Shipping a Classic Car 101: Your FAQs Answered

Shipping a Classic CarWhether you’re getting restoration work done or moving across the country, from time to time, classic-car enthusiasts encounter the need to ship one of their vehicles across a large distance. Though sometimes it’s possible to simply drive a classic car to a distant location, often, it’s a better idea to employ a transportation company to handle this for you. Indeed, when it comes to classic cars, you don’t want to harm your investment by exposing it to unnecessary risks. Today, we’ll focus on the process of shipping a classic car and explain everything you need to know about this practice:

Why Should I Ship My Car?

Part of the thrill of owning a classic car is driving it around. However, there’s a big difference between taking your car for a spin around the neighborhood and taking a cross-country trip in it. In addition, some classic cars may not be road-ready or simply be unable to run. The most obvious reason to avoid this kind of long-distance travel is the possibility for wear and tear affecting your car’s exterior and mechanical systems. Note, those repairs can be costly! Also, many classic vehicles lack a number of modern amenities like air conditioners, and other creature comforts. Lastly, some states restrict owners of antique or vintage vehicles from driving their car for more than a few thousand miles per year.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Classic Car?

The unfortunate answer to this question is: it depends. How far you need to ship your car, how fast you need it delivered, and if you need enclosed transport will all affect the final price of the transport fee. The good news is, you can get a transportation cost estimate using this calculator!  

What Should I Do to Prepare My Car for Shipping?

Before you ship a classic vehicle, there are a few things you should do. First, remove all valuables from the car. (This is just common sense.) Next, perform a pre-shipment inspection, that includes photos of the car just before you ship it. When the car arrives, you or a trusted representative should perform a post inspection while the driver is still present. If –– for whatever reason –– your car sustains damage during a trip, it’s important to have proof of that fact.

It’s also a good idea to ensure the car has about a quarter tank of gas, and to let the driver know of any operating instructions or faulty features to look out for. It is possible the transporter will have multiple cars and may have to move your car along the way.

How Can I Find a Transport Service?

Thankfully, classic car owners have a lot of options in this regard. There are many different companies that offer classic vehicle transportation, but, at the end of the day, it’s most important to find a company you trust. This will ensure not just your peace of mind, but the safe arrival of your classic car too!

The Bottom Line

Precision Restorations is located in St. Louis, Missouri, but we work with classic-car enthusiasts across the nation. We partner with dependable transportation services to guarantee the satisfaction of our customers. We love classic cars just as much as you do! You can contact us toll free at 1-844-652-1966, or email me directly at [email protected] to get started on your next project!