Antique cars need to be handled with extra care and that’s why you need to prepare yours well for car transport. To make sure that it stays free of damage, you have to take certain measures before having it shipped. You need to prepare it physically, and you also need to prepare the documents needed for shipping.
Being among the most prized possessions, antique cars obviously hold both monetary and sentimental value. This is why, as much as possible, you should find auto shippers that specialize in transporting antique cars. Such auto shippers will know exactly what your car needs and you can expect them to have the necessary equipment to handle a valuable car.
The best way to have your car transported is by using an enclosed trailer. By completely enclosing your vehicle, the trailer will shield the car from the cold winds at night, the hot sun during the day, flying debris on the road, and other natural factors that may cause it damage. Your antique car will stay safe and protected in an enclosed trailer.
You should not choose a multi-level closed trailer. If your car gets positioned in the lower level, it faces the risk of receiving oil drips coming from the cars above it. An auto transport vehicle without levels would be the best choice, but be prepared to spend more for this.
To protect your car’s exterior, make sure that the trailer uses soft tie-down materials, as harder materials may scratch its surface. In addition, you must remember to take out any personal belongings that may be inside your car. You must also remove important detachable accessories that are in the car to keep them from being damaged or lost.
Your antique car’s gas tank should be filled by at least a fourth (unless, of course, it’s the kind of classic car that no longer runs). Do not leave it completely empty so that the auto transport crew can drive it whenever necessary for loading and unloading. And do not transport your car with a full tank because this might cause the gas to spill.
Aside from the physical preparation of your antique car, you also need to prepare the relevant documents like insurance. To be sure that you are doing the right thing, enlist the help of a professional who can guide you through the process. An auto shipping broker is the perfect candidate for this task.
Don’t hesitate to ask all your questions about the shipping process, the conditions, the payment terms, the method of delivery, and other concerns. It is better to ask questions than be left in the dark. Insist on getting your answers, and if you still don’t understand, ask some more questions until everything makes sense to you.
Finally, before leaving your antique car in the hands of the auto shipping company, make a thorough inspection of its exterior and interior. Survey it for any damage prior to shipping and take note of any damage you observe or take pictures if you can. When your car reaches its destination, you can inspect its condition against the last time you examined it.
Preparing your antique car for auto transport takes a lot of effort. You have to check every detail. You also have to make sure that your vehicle receives the best care from start to finish.