Exotic cars feature plenty of perks like high speed and head-turning designs. If you're looking to ship your exotic vehicle to another location, it's in your best interest to select a premium service that protects your vehicle while in transit.
Whether you need to ship your exotic vehicle for a permanent or temporary move, this article aims to break down the perks of choosing a good car shipping service while also highlighting some services you should avoid.
We recognize the risks of shipping an exotic vehicle. Finding the right company to trust with shipping your high-value vehicle is half the battle.
While there are risks associated with shipping your vehicle, you can mitigate those risks by doing some homework and knowing what services to avoid.
Before we jump into services to avoid, let's begin with a few things you should know prior to shipping your exotic vehicle.
What Things Should I Know Before Shipping My Exotic Vehicle?
Understanding different vehicle delivery methods, the reputation a shipping company holds, insurance options, and how quickly your vehicle will be delivered all play a role in successfully shipping your exotic car.
Knowing where your vehicle will be picked up and dropped off is an essential component of the shipping process. Many people prefer to book a door-to-door service for maximum convenience. Door-to-door service involves a shipping company loading and securing your vehicle at the pickup point of your choosing and dropping off your car as close as possible.
The alternative to door-to-door shipping is meeting a car shipping service at their choosing location, which results in the person enlisting the service's assistance performing some extra work.
Next, you should be aware of the reputation the service your hiring holds. Scanning online reviews is a great starting point in evaluating a shipping service while ensuring that the company has proper insurance and licenses equally important.
Asking how much insurance a shipping company offers if an accident occurs during transit is a reliable way to source the organization's insurance info. Top-notch companies tend to provide enough coverage for exotic vehicles, but make sure you know what kind of deductible you'll be subject to.
It's vital to coordinate your vehicle's delivery time with the time that you'll be arriving at the car's destination. Travel times vary for different services as a variety of components impact a car's delivery time. Factors that affect a vehicle's delivery time include travel distance, the type of delivery service, and other vehicles on board that have to be delivered.
Lastly, you'll want to know how your vehicle will be protected while it's in transit.
Why Should I Avoid Open Carrier Transport for My Exotic Vehicle?
Open carrier transport is the most popular shipping vehicle method, but it should be avoided for exotic vehicles. It would help if you skipped open carrier shipping for exotic cars since the service lacks protection. During open carrier transport, your vehicle is loaded onto the carrier by the driver who accelerates your vehicle up a steep ramp. Many exotic cars contain low clearances, resulting in undercarriage damage when driving up the open carrier's steep ramp.
If an exotic vehicle was loaded onto an open carrier, the lack of protection would continue. As suggested by the name, open-carrier transport systems expose the cars they're transporting to outdoor elements that can potentially damage a vehicle. Dirt, stray objects, and bad weather are all examples of factors that can negatively affect your vehicle's condition.
On the topic of services, you should work to avoid when shipping your drivers are toward the top of the list.
Why Should I Avoid Hiring a Personal Driver for My Exotic Vehicle?
Hiring a personal driver to transport your car involves hiring an individual to get behind the wheel of your car and drive it to the destination. As you might figure, hiring a personal driver to transport a vehicle requires an immense amount of trust—let alone an exotic car. Exotic vehicles contain a flashy nature that can make them a target for theft or other damages.
If you're looking to obtain maximum protection for your exotic vehicle, we suggest looking toward enclosed auto transport.
What is Enclosed Auto Transport?
Enclosed auto transport is essentially the opposite of open carrier transport in the sense that your vehicle will be covered entirely during transport. The idea of having your car 100% enclosed during transport helps exotic car owners breathe a sigh of relief.
Even the most minor damages on an exotic car can wrack up a high bill due to the specialized maintenance needed for repairs. Damages from lousy weather, dirt, and dust are three things you'll avoid when hiring an enclosed auto transport service.
It's easy to see why enclosed auto transport tends to attract owners of high-value vehicles. Sure, enclosed auto transport is going to cost more than open carrier transport, but as an exotic car owner, you can't put a price on peace of mind.
Booking an enclosed auto transport service should usually be done at least two weeks in advance. If you're pulling off a long-distance move, booking further ahead than two weeks can create more time to get your affairs in order and plan to synchronize your arrival with your vehicle's.
General enclosed auto transport services consist of loading a vehicle onto a carrier/trailer with seven other cars. If you prefer that your exotic vehicle travels alone—consider single-vehicle enclosed auto transport. Your vehicle will be 100% isolated during single-vehicle enclosed auto transport, so consider it a safer alternative to hiring a personal driver.
Airfreight shipping is the final enclosed carrier method we'll recommend for shipping your exotic car. Trust us when we say that air freight shipping comes with plenty of perks.
What Is Air Freight Shipping?
Airfreight shipping involves loading your exotic vehicle onto a cargo plane for travel. Cargo planes carrying cars may or may not be at capacity while your car is in transit. Shipping your plane by air is the fastest and safest way to get your exotic vehicle delivered. There are more flights to choose from and airport security controls are closely monitored.
Whether you choose enclosed auto shipping or air freight shipping, you will have to prepare your vehicle for its route.
Let's talk about how you can do that.
How Do I Prepare My Exotic Vehicle for Shipping?
Washing, cleaning, inspecting, and locking your vehicle are all proper steps to prepare your vehicle for shipping. The point of washing your car before it's shipped is so you can quickly identify any damages that might've occurred during transit when you pick up the vehicle. Cleaning the inside of your exotic vehicle is essential as car transport companies don't insure items left within cars. Vehicle inspection will help improve your shipping rate as cars that aren't functioning are subject to higher shipping fees.
Once you prepare your vehicle for shipping, you'll be ready to experience the benefits of an exotic car shipping service.
Hiring an exotic car shipping service, precisely one with enclosed carriers gives you:
- Protection from dirt and inclement weather
- Sufficient insurance
- Detailed inspection during pickup and drop off
- Equipment to secure your vehicle during travel
- Hydraulic lift gates for safer loading and unloading
Contact us today to discuss your exotic car shipment or to get a free rate quote.
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.