Definetely go enclosed. Mine shipped from Massachesettes to California. He loaded the Elise, covered it, and it was not moved until it arrived at my front door. Covered will protect the car and make sure you negotiate that the car will not be moved once loaded. Likelyhood of damage is highest when loading and unloading. I got a top notch experience, knew the car was secure, knew it would not get road chips, and it cost less than uncovered.
Enclosed all the way! I used Intercity and couldn't have been happier. They arrived with in 5 minutes of the scheduled delivery time from CA to CO. Open carriers are fine for dealer cars and junkers. I second using a carrier that employes their own drivers...don't deal with a broker, you never know what or who you'll get.
It's a value judgement. There is less chance of damage, the car will arrive clean rather than covered in road grime, and generally the enclosed truckers are more knowledgeable/experienced particularly with 'exotic' type cars (there's a good probability your Lotus will be one of the cheaper cars on the trailer) but is that a price premium you consider worthwhile?
I don't think you can guarantee that the car will not be moved once it's on the trailer though, it really depends on where the trucker is picking it up and dropping it off compared to everything else. My guess is they will probably have to shuffle cars at least once. My trucker was very careful about this though and wouldn't even let me drive the car around the lot until I'd signed possession over because it was still on him until then.
If the price is right it's fine but your not going to ruin your car by going open trailor. I had a Corvette shipped from the East Coast on an open trailor and of course it showed up dirty but a nice detail cleaned her up just fine. More important to find a company with a great track record then to save a 100 bucks and going with bubba and his divorced and married again wife.
$250,000 Lamborghini Covered? Yes. $30,000 Lotus ehh it's up to you.
For peace of mind, I would go enclosed. I had two cars shipped enclosed and both were worth the extra few hundred dollars. Have you seen the way the cars are loaded on an open transport? Enclosed transports are much more car friendly and the drivers seem much more careful about the whole process. Intercity will give you a discount if you mention Lotus talk when you get a price quote. I have used classiccartransport and americandreamtransport with good results. Just don't get too upset when the driver calls and says he is going to be late as it has happened to me before for whatever reason, traffic, weather, breakdown, driving time limits etc. And its always fun to see what other exotic cars the driver has on his trailer when he drops your car off. Good luck.
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