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Direct Express Auto Transport Services


Open Transport

Your vehicle is transported on an open car carrier much like the ones used to deliver new cars from the manufacturer to the dealers, usually 8 to 10 vehicles per carrier. Approximately 97% of all car shipments are Open Transport, which is exposed to the elements such as weather. Open Transport usually costs about 35-50% less than Enclosed Transport.


Enclosed Transport carrierEnclosed Transport

Your vehicle will be transported in a completely enclosed trailer, usually 3 to 6 vehicles per carrier, designed to haul classic automobiles or vehicles that should not be exposed to inclement weather. Approximately 3% of all vehicle shipments are Enclosed Transport. The cost for Enclosed Transport is roughly 35-50% more than Open Transport.






Door to Door ServiceDoor to Door Service

We do not use terminals where vehicles are known to sit for many weeks. We instead hire carriers whose plan it is to ship door to door, or as close as possible. We think that is the fastest and most reliable method for shipping customer vehicles.



Car Transport In The Continental United States

USA Freeways Car ShippingDirect Express Auto Transport services the entire continental United States. The 48 contiguous states in North America. That said, the more highly populated metropolitan areas and regions are faster and easier to service. Remote locations sometimes ship just as fast, but it is not unusual for them to take longer. To learn more about the differences between regions in vehicle shipping, please go to our States Calculator page.


Vehicle Condition


A Running Ford Car

Non-RunningDirect Express Non-Running Vehicle





The Direct Express Auto Transport statistics show that roughly 5% of all car shipments are non-running, what some term non-operational. We ship both running and non-running vehicles. It is easier to ship running vehicles because not every car carrier has a wench or can safely handle those that are non-operational. There is an added cost to shipping non-running vehicles. Our original car shipping cost calculator automatically adjusts the price for non-runners by adding $150 to the carrier fee. That compensates for the extra time and sometimes headache of positioning non-operational vehicles onto the car transport carrier.

Three Levels of Car Transport Pricing

Three Levels of Car Shipping RatesSTANDARD RATE

We do a good job of finding the most competitive, basic cost to ship your vehicle.


The Expedited Rate scoots you slightly ahead of the pack and can make a big difference in getting your car picked up sooner.


The Rush Rate is usually overboard. But that’s often what it takes to get a carrier to jump … or drive out of his way to fetch your vehicle.

To learn more about our three vehicle shipping levels, please go to our home page.