How to Choose a Classic Car Transportation Company
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?
Asking around is usually the best way to begin. 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 don’t want to compromise on the quality of this service, don’t decide based purely on 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. You can also research their safety and insurance status at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website.
One of the decisions you need to make when this service is whether you want your car shipped in an open or enclosed trailer. 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 take note that open trailers are generally not equipped with a winch for stationary vehicles, and some companies will charge outrageous fees for loading inoperable 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. Hence, before transporting your car, ensure that it is is covered with agreed value coverage from a collector car insurance provider.
Remember as well that vehicle transport is not scheduled on a regular basis in contrast to airplane or train travel. Every time you place an order for this service, the dispatcher needs to assemble a certain number of cars, including yours, before they can continue with shipment. 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 such a scenario, it may be best for you to go with a smaller company that can easily fit you in on short notice. Lastly, compare two or three vehicle transporters based on several factors, like reviews, pricing, etc. before you make your final choice.