How To Ship Your Keller
Only three of the classic Keller vehicles from the 1940s are said to be around to date. With such exclusivity and no doubt an enviable value, only a reliable car shipping company should be trusted with the job of shipping them home.
Here are some of the most important factors to consider when looking for a company to transport such a valuable car.
The first thing to look for when choosing a shipping company is the experience. Many companies will claim to offer the best services, but it is only those companies that bring years of experience to the game that know their way around the challenges involved in moving a vintage vehicle long distance. Whether domestic or international shipment, always look for the shipping company that has enough experience specifically dealing with vintage cars.
Any shipping company can move one’s vehicle from one point to the other, especially when dealing with the typical sedan. However, vintage vehicle shipment requires a little more than the typical machinery, and this applies for both local and international shipment. Look for that company that offers the most in terms of shipment options. For instance, overseas shipment can either happen via freight or air.
Obviously, air shipment is ideal and fast, but it will also likely be the most expensive. Those who cannot handle the prices will be better served by a company that has freight options suitable for a vintage vehicle. A vehicle can either be driven into the lower deck and secured or transported in a trailer. Given the sensitive nature of vintage car shipment, shipping in a container is appropriate.
When it comes to shipping cross country, your typical car shipment company will likely have the open carriers, everyone does. For a vintage vehicle, though, look for the company able to offer other options like the enclosed carrier transportation. Exposing a vehicle to the elements is dangerous especially considering the costs involved in the securing and transportation of a vintage car.
Speaking of options, pickup and delivery options must also be taken into consideration. Typically, there are two types of transportation options, door to door and terminal based pickup and delivery systems. Door to door will mean the vehicle being picked up from its location and delivered to the owner’s doorstep. Terminal based pickup and delivery is when the vehicle is picked up from a company terminal after being delivered for shipment at the terminal from where it was bought.
This is often the biggest car owner’s worry, that something could happen to their prized possession. With adequate insurance, any damages that should befall the vehicle in transit will be covered.
Vintage collector item vehicles are very fragile and sometimes are not exactly in a state that can allow them to be driven. This means the ideal option would be door-to-door pickup and delivery. Any company that commits itself to a door to door pickup and the delivery system shows enough confidence on its abilities to deliver on its promises and should certainly be trusted.
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.
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