How To Ship Your American Underslung
So you have been dreaming of that classic American Underslung since high school and have finally got your hands on it. The problem is, it is all the way cross country. To get it back home safely, it is important to choose a capable car shipping company. Shipping a classic vintage car is no simple feat. There are a number of things that could go wrong, and one needs to be completely sure of the company they choose if they are to have the vehicle delivered in top condition.
The first step is to understand to whom the car is being handed over for shipment. The company chosen must be one that has been in the business for long, one whose staff understand the ins and outs of the automotive transport industry. Look especially for a company that has a lot of experience shipping vintage classic vehicles long distance. A company might seem capable but without the classic vehicle know-how, they might not necessarily be the best option.
Shipping a classic vehicle is no doubt expensive. When shipping an ordinary sedan, one will likely have several options available to them, they can either go for the open or enclosed options, the multi-carrier or the single vehicle carrier. With the more fragile vintage classics, the decisions are already made for the individual doing the shipping. Using an open carrier exposes the vehicle to potential damage from the elements of road debris. Multi-car carriers, especially those that have several levels, run the risk of the vehicle being damaged by oil leaks from other vehicles.
Long distance shipping, especially for a classic car, is a very nerve wracking experience. It is important, therefore, to choose a car transport company that gives regular updates about the state of the shipment every step of the way. This reduces the worry and the need for constant phone calls to the company. Many companies give their clients a reference number with which they can log onto the company website and check the progress of their shipment.
Any company that is confident enough to do this is confident in their ability to deliver.
Everyone wants the highest standards from their service provider, but it is important to manage expectations. Even when shipping a classic car, allow the company to do its job without rushing them.Interstate shipping takes time, so allow them the time to bring the vehicle home safely.
The department of transport requires every carrier to have insurance before being able to transport a vehicle. However, the amount of insurance varies from one company to the other. While many have about 50,000 dollars in insurance, some can go higher than 200,000 dollars. Whatever the case, always make sure to confirm the exact figure and the specifics of the insurance. Ask for the contract before makinga commitment and read through the fine print. Nobody wishes for their vehicle o be damaged in transit, but accidents happen.
Understanding the terms and conditions of the contract and the insurance details means one will be on the safe side should something happen to their classic car.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.