With door-to-door shipping, you get the convenience of having your vehicle picked up at your old house and brought directly to your new house.
With terminal-to-terminal shipping, you drive your car to whichever auto transport terminal is closest to your old home. Your carrier picks it up here and delivers it to the shipping terminal closest to your new home.
Shipping terminals are centralized shipping hubs that trucks pass through when they’re driving along major routes. They’re usually located outside of large cities, so if you’re moving to or from a small town, your nearest shipping terminal might be hundreds of miles away.
While terminal-to-terminal is far less convenient, it’s also much cheaper since the carrier doesn’t have to travel as far.
Choose terminal-to-terminal shipping if you want to save as much money as possible. If the convenience is more important than a low price, go with door-to-door shipping.
For more money-saving tips, check out our guide to affordably shipping your car.
Open transport is always much cheaper than enclosed transport, but it exposes your car to rock chips, weather, and any trash that might be flying around on the road. Enclosed transport usually costs a couple hundred bucks more, but it keeps your car completely safe from these hazards.
Most people choose open transport, and since auto transport companies send their trucks only when they have multiple cars to ship, you’ll probably get your car delivered faster if you go with open transport.
If the safety (and beauty) of your car is your number one concern, choose enclosed transport. If budget or speed are more important, then open transport is right for you.
To learn more, read our guide to the differences between open and enclosed auto transport.