How to Ship a Classic Car
Shipping a vehicle is complicated, and if
you’re like most car enthusiasts, you want to ensure your vehicle will
be handled with the utmost care throughout the entire process.
Unfortunately, many people believe that the costs of shipping a vehicle
are not justified, as it can be a pricey endeavor. Fortunately, there
are ways to transport your classic car, without breaking the bank, while
still maintaining the safest shipping process possible. Using the
following basic steps of procedure, you can have your VW, or any other
type of vehicle, transported with you to your final destination.
Do Your Research
You wouldn’t buy the first house you walked into, and likewise, should
not sign up with the first auto transport company you contact. Spend a
reasonable amount of time gathering information about the options
available, before even making the first call for a quote. The Better
Business Bureau is an invaluable resource when doing your research as it
gives a great snapshot of each company’s history. Review websites,
such as Yelp, can also help give you an idea of different individuals’
• Pro-tip: Keep in mind that people tend to document
negative experiences over positive ones, so take certain reviews with a
grain of salt if they appear to be very different from the vast
Do you want an open or closed
container for your vehicle? Do you have a specific time frame in mind
during which you need to receive your vehicle? What is your budget
If you are nervous about cosmetic damages, and do not
have any budget limitations, then an individual closed container will be
the best option. If you want to guarantee certain dates of delivery or
need it picked up ASAP, expect to pay additional for these requests.
If you just want your car to make it from point A to point B in the same
condition, then you should be fine with an open carrier. Once you have
made a list of your specific requirements, it is time to start
Use Best Judgement
If you have a friend or
family member you trust, who has previously shipped a vehicle, then that
is a great place to ask for a referral. However, many people do not
have this particular resource and are forced to pick a company sight
unseen. Pay attention to the professionalism of the company; is the
agent pushy? Do they sound competent? If you think there are red
flags, then move on to the next option. Remember that this is the
company tasked with moving your vehicle great distances, and you want to
feel very comfortable allowing them to take care of your most prized
Avoid Rookie Mistakes
Finally, it is very important that you don’t make any rookie mistakes.
• Don’t pay for the cost of transport up front. Too many people are
swindled by companies or individuals who never pick up the vehicle after
taking all of the transport payment.
• Don’t attempt to drive a
classic car across country. Often people think that the costs
associated with shipping a vehicle cannot be justified if their car is
in working order. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. The wear
and tear on your vehicle is irreversible, and the costs of repair along
the way, or the dangers of a car accident are far too costly to risk.
• Don’t pay for a quote. All companies should offer free transport
quotes, and if they don’t, end contact immediately. That initial
investment will allow many shady companies to pressure you into booking
with them, even if the quote doesn’t seem fair.
For many, your
vehicle is your most valuable possession, and it warrants great care
during transport. Pick a company that customizes a shipping package
based on you and your car’s specific needs, meets all your requirements,
and offers a guarantee of quality service. In an industry,
unfortunately riddled with less than ethical companies, it’s important
to find one that meets and exceeds your needs.