How to Choose a Classic Car Transportation Company
If you are planning to transport your classic car for whatever reason, be sure to pick a classic car shipping specialist no less. But while this service is not exactly rare to find, how do you know which of the many providers is to be trusted?
The best way to start is by asking those around you – friends, family members, colleagues, etc. Some good sources of information include big auction companies, car restorers and other collectors. Again, you need to hire a classic vehicle specialist, if only to ensure that any damages are prevented, especially to the chassis. And if you want this service to be of excellent quality, think beyond price. Good carriers have generally similar pricing structures, if you receive an oddly low offer, you should be suspicious. One of the best ways to scrutinize a shipment company is to know how long they’ve been providing car hauling services. You can also research their safety and insurance status at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website.
When hiring this service, you also need to choose whether you want your vehicle transported in an open or enclosed trailer. Open transport cost less, but unless your car is due for restoration, closed transport is preferable because this service has less associated risks. And mind you, most open trailers don’t come with a winch for non-running vehicles, and there are even carriers that charge charger extortionate fees to load unusable cars. In any case, do not commit to a carrier until you have understood all fees.
In terms of insurance, a carrier is only liable for its own acts of negligence and not for unforeseeable acts of nature. Thus, before shipping your vehicle, make sure it has been secured with agreed value coverage from a collector car insurer.
Remember as well that vehicle transport is not scheduled on a regular basis in contrast to airplane or train travel. After you place e an order for this service, the transport company still has to gather a minimum number of cars before routing moving on with the shipment. Depending on the time of year and your location, this can take up to several weeks. If you hear there’s a storm, begin calling from a list of carriers you have prepared beforehand. In such a scenario, it may be best for you to go with a smaller company that can easily fit you in on short notice. It’s also smart to consider two or three different carriers and compare their reviews and ratings, prices, etc.before making a choice.