Moving Classic CarsJun 11, 2013 ,
Moving a classic car is always tricky. There’s the rarity factor: if something happens to the car in transit, it’s devastating, since there aren’t too many of them still out there. There’s also the “bulkiness” factor to consider as well, since you cannot just plop a car into a box like it is a pair of shoes. Shipping classic cars (especially those that have been fully restored) requires a good deal of care and caution.
Remove Anything Fragile
Before you even begin trying to work out the best way to ship your vehicle, you first need to get it ready for shipping. This involves removing any parts that may break in transit, like the antenna, any loose pieces of chrome, or even the glass globes over the headlights and taillights, if you think that they won’t survive the trip. Take all of these fragile parts and pack them carefully in boxes, then place those boxes in the trunk of the car so that they don’t get lost.
Get Rid of Any Fluids
Next, you need to drain any leak-able fluids from the car. If you are afraid that the oil will begin leaking while the car is in transit, then you should drain it, along with the anything else that is in danger of making a mess. Once this is completed, your classic car is ready for transport, so the next step involves just that: determining the best way to move it.
There are two main options when it comes to shipping a vehicle. The first is an open-air car trailer. A single car trailer, obviously, only holds one vehicle, while the multiple trailers hold your classic car alongside several others. Both of these methods have their pros and cons, including price and security. The second main option is a closed crate that is built around the car. This will prevent the car from getting damaged and will keep it safe from the elements.