Door To Door Classic Car Shipping Services & Process
Shipping classic cars requires an extra level of care beyond standard vehicle transport services, which is why it’s important to know the best practices when it comes to shipping one. Since classic tend to be older vehicles and often have a higher value than modern cars, it’s usually recommended that they be transported in an enclosed carrier.
An enclosed carrier is just what it sounds like: a transport truck that keeps the vehicle completely secured inside the cargo area of the truck during shipment. The alternative would be an open air carrier that leaves the vehicle vulnerable to weather conditions and potential road hazards. Any time a potential client is considering moving a classic, antique, or vintage car, we always recommend enclosed shipping, both for the protection and peace of mind it offers.
If there is anything about your car that requires special attention during shipping, make sure you include that information when getting an estimate. Examples include any quirks with doors or windows, mechanical issues, or any “tricks” that may be needed to start the vehicle or put in gear.
While the car will not be driven during the course of shipping, it does need to be in good running condition in order to load it onto the transport trailer. If you need a car shipped that is not running, it can still be done, but will require the use of a winch and carries a small additional fee. As with any mechanical issues, make sure you bring it to the attention of the shipper if the car is unable to be driven.
Finding A Transport Company & Preparing To Ship Your Classic Car
The process of finding a company to ship your car is not difficult, but it does require an eye toward detail and a little bit of research on your part. The first thing you’ll want to establish is that any company you’re considering has plenty of experience moving classic cars. Not that the process is much different—in many cases, it’s exactly the same—but you want to deal with a shipper that knows how to treat and properly care for a classic during shipping.
Another good tip is find out where the company has offices located. If they only have one central office that operates in a state that you’re not shipping to or from, that may be an obstacle if you need to resolve any issues during the process of delivery.
Call us today at the number at the top of the page if you’d like a FREE price quote for shipping a classic car anywhere in the U.S. or internationally! We provide quick, accurate estimates you can count on and we’re happy to answer your questions!
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.