Hagerty Classic Car Transporter Tips: Picking the Right Hauler
If your classic car has suffered weather- or flood-related damage that’s made extensive repair necessary, or if you need to move it to higher ground to avoid such damage, you may have recently found yourself in need of vehicle transportation for your classic car. Choosing a competent carrier and being prepared go a long way toward reducing the stress and worry that go with sending your vehicle off with a stranger. Here are some tips to help you find the best classic car transporter.
Ask around for recommendations
It’s easy to find auto-transport companies online or in publications like Hemmings Motor News and Sports Car Market, but how do you choose a trustworthy company? Ask around. Major auction companies, museums, restorers, local car club members and other collectors are all good sources for recommendations.
It is essential to use a company experienced with collector vehicles so that they use nylon straps or wheel nets to prevent damage to the chassis and are careful about low ground clearance or very tall cars that might not clear the trailer roof or upper deck.
Consider more than price
Never base your decision solely on price. Most reputable carriers have similar cost structures and, with few exceptions, an unusually low price is a bad sign. The easiest way to size up a transport company is to ask how long they’ve been hauling cars. You can also visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website at safersys.org to look up a company’s safety record and insurance status.