classic car shipping

Shipping Your Classic Car

Your classic car is priceless and requires special care for shipping. Not only do classic cars require a high level of care during shipping, but any kind of car shipping is subject to specific regulations that you should be aware of prior to your move. The information below details how to prepare for shipping your classic car.

Determine How You Want to Ship Your Classic Car

At Holman Moving, we understand that shipping classic cars is a specialized service that requires a great deal of expertise and classic car know-how. That’s why we recommend two options for shipping your classic car. The first is to ship your classic car in one of our moving trucks. The second is to ship your classic car in a specialized car carrier. If you choose the latter, we work with the best possible vendors to ensure that your classic car is shipped by experts as part of your move.

Both options are safe and provide enclosed space which will protect your classic car from the elements. It’s important to note, however, that some classic cars must be shipped in an open carrier because they have to be tied down in a special way. If you think your classic car has special needs outside of the regular care that classic cars require, contact your moving company to devise the best plan for your shipment.

If you decide to ship your classic car in a specialized car shipping carrier, you will likely pay a premium. As such you will need to consider the level of service you want, relative to your moving budget.

No matter how you decide to ship your classic car, if you are moving with a van line that has a network of agents (as is the case with Holman Moving and United Van Lines) you may be able to cut costs by dropping it off yourself at your origin agent’s location and having it shipped directly to a destination agent’s location. You can then pick your car up at the destination agent’s location.

Classic Car Shipping Protection

Most movers assume liability for classic car shipping and offer different levels of valuation coverage.  It would be up to you to decide the level of coverage that you need. If you ship your car with Holman Moving as part of your household goods move, you will receive $30,000 of valuation coverage at no charge. You will be asked to pay a premium if your classic car requires additional coverage.

Take pictures of your car before shipping to document its condition.

Preparing Your Classic Car for Shipment

It’s important to prepare your classic car for shipping in order to minimize potential problems during the move. Your classic car should be serviced ahead of time so that you can be sure it will run and stop when appropriate during the move. Always check your fluids, battery charge and tire air pressure before transporting your classic car. If your classic car does not run, contact your moving company to determine next steps.  

If you have any fluid leakage problems, they should be fixed prior to shipping. If it can’t be fixed, make sure the moving company knows about it in advance so that that the driver is aware of it and your classic doesn't get placed above another car in transit, causing damage.

You will need to tie down or remove any bolted on accessories, including spoilers, mirrors, decals, etc.  Remove or lower any antennas as necessary.  Disable your car alarm to prevent it from going off by accident during shipping.

Remove any items from the classic car prior to shipping. This is critical. Shipping personal effects inside a car is against the law in the US and the moving company will get fined. You can have a spare tire and a jack in the car if necessary.

You will have to provide the moving company with keys, so make sure you have a spare set for yourself.

Finally, you can only have a quarter tank of gas or less in the car for shipping. If there is more gas in the tank, the moving company will not ship it.

Shipping your Classic Car

Once your classic car is prepared for shipping, your job is done. You should know that if your classic car is being shipped in an enclosed container, it will be floor loaded and tied down using the truck’s side logistics.  If it is being shipped on an open carrier, your classic car will be tied down to the actual truck.

At Holman, we are experts in shipping cars. Contact us for a free car shipping estimate at no obligation to you.