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.
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.
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.