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Transporting a classic car to the next show

Transporting a classic car to the next show

Just like wine, some cars get better and more valuable with time. Something about classic vehicle just draws our attention. So much so, that often we may get satisfaction just from taking a picture next one.

However, the deeper you get into the vintage car world the more exciting it becomes. There will come a point when you will not be able to resist buying one. Maybe you would even want to share its glory with others. In fact, because of people who want others to have a glimpse of their beauties nowadays we have numerous car shows. Do you want to be part of one? Then you need to know a thing or two!

In this post, we’ll share some tips on transporting a classic car to the next show. They cover all the basics, including which type of transport is the best and how the price is calculated!

How to ship a classic car to an auto show?

First things first: you need an auto transport company. Make sure that it has experience in the niche of luxury and classic car shipping. For example, we from Corsia Logistics have specialized in this kind of shipping and have transported hundreds of cars to various shows over the years.

Here is how our process works:

  1. Request a classic car shipping quote online or call (818) 850-5258.
  2. Book your shipping service and choose first available pick-up date.
  3. Prepare your vehicle for shipping carefully.
  4. At pick up, perform vehicle inspection together with the driver.
  5. At delivery, inspect your vehicle again, sign the Bill of Lading, and pay the remaining balance.

We strive to make it as straightforward as possible. Nevertheless, it may still look a bit confusing for first-time shippers. If you need more details on any of the steps or the process as a whole, our dedicated team of shipping experts can answer your questions. Still, let us cover some specifics below!

What type of transport is best for classic car shipping?

You have two main options: open or enclosed auto transport. Most people use the former, because it comes out cheaper. Being more popular means that you would likely be able to ship your car in a tighter time-frame. Though it has a downside: an open carrier can expose your car to more weather and road hazards compared to enclosed auto transport.

Classic car transport open trailer
Open trailer classic car transport

When it comes to owners of sports, luxury, and classic vehicles, they usually go with enclosed auto transport. It provides your car with extra protection from weather or road hazards. However, since fewer people use it and not many such carriers are available, this shipping method costs more. Depending on the route, you may have to wait longer for your vehicle to be picked up and delivered.

There is no wrong decision here. When you hire a reputable auto transport company you have nothing to worry about, even if you chose an open carrier. Still, when shipping a luxury or vintage car, you have to be extra protective. That is why most luxury, sports, and classic car owners choose enclosed trailer. Ultimately, they choose to have peace of mind.

shipping a classic car to the next show
Enclosed classic car transport

How much does it cost to ship your classic car to another state?

The cost of transporting a classic car to another state varies. When you hire an enclosed carrier, expect the rates to be $300 to $400 more expensive. The final cost of transporting a classic car depends on these five main factors:

  1. The distance and location
  2. Vehicle make and model
  3. Vehicle condition: operable or non-operable
  4. Transport type
  5. Supply and demand

Door-to-door, terminal-to-terminal or expedited car shipping preferences can also affect the final shipping cost. Always remember one thing: do not choose an auto transport company based on car shipping price only. That way you may land with a bad service that may not even execute the shipping, or something even worse.

This covers the foundations of what constitutes shipping a vehicle, including vintage cars. Considering how valuable such cars are, you should always go with a reputable company to handle your transport. Here at Corsia Logistics we always strive for excellence and we ourselves appreciate vintage models. You can browse our classic car blog section to see some of those.

If you have further questions, we will be happy to answer them and help you with shipping your classic car to the next show. You can call us at (818) 850-5258. Or simply request your free car shipping quote on our website now. Thank you.


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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!
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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.
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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.