Shipping a Classic Car Do's and Don'ts

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A classic car doesn’t roll out of the factory a classic. It gets that way because you spend time (and money) pouring blood, sweat, and tears into maintenance, improvements and restoration. And if you need to get your labor of love somewhere – to a show, a new owner, or a new home – the last thing you want to do is put extra miles on the odometer driving it there; risking damage, mechanical problems, and wear from the road.

That's why it’s common for people to ship vehicles like these instead to protect them and keep those extra miles off. But it’s important to bear in mind not every car shipping company is equipped to handle this kind of precious cargo.

If you've got a classic car that you need to move, here are a few things to keep in mind as you look for the right car shipping service:

Do your research first

Just like any service, it’s important to do a little homework to make sure you’re going with the best auto transport company. When it comes to shipping a classic or antique vehicle in particular, you should try to find a company that specializes in shipping high-end, vintage and/or collectible cars.

They should be knowledgeable about how to transport the vehicle and should have all the equipment necessary to ship older vehicles. Take some time to check the web and read reviews written by others who have shipped classic cars and see what they have to say about the company.

Don’t choose the first carrier you find, and don’t go with an inexperienced company. Even if it seems like a great deal, you may be making a tradeoff that could lead to problems down the road.

Choose an enclosed carrier

When you’re looking at shipping options, you usually have the option to put the vehicle on an open carrier or an enclosed carrier, and they both have their upsides and downsides.

The major upside to using an open carrier is low cost, mainly because it can transport a number of vehicles at one time – you’ve probably seen this type of carrier on the road before, usually with two levels of vehicles. Well, you’ve probably also seen enclosed carriers as well, but because the cars are safely tucked inside, they’re not as obvious.

Enclosed carriers cost more because they don’t carry as many vehicles, but the cost of transport is offset by the amount of protection (from the elements, road wear, etc.) they offer. And when you’re talking about shipping something rare, expensive, or sentimental, this level of protection can more than outweigh the price.

Don’t risk road debris, bad weather, or any other external factor damaging your vehicle during transport.

Make sure you have enough protection

If you go with a reputable carrier that has a solid track record of shipping classic cars, you shouldn’t have much to worry about, but something can always go wrong. That’s why it’s important to make sure your baby is properly insured prior to transport.

Take the time to request the carrier’s insurance information and contact the company’s insurer to verify the policy is active and up to date, and make sure you understand exactly what is covered and what isn’t. You should also verify with your own insurance company to make sure your vehicle is covered during transportation. Finally, if the carrier offers additional insurance options, consider spending a little more to get peace of mind..

Don’t ship with a company that either won’t or can’t provide insurance information or that only offers the bare minimum coverage, and don’t skip on additional coverage if it’s offered.

Inspect and document before and after shipping

Lastly, it’s always a good idea to document the condition of the vehicle, no matter what kind of car you’re shipping. You or a third party should conduct a careful inspection and photograph the vehicle inside and out – both before it ships and when it arrives. That way, if anything does happen in shipping, you have all the documentation you need to make sure you’re covered for damages and repairs.

Don’t trust anyone else to make sure your vehicle is delivered exactly as it left your possession.

Trust your classic car to CarsArrive

When you choose a reputable, experienced car shipping company like CarsArrive, you can relax and trust the professionals to get your vehicle where it needs to be when it needs to be there. We offer the most shipping options in the industry, and our in-house vehicle protection team can answer any questions about coverage, protection and more.

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