7 Best Car Hauling Companies & Rates

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Author: Steve Palmer

Updated: 08/12/2022

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Best car hauling companies

Car Hauling Options

There are multiple options available to transport your vehicle. We offer Open & Enclosed Trailers as well as Flatbed services. There are pros and cons to each type; we suggest contacting one of our Transport Specialists to help choose the option that will best fit your needs.

Enclosed Carrier

An enclosed carrier is an option for high-end, antique and classic vehicles. This option is also well-suited for vehicles with low clearance. The price is higher, however, the added safety from the elements can assure peace of mind.

Open Carrier

An open carrier is the most cost effective method of transport. Vehicles will be exposed to the elements, however, they are fully insured from the moment the carrier takes possession. Cars arriving at an auction may not wish to utilize this option as they can arrive with water spots, dust, etc. If you do not mind giving your car a wash after transport, this is your most affordable option.


A flatbed is the option used for heavy machinery, vehicles that will not fit on a multi-car carrier (open or enclosed) and large boats without their own trailer. This is also usually the most expensive method and is not usually necessary for consumers; it is geared more towards our corporate clients.


Transportli Score




9.6 out of 10


4.6 stars

Ultimate Transport 123

8.9 our of 10


3.7 stars

Ship A Car Direct

9.8 out of 10


4.6 stars

Auto Shipping Group

8.9 our of 10


4.8 stars


9.7 our of 10

Auto Shipping Group

4.7 stars

Mercury Auto Transport

8.5 out of 10


4.6 stars

Can I haul inoperable cars?

Sure, you simply need to indicate that your car is in inoperable condition. In this case shipping company will hire a trailer with winch to load your car.

Inoperable cars hauling cost is higher!

It will take some time and effort from the driver to load/unload your car into the trailer. You should expect extra 75-100 dollars charge for inoperable car shipping.

Car hauling cost


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Car hauling FAQ

Q. How long will it take to deliver the car?

A. Drivers can make up to 400-500 miles per day. You can simply divide your route milage by 500 to get an estimate amount of days your car will be on the trailer.


Q. Can I put personal belongings if so how much?

A. Yes and no 🙂 While some broker might tell you that it’s totally ok to put up to a 100 pounds into the trunk – some drivers might charge extra $50-$250 for additional items inside of the car. We would not advice to ship personal items in your car, moreover it’s forbidden by FMCSA carrier license and their insurance will not cover any item damage.


Q. Will it be covered and protected from stones and weather in open truck?

A. Unfortunately your vehicle will not be protected from rocks or any road debris while shipping in an open trailer. Moreover carrier’s insurance most probable will not be able to cover any scratches or dents. You should consider using enclosed trailer in case you are shipping exotic, classic or expensive vehicle.


Q. Does the driver need the keys?

A. Yes, the driver will need to have the keys from your car. Please make sure the driver indicates that he has your keys in the contract he is obligated to sign with you on the pickup location (it’s called Bill of Lading, or simply BOL).


Q. Is it safe to give driver my keys?

A. Sure. Once the vehicle is loaded into the trailer the driver becomes responsible for your vehicle. Simply don’t forget to sign and get the copy of the Bill of Lading.


Q. Can driver ship to port?

A. Yes, the driver will need a special permission though – Twic card. Please make sure to indicate that your vehicle is going from or to the port facility.


Q. Can driver pick up the title along with the vehicle?

A. Yes, special instructions might be needed though. It’s a standard practise and usually not a big deal for the driver. Just make sure your broker company indicated this information in the dispatch sheet.


Q. Can you pick up at airport?

A. Yes, most companies will be able to pickup the car from the airport as long as it’s permitted for their truck to enter the parking lot.