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Tips for Shipping a Classic Car

Classic cars are often a prized possession to the owner. Classic cars also tend to be delicate and harder to repair than newer cars. Original classic cars, that have not been restored, can have their value drastically lowered if they are damaged and need to be repaired. Repairing classic cars, with original parts, can be difficult and expensive, but using newer parts can lower their value by ruining their original condition. Therefore, when shipping a classic car it’s essential to find the right car carrier. A car carrier and truck driver that have the proper equipment, expertise, and knowledge to ship the classic car from point A to point B without a scratch.


Here are some tips to help ensure you choose the right auto transport company to ship your classic car.

  1. Get a recommendation from a reputable source that can recommend the proper car carrier. Great resources are major auction companies, museums, car restorers, local car club members, and car collectors. Their recommendation combined with additional research, through classic car forums, and review sites can help ensure that you choose a car carrier that you can trust and is experienced in shipping classic collector cars.
  2. Make sure that the truck driver uses nylon straps or wheel nets to prevent damage to the chassis. Normal straps or improper use of straps can put unnecessary strain on the chassis or the body of the classic car causing damage.
  3. Choosing an auto transport company, with experienced drivers, can help ensure that they have the experience and knowledge to be aware of the low ground clearance, of many cars, preventing undercarriage damage. Along with being aware of the height clearance, between the car and upper deck, of the car carrier.
  4. When shipping a classic car do not choose on price alone. Most reputable car carriers have similar cost structures and the equipment is very expensive, so a company that quotes a price significantly lower than others should make you wary. It could be the difference between getting your classic car to it’s destination in one piece.
  5. Visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website to look up a company’s safety record and insurance status
  6. Decide whether you would prefer your classic car be shipped in an open car carrier, which is often cheaper, or an enclosed car carrier, which offers much more safety and security to your car. Unless your classic car is in need of restoration, you are better off going with an enclosed car carrier because the risk of damage to your classic car is significantly lower.
  7. If your classic car does not run take that into consideration when deciding on an open or enclosed car carrier. Many open car carriers do not have winches to properly load your non running vehicle. Also, some carriers charge large fees for non running cars, so make sure you are clear on the condition of your classic car up front and understand all fees before having your classic car picked up and delivered.
  8. In regards to a car carrier’s insurance it usually only covers acts of negligence and is not responsible for unforeseeable acts of nature, so it’s important to make sure your classic car is covered with agreed value coverage from a company that specializes in collector car insurance before transporting. Hagerty insurance and Chubb Collector Car Insurance are leaders in classic car insurance and come highly recommended.
  9. Once you have decided on an auto transport company, to ship your classic car, you should make sure you take the proper steps to prepare it for transportation. One of the best things you can do to prepare your classic car is clean it, so it’s easier for you and the truck driver, shipping it, to do a proper and accurate inspection upon pickup and delivery. You want to make sure every scratch, dent, and imperfection is accounted for and this is much easier to do with a clean car. This will help any damage claim problems, that may arise, if your classic car is damaged during transport.
  10. Providing written instructions to the truck driver, in regards to anything they may need to know about operating your classic car, helps ensure they are able to properly load and unload your classic car. This can be information about battery and fuel cut-off switches, hidden switches, alarm instructions, and any other “tricks” to starting and running your car.
  11. It’s recommended that you only have your tank half full and your batteries fully charged to avoid additional fees that occur when your car does not run.
  12. Remove all items from the vehicle or trunk, which can cause damage or be damaged during auto transport
  13. Check antifreeze level of your classic car to make sure it is adequate for the climates the car will experience during transport to avoid a cracked engine block
  14. When the classic car is picked up, the truck driver will inspect it and note any pre-existing damage, scratches, or marks. After delivery, you or a trusted representative should inspect your classic car and note any damage caused during auto transportation before signing. In case you need to submit a claim for damage done to your classic car.

Choosing a reputable auto transport company, like Intercity Lines, that uses enclosed trailers and top drivers that drive exclusively for them, will help ensure your classic car is transported and delivered in the same condition it was picked up in.

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Price of Shipping a Car

The auto transport industry has a wide range of prices from hundreds of different companies that ship cars. This price drastically changes depending on the equipment used to ship the car. The price charged reflects the cost of their equipment, the price of fuel needed to ship your car, and the quality of service you will receive.

Shipping your car on a flatbed trailer is usually the cheapest, but is the riskiest in regards to your car. Open trailers tend to be slightly more expensive and less of a risk than flatbeds. Enclosed trailers are usually more expensive than flat beds or open trailers, but typically provide a much higher level of security. A new enclosed transport rig can cost $500,000, which is reflected in the price of enclosed auto transport companies. These companies also tend to have well trained and experienced drivers and state-of-the-art equipment, in contrast to the companies that use older equipment and have lower prices.

If you receive a low quote to ship a car with an enclosed car carrier, be very wary because it is likely a broker. Brokers sell your car shipment to other drivers who are not affiliated with their own company.

At Intercity Lines, we never broker any of our shipments out. We have one of the best team of drivers and equipment, who solely drive for Intercity Lines, and handle all of our shipments. Therefore, you always know that you and your car is receiving the highest level of security and service.


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Things to Do Before Shipping a Car

  • Auto Transport Company’s Insurance:
    • Request a copy of your Auto Transport Company’s Insurance policy that shows coverage amounts for General Liability, Workmens Compensation, and Cargo Limits
    • Insurance Company names should also be listed on the copy they give you
  • How Much Gasoline to Put in a Car Before Shipping?
    • It doesn’t really matter, but don’t fill the car before shipping because hot temperatures can cause the gas to expand and possibly leak from the overflow.
  • Car Battery during Auto Transport
    • Make sure the battery is fully charged and secured before auto transport
  • Shipping A Car With Additional Items & Furniture
    • Additional items while shipping a car can cause damage, if not properly secured, during auto transport
    • The amount allowed to be shipped, with the car, depends on the company.
  • What to Tell Your Auto Transport Driver
    •  Explain those “quirky” things about your car, to the auto transport driver, such as kill switches, alarms, cut-off switches, old Fords only start in neutral, brakes only work with the motor running on some cars.  The more information your Driver has the easier it will be for him to ship your car across the country.