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Open Carrier Car Shipping

Nationwide Door-To-Door Open Car Transport Services

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The Most Common Method of Vehicle Shipping

Open car transport is the most popular and economical of our vehicle shipping services. With open carrier car shipping, your vehicle will be shipped door-to-door on an open trailer car carrier - most commonly seen on highways and delivering to dealerships across the country.

The Cost-Effective Way to Ship a Car Anywhere Safely

Open carrier car transport is the standard for car shipping and is the least expensive option for nationwide automobile transportation.

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open transport car shipping

The Most Common Method of Vehicle Shipping

Open car transport is the most popular and economical of our vehicle shipping services. With open carrier car shipping, your vehicle will be shipped door-to-door on an open trailer car carrier - most commonly seen on highways and delivering to dealerships across the country.

The Cost-Effective Way to Ship a Car Anywhere Safely

Open carrier car transport is the standard for car shipping and is the least expensive option for nationwide automobile transportation.

Over 30 Years of Reliable Open Carrier Car Shipping

A few reasons why open car transport is our most popular service:

Network of open car transport professionals

Over 10,500 certified open carrier car shipping experts in our advanced network of nationwide transporters.

Complete nationwide coverage

Direct service to and from anywhere in the country - our transporters will pick up and deliver at your home or business.

Frequent carrier availability

Open carrier transporters are the most common carrier on the road and provide the most flexible options for pickup and delivery.

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The RoadRunner Advantage

Below, you can find the benefits and advantages of shipping with Roadrunner Auto Transport.

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Top-Rated Auto Shipping

We have thousands of 5-star reviews for exceptional vehicle shipping services.

Door-to-door car shipping

Nationwide Door-to-Door Service

We provide direct service to and from any residential or business location in the US.

Complete vehicle coverage

Complete Vehicle Coverage

We offer the most comprehensive coverage options for complete peace of mind.

No up front deposit required

No Up-Front Deposit Required

You don't pay a penny until the day your shipment is scheduled for pickup.

Extended office hours

Extended Office Hours

We're available past normal business hours in every timezone in the country.

Online shipment tracking

24/7 Online Shipment Tracking

You can track the status of your shipment online anytime at your convenience.

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Miami, FL

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"Super professional and helpful from the very first call. Easy to book online and the rate was better than I expected."

Steven F.

Austin, TX

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"I called RoadRunner and was able to have my car picked up that same day and delivered over 500 miles away the next day!"

Joan B.

Boston, MA

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"We have used RoadRunner Auto Transport two times. Both times, the experience was nothing less than stellar."

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San Diego, CA

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the vehicle shipping process.


Open transport is the most common car shipping method. There are two types of open-air transporters. Most shipments are made with 8-10 car carriers. Smaller carriers which hold 2-3 cars are used for shorter more local moves. There is broader network of carrier availability for open-air carriers since they are used more often. We suggest choosing enclosed shipping methods when shipping classic, luxury or exotic vehicles. Enclosed transporters guarantee maximum protection from exposure to any open-air elements on the road. We suggest booking your enclosed transport in advance since there is limited carrier availability.


When determining your car shipping cost, there are a few factors that we take into account in order to provide you with an accurate price quote. The mileage between the origin and destination is the biggest factor that contributes to your total rate. In addition to the distance of your relocation, another factor is the type and condition of the vehicle being shipped. The final factor is the date that your vehicle will be ready for transport. There are also additional options, such as enclosed carrier and top-load service that can be added to your shipment at the time of booking for a higher level of service.


Yes, there must be someone present to release and accept the vehicle, provide keys to the driver and sign the initial and final inspection reports. This person can be anyone over the age of 18 that you trust with releasing or accepting your vehicle.


Make sure your car has been completely clean, both inside and outside. This is particularlly important because this will help the driver conduct their inspection in order to assess any pre-existing damage on your vehicle. You will also want to make there are no additional personal items in the vehicle unless you intend to ship those with the vehicle (remember those items must total less than 75 pounds combined and kept below the window-line of the vehicle). Be sure to inform the driver of any special circumstances concerning the vehicle. Finally, make sure there is a quarter tank of gas in the car at the time it is picked up for shipment.


You should have about a quarter of a tank of gas in your car at the time of shipment. This leaves enough for the car to be loaded and unloaded but doesn't add much additional weight.


To get a quote for shipping your vehicle, you can either use our instant online car shipping quote calculator above or you can call (888) 422-7584 to receive a quote from one of our car transport pricing specialists. In order for us to calculate your quote we will need to know the location you are shipping from and to, the type of vehicle you would like to ship, and the date your vehicle will be ready.


Top load service is when your car is placed on the higher deck or level of an open auto transport trailer. This is considered to be preferable to the bottom load because the cars on the lower deck are at risk of possibly having fluid from the cars above leak on them.

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