What is the Cheapest Way to Ship Classic Cars?
There are many people who treat their vehicles as part of the family, but only those who own a classic car really understand the concept of having a vehicle that they consider a child. If the time comes when you must relocate this prized possession, or even worse, sell it to a long-distance buyer, you will be tasked with the ultimate dilemma.
Who CAN you trust with your classic car? The answer is not simple or straightforward, but it is important. Take note of the following tips, and you can be looking at the most affordable option for shipping your classic car in no time at all.
Word of Mouth Referral
Many people who collect classic cars tend to intermingle with like-minded individuals. These particular individuals have very likely dealt with a similar predicament in the past. If they are able to give you a referral for a reputable auto transport company, then by all means, take it and run. A personal recommendation is worth so much more than any review on the internet. If you don't have that point of reference, then the Better Business Bureau is an excellent resource. Unfortunately, the auto transport industry is absolutely riddled with unsavory characters, so it is in your best interest to do adequate research before signing a contract.
Remember Who is the Boss
Many companies will try to pressure you into a particular transport package or method, but the bottom line is that you own the vehicle, and you are in charge. Do not compromise your needs or requirements no matter what the discount may be. If you own a classic car, you have an eye for quality and the auto transport company that wants your business will expect nothing less. If a company refuses to offer you a closed carrier for your mint condition classic vehicle, then move on to the next.
Set Strict Priorities.
If cost is your only factor, then feel free to go with anyone licensed and bonded to transport cars, but if you have higher standards, then make a list of requirements before you choose a company. Open carriers are always a more affordable option, and most likely, will fit most people's needs. However, if you have a serious sentimental value attached to your vehicle, and a replacement paint job covered by insurance would not be sufficient, then you may require a closed container. As long as you accept that this requirement will raise your bottom line, you will easily be able to find a trustworthy auto transport company that can safely and easily handle the shipment of your 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.