A classic car is an investment and you need to take every precaution possible to protect it particularly when you are transporting it. There are a number of reasons why you would look at moving your classic car from taking it to a show to moving house. It’s unlikely you’re going to want to hire a prime mover and trailer yourself, so it’s important that you choose the right truck or transport company to transport your classic car.
Reputation And Safety Record
The first step in choosing a company to transport your classic car is to look at their reputation and safety record. You should consider asking other classic car enthusiasts about the transport companies they use and if they have heard of the one that you want to use. When talking to other enthusiasts, you should find out if they are happy with their companies and if there was any damage or items missing from the car after transport.
You should also read some reviews for the company online before you hire them. There are also online methods that you can use to check a company’s safety record. The best way to check this is with the transport department for your state or the federal Department of Transportation. If the company transports vehicles across state lines, they will need to be on the DOT safety database.
The Type Of Trailer Being Used
When you look at any transport company, you need to know how they are going to be moving your car. You should find out if they are going to use an enclosed container which is safer or an open trailer which is less safe. Open transport is cheaper, but your car could be damaged by flying debris and the vehicle will be dirty from the elements.
The use of an enclosed trailer is considered the better option. However, it will be more expensive, but you have to weigh this against the cost of repair any damage done by the elements to your classic car.
The Insurance Coverage
Before you hire a company, you need to find out about their insurance coverage. You should request a copy of the insurance information and verify that the policy is current and in effect. To do this you should call the insurance company because this offers you a guarantee that your car will be covered in the event of an accident or damage caused by the transport company.
When you contact the transport company, you should ask them what their insurance covers. There are insurance policies which will not cover certain types of accidents or events and you need to know what is covered. You should also ask the company if they have ever had to file a claim with their insurance and what this was for.
There are many points that you need to consider when you transport your classic car. The transport company should be open about the trailer they will be using as well as the insurance they have. You should also check the reputation and safety record of the company before you hire them.