When a car is a classic, it’s not just a car anymore; it’s
a thing of beauty. When a classic car needs transporting,
the discerning owner is going to be looking for more than a
quick way from point a to point b. Some things to consider
before beginning the classic car transport are the state of
the vehicle, where it is going, how much is it going to
cost and what are best benefits.
Since many collectors purchase classic cars in varying
states of repair, it’s worth noting whether the car you
want to transport has been in storage for a long time. If
you can’t start it or drive it, some transporters won’t
Many transporters require the vehicle to be driven up ramps
to be loaded and do not have a way to tow it into place.
If it’s possible have a mechanic check fluids, refill the
gas tank and charge the battery, a car that runs, even
slowly will have more options in transporters.
The choice of whether to transport your classic car should
also include the method of transport. A car that is in
premium condition with no dents, dings or scratches, may
require enclosed transport. Not only does enclosed
transport protect the vehicle from road debris, weather and
exhaust, but it also provides more security as the driver
may overnight in some locations.
If your classic is one you’ve purchased to refurbish or
already has nicks and scratches, then the alternative
transport in the open air will run to less cost for you.
Some transporters will not travel well away from main
business centers to pick up cars, so it may be necessary to
drop the car off at a depot. Some transporters employ local
contractors to pick up the vehicles from these locations
and take them to the depots as needed. Be sure to ask about
that service if you will require it.
Also verify what the insurance coverage of the transporter
applies to. Whenever a transporter takes possession of a
vehicle there will be an “Origin Inspection Report”
generated. This is your testament to the condition of the
car when it was turned over for transportation. Be sure to
inspect it closely upon arrival at the destination point.
In many cases, transporters only require a couple weeks
notice that you are looking for shipment of you car.
Depending on the grade of service you want for your
classic, the transporter can then make arrangements.
It is normal for transporters to give shipment windows
rather than exact dates for pick up or arrival, however, if
one does give you exact dates make sure that you have it in
Always review the transporters records, offers and what
guarantees they offer. If something seems unclear or uneasy
about their business practices, then definitely don’t
entrust them with your vehicle.
Make sure to go over your transportation contract
carefully, especially if you are shipping a classic car in
pristine condition. There are any numbers of larger and
smaller transportation companies that specialize in
transportation of these beauties.
Ultimately, everyone wants to get from his or her origin to
the destination point. With a little judicious review and
good questioning, you can find the transporter for your
classic car that matches your needs, your wants and your