Are you one of those car enthusiasts who owns a piece of history and frequents classic car shows?
If the answer is yes, then this makes the transportation of your classic car to every show important part of owning it.
Corsia Logistics has over a decade of experience in shipping specialized automobiles. We specialize in high-end automobiles.
Whether you need to ship your car from Los Angeles to San Francisco, or across the country, we have got you covered.
A classic car is a timeless treasure and our obligation is to treat it as such from pick-up to delivery.
Shipping a classic car
The process of finding an auto transport company for your classic automobile is easy when you know how it works. Here are the main steps that will help you feel more comfortable.
When you compare, we advise do not settle for the cheapest auto transport price. With very few exceptions, the lowest price means a long wait. And a higher risk of damage. Companies that give you a price below current market conditions usually bring nothing, but poor service. Choose wisely when it comes to price, but also think about the type of carrier you need.
Open vs. enclosed trailer
You have two main options for transporting your classic car in California.
– Open auto transport is the standard method of shipping a vehicle, widely used for all makes and models.
These are open air trailers, usually with two levels to load up to ten automobiles. This makes the open carrier is a less expensive choice. Open transport is the most efficient and usually the faster option.
Because it can fit many cars at once on the same trailer this shipping method causes less pollution. Hence, it’s also the greener option. It is just fine for any type of vehicle – brand new automobiles are transported on open trailers across the country daily.
Yet, when you transport a classic you might want to choose an enclosed carrier. One main downside of the open carrier is that it can expose your car to weather and road hazards.
– Enclosed auto transport trailers offer complete protection.
Such trailers fully covered, similar to a cargo trailer. An enclosed trailer is usually hard sided and completely shields the vehicle. This keeps your car securely covered inside and prevents it from being affected by road debris or weather elements. Inside, the frame consists of special ramps to load and unload vehicles. Most enclosed trailers have hydraulic ramps to hold vehicles horizontally while loading. Such ramps also enable easy loading of low ground clearance vehicles.
The higher level of protection comes not only from the features of the trailers but also from the experience of the drivers.
The drivers who operate enclosed trailers have more experience in handling high-end and classic automobiles. This is exactly because of the higher demand from such vehicle owners and the white glove service they require.
Covered auto transport carriers split into three main types of trailers:
– single level multi-car trailers
– single-level single-car trailers
– multi-level multi-car trailers
While they offer different type of efficiency and cost, they all fully protect your automobile. The multi-car trailers are more efficient when you need to transport your car across a longer distance.
If you want to ship your classic Jaguar down the state, you can request a single enclosed trailer for your car only. Such carriers are booked for high-end cars or when expedited delivery is needed.
Preparing your classic car for shipping
Once you choose the conditions of your transportation, start prepping your car for the journey. Treat your car to a good wash. If you are going to the next show, clean everything spotless! If you are shipping a classic as a gift to your daughter, clean everything spotless twice! In both occasions, the car will be inspected by a critical pair of eyes – once by a female, the other time by thousands of spectators and other collectors.
Wash, polish, and wax the interior and exterior of your car. If you are also competing for a prize, you definitely need to make the car look stunning at the show. If you do more work prior to the shipping, you would be calmer before the show. When you opt for enclosed carriers, your car will be just the way you left it at pick-up. So you don’t have to worry about wiping dirt off or cleaning it all over again in the end.
Take detailed photos to document what your car looked like before shipment. Let the shipper know of any peculiarities with your car before shipping. This includes anything that might interfere with safe loading, transport, and unloading of your classic vehicle. For example, if your classic vehicle has a soft top, like the 1941 Lincoln Continental that we’ve transported, make a note of that and make sure it has been firmly secured and closed.
California car delivery – Enclosed car transport
Now that your vehicle has arrived, does it look like new? Don’t answer, it’s a trick question. No, it shouldn’t look that new because this will take away from its vintage charm. But yes, it does look like new because it enjoyed a calm relaxing ride in our enclosed car shipping trailer to its destination in California. Always inspect your car, especially when traveling to a show. Any marks and scratches should be noted with the driver at the point of delivery. Remember to always give feedback both to the driver on location and to the company. This helps us improve and move the industry forward. We are here to help you ship your car with peace of mind. Call us now.
The Golden state of golden cars
The classics culture in California is extremely diverse, especially in the southern regions. Some renown Californian classic car communities are those of Santa Barbara County, Monterey County, Orange County, Ventura County, San Diego County and even San Francisco County. Some of the most popular classic car collectors reside exactly in these areas. This region’s proximity to the Pacific Coast Highway makes it obligatory for them to own at least one classic to do a road trip with!
Some of the most memorable classic models were born here, too. The Lowrider. Should we say anything more? They are the most iconic genre of the SoCal culture. The 1964 Impala is the queen everyone wants to see sliding down the boulevard at sunset. This is why SoCal is a main hotbed for classics not only in the state, but in the whole country. Museums of Classics collections, auto shows of vintage automobiles, classic clubs on weekend canyon cruises… Southern California has it all! And even if you know it all, there is always some “new classic” that will surprise you. Very often classic car collectors from the state bring their cars together to charity shows and events, to support the local communities. One can always find something new among the familiar classics there. Whether it’s a Cadillac or a Buick, it will definitely be a golden surprise.
The Classic Auto Show in L.A.
There is no surprise that the first international edition of the Classic Auto Show, which is traditionally held in the UK, was held exactly in Los Angeles. SoCal is a region famous for its classics market not only in the US but in the whole world as well. The show’s official Grand Marshal was legendary iconic car collector, Bruce Meyer. He is also a member of the Classic Car Club of America and specifically the Southern California Region.
The show was home to over 1000 classic cars, some of which brought by regional clubs. The Sultans Car Club of Long Beach, Wild Bunch Car Club, Hot Paints Restorations, and the Road Kings of Burbank are only some of the Californian clubs which attended the show. Crazy names, huh? Well, they didn’t choose them for nothing. The show had a designated area for fifty unique classic cars which showcase the last hundred years of automotive history. Fifteen of these classics were owned by members of the CCCA-Southern California Region. One more sign for the extreme affection for classics in the Golden State.
Request your California quote now
CORSIA is 5-star rated car shipping company.
We quote current market prices to ship a car now.
Corsia rep (Elena) was very proactive. Helped ship a car from CA to GA. She checked in with me via email quote and several phone calls to find me the best possible quote for the fastest available service. After several communications, Corsia was able to schedule a vehicle pickup the next day. The driver communicated well, and the vehicle arrived in final destination faster than we expected in perfect condition. I highly recommend using Corsia's reliable, efficient service.
Thanks, Corsia! Pickup was so clean, efficient, and wonderful -- my only recommendation is to make sure you schedule it during the day so you can fully review the car in the daylight. Drop off was equally wonderful, and the whole trip went down without a hitch (pun intended!). Seriously, Corsia delivered my Jeep from CT to California with no issues or bumps in the road!
High five's all around! Corsia was highly recommended by a friend in the automobile industry. We needed to transport a cargo van from Seattle to Florida. We contacted Corsia who quickly arranged transport within just a few days. Communication was outstanding! Just a few email confirmations and we were all set. Mike was great and arrived right on time and delivered to Florida on schedule. Tip-avoid the hornets nest of auto brokers on line and just contact Corsia for a truly great experience!
Corsia Memphis to LA, mid-size SUV. I looked at 4 different companies amd Corsia was the most responsive of them. While being responsive, they were not unduly aggressive: when I indicated that I need to wait a month before making a decision they stopped contacting me and only came back with a reminder when I really needed it. Once I decided to engage Corsia they found me a transport within two days and the car was delivered (from Memphis to LA) in another two days. I had a truly positive experience.
Working with Corsia Logistics was a great experience. Working with Corsia Logistics was wonderful. They were able to find a driver right away to transport our car. They were in constant communication as to when the car was getting picked up and dropped off. The driver also communicated with me as to when he would arrive. I would highly recommend Corsia Logistics.
Excellent Organization Corsia was an excellent company to work with while I transferred my car across the US. A friend of mine suggested I use them as they had been very organized and trustworthy with her own car. I researched a few different place but decided to go with Corsia and I'm so glad I did! Any questions I had throughout the process they answered quickly and clearly. I would definitely use them again in the future and recommend them for others to use.
Looking for a logistics company, to ship my car, from California to Illinois,my first search, then Corsia showed up, skeptical. Call and a very friendly secretary: Elena. She guided me through, I scheduled and as she explained, all when smooth as scheduled Very happy I did the right choice. I'll recommend this great Company to anyone that is thinking to relocate a vehicle. Thanks Corsia logistics for your honesty and professionalism!
Top notch Transport - Porsche 997 Top notch! As easy and efficient as one could possibly imagine. Great customer service.. thank you Luke. Great prices. Check. Timely communications. Check. Clean transport trailer. Check. Supremely careful driver. Check. Timely arrival. Check. Don't mess around elsewhere, just call Corsica and feel confident your transports needs are going to be exceeded. My Porsche 911 rode like a Queen in her enclosed chariot. I've never needed a transport company before, and I surely will use them every time. Do yourself a favor, seriously. Call now.
Corsia has been amazing. Their prices are really competitive but more importantly their customer service has been 5-Star. Elena followed up with me every step of the way, making sure there was no miscommunication between me & the driver. We are using them to ship a 2nd vehicle & would not hesitate to use them again!
I have recently used Corsia for long time family car with sentimental value that was moved I have recently used Corsia for shipment of my vehicle from Oregon to Arizona by recommendation from other family member who also used Corsia in the past. I am very pleased on the service and the communication throughout shipment. Ken was my direct contact and kept me informed along the move The car was picked up and delivered as communicated. I did use a enclosed mover and the driver was also clean cut professional and treated car as his own. I would definitely recommend Corsia again with the experience I have had. Thank you. T
How long does it take to ship a car to California?
Shipping a car to California depends could take one day or ten days. Various factors could affect the shipping times and this means that shipping time is always an estimate. Open auto transport is usually faster due to high availability. Enclosed auto transport to California could take a bit longer to schedule.
What services does CORSIA offer?
Corsia Logistics provides the following car shipping services:
by carrier type: open and enclosed trailer
by time frame: standard and expedited delivery
Choosing a carrier type really depends on the type of vehicle you need to ship.
Standard everyday sedans, such as your Kia Sorento or VW Jetta, usually go on an open car carrier.
If you need to ship a high-end sports car, luxury automobile, or any classic vehicle you should choose enclosed trailer.
Standard car shipping means that a carrier will pick up your vehicle within few days. However, please keep in mind that all dates and times are only estimates.
Expedited delivery could guarantee that your car is picked up or delivered on or by a specified date and time.
Open auto transport is the standard solution. It is faster and cheaper. Open carriers are readily available and this makes them efficient and preferred by private customers and businesses alike.
Enclosed auto transport is a preferred solution for sports and high-end automobiles. It offers complete protection from weather and road elements. However, it could take a bit longer to book and schedule. It is more expensive as well.
What documents do I need when shipping a car?
When shipping a car to California, you or someone on your behalf must release the vehicle to the carrier at pick-up.
The person at pick-up will also need to sign a Bill of Lading (BOL). The BOL is a receipt and an inspection report. When the carrier inspects the car you need to check with that all existing damages are marked before you sign. Never sign a blank or incomplete document.
For all auto transport related questions talk to us now.
Our dedicated team of professional logistics experts will answer all of your questions and help you choose the best solution.