Transporting a Classic Car to the Next Show

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Some cars are like wine. The ‘older’ they get, the better and more valuable they become. There is something about classics that draws our attention. Some people get enough satisfaction from just snapping a photo of a beautiful vintage car for their next social media post. Others feel the urge to get into the vintage car game. They purchase a classic, they show it off whenever and wherever they can. They first make sure their friends and family, their entire neighborhood and the city have seen their prized possession at least a couple of times. After that, they go on conquering their new quest.


Transporting a classic car to the next show

If you are one lucky owner of a classic car, be it the iconic Volkswagen Beetle or the C4 Chevy, who is worried about shipping your automobile to the next classic car show, you are not alone. A classic car may be your most precious possession.

Classic cars are a remarkable hobby – transporting them requires remarkable people.

In this post, we’ll share some tips on transporting a classic car to the next show. You will learn how to prepare your vintage vehicle for shipping, find out whether you should get a car shipping insurance, and which classic car shows or rallies in the US you wouldn’t want to miss. As a bonus, we’ll look into a classic car owner’s profile.


How to ship a classic car to a show?

When you need to ship a classic automobile, you should opt to hire a professional auto transport company. Make sure to do a thorough research. Find the right company that is not only reliable and trustworthy but also gives you a fair price.

In five simple steps, here is how classic car shipping with Corsia Logistics works:

  1. Request a car shipping quote online or call (818) 850-5258.
  2. Book your shipping service and choose first available pick-up date.
  3. Prepare your vehicle for shipping.
  4. At pick up, perform vehicle inspection together with the driver.
  5. At delivery, inspect your vehicle again, sign the Bill of Lading, and pay the remaining balance.

What type of transport is best for classic car shipping?

Various carriers are available, but there are two types of auto transport carriers you have to choose from.

Open Auto Transport is the most used car shipping method. Usually, an open carrier is a less expensive option. It is more efficient, and, in most cases, faster than an enclosed carrier. Because it can fit many cars at once on the same trailer this shipping method causes less pollution. Hence, it’s also the greener option. On the downside, the open carrier can expose your car to more weather and road hazards compared to enclosed auto transport.


Classic car transport open trailer

Open trailer classic car transport


Enclosed auto transport is the most preferred shipping method for sports, luxury, and classic vehicles. Enclosed auto carriers provide your car with extra protection from weather or road hazards, which makes this shipping method more expensive. This auto transport option can be slower, less efficient, and not the best choice if you are an environmentalist.


shipping a classic car to the next show

Enclosed classic car transport


Which carrier should you choose?

When you hire a reputable auto transport company you have nothing to worry about, even if you chose an open carrier. When you ship a luxury or vintage car, you have to be extra protective. That is why most luxury, sports, and classic car owners choose enclosed trailer.

As a classic car owner looking forward to transporting your vintage beauty to the next show or rally, we recommend you to do the same. Enclosed auto transport usually costs more compared to open, but your precious classic motor will have maximum protection and you will have a peace of mind.

How much does it cost to transport your classic car to another state?

The cost of shipping a vehicle to another state varies. When you hire an enclosed carrier, expect the rates to be $300 to $400 more expensive. The final cost of shipping a vehicle depends on these five main factors:

  1. The distance and location
  2. Vehicle make and model
  3. Vehicle condition: operable or non-operable
  4. Transport type
  5. Supply and demand

Door-to-door, terminal-to-terminal or expedited service preferences can also affect the final shipping cost. Always remember one thing: do not choose an auto transport company based on car shipping price only.


Should you get a car shipping insurance?

Owning and taking care of a classic car is not easy on your wallet. But that does not mean you should try to save money when it comes to car transport insurance. Your precious classic automobile might be your biggest investment. Although statistics show that only about five percent of all cars transported reported damages, you wouldn’t want to risk the well-being of your classic auto. You do whatever you think is best for you and your vehicle. But as they say: better safe than sorry.


How to prepare your classic for shipping?

Just like with any other car, it is very important to prepare your classic automobile for shipping. Wash the car’s interior and exterior. Make sure you don’t leave any valuables inside. Take the car to a trusted mechanic to inspect it and document its condition.

Making sure your car is in a good running condition should be a priority. Otherwise, you may have to pay a rebooking fee if the driver doesn’t have the equipment to load a non-running vehicle. If the carrier has to use special equipment to load and unload the car, you will have to pay extra money.These steps and more should all be on your car shipping checklist.


Preparing a classic car for a show or rally

Give your classic car a good wash, make sure every single inch of your vintage vehicle is sparkling. Start with the interior. Clean the engine spotless! Most cars at the shows have their hoods up. impression during the show. Wash, polish, and wax the exterior of your car. If you are also competing for a prize, you definitely need to make the car look immaculate to help it stun the show. It’s all in the details after all!

classic car show

Showing off your classic car

Classic car shows you wouldn’t want to miss

Concourse D’Elelegance

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which brings together around 200 collectors, or the three-day Amelia Concours d’Elegance that takes place near Jacksonville, Florida are just two of the must attend classic car shows. It doesn’t matter whether you plan to showcase your car or simply enjoy the finest vintage vehicles competing with each other. You will be in for some fun!


Rockabillaque: Classic Car, Vintage Motorcycle & Music Show

Annual Rockabillaque which takes place in North Charleston, SC is the biggest of its kind in South Carolina. Besides mingling with fellow classic car owners, you will enjoy mouth-watering BBQ and various contests such as Pin-Up contest, Beard and Mustache competition, and Tattoo Contest. Here’s an added bonus: You will also learn some swing dance moves and enjoy live music from various popular bands.


Hagerty Show & Shines

The last Hagerty Show & Shines show took place in Austin, Texas on November 5, 2016. Among other perks, it included the “Last Lap” tour of Circuit of the Americas, Guided Tour of the Paddock, “Charlie Daniels” Concert, Evening Fireworks for everyone registered. The next shows of this American Vintage National Championship are expected to start beginning March 4, 2017. Here you can check out yourself all the Hagerty Show & Shines shows that will happen throughout this year.


Who are the classic car owners?

Classic car lovers live among us: men, women, artists, engineers, – people from all walks of life. But not every classic car lover can handle being a classic car owner. Many like the idea of a classic car, but not everyone can face what vintage car ownership entails. So who is a classic car owner?Anyone who doesn’t own a vehicle simply for transportation, for its speed, or the mere convenience of owning a car. These car owners know how valuable, unique and timeless classic vehicles are. They aren’t just fascinated about the car’s history. They want to have that piece of history and merge it with their present. Even if that can make them pretend to live in a completely different era from time to time.

So who is a classic car owner? Anyone who doesn’t own a vehicle simply for transportation, for its speed, or the mere convenience of owning a car. Anyone, for whom driving a classic beauty is about physically connecting with the car, letting it come alive. You don’t have to teach these car owners about the value, uniqueness, and timelessness of the classic cars. They aren’t just fascinated with the car’s history. They want to own that piece of history and merge it with their present. A classic’s owner knows how to charm his beauty into being wonderful and help it stay that way with the appropriate technology


Baby boomers

Baby boomers own the highest number of classic automobiles. There are around 76 million baby boomers who will reach their retirement age soon. That means a lot of classic cars will be for sale once their owners no longer have an interest in driving or showing them off.

“The best estimates we have at the Hagerty Group, which sells classic-car insurance, peg the number of collector cars in the U.S. at roughly 5 million, of which 58 percent are owned by baby boomers or those born from 1946 through 1964. Our data says that the median age of collector-car owners is 56 years. The oldest boomers are approaching 70, and their interest in the hobby is starting to wane. We won’t see a generation of similar size until the so-called millennials hit their peak earning years in a few decades,” according to Car and Driver Magazine.

We have yet to see how  58% of classic cars previously owned by baby boomers spread among classic cars enthusiasts over the years. What we can say with confidence is that a large number of classic cars will consequently cause the price of various classics to decrease in the coming years. The price drop will make classic cars more affordable and more people may show an interest in investing in a classic car. Are you interested in buying an affordable classic car? Here you can find a few that are for sale.

At Corsia Logistics, we understand how valuable your classic beauty is. We are happy to answer any questions and to help you with shipping your classic car to the next show. Request a free, no-obligation quote online on our qwebsite or call us at (818) 850-5258.n We are here to help you ship your classic automobile to the next show. Thank you!



About the Author:

Juxhina Malaj - a wanderluster and bibliophile who loves painting, watching documentary films, drinking green tea and taking pictures of classic cars (mainly cute Volkswagen Beetles). Juxhina holds a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication from AUBG. She is currently studying Masters in Communication Science at the University of Vienna, Austria.

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