With the rise of e-commerce, car transporting has grown in popularity. Many new companies have formed in order to give clients the best service possible at competitive rates. Some companies are better than others so it has become increasingly important for potential customers to research the reviews of the transport companies that they would like to hire. Each company offers different services and buyers of especially delicate cars, like classic cars, should consider what services will suit their needs best. The amounts of shipping options are endless and shipping classic cars is one of the best ways to transfer the cars between two points.
There are two main types of vehicle transporters in the shipping business. The first type of vehicle transporter is a large company that owns numerous transporter trucks and has more established business records. The second type of vehicle transporter is an independent company that may only have a few trucks on their fleet. The independent companies are usually accessed through a transport broker that the customer contacts. Transport brokers are the middlemen that facilitate the transaction between a client and an independent transport company.
Each company has their own way of protecting vehicles for transport. Depending on the company or service that you choose you may be able to transport your car in an enclosed trailer. Companies that are less established commonly use an open trailer to transport cars. Enclosed trailers usually cost more money to ship with but offer a greater amount of protection, which you may need if you want the most optimal protection for your classic car.
You should also consider purchasing additional insurance through your current insurance provider for your car shipment. Insuring your car for its shipment will provide you with the peace of mind that your car has additional protection in the event that anything should go wrong during the shipment. Many transport companies offer their own insurance coverage, which may cover your vehicle if you choose to utilize it, but you will need to do additional research on what is covered under their insurance plans.
One of first steps that any car owner should take before choosing a transport company is reading the reviews of the companies that they would potentially like to use. There are many ways to access the reviews of transport companies such as on internet forums or the websites of the companies themselves. The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) offers services on their website that allow consumers to read the safety records, among several other pieces of information, for many shipping companies. It would be best for you to choose a company that is registered with both the FMCSA and Department of Transportation (DOT).
Shipping a classic car is a great way to transfer your car between places. Through careful research and preparation you will be able to choose a company that will cater to your needs best.
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.