If you have never shipped a car before, hauling not just any car, but a Jaguar, may seem nerve-wracking at first. This task only seems daunting until you find a reliable car shipping company.
Finding a reliable car shipping company.
Finding a reliable and trustworthy auto shipping company is your number one priority. You have to do a good share of research, gather information, compare and analyze, get in touch with companies. And most importantly, you must request multiple quotes. Make sure to find a reliable car shipping company that knows how to handle expensive vehicles and offers a fair and realistic price for their services.
Spend some time reading online reviews. Ask questions, learn how car shipping works, understand the shipping process. Below are a few tips to steer you in the right direction.
How shipping a Jaguar across the US works:
- The car shipping process starts with a quote. You can request a free, no-obligation estimate online. And if you prefer a more personalized service, call to speak with a logistics specialist.
- Disclose details about the vehicle – make, model, and modifications.
- A logistics expert will schedule your shipment based on your desired shipping dates.Keep in mind though that dates are never guaranteed. If you are looking for a specific date delivery, discuss your options with a car shipping agent.
- After you and the car transporter agree on the details of service, a carrier will pick up your car one to a few days from your first available date.
- It’s important to remember that the carrier must inspect your vehicle before loading it and fill out an inspection report.
- Transit time depends mainly on the distance – your agent will inform you of the estimated delivery time.
- At delivery, together with the carrier inspect the vehicle again and then sign the Bill of Lading, the document that releases the auto transporter from any further responsibility. Don’t forget to pay any remaining balance.
What type of transport do Jaguar owners prefer?
The most preferred type of transport is the enclosed auto transport. Why? Because a Jaguar deserves as much protection as possible during transport. Jaguar owners know this, and they also know how much the car means to them. Besides being an expensive vehicle, for many, this car has a sentimental value. For some, their Jaguar has become a part of an identity.
An enclosed auto carrier offers your vehicle 100% protection and a peace of mind. It is the most preferred shipping method for sports, luxury, and classic vehicles. Since it provides the best protection from any weather or road hazards, this shipping method is more expensive than open auto transport.
A look into the History of Jaguar
The origins of Jaguar go back to 1922 to the company that began by making motorcycle sidecars. In 1934, one of the founding fathers of the Swallow Sidecar Company, William Walmsley, decided to sell-out. His partner, William Lyons, formed S.S. Cars Limited, replacing Walmsley’s investment by issuing shares to the public, and started building automobiles.
In 1945, the shareholders of the company unanimously decided that it would be best to change the name to Jaguar Cars Limited, so the ‘SS’ part of Jaguar name wouldn’t be associated in any way with the WWII Nazi SS.
Committed to producing quality luxury vehicles and sports cars, Jaguar Cars has gone through various mergers since 1945. In 1966, the company merged with British Motor Corporation, thus, becoming a part of British Motor Holdings (BMH). Two years later, the company merged with Leyland Motor Corporation becoming British Leyland. But later it de-merged from British Leyland, was acquired by Ford in 1990, and in 2008, became a part of Tata Motors.
As you can see, Jaguar’s history is anything but boring. And the company’s loyalty to classic design is what keeps it appealing to thousands of auto enthusiasts all over the world.
Care to learn some of the most interesting facts about Jaguar? Here we go:
10 Interesting Facts about Jaguar
- The company holds royal warrants from Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles.
- Even though the Indian company Tata Motors owns Jaguar now, the brand still has its headquarters in Whitley England.
- The company has more than 10,000 employees. In 2010, Jaguar’s sales rose by 11%. Since then its sales have been going up year after year, especially in the North America, Russia, and China.
- “Grace, Space, Pace” has been Jaguar’s mantra for many many years.
- “Jaguar’s iconic emblem and former hood ornament is known as The Leaper. The face-on chrome embossed emblem is known as The Grinner”, Westminister Motor Corp. explains.
- Its founders, Lyons and Walmsley started the company with a 1,000 pounds loan.
- Jaguar has won world’s oldest 24-hour sports car race, Le Mans, several times.
- The winner of Le Mans in 1956, Jaguar D-Type, was set to become the most expensive British car ever by selling for £15MILLION in 2016.
- In November 2016, at the Los Angeles motor Show, Jaguar introduced the I-PACE, its first all-electric model.
- Jaguar XKSS, one of only 16 built, is a part of Jay Leno’s automobile collection. Steve McQueen also owned a Jaguar XKSS.
Two more as a bonus:
11. From 1992 to 1994, Jaguar XJ220 was the world’s fastest production car, achieving a top speed of 213.478 mph. It held the record until it was superseded by the McLaren F1 that achieved a speed of 231 mph. The XJ220 held the production car record lap time of 7:46:36 at the Nurburgring from 1992 to 2000.
12. In order to make sure its cars run smoothly no matter how cold it gets outside, Jaguar tests all its vehicles at -40 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 hours. After that, they place the vehicles in a wind tunnel with air streams set at 0 degrees. During the entire time, the car is sprayed with water. Is there anything cooler than this?
Taking into account that Jaguar had been around for over 80 years, it’s only natural the car has evolved over time. Here is a brief introduction to Jaguar models grouped into three categories:
1935 – 1992
After the 1.5, 2.5, and 3.5 Jaguar models, also known as Mark IV, that were produced before the World War II. Jaguar came back strong after the war introducing Mark V in 1948. Mark V was available with 2.5- or 3.5-litre engines.
XK120 – XK150
With its engine designed by William Heynes, Walter Hassan, and Claude Baily, the XK120 was a breakthrough not only for Jaguar itself but for all sports cars in the post-war period. Launched in 1948, just like Mark V, XK120 was powered with a 3.5-litre hemi-head six-cylinder engine. The XK140 was launched in 1954, later followed by XK150.
Mark VII – Mark X
In 1951, Jaguar introduced Mark VII. The Mark VIII came five years later, in 1956, followed by Mark IX in 1958. Mark VIII and Mark IX were clearly more defined versions of the Mark VII. Mark X which was launched in 1961 was a completely different version with a new design, it featured independent rear suspension.
E-Type and S-Type
In 1961, Jaguar launched the two-seater E-Type. The S-Type of 1963 featured independent rear suspension just like the Mark X.
Jaguar was manufacturing its pinnacle saloon car, the XJ, from 1968 to 1992. Some minor changes in design took place through this period of time. The most significant one being around 1986 and 1987, when the company completely redesigned the XJ40. In 1992, Jaguar introduced its mid-engine, twin-turbo XJ220. Thanks to a 542 bhp V6 engine, the XJ220 became the world’s fastest production car at the time.
Jaguar started launching the R models in 1995. Featuring a 6-cylinder engine, the car produced approximately 322 horsepower. Later on, from 1997 until today, the model featured an 8-cylinder engine.
First introduced in 2001, the Jaguar X-Type saloon was produced until 2009. Jaguar launched its luxury XK model in 2006, replacing the XK8. Its production continued until 2014.
2008 – Today
XF and XE
Mid-size executive Jaguar XF was launched in 2008, replacing the S-Type. Different from Jaguar’s previous X-Type and the XF, Jaguar XE featured an aluminum structure and either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations. It launched in 2009.
Fourth generation of XJ
Introduced in 2009, the fourth generation of XJ’s exterior brought a fresh air with its new styling. It featured a 5-litre V8 engine and had a modern look compared to the previous generations of the XJ.
Launched in 2012, “the F-TYPE is the true embodiment of the Jaguar marque. Its thrilling performance is coupled with design touches that both lead Jaguar forwards and hark back to its heritage, with a clear influence from E-type. […] The F-TYPE was initially launched as a convertible only model. Following in the footsteps of the E-type, an F-TYPE coupé followed a year later. And now, the 2016 F-TYPE is setting new standards for driving dynamics and performance,” according to the official Jaguar website.
The 2014 XE “redefined the sports saloon and changed the face of Jaguar forever. The design couples outstanding aerodynamics with exciting, compact proportions – built on the foundation of cutting-edge Aluminium Intensive Architecture.”
While the first performance SUV the F-PACE that was introduced last year “opens a new chapter in Jaguar design history. […] The design of the F-PACE draws on the F-TYPE, with its sleek exterior lines combined with the spacious interior. Ian Callum set out to design a Jaguar with the dimensions of an SUV, rather than making the Jaguar spirit fit into a predetermined mold. This allowed the influence of F-TYPE to be reflected within F-PACE’s design. Grace, space, and pace – that’s what F-PACE delivers,” according to Jaguar.