The auto transport industry has a wide range of prices from hundreds of different companies that ship cars. This price drastically changes depending on the equipment used to transport the vehicle. The amount charged reflects the cost of their equipment, the price of fuel needed to ship your car, and the quality of service you will receive.
Shipping your car on a flatbed trailer is usually the cheapest, but is the riskiest in regards to your vehicle. Open trailers tend to be slightly more expensive and less of a risk than flatbeds. Enclosed trailers are usually more costly than flatbeds or open trailers, but typically provide a much higher level of security. A new enclosed transport rig can cost $500,000, which is why enclosed auto transport tends to be more costly than open auto transport. Enclosed auto transport companies also tend to have well trained and experienced drivers and state-of-the-art equipment, in contrast to the companies that use older equipment and have lower prices.
If you receive a low quote to ship a car with an enclosed car carrier, be very wary because it is likely a broker. Brokers sell your car shipment to other companies that they have no affiliation with. We explain more on how auto transport brokers work in our article Be Wary of Auto Transport Brokers
At Intercity Lines, we never broker any of our shipments out. We have one of the best team of drivers and equipment, who solely drive for Intercity Lines, and handle all of our shipments. Therefore, you always know that you and your car is receiving the highest level of security and service.