While it's always a bit stressful when you ship a vehicle, shipping your vintage car can be even more so. Whether it's valued at a high price, has a great deal of sentimental value, or all of the above, ensuring that your vintage car is treated with the utmost specialized care during the transportation process should be one of your main priorities.
Choosing the right company when deciding to transport your vintage car will help to negate many of these worries. Though the tendency may be to try to find a company that offers you the best quote, you should instead try to find a company that has years of proven experience in transporting vintage automobiles with a stellar reputation.
The following are some of the best companies to choose from for all of your vintage car transport needs:
A-1 Auto Transport
Horseless Carriage Carriers
The Importance of Insurance.
Make sure that the company that you choose provides not only negligence insurance, but also Agreed Value Coverage. Ideally, this should be from a company that provides some form of Collective / Classic Car Insurance.
Ask the company to specify exactly what the insurance covers beforehand and have them provide you with a list, if possible. You do not want to be caught off guard in having to pay for any damage or delays.
Recommended Shipping Methods.
The two main methods will involve either an Open Trailer or a Closed Trailer. In shipping a vintage car, it's recommended that you choose a Closed Trailer. It is the more expensive option, but when choosing to ship a vintage car, it'll significantly decrease the risk of any damage occurring. In addition, if it's a vintage car that isn't operational, a Closed Trailer will also be the better option, as many of the Open Trailers do not have the winch that is needed to transport them.
Regardless of which shipping method you choose, a reputable vintage auto transport company should be using wheel nets or nylon straps when they load and store the vehicle in the trailer. Other aspects such as the level of ground clearance should also be taken into account.
*Choosing to ship your vintage car is a process that should be planned out more so than if it was a regular vehicle. Companies will need special equipment in transporting it and there is a chance that there will be limited space available, so plan ahead. You should try to contact smaller, local companies if the larger company can't transport your vehicle right away.
Call A-1 Auto Transport today at 1-800-452-2880! We have over 2 decades of experience in transporting vintage automobiles.
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.