Best Enclosed Car Shipping Companies of 2019

Bottom line: The best enclosed car shipping companies offer an additional level of protection you won’t find with open car carriers. Although each company on our list has its perks, Montway Auto Transport stood out among the rest.

Move.org’s top 4 enclosed auto transport companies

Best overallBest for carrier optionsBest for discountsBest customer service
CompanyMontwayExecutive Auto ShippersAmeriFreightSherpa Auto Transport
Executive Auto Shippers Sherpa Auto Transport
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Open and enclosed transport✔ Yes✔ Yes✔ Yes✔ Yes
Door-to-door delivery✔ Yes✔ Yes✔ Yes✔ Yes
Additional damage protection*✔ YesNo✔ YesNo
Online quotes✔ YesNo✔ YesNo
Company
Website
Open and enclosed transport
Door-to-door delivery
Additional damage protection*
Online quotes
Best overall Best for carrier options Best for discounts Best customer service
Montway Executive Auto Shippers AmeriFreight Sherpa Auto Transport
Executive Auto Shippers Sherpa Auto Transport
Get a Quote Get a Quote Get a Quote Get a Quote
✔ Yes ✔ Yes ✔ Yes ✔ Yes
✔ Yes ✔ Yes ✔ Yes ✔ Yes
✔ Yes No ✔ Yes No
✔ Yes No ✔ Yes No

*Offers coverage in addition to the standard cargo insurance held by the individual car carrier
Current as of 2/1/19

Whether you need to ship your ‘64 Corvette to its first auto show or you simply want to ensure nothing happens to the trusty ol’ family sedan during your big move, choosing the right enclosed car shipping company can make or break your experience.

Take a look at our recommendations to learn which company is best equipped to fit your needs.

Montway Auto Transport—Best overall

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

Montway Auto Transport is our pick for the best overall enclosed car shipping company. Although its transparent pricing and guaranteed pickup dates pushed it over the top, it has a few other features that make your shipment as easy as possible.

Pros

  • Provides multiple payment options
  • Offers a cash payment discount
  • Offers guaranteed pickup dates and expedited transport
  • Offers immediate online estimates
  • Has an online chat to quickly answer questions

Cons

  • Requires an email address to receive a quote

Why we recommend Montway Auto Transport

Reason #1: It offers transparent pricing and multiple payment options

While every company we recommend lets you request a quote online, Montway’s one of only two enclosed car shippers on our list that actually shows you your quote online.

No need to wait for an email or a phone call—you just enter your info and a price pops right up.

While you’ll still receive an email with your estimate, we appreciate that you can see your shipping cost and immediately book your shipment online without leaving Montway’s site.

Montway offers convenient online payments

Montway gives you two distinct ways to pay for your shipment: pay in full online, or pay the bulk of your cost in cash on delivery.

Most car shipping companies require you to pay the balance of your bill in cash when your car is delivered, so we like that Montway gives you the option to pay your entire bill with a card online. Not only does it save you a trip to the ATM, but it also saves you from carrying around that much cash (who carries around cash these days, anyway?)

This level of convenience costs a bit extra, however.

If you’re willing to pay in cash, Montway offers a modest discount. Our discount was about $40 each time we requested a quote, but this might vary based on the specifics of your shipment.

Reason #2: It offers guaranteed pickup dates and expedited shipping

While most enclosed car shipping companies offer “pickup windows” rather than exact pickup dates, Montway lets you select a guaranteed date for your shipment.

A guaranteed pickup date does cost extra, but it can be incredibly useful if you need to meet a deadline and can’t wait around days on end for a carrier to pick up your car.

Montway also offers expedited shipping, meaning it can pick up your car in as little as 24–48 hours after booking.

So if you need your car picked up in a hurry or just want it picked up on a particular day, Montway has you covered.

To learn more, read our full Montway review.

Executive Auto Shippers—Best for carrier options

Executive Auto Shippers has been in business since 2009 and has completed tens of thousands of car shipments around the world. If you’re looking for a specific type of enclosed carrier or need information about why one type might be better for you than another, Executive Auto Shippers is for you.

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

Pros

  • Offers both soft-sided and hard-sided carriers
  • Offers more informational resources than other companies on our list

Cons

  • Requires an email address to receive a quote
  • Delivers quotes by email—not available immediately on its website

Why we recommend Executive Auto Shippers

Reason #1: It offers multiple types of enclosed carriers

Executive Auto Shippers offers two distinct types of enclosed car carriers:

  • Soft-side carriers
  • Hard-side carriers

While both offer far more protection than a standard open car carrier, each has its own benefits (and price tag).

Soft-sided carriers

Soft-sided carriers feature a hard roof and floor, but their sides are enclosed by heavy canvas sheeting that the driver can easily open to access vehicles during loading and unloading. Once the carrier ready to hit the road, the canvas sides are drawn shut to protect your car from the elements and any potential road debris.

While soft-sided carriers offer a high level of protection, the small gaps near the canvas’s closures still allow small amounts of dirt and grime to get through. This small vulnerability makes soft-sided carriers the cheaper of the two options.

Hard-sided carriers

As the name suggests, these carriers have hard sides in addition to a hard roof and floor. Most are airtight to prevent dust or dirt from sneaking in—giving them a distinct advantage over soft-sided carriers for those who what to keep their cars spick-and-span.

Cleanliness aside, a hard-sided carrier’s sturdy construction offers a level of protection that’s just a step above its soft-sided counterpart.

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Choosing “standard enclosed shipping” means you’ll get either a soft-sided or a hard-sided enclosed carrier based on availability.

Selecting “hard-side only,” on the other hand, guarantees you’ll get a hard-sided carrier, but be prepared to pay extra since Executive Auto Shippers considers this option an upgrade.

We like that Executive Auto Shippers gives you options so you can choose an enclosed carrier type based on your personal preference and budget.

Reason #2: It offers a car rental guarantee

Executive Auto Shippers wants to make sure you aren’t left stranded if something delays your car.

If your shipment doesn’t arrive by the guaranteed delivery date, Executive Auto Shippers will reimburse you for the cost of a rental car for each day past the guaranteed date (up until your car is delivered).

Here’s a look at the company’s guaranteed delivery transport times:

  • 7 days: Shipments up to 1,250 miles
  • 10 days: Shipments between 1,251 and 2,150 miles
  • 14 days: Shipments over 2,150 miles

So if your car is picked up in Denver on June 1 and doesn’t arrive in San Diego until June 10, you’re entitled to a couple days’ worth of rental car reimbursements.

Even if your car is only one day late, we think Executive Auto Shippers’ rental car guarantee is far more helpful than the small amount of cash some enclosed car companies offer for your trouble.

AmeriFreight—Best for discounts

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

AmeriFreight was founded in 2004 and is yet another solid choice for your enclosed auto shipment. If you’re looking for extra discounts or damage protection beyond the standard level of carrier insurance, AmeriFreight is well worth your consideration.

Pros

  • Offers additional damage coverage beyond standard carrier insurance
  • Offers several discounts
  • Offers immediate online price estimate

Cons

  • Doesn’t have an easily navigable website
  • Doesn’t thoroughly explain its services online
  • Requires an email address to receive a quote

Why we recommend AmeriFreight

Reason #1: It offers great damage coverage plans

You’re likely considering enclosed car transport to make sure nothing happens to your car while it’s traveling in the carrier.

Unfortunately, accidents still happen.

While AmeriFreight ensures each of its contracted car carriers has insurance, that insurance often has exclusions the carrier won’t pay for.

Was your car damaged during loading or unloading? You’re out of luck. Was it damaged while in storage? No dice again. Was it damaged by an act of nature? Whip out your checkbook.

Luckily, AmeriFreight bridges this insurance gap with its AF Total Assurance (AFta) plan. The AFta plan functions a lot like gap insurance—it’s a cushion between those insurance exclusions and your bank account.

We like this option because it not only gives you a nice buffer in the (unlikely) event your car carrier refuses to pay for repairs, but it also gives you forty-eight hours to report any scrapes or scratches. This way, you don’t feel pressure to investigate every inch of your car before the carrier takes off.

Reason #2: It offers several discounts

Enclosed car shipping can get pricey, so we appreciate any opportunity to save a bit of money.

AmeriFreight stands out in this regard because it advertises the most discounts of any auto shipper on our list.

Here’s a quick look at the discounts* it has to offer:

  • Senior citizen discount: $25
  • Student discount: $25
  • First responder discount: $35
  • Military discount: $35
  • Early bird discount**: $35
  • Return customer discount: $50
  • Multiple vehicle discount: $50 off every additional vehicle in your shipment

*Discounts valid as of 2/1/19
**You must book within twenty-four hours of receiving your quote.

To learn more, read our full AmeriFreight review.

Sherpa Auto Transport—Best customer service

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

Sherpa Auto Transport offers everything you’d expect from an enclosed car shipping company—and just a bit extra. In addition to tailoring your shipment to fit both your timeline and your budget, it also treats you to a car wash so you can make sure your car is clean as a whistle after it’s delivered.

Pros

  • Offers a price-lock promise
  • Offers a free car wash with its Clean Car Guarantee

Cons

  • Doesn’t thoroughly explain its services online
  • Requires an email address to receive a quote
  • Delivers quotes via email—not available immediately on its website

Why we recommend Sherpa Auto Transport

Reason #1: It has a price-lock promise

One thing you don’t have to worry about with Sherpa Auto Transport: paying way more than what you’re quoted for car shipping services.

Once you’ve received an estimate, Sherpa goes to its network to find a carrier that meets your needs. If there isn’t a company available within your budget, Sherpa will cover the difference—so you get the same quality service at the price you can afford.

Some types of surprises are fun, but sticker shock on your auto transport bill isn’t one of them. We appreciate that Sherpa stands behind its quotes even when individual car carriers won’t.

Reason #2: It offers a Clean Car Guarantee

Sending your car from one part of the country to another in an enclosed carrier usually ensures it stays pretty clean, but Sherpa Auto Transport wants your vehicle to be spotless.

With Sherpa Auto Transport’s Clean Car Guarantee, every customer gets to treat themselves to a car wash after their delivery arrives.

Here are the details:

  • Get a professional car wash ($20 maximum) within seven days of your car’s delivery.
  • Submit a copy of your car wash receipt and your bill of lading within thirty days of delivery.
  • Sherpa Auto Transport will issue a $20 refund to the card it has on file from your transport.

This is an incredibly unique perk, and we like that Sherpa takes this extra step to make sure you’re happy with your car’s finish after it’s delivered.

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Which enclosed car shipper is right for you?

No matter which enclosed auto transport company you choose, we want to hear about it! Let our readers know about your experience in the comments below so they can find the best carrier for their car shipping needs.

Decided you’d rather ship your car in an open carrier? Check out our best car shipping companies list to see our recommendations.

About Colin Holmes

Colin Holmes
Colin Holmes is no stranger to moving: he’s done so five times in the last five years, and he’s used his expertise to help over 185,000 readers plan their moves in the last year alone. As a former journalist and documentary interviewer, Colin brings a wealth of research experience to Move.org.