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Direct Express Auto Transport Services

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Direct Express Auto Transport created the first instant car shipping quote calculator in 2004. We do not ask for any personal information to get a quote. We are the highest rated and most reliable vehicle shipping company.

Open Car Transport

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

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Enclosed Auto Transport

Your vehicle will be transported in a completely enclosed auto transport trailer, usually 3 to 6 vehicles at a time. Enclosed Transport is 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 is roughly 35-50% more than Open Car Transport.

Door-to-Door Car Shipping Service

We do not use terminals where vehicles are known to sit for many weeks. We instead hire auto shipping carriers who ship a car door to door, or as close as possible. We know that is the fastest and most reliable method for shipping customer vehicles. Why? Because usually a door-to-door car shipping carrier is ready to get on the road right away. A terminal service must wait often times weeks to accumulate a full load of vehicles. That’s a huge difference.

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Car Transport In The Continental United States

Direct Express Auto Transport services the entire continental United States. The 48 contiguous states in North America. The more highly populated metropolitan areas and regions are faster and easier to ship a car. 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 car shipping states page.

Snowbird Car Transport Services

If you’re a snowbird who heads south when the winter arrives, we can get your vehicle to your destination while you fly there in comfort and convenience. Skip the road trip and let a vehicle carrier deal with the hassle, danger, and discomfort of the highway. Direct Express Auto Transport can handle your car, truck, van, or SUV going in both directions. We can also accommodate snowbirds moving north in the Spring.

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If your vehicle runs (even if it doesn’t run perfectly), you have more options for auto shipping. Why? Because when you hand off your car to the hauler, it will need to be driven onto the trailer, and then off again at the destination. Running vehicles are easier to get on and off the trailer, so vehicle haulers are more likely to accept your shipment. Car shipping services are also a great way to keep a car running because it rides on the back of a trailer instead of putting thousands of miles on the odometer. You can get a vehicle to cross the country without any wear and tear.


Direct Express Auto Transport statistics show that roughly 5% of all car shipments are non-running, what some in the business refer to as “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.

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Three Levels of Car Transport Pricing

Standard Rate

We determine the most competitive, basic cost to ship your vehicle. Consider it the normal, standard market rate. About 75% of the time, it works anywhere from one to ten days from the first date a customer makes it available. If it takes longer than ten days, then the thing to do is bump up to the next level of pricing, which is Expedited tier.

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Expedited Rate

The Expedited Tier moves a customer slightly ahead of the pack and can make a big difference in shipping a car sooner rather than later. Auto transport carriers usually pick and choose which vehicles to transport from among dozens in the nearby vicinity. The slightly higher Expedited rate is oftentimes just enough to break a pricing tie or lure a car shipping carrier to pick up that vehicle instead of another. We highly recommend the Expedited Tier.

Rush Rate

The Rush Tier is probably overboard. But that is what it sometimes takes to get a carrier to jump or drive out of his way to ship a car. It is especially effective when there is an over supply of vehicles, such as leaving Florida in the Spring. Or if a customer car is in a remote location. The higher Rush rate makes that vehicle more attractive to the discerning car transport driver. To learn more about our three car shipping levels (or tiers), please visit Direct Express Auto Transport.

Most Common Reasons For Using Car Shipping Services

Why do people actually use car transport services? For more reasons than you think. These are some of the most common:

  • Moving – You are moving from one state to another and have more vehicles than available drivers. Ship one or more autos to your new home while you focus on getting your stuff and your family safely to the destination.
  • Exchanging – You plan to give or trade a vehicle to someone in another state, or the reverse. With car shipping services, you don’t have to leave home to make the exchange, saving you a lot of unnecessary time and travel.
  • Transitioning – You plan to spend an extended period away from home because of work, school, or vacation and don’t want to rely on a rental car, ride shares, or public transport the whole time. Shipping your vehicle to wherever you’re headed often proves to be the best option for transportation – especially if you have already reached the destination and have your vehicle shipped there from home.
  • Traveling – You’re facing a daunting roadtrip extending for days into weeks. Meanwhile, airfare is cheap. With auto transport services, a vehicle hauler logs the miles while you choose a mode of transport that’s faster and more comfortable. Be a savvy traveler and add your own vehicle into your travel plans without adding a road trip to your itinerary.
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