My Car Quest

August 23, 2019

Just Because A Classic Car Needs a Trailer Doesn’t Make It A Trailer Queen

by Mike –

The classic car transportation business in the US loves Monterey Car Week. It could be their biggest week of the year. This was brought home for me when I was talking to a friend a week ago in Monterey and he told me he had just bought a new addition to his classic car collection.

He lives in California and his new acquisition is in Florida and he could not get a transporter to schedule pick up until well after Monterey Car Week was over. Based on my observations of car transporter rigs last week on the Monterey Peninsula most of the car transporter trucks and trailers in the US were either there or on their way to or from Monterey.

Classic car transporters in Pebble Beach

Classic car transporters in Pebble Beach (2012)

Classic car transporters in Pebble Beach

Classic car transporters in Pebble Beach (2012)

This brings up the question; how does an individual decide how to transport a classic car when driving it is not desirable or possible? It’s easy to find auto-transport companies but choosing the right one may not be easy.

How to choose a transporter for your classic car

Experience with collector cars is critical so that they know how to secure the vehicle properly without damaging anything and they do not scrape a low-slung car when going on and off the trailer. They also must have the expertise to follow your written instructions on how to handle the details of your car: how to start it, where the battery cut off switch is, the transmission shifting pattern and any other important features unique to your car that will allow them to safely and properly move your car on and off the trailer.

They also must handle your classic car like it is their own and this includes being clean and neat in the interior and being sure a delicate body is not damaged.

Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada being loaded onto a trailer

My Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada being loaded onto a trailer

Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada being loaded onto a trailer

My Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada being loaded onto a trailer – a nervous moment

Don’t forget it can take a few days or longer to schedule a pick up because the transporter will be trying to fill up their trucks for maximum efficiency and reduced costs. This schedule wait time is in addition to the actual transport time, which can be two weeks to cross the US.

While the transport price is important it should not be the sole basis for a decision. I recommend getting classic car shipping quotes from more than one transporter that meet your other criteria. This way you will know that the price you are paying is fair.

Classic Car Insurance

Be sure your car is covered with agreed to value coverage from a company that specializes in collector car insurance before transporting it. The transporter may not have the insurance to cover your car while in their care. Take care of this yourself before the car is picked up.

Below are some classic car transporters in the US:

Horseless Carriage Carriers

Intercity Lines

Reliable Carriers

Corsia Logistics

Good luck on your next car trip even if your car is trailered.

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Iso Grifo arrives

My Iso Grifo arrives

Iso Grifo arrives

My Iso Grifo arrives – note the wheel straps – a better method than using the suspension or frame

Summary
Event
Monterey Car Week
Location
Monterey, California,
Starting on
2013-08-18
Ending on
2013-08-18

Comments

  1. Hi, Mike!
    Shouldn’t there be two wheel chucks under the back wheels of your Bizzarrini while they loaded it up into the trailer, one for each wheel? I only see one wheel chuck under the left rear wheel. I think it would be less of a nervous moment for you if they did that, instead of taking a chance with just one. I am having a stroke right now just looking at the picture, so I can’t imagine what you felt! Glenn in the Bronx, NY

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