Certain types of cars require a delicate touch and deep expertise when shipping them and fine automobiles fall under this banner. When we refer to fine automobiles, we’re talking about classic cars, high-end autos, and luxury brands. Here are some examples of cars that are commonly referred to in this category:
Shipping these types of automobiles requires a fine-tuned understanding of not only how they work, but how the transport process works and how to best care for them. Not that the process is entirely different from one vehicle to another, but there are some special steps that can be taken to ensure that high-value and luxury vehicles are extended every precautionary measure available.
Car Shows & Auctions
Many of our clients that are owners of fine automobiles use our services to ship their vehicles to and from car shows and auctions. The last thing you want to do is put unnecessary miles on your car just before it’s being shown or sold. Destinations like the Mecum Auctions and national auto shows around the U.S. are commonplace amongst our clientele.
High-End Cars, Classics, Luxury Autos & More
When you’re shipping a luxury vehicle or classic car, one of the most important aspects of the company you choose is that they be both safe and reliable. Luckily, there’s a fairly easy way to assess this, even as a consumer.
Experience & Expertise
The website for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ample information about auto shippers, which includes safety records and performance history. Both of those pieces of information can provide a lot of insight into the success and longevity of a company.
The put it simply, you want to find an auto shipper that has experience, both in moving the type of vehicles you need to be shipped, and in the specific geographic areas you’re shipping to or from. For example, if you need a Porsche shipped from Billings, Montana to Los Angeles, California you’ll want to find a company that has experience with luxury cars, and has offices (or relevant experience) in both cities.
There are two primary ways to transport cars, at least if we’re sticking to overland routes and highways. The first is an open air carrier which is large and hauls anywhere from four to 12 vehicles. The other, which is most commonly used for both door to door and high-end vehicles, is called enclosed shipping.
With the vehicle entirely covered on all sides, the enclosed method offers a level of protection and privacy that you simply won’t get on an open air carrier. Additionally, enclosed carriers tend to be smaller and move fewer cars at once, making it easier for them to navigate narrower streets and tight spaces.
Are you considering shipping a luxury or high-end automobile? Give us a call at the number at the top of the page to find out how we can help! We ship throughout the United States and overseas and every cost estimate we give out is 100% FREE no strings attached!
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.