Tips for Choosing a Classic Car Carrier
If you need to transport your classic car for any reason, don’t settle for a transport company that is less than a specialist in classic car shipments. The good news is, it’s not so hard to find this service nowadays, but since not all providers are created equal, how do you make the right choice?
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. Among the simplest ways of sizing up a transport company is to ask about the length of their experience in the business. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website can also provide information on their safety history and insurance status.
One of the choices you should make when using this service is whether you want it transported in an enclosed trailer or an open one. Unless you’re planning to restore your vehicle, you should go for closed transport, which is more expensive, considering this service comes with reduced risk of damage. And remember that most open trailers don’t have a winch for non-running vehicles, and there are some carriers that charge ridiculously high fees for unserviceable cars. In any case, make sure all the fees are laid out to you upfront before you move forward.
As to insurance, a carrier will only be responsible for issues arising from its own acts of negligence and not from any undeterminable acts of nature. Thus, before shipping your vehicle, make sure it has been secured with agreed value coverage from a collector car insurer.
Also remember that auto transport is unique from airplane or train travel in that it is not as frequently or regularly scheduled. Each time an order is placed for this service, the dispatcher has to gather a specific number of cars before getting on with the transport. Depending on certain factors, like your location and season, you may have to wait for up to weeks. Once you hear of a coming storm, start talking to the transporters you have listed early on. In that’s the case, you should probably hire a smaller local transporter who can promptly accommodate you. Lastly, compare two or three vehicle transporters based on several factors, like reviews, pricing, etc. before you make your final choice.