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Extra Considerations for Shipping Classic Cars

classic car transportThere are a number of reasons people need to ship classic cars. Maybe you’re moving yours to a show. Or maybe you just picked up a project that’s damaged and needs to come home with you. Perhaps you just won it at auction, or you’re moving it to a museum. Whatever the reason, shipping classic cars comes with a few extra considerations you should know.

  1. Follow all the steps you normally would when you prepare a car for shipping. Drain its gas tank to a quarter, clean it up so grit doesn’t set in, take pictures of it so you know its state when it was loaded up, make sure nothing’s packed inside it – these and other basic steps should be followed whether you’re shipping an everyday car or shipping classic cars.
  2. When you choose a company to ship classic cars, educate yourself about them. Do they have experience doing this? Will they answer your questions; are they responsive to you? You need to know that they have the experience, equipment, and knowledge to be able to safely ship your classic car.
  3. This means that you shouldn’t choose solely based on price. You’ll no doubt be able to find a dirt-cheap quote somewhere on the internet. There’s a reason for that. Choosing a company with experience to ship your classic car means their price won’t be sitting on the floor. It should be reasonable, but be wary of deals that are too good to be true.
  4. Understand the insurance coverage. You can procure shipping insurance quite easily and it’s often worth it. Chances are good you won’t need it, but when you’re shipping something that’s expensive, it helps protect your investment.
  5. Classic cars can sometimes be finicky. If there are special instructions for operating the vehicle, make sure the shipping company and driver are familiar with them. Make special note of any fluid leakage problems. This is for reasons of physical safety and cargo safety. We want the people who work for us to be safe, and we want your and other people’s cargo to remain safe and undamaged. We can often work around a fluid leakage problem, so don’t hide it.

Ask us about any questions you have for shipping classic cars. It can be a little intimidating, especially for unique circumstances. We ship classic cars regularly, so we’ve seen a lot of unique issues and special instruction. We can find a solution for anything that concerns you.