If you drive a luxury vehicle or a priceless classic car, then you know the inherent fear that goes along with entrusting the care and transport of your vehicle into another’s hands. However, high dollar cars must be preserved in pristine condition, which often requires them to be shipped as opposed to driven from point A to point B.
In all situations, this transportation is best left to the professionals. So if you are moving across country (or even state) or you need to get your vehicle to a far off location or a different country, you will want to enlist the help of an auto transport company familiar with high dollar cars.
There are a few decisions you must personally make prior to seeking out and finding a reputable auto transport company. The first is whether you want your vehicle transported in a closed container or on an open carrier. An open carrier is the most common method of transport, as well as the most affordable. Unfortunately, it tends to expose your vehicle to a variety of elements during the shipping process, an issue that may resonate negatively when you drive an expensive car. If the pristine preservation of your vehicle is a top priority when shipping high dollar cars, you will probably want to request a closed container. Because of space limitations on carriers shipping containers, you will encounter a much higher price point when obtaining quotes. Most likely, based on the fact that you do drive an expensive vehicle, that price increase will pose no issue.
It is important to find a company with extensive experience providing transport for high dollar cars. Even if an auto transport company has been in business for quite some time, there are no guarantees that their drivers have previously dealt with these specialty vehicles. Make sure to request references from previous customers, and also check the business standing with the Better Business Bureau. A reputable company will work closely with you to determine your personal preferences and needs for shipping your vehicle, instead of trying to pigeon-hole you in the most convenient transport process for them.
Finally, take your time researching your options and go with the company who offers the most professional and reputable service. This is not the transport of an everyday vehicle, so you should select a company who recognizes the value of your high dollar car, and is willing to go above and beyond providing the transportation and making the experience great.
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.