You will often hear that open car transport is not suitable for a classic car. The truth is that it works just fine. Many customers prefer open auto transport not only because it’s more affordable, but because it is just as safe. It’s also true that many classic automobiles are more fragile in general, and collectors often prefer to transport them in an enclosed trailer. It is a matter of personal preferences.
Shipping a Classic Car Open Trailer
We won’t argue that the enclosed auto transport does protect better from weather and road elements. But if you ask us, we will assure you that both types of transport are safe and secure. And we are speaking from experience. Many classic car owners would not opt for the open trailer for their precious automobiles, but again this is a personal choice on how you want to ship your classic car.
Let’s start from the beginning. You’ve got a classic that needs to travel a certain distance. How do you go about shipping a classic car?
Find a Classic Car Shipping Company
Your classic car is your prized possession. It’s unique. It’s irreplaceable. Maybe it’s a family heirloom, and you have a special emotional attachment to it. You want your classic to be handled according to its value, monetary and sentimental. Hence, you’ll need to invest some time in research. After all, you only want the good guys to handle your classic.
In the auto transport business, some shippers are more reputable than others, so it’s essential you choose carefully. Time spent researching and knowing what to watch for will make for a smoother classic car shipping process. We recommend you start with the basic understanding of how the auto transport business works.
In your search for classic car shipper you will come across the following entities:
- Broker/Carrier Companies
- Car Shipping Lead Generator Websites
- Auction Websites
If we were you, we’d stay away from the last two. You can always ask around for first-hand recommendations, but if that yields no result, turn to Google for help. Searching for auto transport companies will return plenty of hits. And no matter whether you choose to work with a broker or carrier, be sure to choose a reputable organization.
You can always check car transport companies reviews, but take them with a pinch of salt. Don’t forget to consult the FMSCA hotline for companies’ licensing and background info and safety record. And, of course, employ your intuition. Pick up the phone and call the companies. Test their patience – ask questions. The good company will be transparent about the entire process. They understand that auto transport is a business built on trust and will do their best to win yours over.
Next Up – Request a Quote
The car shipping business is competitive, so you’ll get widely varying quotes. Don’t settle for the cheapest auto transport price. With very few exceptions, the lowest price means a long wait. And there is a possibility that your car won’t be moved at all, after all.
Here’s why. Both brokers and truckers use the same third-party database, which shows vehicles that are awaiting shipment, what customers are willing to pay to ship their cars, and what’s been paid for the same route in the past. As you may have guessed, after checking the database, truckers pick the higher paying vehicles first. So if you are in a hurry, you’ll have to pay more.
In general, a car shipping quote depends on a few factors such as the distance, pick up/drop off locations, vehicle’s make, model, and modifications, it’s operability, as well as seasonal fluctuations and the type of service you select – open or enclosed carrier.
Also, don’t forget to ask your potential car shipper about insurance – the extent and amounts of coverage. Your classic vehicle is a valuable possession, and it should be protected as one.
Get your Classic Automobile Ready for Shipping
Once you’ve made all the necessary arrangements with the car transporter, it’s time to prepare your classic for shipping. Make sure your car is drivable and can get on the trailer under its own power. Otherwise, it has to be booked as non-running and special equipment should be used for loading/unloading. Shipping an inoperable vehicle involves extra charges.
Treat your car to a good wash. This way it will be easier to spot any damage. Take detailed photos to document what your car looked like before shipment. Let the shipper know of any peculiarities with your car before shipping; it includes anything that might interfere with safe loading, transport, and unloading of your classic vehicle.
If your classic vehicle has a soft top, like the 1941 Lincoln Continental that we’ve transported, make sure it has been firmly secured and closed.
Vehicle Pick Up and Delivery
Next, the driver picks up your vehicle. Before loading your classic car, the carrier performs an inspection to document its condition. And then you get to sit back, relax, and wait for your classic ride to Edsel. You’ve done your share of work by performing a thorough research before entrusting your precious car in the hands of the auto transporter. So you totally deserve a glass of beverage of your choice and some you-time before your car reaches its destination.
When the carrier delivers your classic car, another inspection is due. All you have to do is confirm that the vehicle has arrived intact, sign the Bill of Lading, and pay the remaining balance.
Congratulations! Your classic car has been successfully delivered.
Shipping the 1941 Lincoln Continental
Take a look at how this 1941 Lincoln Continental was loaded onto an open trailer and transported across the country from California to Chicago. Our customer had no complaints and the transport went smooth.
This classic is a perfect example of a pre-war car that has been maintained very well. Unfortunately, we don’t know much about its story. The new owner we transported it for bought the vehicle from a dealership in San Francisco. We transported the vehicle across the country – all the way from San Francisco to Chicago on an open trailer, and the car arrived without a single scratch.
Initially, we were worried about the car top because it is a soft top, and the driver said it had to be safely secured. He inspected the vehicle and said there shouldn’t be any problems. Windows looked a little wobbly, but there weren’t any issues during the transport.
The classic car dealership had been taking good care of the vehicle. They really showed care and prepared this 1941 Lincoln Continental for transport, and were very happy for the new owner.
Originally, Continental was built as a personal car for Edsel Ford for use at his summer home in Hobe Sound, Florida. Edsel wanted a European style ride, something less boxy than the cars his father’s company was producing at that time. Clean lines, elegant style, a touch of art deco – E.T Gregorie’s concept brought to life in the form of Lincoln Continental. The custom car for the boss received an immediate recognition; Ford’s friends and acquaintances were swayed by the new design. Edsel Ford didn’t hesitate and put the new personal luxury car for wealthy Americans in production. The cars were extensively hand-built.
The model was conceived exactly during the time when car manufacturers weren’t just making luxury cars, they all aimed to express a certain philosophy through their vehicles. For Americans, luxury meant comfort and power. A 1941 Lincoln Continental can offer exactly that; it is a vehicle that can give you one of the most distinct driving experiences. It’s got presence. It’s big, yet very well-proportioned, it’s full of elegance, without excessive details. Rumor has it, the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright considered Continental the most beautiful car in the world. They say, he bought one just because it looked good when photographed next to the houses he built.
This Lincoln was one of only 400 built in 1941, and it is a great example of a timeless classic car model. The ’39 -’48 Continental is considired a “Full classic” by the Classic Car Club of America.
If you have a classic car to ship Corsia Logistics will be happy to hear from you. Whether you are moving, bought a rare vehicle out of state, or planning to participate in a classic car show, our logistics experts will gladly explain how classic car shipping works and answer all your auto transport questions. We love what we do, so your unique car will be in good hands with us. Give us a call at (818) 850-5258 or fill out a simple quote request form online. Thank you!