29 November 2012

Transporter Tips: Getting your classic to higher ground

If your classic car has suffered weather- or flood-related damage that’s made extensive repair necessary, or if you need to move it to higher ground to avoid such damage, you may have recently found yourself in need of vehicle transportation for your classic. Choosing a competent carrier and being prepared go a long way toward reducing the stress and worry that go with sending your vehicle off with a stranger.

It’s easy to find auto-transport companies online or in publications like Hemmings Motor News and Sports Car Market, but how do you choose a trustworthy company? Ask around. Major auction companies, museums, restorers, local car club members and other collectors are all good sources for recommendations.  It is essential to use a company experienced with collector vehicles so that they use nylon straps or wheel nets to prevent damage to the chassis and are careful about low ground clearance or very tall cars that might not clear the trailer roof or upper deck.

Never base your decision solely on price. Most reputable carriers have similar cost structures and, with few exceptions, an unusually low price is a bad sign. The easiest way to size up a transport company is to ask how long they’ve been hauling cars. You can also visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website at safersys.org to look up a company’s safety record and insurance status.

You’ll need to decide whether you want your car to travel in an open or enclosed trailer. Open transport is less expensive, but unless you’re hauling a car in need of restoration, you’re better off going with closed transport since the risk of damage to your classic is much lower. And keep in mind, most open trailers aren’t equipped with a winch for non-running vehicles, and carriers sometimes charger exorbitant fees to load inoperable cars. No matter which carrier and option you choose, it’s important to understand and agree on all fees up front.

When it comes to insurance, a carrier is liable only for its own acts of negligence and is not responsible for unforeseeable acts of nature. That’s why it’s important to makes sure your car is covered with agreed value coverage from a company that specializes in collector car insurance before transporting it.

Keep in mind that auto transport is not a regularly scheduled service like airplane or train travel. When you place your transport order, the dispatcher must assemble a load of up to six cars, including your vehicle, and route a truck. Depending on your location and time of year, this may take anywhere from several days to several weeks. The minute you hear of an impending storm, start calling from a list of carriers you have ready in advance. In such cases, it might be best to work with a smaller local transporter who might be more able to fit you in on short notice.

Once you’ve booked transportation for your classic, you’ll need to prepare it for pickup. One of the best things you can do is make sure the car is clean, so it’s easier for you and the carrier to do a proper inspection. This helps avoid damage claim problems.

You’ll also want to provide written instructions regarding anything the person handling your vehicle will need to know, including information about battery and fuel cut-off switches, hidden switches, alarm instructions and any other “tricks” to starting and running your car. It’s recommended that you only have your tank half full and charge batteries to avoid additional fees for winching. Don’t leave loose articles in the vehicle or trunk, which can be damaged or cause damage to your car, and be sure your antifreeze level is adequate for the climate at both ends of the trip to avoid a cracked engine block.

When your car is picked up, the driver will inspect it and note any pre-existing damage. Upon delivery, you or a trusted representative will want to perform a similar inspection. Before signing off on the delivery, make sure to note any damage in case you need to submit a claim.

Choosing the reputable transporter will help ensure your classic gets from one place to another safe, sound and within a reasonable amount of time. Here’s a short list of top-quality transporters to get you started:

Passport Auto Transport
866-582-3185, www.passporttransport.com

Horseless Carriage Carriers
800-631-7796, www.horselesscarriage.com

Intercity Lines
800-221-3936, www.intercitylines.com

Reliable Carriers
800-521-6393, www.reliable-carriers.com


53 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Leonard 'Len' Earnhardt Easley , S.C. June 13, 2013 at 18:08
    What is the cost to transport a running classic car from Ashland Kentucky to Easley (Greenville) South Carolina? I am already have Hagerty insurance an my present classic car.
  • 2
    John Heiser Fort Lauderdale June 30, 2013 at 10:24
    1921 American LaFrance Fire Truck 7 feet high, 24 feet long, 81 inches 11200lbs
  • 3
    Dave Huynh United States September 12, 2013 at 18:02
    I would like to know how much it costs to transport 8-10 cars from Cincinnati, Ohio to Fort Lauderdale, FL next month. The list of cars from Lamboghini, Bentley, Ferrari, Audi R8, Mercedes, etc.
  • 4
    danny kuzmi new jersey September 18, 2013 at 22:11
    chevrolet corvette
  • 5
    Sam Howell,MI 48843 September 26, 2013 at 14:27
    I want a 1962 Willy Wagon transported from Albequeqe , NM to Howell MI? What is the cost pleaser, thanks,Sam
  • 6
    Chadwick Collins Northridge, CA October 7, 2013 at 13:53
    looking to transport a car from Little Rock AR to Northridge, CA. Can you please quote me? Thanks Chad
  • 7
    Neil guilmette Patchogue NY October 27, 2013 at 18:20
    I would like quotes on snowbird enclosed transport for my 1976 Cadillac Eldorado to Cape Coral FL and back.thank you.
  • 8
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    How much would it cost to ship a 2007 mustang Shelby GT from Hillsborough, NC to Victoria, TX
  • 9
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    What will the cost be to transport a 1947 Chrysler [running] from Wavely NY to Lynchburg va
  • 10
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    Dear Sirs, how much is Transportation for a 57 Chevy Belair from Concord NC to Bern, Switzerland.Thank you for answer by return. Yours truly H.P. Gauch
  • 11
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    What is the cost to transport a 1937 Dodge Coupe Prostreet Car from Stayton, Or. to Phoenix, Az
  • 12
    Sallie Anaheim, CA April 2, 2014 at 13:10
    I'm moving to Chicago and want to transport my 1966 mustang in an enclosed transport. What is an approximate cost from Anaheim, CA to Chicago, IL. Thank you
  • 13
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    Cost to ship small Roadster Honda S600 from Jackson, Mo 63755 to Fort Myers, FL. 33912
  • 16
    Kenneth Quenga Guam August 4, 2014 at 05:09
    Cost to transport 1925 Ford Model T Bucket from Sacramento (95918) to Carson 90746), California in a enclosed trailer.
  • 17
    Dave Ma August 17, 2014 at 17:01
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  • 18
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  • 19
    Julie N.Y. October 31, 2014 at 19:15
    Wouldn't you think an auto transport company would know how long your car is before they sign an agreement to ship? Why would they make all the arrangements to pick up and deliver and then call on pick up day and say your car is too long to fit their carrier and they will have to find a new truck and driver? Company has good reputation too.
  • 20
    Bob Drums, PA 18222 November 20, 2014 at 08:51
    Would appreciate a quote to transport 1970 Dodge Challenger RT convertible from Drums PA 18222 to Hernando FL 34442. Covered transportation only.
  • 21
    Bill Etue East Nassau N.Y. December 17, 2014 at 19:45
    I would like a 1952 chevy 3100 pickup moved from Colton Ca. to East Nassau N.Y. It does not run and the front and rear fenders are in the bed loose.
  • 22
    Frank stossel Massachussetts January 16, 2015 at 20:48
    Like to send 2vetts to Kissimmee fla how much. Oh a closed carrier
  • 23
    Eric S NY March 12, 2015 at 14:20
    I used United Routes they were great
  • 24
    Marco F hot springs Arkansas April 5, 2015 at 16:26
    i would like a quote to transport a 1968 Cadillac deville (19ft long) convertible on a inclosed truck from Hot Springs Arkansas to Costa Mesa California
  • 25
    Ryan wexler Miami April 14, 2015 at 22:58
    I used reliable carriers and all day auto transport before . They were both good . Reliable is more expensive but still a great service . You can check out all day at http://alldayautotransport.com
  • 26
    toucan CA May 22, 2015 at 20:28
    anyone know about Montway?
  • 27
    john mclaughlin United States May 24, 2015 at 18:57
    i need a honest company to haul a model a from near columbis sc to savannah ga any one have any advice ? thanks john
  • 28
    jim sullivan Charlotte nc June 23, 2015 at 21:59
    Need the cost of transporting a 1967 Corvette from Charlotte NC to Duluth GA( 212 miles)
  • 29
    Dennis NY July 8, 2015 at 12:14
    Looking to transport a corvette from NY to Arizona. Any suggestions or recommendations on carriers?
  • 30
    Vassi Germany July 11, 2015 at 16:27
    When shipping a car, the big companies out there are not always the best. They are often the most expensive though. I shipped a car twice and then started working for an auto transport company and we are a proud small, family owned company. Transporting special cars requires special people and often these people are the not sitting in shiny offices. Just my two cent. Other than that good tips and advice. People should ask around and seek recommendations from friends and family. Thanks! Vassi A. Corsia Logistics
  • 31
    JAMES HIGHLANDS RANCH CO July 27, 2015 at 19:08
  • 32
    Richard Duncan, Ok. August 12, 2015 at 14:51
    Need a Good, Honest, Quality Classic car Enclosed trailer transport to move 1969 Cuda from Algona Wa to Duncan, Okla. that ties down using soft straps or tire net over tires ONLY!! No chains or straps used other than over tires.
  • 33
    SteveM Okemos, MI August 12, 2015 at 11:55
    trying to locate a carrier for open transport, '77 Vette from Bradenton, FL to Michigan...suggestions?
  • 34
    Lee W Southlake, TX September 8, 2015 at 17:22
    Looking to ship two auto's (67 Camaro RS & 81 Corvette) to Hickory, NC.
  • 35
    Lucinda Orange County, California October 2, 2015 at 20:25
    Hi - I'm looking for a reputable tow to take my Austin Healey less than a mile away... it's not in working condition. Anyone have suggestions? Thank you!
  • 36
    Dennis W Hernando Ms. October 20, 2015 at 09:19
    Need a quote to pickup a pro street 66 Chevy nova from Holtsville, NewYork delivered to Hernando, Ms
  • 37
    Ian Fernandez USA November 20, 2015 at 00:59
    For shipping of any vehicle I will suggest you to go for We Will Transport It (http://www.wewilltransportit.com/). I personally used their vehicle shipping service and very satisfied with the company. I must say they are true professionals.
  • 38
    mike caudill taft,cal 93268 December 25, 2015 at 14:51
    In closed hauler from 94268 to 16820 PA. 1927 model T Roadster..no top with it.
  • 39
    Gary reese Odessa texas January 18, 2016 at 23:28
    Need to ship my 1973 Cuda from Odessa Texas to Madison West Virginia and pick up 34 ford coupe and bring to Odessa Texas .
  • 40
    Vassi Sacramento, CA February 9, 2016 at 10:55
    Shipping a classic automobile is just like shipping any regular car. However, enclosed auto transport is always the preferred method. So, it's great point that you mention that people can choose, yet we always recommend enclosed for more protection against road and weather elements. The scheduling of the service is also a great point, however, I have to say that it should never take several weeks to schedule a truck. In the worst case scenario it should take about ten days, but this is really the worst case. Usually it takes anywhere from 3 to 5 days depending of course on destination, location and a few other things. Enclosed carriers are only about ten percent of the whole fleet in the US and thus it does take a bit longer to schedule an enclosed carrier. Also, I would like to make a point that besides these companies listed here there are many other smaller companies that serve multiple routes and can offer great service (and in many cases better than these big companies) and reasonable price. So, please check around and research your options. Thanks! Vassi A. Corsia Logistics
  • 41
    Gerry Westfield, Indiana February 21, 2016 at 09:41
    I would like to receive a quote to pick up a running 79 volare located in Terrel, Tx and delivered to Westfield, In. Thank you,
  • 42
    Pete United States April 1, 2016 at 12:35
    How much to ship bare V8 engine block on wood pallet from 12590 NY to 33311 Ft.Lauderdale,Fla..
  • 43
    Joe Allen Myrtle Beach Sc April 10, 2016 at 14:29
    How much to ship an engine from Natick MA to Conway SC?
  • 44
    veronica United States April 14, 2016 at 01:30
    1925 Model T . 2 door to transport from LA Porte Indiana to Brookings, Oregon
  • 45
    Dale Mariposa, CA May 7, 2016 at 12:08
    1927 Model T 2 seat convertible transport from Mariposa, CA To New Caney, TX
  • 46
    ryan beers horsham,pa May 13, 2016 at 14:23
    was just curious about a dependable enclosed automobile carrier for my super nice 65 mustang which it will be super nice when i am finished restoring it as of right now everything from the firewall foreward is apart..!!
  • 47
    ryan beers horsham,pa May 13, 2016 at 14:30
    looking to find an enclosed transportation for my extremley (sp ?) nice(when i get it fully restored)..!! if I do say so myself not that I am tooting my own horn or anything like that.. but it might be to others that I am doing that(tooting my own horn)..!!
  • 48
    ron hudson, fl October 4, 2016 at 19:33
    I'm trying to do referals on transport companies
  • 49
    Maggie de Alba Los Angeles January 3, 2017 at 17:25
    Looking for the best reliable transportation company to transport a 55 chevy from Missouri to Los Angeles.
  • 50
    Pat Kenney MI March 10, 2017 at 14:42
    Need quotes to ship 2000 corvette, Loveland, CO to Waterford, MI Open or enclosed.
  • 51
    Gary Scarsella Aurora, CO April 11, 2017 at 09:40
    Want to ship 1958 Corvette from Gilbert AZ to Aurora CO. Has to be covered and a very careful shipper since I've had the car for over 40 years.
  • 52
    Mark Fairhaven, Ma. April 15, 2017 at 10:58
    Also curious as to an estimate for one car from Fairhaven, Ma. to New Harmony, Utah? Thanks....
  • 53
    Alan Myakka City, FL 34251 July 12, 2017 at 05:42
    Quote for classic MG from New Town, PA to Myakka City, FL. Must be enclosed. Thank you!

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