The question of whether it's safe or not to ship your vintage car is something that most owners will wrestle with if they have auto transport needs. This is only natural, as your vintage car is your prized possession and is extremely valuable, both personally and in real-life.
You should know though that the answer to your question is yes, it is perfectly safe to ship your vintage car. However, you should always hire a trustworthy, reliable auto transport company that has experience in doing so. Make sure to check out the Better Business Bureau's website at www.bbb.org to check the reliability of the company that you decide to go with.
A-1 Auto Transport will be able to make sure that your vintage car is safely shipped!
What Type of Trailer Will Be Used?
In the vast majority of cases, it will be recommended by the company for you to ship your vehicle in an enclosed trailer. Putting your vehicle in an enclosed trailer, as opposed to an open trailer, may be a bit more costly, but it'll save you a considerable amount of worry, as your vehicle will be completely protected from the elements and any damage that may occur on the open road.
Where Should Your Car Be Placed on the Trailer?
No matter the type of trailer you decide to go with, your vintage car will usually be placed on the bottom of it. That's because it's common for a vintage car to leak oil and fluids. So, for the protection of your vehicle, as well as other people's vehicles, it's better to prevent any issues from happening.
Will It Be Fully-Insured?
The majority of car transport companies will provide insurance that will cover you for any damages that occur during the shipping process. However, most of the time, this will only cover the value of your vintage car up to its book value. You will most likely need to get additional insurance for it. Many shipping companies will be able to provide you with this option for an extra fee if you ask, or you can just go out and get it on your own.
Important Things to Keep in Mind
There are some additional things that you may want to keep in mind just to make sure that your vintage car is completely safe.
The first is to make sure that you always take pictures of your vintage car BEFORE it has left with the driver. That will help you out considerably for any insurance claims that you may make. Once it arrives at its destination, don't sign anything until you are completely confident in its condition.
The second is to not try and cut corners during the shipping process. As it's a vintage car, its value is extremely high, so you shouldn't opt for a shady auto transport company that offers you an extremely low rate compared to everyone else. Instead, go with a company that is well-reviewed and has a stellar reputation. Ask them specifically about their experience in shipping vintage cars.
Good luck with the process and remember to contact A-1 Auto Transport if you need to safely ship your vintage 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.