fall, and the most popular moving time is in June, July, and August. Weekend pickup dates are also very popular, which can raise costs as well.

With Guardian, enclosed transport is typically between 40% to 60% more expensive than open transport,  but rest assured, you’ll receive the best care for your vehicle. 

Enclosed Car Transport with Guardian Auto Transport

For those who know their vehicle’s worth, enclosed shipping is the best option when it comes to getting your car to where it needs to go. Providing solutions to common trailer problems like low ground clearance and exposure to the elements, you’ll receive the highest level of service and protection with an enclosed carrier. 

So if you’re one of the few who crave this type of uncompromised car shipping service, it’s time to work with a company that has a proven track record. 

Guardian is a leading enclosed auto transport company with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. With excellent communication, dedicated agents, thousands of truck drivers, and a 99.4% customer satisfaction rate, there’s no question Guardian is the right choice for your enclosed car transport needs. 

Get your free instant quote today on enclosed car shipping and learn more about how Guardian can safely transport your car with our high-value service.

Advantages of Enclosed
Auto Transport Services

Total Vehicle Protection

Total Vehicle Protection

When traveling in an enclosed trailer, your vehicle is protected from outside elements such as weather.

No Cancellation Fees

No Cancellation Fees

We understand plans change, so in the case that you decide to no longer ship your vehicle, you won't be charged as long as you have not confirmed a driver for pickup.

Recommended for High-end Cars

Recommended for High-end Cars

We recommend Enclosed auto shipping for luxury, classic, and exotic vehicles. The vehicles are safe and covered during transit to make sure they arrive in the same clean and pristine condition.

Door-to-Door Service Included

Door-to-Door Service Included

Our carrier will pick-up and deliver your vehicle as close to the locations that you specify. Low hanging trees and restricted roads make easily accessible locations a better choice for pickup or delivery.

Most Experienced Carriers

Most Experienced Carriers

Enclosed hauling requires carriers to have professional experience handling the world's most valuable vehicles. Guardian Auto Transport only sends the most experienced drivers to get the job done.

Full Insurance Coverage

Full Insurance Coverage

Each carrier is vetted and required to comply with strict insurance standards to make sure that our customers vehicles are always covered.

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Enclosed Auto Transport FAQ

Is enclosed auto transport more expensive than open auto transport? 

Yes, typically enclosed transport is about 40-60% more expensive than open transport. Less than 3% of carriers in the auto transport industry have enclosed trailers, making them more difficult to schedule and more expensive.

How quickly can a car be shipped with enclosed auto transport? 

Enclosed auto transport follows the same timetable as open car shipping, but there is a chance you’ll receive your car faster. As it’s a higher end service, not as many cars are shipped this way, which means you may not have to wait long for an enclosed carrier. The timeliness of your delivery depends on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) rules and guidelines, which say that a truck driver can only drive up to 11 hours on the road if they’ve had ten consecutive hours of break time. So, depending on the specifics of the truck (for example, if there’s a sleeping berth), the truck speed, and the driver’s break times, the carrier may be going anywhere between 400 and 600 miles per day. Pickup and delivery downtime are also factored into this estimate.

How do I track my vehicle during enclosed car shipping? 

After we dispatch a driver to your order, you’ll receive a notification email containing scheduling details and your driver’s name, phone number, and other relevant information. Your assigned shipping agent will also contact you to confirm the details and update you via email or phone.

Do I have to be at the pickup or delivery locations? 

You don’t have to be present at the pickup or delivery locations. When setting up your order, you can designate another contact for the driver. However, this contact must be at least 18 years old and will be responsible for signing off on the Bill of Lading, which is the 22-point vehicle inspection report.

How do I prepare my vehicle for enclosed auto transport? 

There are several things you can do to best prepare your vehicle for transport: Book ahead of time. Enclosed car shipping may have limited availability, so you’ll want to book your spot on our carrier in advance. Clean the exterior and interior of your vehicle so that the driver can note any damages or imperfections in their inspection report. Remove any external items, like bike racks and magnets, from your car. It’s also advised that you remove any personal items since they are not covered under insurance. If you prefer to ship personal items, you are legally allowed to include up to 100 pounds of cargo in the car. Leave around ¼ of a tank of gas in the car just in case there’s a reason you need to drive short distances before pickup and after delivery.

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Eriks M
Eriks M
2021-08-05
Eriks M

If I ever need my car shipped again I will be sure to utilize Guardian. No hassle, much communication and plenty updates along the way. Thanks a lot Guardian.

Gregory H
Gregory H
2021-08-05
Gregory H

Ty in customer service was amazing! Answered all my questions with no hesitation. Definitely would recommend using Guardian.

Japera Walker W
Japera Walker W
2021-08-02
Japera Walker W

I received great pick up and delivery service of my vehicle from CO to VA. The driver was timely and efficient and I appreciated the daily calls for updates. This company was highly focused on satisfaction and I would highly recommend!

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