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I'm expecting my car from Bremen, Germany in less than 3 months - hopefully.
I was curious as to how they are shipped once they come off the ship.

Why do I have a little bug in my head telling me that they are put in special enclosed car carriers with side curtains for better access to the vehicles ??
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I'm expecting my car from Bremen, Germany in less than 3 months - hopefully.
I was curious as to how they are shipped once they come off the ship.

Why do I have a little bug in my head telling me that they are put in special enclosed car carriers with side curtains for better access to the vehicles ??
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New (and used) high end vehicles are always transported enclosed. In the US side curtains are not very common, they basically drive the car in the enclosure and raise it if necessary. Side curtains are more common in Europe. Only a few specialized carriers get contracted for this type of transportation. Regular cars is everybody, John, Igor, Ahmed, Mobutu, Ching Chong, Pablo. Enclosed high end car hauling isn't for everyone. Your car will be safe
 

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Thanks Ciprian for the detailed information. I appreciate it.

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Thanks Ciprian for the detailed information. I appreciate it.

Ron
Wait! Maybe I misunderstood. I thought it's a new car. Then I remembered. Are you in the military and been stationed in Germany and having your vehicle transported back to the states? In that case, as far as I know, the military subcontracts that to civilians. In that case your car will be offered to the lowest bidder. Any kind of car hauler open or enclosed will take it. God help you then, John, Igor, Ahmed, Mobutu, Ching Chong, Pablo really don't give a damn about your car. Call em and find out if it's enclosed or not
 

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New cars are generally shipped on the open “double decker” trailers that fit 6 or 7 vehicles on them. For enclosed, you generally have to ask and pay for it.
 

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Wait! Maybe I misunderstood. I thought it's a new car. Then I remembered. Are you in the military and been stationed in Germany and having your vehicle transported back to the states? In that case, as far as I know, the military subcontracts that to civilians. In that case your car will be offered to the lowest bidder. Any kind of car hauler open or enclosed will take it. God help you then, John, Igor, Ahmed, Mobutu, Ching Chong, Pablo really don't give a damn about your car. Call em and find out if it's enclosed or not
Hey Cip, you know entirely too much about vehicle transport 😆 I live in New York & ordered the C300 coupe from a local dealer. I think it will come in the fashion you mentioned in your first reply. I am not concerned about its safety...
I just want the damned thing ASAP !
I noticed that you live in Michigan. Many years ago I drove to Detroit because I wanted to see how the cars were made. Incredible experience ! Have you ever toured a car plant ?
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Hey Cip, you know entirely too much about vehicle transport I live in New York & ordered the C300 coupe from a local dealer. I think it will come in the fashion you mentioned in your first reply. I am not concerned about its safety...
I just want the damned thing ASAP !
I noticed that you live in Michigan. Many years ago I drove to Detroit because I wanted to see how the cars were made. Incredible experience ! Have you ever toured a car plant ?
Ron
I am not a fan of the American made cars. I don't want to offend anyone. I own a trucking company and unfortunately I visited all car manufacturering plants in the area. I rather not comment any further. I am a fan of quality, not a fan of overpriced 2020 plastics with 1960's tech under the hood. Just a matter of personal taste, I really apologize if I offended anyone
 

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I am not a fan of the American made cars. I don't want to offend anyone. I own a trucking company and unfortunately I visited all car manufacturering plants in the area. I rather not comment any further. I am a fan of quality, not a fan of overpriced 2020 plastics with 1960's tech under the hood. Just a matter of personal taste, I really apologize if I offended anyone
I am not offended and I understand your feelings...
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Thanks for that - I wish I could see you drive it off a truck so I could give you a big smile & shake your hand :giggle:
 

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I think enclosed transport, costing in thousands is applying to exotic cars only.
I do see new cars on open trailers, what is quite easy to recognize especially on Audis, who come with factory wrap for transport.
I did work in equipement transport and my observation is that most of damages are done by dropping a chain during securing job, or loose belt will slap the car paint job when on the road.
So enclosed transport is not that much to advantage and most shipping companies will give you an option to request top loading.
Good luck on your delivery.
Been to Germany years ago and US presence there is clearly visible by huge suburban signs saying "GIRLS" .
Did you have a chance to see some other countries?
 

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I think enclosed transport, costing in thousands is applying to exotic cars only.
I do see new cars on open trailers, what is quite easy to recognize especially on Audis, who come with factory wrap for transport.
I did work in equipement transport and my observation is that most of damages are done by dropping a chain during securing job, or loose belt will slap the car paint job when on the road.
So enclosed transport is not that much to advantage and most shipping companies will give you an option to request top loading.
Good luck on your delivery.
Been to Germany years ago and US presence there is clearly visible by huge suburban signs saying "GIRLS" .
Did you have a chance to see some other countries?
Yes, factory wrap is seen on many transported vehicles. Good stuff. I sure Benz doesn't fool around with shoddy transport.
Girls ? in Germany - I still like girls at the age of 68...:-} I have not been to any other countries yet. But I have been to Alaska which is an INCREDIBLE experience.

Thanks for your reply,
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I think enclosed transport, costing in thousands is applying to exotic cars only.
I do see new cars on open trailers, what is quite easy to recognize especially on Audis, who come with factory wrap for transport.
I did work in equipement transport and my observation is that most of damages are done by dropping a chain during securing job, or loose belt will slap the car paint job when on the road.
So enclosed transport is not that much to advantage and most shipping companies will give you an option to request top loading.
Good luck on your delivery.
Been to Germany years ago and US presence there is clearly visible by huge suburban signs saying "GIRLS" .
Did you have a chance to see some other countries?
Girls in Germany? Trust me, I lived there, you want no part of that.
 

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Yeah I prefer the closed shipment to an open double-deck one. I've had the pleasure of shipping my car in the past both ways and closed shipment always feels safer. I have been using this one company for the past few years, called A1A and I have been really pleased with the way they work. I found them online when I was looking for a good, car transportation company. They seemed like a good fit since they are not that expensive (compared to the others) and the staff is really nice and supportive. You should try them if you want a good experience.
 
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