Three Tips for Shipping an Antique Car
It's pretty common for people to ship their cars when moving houses or when selling/buying a car; thousands of cars are shipped within the U.S. every year, and there are countless car shipping companies to choose from. But shipping an antique car is a little bit different -- it's even more common to ship a valuable classic car, in order to protect it and keep the extra miles off it -- but not every vehicle shipping company is prepared to handle these cars.
If you've got an antique car that you need to ship, here are a few things to keep in mind as you look for the best vehicle transport service for your car:
- If possible, try to find a company that specializes in antique car transporting. Regular car transport companies might not have the special equipment and carriers that are needed to transport an older car safely, whereas a company with experience in shipping classic cars will have the best equipment available. Additionally, the movers are more likely to treat your car with extra care, because they'll be a bit more knowledgeable about its actual worth.
- Even if you can't find a good transport company with experience in antique car transport, the next best thing to look for is a service that will transport your car in an enclosed carrier, or even in a single-car carrier. Most car shipping companies have these options available as it is, but people shipping normal cars generally choose to use open carriers because they cost less. If you're dealing with a very valuable antique car, however, spending a little extra money on an enclosed carrier will ensure that it stays safe from any bad weather and wear-and-tear.
- Finally, don't be afraid to speak up and ask for some extra security measures if your car shipping company hasn't already offered them. Reliable car shipping companies will usually offer insurance policies to cover any damages during the moving process, but don't be afraid to splurge on a more expensive insurance policy that's even more inclusive. It's also a good idea to have a couple pre-shipping inspections done on your car, completed by the shipping company, by yourself, and perhaps even another third party. These inspections should cover every single detail of your car, inside and out, and make sure that pictures are taken. If anything bad happens to your car while it's being shipped, you want to make sure that you're protected financially and can have the damage repaired.
Most importantly, give yourself time to do some research and to pick out the company you feel most comfortable with. You have enough stress already -- there's no reason you should have to worry about such a valuable possession being damaged.