Whether you are an avid car collector or an enthusiast eager to start your collection, you have probably found that building that unique car collection is no easy feat. Finding classic and antique cars is a journey that takes a bit of work. You may have browsed your local classified ads and perused the internet for that one-of-a-kind vehicle, but the best way to get up close and personal with these fabulous cars is by attending a collector car auction. That said, it’s not as easy as searching online for the next available car auction. Many of these auctions have low inventory, are restricted to authorized dealers, and aren’t the right place to find that hidden gem. A true collector and classic car auction is an exciting ticketed event that features a vast selection of rare memorabilia and incredible cars. If you are a serious car enthusiast looking for an authentic collector car auction, be sure to add the following auctions to your “must-attend” list.
For nearly 50 years, car enthusiasts from all over the country have flocked to the Barrett-Jackson collector car auctions to experience the thrill of this one-of-a-kind auction. Named the No.1 Attraction for Car Lovers by USA Today, this auction features thousands of the world’s most sought-after and unique classic cars. The auctions are located in various locations across the country including Palm Beach, Las Vegas, and Scottsdale.
Gooding & Company
Check out a vast selection of incredible collector cars and talk with an experienced team of specialists at the Gooding & Company auction. Enthusiastic consumers can check out the high-quality selection of vehicles at the viewing showcase while mingling with other collectors. Consistently ranked among the top collector car auctions in the country, Gooding & Company is a must-see auction for any collector. Each year this auction is held in Scottsdale, Amelia Island, and Pebble Beach.
The Mecum Auction Company
For over 30 years, The Mecum Auction Company has been a leader in classic and collector car auctions. They host multiple auctions across the U.S. and offer an amazing collection of unique vehicles that attract car enthusiasts from all over the country. It is currently ranked number one in the world for the most vehicle sales at an auction. With such a huge inventory of vehicles, collectors are sure to find that one-of-a-kind vehicle. Among the largest of the auctions is held each year in Kissimmee, Florida.
If you are looking for the perfect addition to your car collection you are sure to find it at one of RM Sotheby’s collector’s auctions. From classic cars to Ferrari’s, you’ll find it all at one of this company’s auctions. Offering high-end vehicles such as Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, and Lamborghini, you won’t find a better collection of high-end manufacturers and classic collectibles.
Michael starting working in car shipping over 20 years ago, in 2002; back in the days when fax machines ruled the roost, being the first name listed in the yellow pages was King and google wasn’t yet a verb. Sometimes he foolishly thinks he’s seen every situation imaginable when it comes to shipping a car, but about once a year he’s proven wrong.
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.