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Collector cars are old vehicle models considered valuable and rare. The term “collector” can be used interchangeably with vintage, collectible, or classic. Car enthusiasts insist that there are differences between these terms. This post on eBay has more details.
Shipping companies are not concerned with the term you use. They are concerned with transporting the vehicles safely from one point to another. These companies offer collector car transport as a premium service. Because they are rare, these cars are very valuable. Transporting them from one point to another without damage as little as a scratch should be a priority.
Finding a car hauling company is very easy. Go online, and you will find many of them. But before settling for just any shipping company, do some research to try and determine the quality of service they deliver.
The best way to find an excellent collector car transport company is to ask other car collectors and museum restorers for recommendations. The company you choose has to have extensive experience transporting classics. There are many safety precautions that should be in place and some specialized equipment to be used.
To determine the credibility of a shipping company, visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s site. There, you can view the insurance status and safety records of auto transport companies.
Price is a major concern when seeking services from any company. However, basing your choice on price alone in collector car transport is wrong. You should not expect the price of transporting a collector to match the price of transporting a normal car. The price is higher due to the employment of specialized equipment and the safety precautions required. Contact this shipping company for a free a free and comprehensive classic car shipping quote.
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The first safety precaution any collector car owner should consider is enclosed transport. The car is loaded in a closed container protecting it from damages that can be caused by the wind, rain, extreme sunlight, and road debris.
However, if you are transporting the collector car for restoration, you can opt for the cheaper open-air transport. Keep in mind that shipping companies charge extra fees for transporting non-operable cars. Such transport involves a lot of labor and specialized equipment. Be clear about the condition of the collector car when requesting a quote.
Classic cars are only as valuable as their condition. So, shipping companies provide extra safety precautions when transporting them. Some of these precautions include;
Have an in-depth talk with auto transport companies to determine what safety measures they can employ. Of course, the more the safety measures you request, the higher the shipping cost.
The shipping company is liable for any damages on the vehicle while it is in their care. These companies have insurance policies to cover such damages. Still, you should confirm what damages their policy covers. You can request a copy of their policy details, and call the insurance company to confirm the details are correct and that the policy is current.
Does your collector car have insurance coverage? Often, that policy will not compensate damages during transit. That, plus the fact that the carrier’s insurance might have a liability limit is reason enough to purchase more coverage. Find a policy that can cover the replacement cost of your classic car.
For extra certainty when making damage claims, take photos of the car before pickup and after delivery.
After finding the right company to transport your collector car, you need to prepare for pickup. Always drain the tank before shipping any vehicle to minimize fire accident risk. Clean your classic, and remove all valuables. Also, turn off the alarm.
Provide detailed instructions about the car to the shipping company. Inform them about any hidden fuel cut-off switches and provide procedures for starting the car.
The delivery timeframe is dependent on factors such as distance and location of the destination. It can take just a few days or as much as several weeks. If yours is an urgent order, or are simply concerned about security, you can pay the extra fees involved in expediting car shipping.
Collector car transport is best done by experts. That is the only way to guarantee that your classic will move from one point to another without any damage and in a reasonable amount of time.
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.
Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.
And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.
The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.
When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.
The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.
They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?
So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!
If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.
I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!
The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!
There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.
After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.
Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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