Getting Out Fast: How to evacuate your classic car in the event of a disaster
You can never be too prepared for a potential disaster. Sometimes taking a few precautions can limit the damage – or avoid it altogether. It’s not always possible to follow all suggestions, but sometimes following just a few of these steps can make the difference and avoid damage to your beloved collector car.
Evacuation Plan Checklist: Prepare for the worst
- Make sure all necessary phone numbers are on hand.
- How will you move your cars – drive, trailer or hire a transport company?
- If your cars are being driven, are the drivers listed on your insurance policy?
- Is the transport company insured?
- Keep the address of a safe location and directions on hand.
- Outline an alternate route in case a disaster blocks your original route.
- How long will it take to move all vehicles to your safe spot?
- Is your collector car in running condition and is the gas tank full?
- Are there starting directions in your car in case a friend must move it?
Move those cars – quickly
If your car or garage has sustained damage, there are a few things you can do to limit harm to the building and car.
- If your collector car was damaged, immediately remove any broken glass to prevent cutting upholstery, carpet or people.
- Cover any broken windows or holes in your roof so that debris, water or burrowing animals can’t get in.
- If your car is covered, it’s now time to take that cover off so that the damp cover won’t damage the paint finish.
- If the building is structurally weakened, arrange to get your car out fast
- Contact your insurance agent immediately.
- Take photos of the damage and keep notes.