What Is Open Car Transport?

Open car transport is the most cost-effective  and common  type of vehicle shipping service in the United States. It’s easy to arrange, convenient, and excellent value for Money. We  transport your car, together with other vehicles, using open trailer transport.

We  pick up and load your vehicle from a location of your choice and deliver it to your chosen location. It exposes your car to the elements, but it’s still the safest and most secure option if you’re on a tight budget. It is a fully-insured form of auto transport (according to the law enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) that comes with a really affordable price and provides full protection from any damages that may happen to your vehicle during the transport. 

How Long Does It Take To Ship A Car With An Open Carrier?

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 the delivery.Car carriers usually travel up to 500 miles a day and transportation anywhere within the mainland takes 2-10 calendar days after pickup.

Following is a general guideline for the expected transport days when shipping your car across the country:

From the East Coast to the Midwest (2-4 days).

From the West Coast to the East Coast (7-10 days).

From the North to the South (2-4 days).

From the West Coast to the Midwest (3-5 days).

How Much Does Open Car Transport Cost?

The pricing generally depends on different factors, such as the distance, what state the vehicle(s) is/are coming from, the distance of the vehicle from the nearest highway, its condition and even the make and model of it. Price changes may occur if the vehicle has been modified.
Open car transport is, in its essence, cost-effective as a prevalent vehicle transportation method. Overall, the average car shipping cost is around $1.60 a mile for short distances (1-500 miles) or about $1 a mile for medium distances (500-1500 miles). Long distances (1500+ miles) may range as much as $0.50 a mile.
These numbers might fluctuate depending on the weather conditions, the states of the shipment, the current market state, the schedule of the carriers taking care of it and even the timeframe.


Type of Transport

Avg. Price Per Mile

Sample Distance

Sample Price

0 - 500



250 miles


500 - 1000



750 miles


1000 - 1500



1250 miles


1500 - 2000



1750 miles


2000 - 2500



2250 miles


2500 - 3000



2750 miles





3000 miles


**The Avg. price per mile rates shown up above are reflective of current market conditions as of May 2022. The rates are subject to change due to seasonal fluctuations, price of gas, pick-up/delivery locations, etc.

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