The Best Enclosed Exotic Car Shipping Services | A-1 Auto Transport, Inc.
While many of the aspects of transporting an exotic car are no different from standard car shipping, there are some key aspects that are different and of which you should pay careful attention. Exotic cars include those may have modifications, have limited in production, high value or luxury vehicles, and high performance cars. Finding the right transporter is very important in these instances and knowing what to look for in a shipper can make all the difference in the experience and service you receive. There are three main points you should ask about with any shipper moving an exotic which we’ll discuss in the paragraphs below: enclosed transport, door-to-door delivery, and insurance coverage.
Virtually every client of ours that ships an exotic car opts for enclosed car shipping, as do many that are shipping non-exotic vehicles. There are some obvious benefits to this method, as it offers more privacy and protection that you would get with an open air carrier. Most shippers of exotic or luxury vehicles tend to also prefer a scenario in which the car is shipped without other vehicles aboard the same carrier. Though it’s not essential, a single-car carrier does guard against the potential for fluids from the other vehicles to leak, as well as providing more discretion since it’s unlikely that another party will see your car during the shipping process when unloading other cars.
Along with enclosed transport, owners of exotic vehicles generally prefer door-to-door shipping. As you might expect, door-to-door transport means the vehicle is picked up at a specifically requested location and delivered to a specified location. This may not be necessary in all cases, but again, provides a level of discretion that you won’t otherwise have if you need to pick up the car from a terminal and drive it to its ultimate destination. Door-to-door transport also offers the optimum level of convenience and service, which is something that exotic car owners appreciate and usually prefer.
The level insurance coverage offered by the auto carrier is another concern (and a big one) that you should keep in mind while surveying companies to move your exotic. There are insurance minimums required for every shipping company that moves cars, but for owners of an exotic vehicle, that amount is often not sufficient. Many transport companies have an extended coverage that can be added for an additional cost and it’s highly recommended if you’re shipping a car that meets any of the criteria of an exotic. While it’s extremely rare for a vehicle to be damaged at all during shipping, much less badly damaged, you’ll want the assurance that you are completely covered in the event that anything should happen.
Preparing Your Exotic Car For The Transport Process
There’s not a lot of work that goes into preparing the vehicle to be picked up by the shipper, but there are some basic things that almost every company will ask of you:
- No more than 1/4 tank of fuel in the gas tank. This is to minimize any potential leaks, as well as to reduce the weight of the shipment.
- Any external, nonstandard components should be removed if possible. Anything that protrudes from the vehicle is a potential risk when being transported, especially over a long distance.
- Disable the alarm system. It may seem counterintuitive, but this is an essential part of the process since alarms can go off during shipment and the vehicle will have to be unloaded without incident at the end of its journey.
- Check thoroughly for any fluid leaks that could potentially spill or build up.
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Exotic Car Shipping Resources
Shipping Exotic Vehicles - While we covered the basics of exotic auto transport, this page has more in-depth information, including expected costs and specific considerations for certain types of cars.
What Is An Exotic Car? - Unsure of whether your car fits into the category of an exotic vehicle? This resource will help inform you, though it’s not necessary for a vehicle to be an exotic in order to be shipped enclosed or door-to-door.
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.