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Moving Your Classic, Antique, or High Value Car

Your classic car is important to you, and if you need to move it, you want to be sure you are working with the best high value car shipping company. Your car needs to arrive in the same condition it left in. Knowing when the car will be picked up and delivered, what kind of car carrier the transporter has, and how much experience the carrier has with moving classic or antique vehicles. If you just bought a high value vehicle, you also want to be able to save money on transportation.

To make sure you're working with the best companies, find carriers who specialize in shipping classic cars. Try to see if they'll be in the pick up area around the time you'll need the vehicle moved. Contact them and see what you think about their communication style. Find out more about their experience in the transportation field, and specifically with shipping cars like your vehicle. Be sure to get quotes from all of the service providers you are talking to. This may seem like a lot of research, but with uShip, we're your one stop shop for all of the comparisons and more.

Classic Car Transport From Business to Buyer

Whether you're a one man dealership, or your family has been collecting and selling classic cars for generations, when you make that sale, you want to offer the best service possible. That means completing the experience with a high quality shipping experience. Do your research to be sure you're saving money for your bottom line, while feeling positive the car carrier you work with has the expertise and equipment to complete the shipment. This can help your customer retention and referrals so you get more business.

Alternatively, if you have just purchased a car from a dealer or found a new project car on Craigslist, you may want to hire someone to get the vehicle to you. Many times, our dream cars are across the country. Be sure to research classic car carriers' experience and pricing to know you can trust their services. Give them information about where you bought the vehicle from and let the seller know about the transporter who will be picking up the vehicle.

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Vintage Vehicle Transportation Options

As with most car transport, shipping customers will have the option of both enclosed or open trucks and trailers to move your antique car. Regular open trailers shouldn’t be used for exotic car transports, as they can expose them to all kinds of elements and weather-related wear and tear. Enclosed trailers offer much more protection and provide the peace of mind you need when it comes to your unique and irreplaceable vehicle.

Additionally, many antique car specialists recommend using non-stacking trailers as oil may drip from cars on the upper deck and damage the ones below. Choose a transporter who uses soft tie-downs in their trucks and trailers to avoid scratches on the paint and other damage.

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Damage Control During Transit

Speak with your antique car transporter in depth—they will have a vested interest in making sure your antique car shipping process results in no damages. A transporter who specializes in classic cars will have the experience and tools to safely move your car and may have extensive knowledge on what your particular car needs.

Check for any pre-existing damage. Note these steps:

  • Thoroughly wash your car.
  • Make a written record of any chips, dents, scratches or other cosmetic damage.
  • Take pictures of the car from several angles as well as close-up shots of any damage.
  • Date the photographs and written record.
  • Verify that the transporter makes an official note in addition to your personal records.

Prepare Your Car for Transportation

While your selected transporter will know what to do based on their previous experience, there are some things you can do to help prepare your antique car for transportation:

  • Remove all personal belongings (with the exception of standard vehicle equipment such as the spare tire and jack).
  • Remove coverings such as spare tire cover, grill cover or car cover.
  • Remove non-built-in, after-market, and custom products (such as: luggage racks, radio interfaces, spoilers, ground effects, fog lights, bumpers, garage door openers, parking passes, and toll tags).
  • Make sure the battery has a full charge and is secure in the mounting bracket.
  • Make sure that the tires are properly inflated.
  • Make sure to repair any leaking or mechanical issues; if you are unable to do so, notify your transporter beforehand.
  • If transporting a convertible, secure the top as tightly as possible
  • Top off all fluids in the car.
  • Run down your gas tank to between ¼ and ½ full.
  • Disconnect, disable or turn off all alarm systems.
  • Fully retract or remove all antennas.
  • Fold down side car mirrors.

Classic Car Transport with uShip

uShip makes it easy to find the best antique vehicle transporters at the best shipping rates. Compare experience, price, and talk to the carriers directly through our platform. Detail your needs and your vehicle in your shipment listing. Once you have completed that, you will start getting rates from classic car transport services as they compete for your business. As they provide quotes, you can talk to them directly to get a feel for their services and communication. You can also check out their uShip carrier profiles, where you can find their previous shipment history and see if they have moved a car like yours in the past. When you have found a carrier whose services you like and whose quote is within your budget, accept their quote and you're on your way to your classic car delivery.

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How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Classic Car?

The cost to transport a classic car depends on the distance, timeframe, and the transportation service that works best for you. On average, it costs $3.38 per mile to ship your car less than 100 miles, but costs $1.14 per mile to transport your classic vehicle less than 1000 miles.

For more insight into how much it may cost to ship your vintage car, check out our cost to ship antique vehicles page. You’ll see hundreds of classic car shipments completed through the uShip marketplace and get an idea of how we work.

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