Open trailers are the most common form of transport and the least expensive. However, there are inherent risks with open trailers that should be kept in mind. Without siding to protect it, your car is subject to possible damage from rain, hail, snow, sleet, ice, sun, and wind. The possibility of damage also exists from anything on the road, such as road debris, salt and sand, tar, asphalt, road base, gravel, new paving material or rocks. These materials are easily thrown up by passing vehicles or by wind and can cause damage such as paint chips, cracked or broken windshields, lights and windows, and, in some circumstances, dents. Should you choose an open trailer, a carrier cannot do much to prevent these incidents.
These risks are usually addressed in your contract, leaving the carrier with very limited liability. Before choosing an open trailer because it’s the least expensive transport for your vehicle, be sure to consider the time of year and any weather-related activities (repaving, snow traction materials), as well as your origin and destination. Enclosed trailers offer protection from the elements..