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.


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