Open Auto Shipping
This is the most common type of car shipping method in the U.S. because it is safe and cost effective. Open Auto Shipping trucks normally carry as many as 9-10 cars at a time and as few as 5 cars. The transport truck driver will load and unload vehicles while shipping cars across country. In addition, since our shipping companies are able to fill these transport trucks to full capacity, it lowers the over all shipping costs when running routes across the U.S.
Enclosed Auto Shipping
Many of our customers who use an enclosed transport truck ship luxury, exotic, specialty, or vintage cars. The cost of this shipping method is higher, but the risk factor is greatly reduced. By using this car shipping method, the vehicle will not be exposed to outside elements. Shipping a car to the port using enclosed car shipping is ideal if a person has a higher budget. The car will normally be shipped along with one or two other vehicles. A special ramp or lift-gate is used to get the cars into the transport truck. You can expect to have peace-of-mind when using the enclosed car shipping method.
RoRo ships are vessels built for shipping wheeled cargo that Roll-On/Roll-Off the loading ramp like a parking garage. Once loaded on the RoRo vessel, each vehicle is tied down securely in its designated spot. This shipping method has proved highly efficient and extremely cost-effective. When compared to container shipping, it has an additional advantage- it provides reliable departure and arrival dates. The ship’s departure and arrival schedule runs almost like an airline flight schedule. RoRo shipping is the preferred shipping method for new car manufacturers to ship their own vehicles.
Shared Container Shipping
With this method, multiple vehicles are loaded into a container at a warehouse. To leave the warehouse for departure, the container must be completely filled with vehicles. This, in turn, doesn’t provide fixed departure dates like the RoRo method does. However, shared container shipping has its advantages in terms of cost-effectiveness since the shipping costs are split among the vehicles loaded into the container. This method can sometimes be the only cost-effective method in departure or arrival ports where the RoRo method is not available. Also, customers are allowed to ship additional items in the truck or the backseat of their vehicle, which is largely thought to be the only real advantage container shipping has compared to RoRo.
Exclusive Container Shipping
As opposed to the shared container, exclusive container means that a vehicle is shipped in an exclusive container; it doesn’t share the container with any other vehicle. This is also a good option if vehicle owners want to ship their personal belongings along with the vehicle. However, exclusive container shipping is the most expensive shipping method, compared to shared container and RoRo shipping. Both shared and exclusive container methods are used to ship non-operational vehicles because RoRo vessels ship only running vehicles.
Buy U.S. Cars recommends that all shipments be insured for transit cargo insurance (marine insurance) on a first dollar basis for losses incurring in transit. We offer FULL COVER Marine Insurance against Loss or Damage from the time your vehicle is loaded onto the Vessel for shipment at a rate of 1.75% of the value you wish to Insure for.