Vintage cars, unlike other certain expensive assets, cannot be confined within the four walls of a bank or locker, or garage all the time. They deserve to share the limelight at auctions, automobile expos and classic car rallies. A challenge that classic car enthusiasts face while participating in such events is the transportation of their assets. There are stories of horrifying incidents that occurred while owners transported their cars, ranging from shattered window glass, convertible tops drenched in oil, to even damaged chassis. This doesn't mean you and your vintage car have to stop participating in your favorite shows. You just have to make sure to take certain precautions and arrange your car's transportation with some thought and care.
Zero in on the Transporter
More than the price tag, consider reputation and reliability when choosing your ideal classic automobile transporter. Obtain the USDOT number of the suggested transporter and examine their records of service by visiting the official website of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
An ideal way to transport your asset is in enclosed trucks or carriers. This ensures protection of the car from flying debris and unfavorable climatic conditions. Even though closed carriages may be priced higher, they are definitely worth the extra money as they protect the classic vehicle from the irrevocable damages that may occur when using less secure and cheaper transportation.
Double decker carriers are frequently used to transport classic cars. It is advisable to position your automobile on the top deck, as it protects the vehicle cover from damages due to the leaking oil tank of a vehicle positioned above.
Zero in on the asset
Every vintage car has a unique manner of being fastened to the deck to ensure the least amount of movement to avoid scratches and damage while transporting. Make certain that this position of the automobile is understood by the transporting agency.
Examine your car for scratches and damages prior to transporting it. It is wise to photograph your automobile before it is loaded into the carriage. This provides you with the added advantage of claiming compensation for damages incurred during transport.
Empty the oil or gas tank before the car is loaded onto the carrier.
Despite all the above mentioned precautions, it is possible that damages may occur accidentally or due to carelessness by the transportation agency. It is of utmost importance to insure your car with the right classic car insurance in order to protect your asset from any such unfortunate event. Classic Auto provides customizable collector car insurance policies that can be tailored to fit your car and requirements. Contact us for a free quote!
About the Author
Drew Yagodnik is Vice President of Classic Automobile Insurance Agency, Inc. Classic Automobile Insurance Agency has been protecting collector, classic and exotics since 1992.