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Advice and Tips for Shipping Your Classic Car

Advice and Tips for Shipping Your Classic Car

Advice and Tips for Shipping Your Classic Car

Are you the proud owner of a classic car? Has a Dodge Coronet, Ford Ranchero, Chevy El Camino or Mercury Cyclone got pride of place in your garage? If you ever need it transported across the country, you’ll want it given the white glove treatment.

When you’ve invested your hard-earned cash in a classic motor, you’ll be taking every possible precaution to ensure it’s protected to the max. Choosing to have it shipped is a sensible thing to do because it cuts down on the depreciation and risk of an accident that comes with a long road trip.


Follow these tips and ensure your auto transporting experience is a pleasant one.

  • Pick an Auto Transport Company with a Spotless Reputation

Do you really want to put your baby in the hands of a carrier with a less than savory reputation? Before you choose a transport company make sure you do some research. Ask other classic car owners for recommendations. Read some customer reviews online. Check a company’s safety record and make sure it has a USDOT number.

  • Choose the Right Kind of Trailer

An open trailer is the cheapest option, but your vehicle will be exposed to the elements and flying debris from the road. An enclosed trailer, on the other hand, offers complete protection.

  • Check the Insurance Coverage

Speak with a shipping advisor of the company you choose and ask about insurance coverage. Choose to ship a vehicle with SGT Auto Transport and your vehicle is covered by the carriers cargo insurance policy. Most policies are for $100K for open transport and $250K for transport that is enclosed. A copy of the carrier’s cargo insurance can be supplied upon request.

  • Remove Personal Items

Personal items should be removed from your vehicle as they are not covered under the carrier’s insurance. You also need to make sure the gas tank is no more than a ¼ full. 

  • Clean and Photograph Your Car

Before your car is collected clean the interior and exterior. Take clear photographs and make a note of its condition. It’s not very likely that anything will happen during the journey, but if it does your photographs are going to help with the insurance claim. 

  • Inspect Your Vehicle When It’s Delivered

When your car arrives at the delivery point make sure you thoroughly inspect it before signing the Bill of Lading or Condition report. Any damage should be noted and photographs taken. Remember to ask for a copy of the report.


You might be a little nervous about shipping your classic car, but you don’t have to be. If you follow these tips your pride and joy is going to arrive at your chosen destination is the same condition as when it was picked up.