What are the specifics of shipping an antique car?

April 28, 2021
Ina Gjika
shipping an antique car

Shipping a unique vehicle like the 1969 Boss 429 Mustang or 1966 Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto requires a lot of care and attention throughout the whole process. Yet, the feeling a collector gets when they receive their vehicle safe and sound makes it all worth it.

What are the specifics of shipping an antique car? As a collector what should you consider before shipping one of your precious jewels? In this post, we’ll guide you through some of the key points of antique car shipping.

What should I know before shipping an antique car?

Shipping company experience – antique cars can be in different states, and some of them are very fragile. This is why a company that already has experience in shipping antique or classic cars is often the best option. Their representatives and drivers are well-trained and equipped to deal with such special cars.

Insurance coverage – Considering the high value of your antique car, adequate insurance coverage during the entire shipping period is a must. Inquire with the shipping company about the extent of their coverage and consult with your vehicle insurance as well.

Expedited shipping – If you need the car to be delivered at a specific date for an auction or another important car event, it is a good idea to consider expedited shipping services. Depending on the season, small delays may occur. In case you cannot manage to plan well in advance, then expedited shipping remains your best option.

Enclosed carrier – Depending on the state of your antique car and your preferences, you will have a choice between open and enclosed carriers. For example, if the distance is short,  you can opt for an open carrier. However, if you’re shipping your car to a show, the enclosed carrier would be the best option due to the protection it offers. You can always consult with your vehicle relocation expert regarding the most suitable solution for your antique car.

What is the difference between a classic and an antique car?

Even though these categories seem interchangeable, it is important to understand some differences in the way they are defined. They relate to the insurance, plates, and sometimes state-specific benefits. A classic car is usually 20 years or older, whereas antique cars have been around for more than 45 years.

Depending on the type of antique cars, some states can give them a historic status, which can be reflected in their plates. They can also get exempt from some registration fees and other regular inspections. Insurance companies tend to offer different premiums for antique cars, based on the negotiated car value and operational state.

How do I transport an antique car that doesn’t run?

If your antique car does not run, do not worry. It can be lifted and shipped. Shipping such a vehicle, however, requires additional equipment and knowledge.

Nevertheless, it is always advisable that you check the state of the steering and brakes for safety reasons. For example, if the brakes do not work, then it becomes a challenge to keep the car fixed and safe on the carrier.

Another factor to consider is that shipping cars that do not run, will increase the shipping costs, due to the additional time and resources needed. However, you should always make sure that the prices you negotiate with the shipping companies are transparent and do not compromise the quality of service.

How does car shipping work?

  • Step 1. Research for experienced and reliable auto shipping companies – request at least three quotes.
  • Step 2. Arrange the shipping date and pick-up location – mark any special requests such as exact time or expedited service.
  • Step 3. Prepare your car for shipping – clean the vehicle and make sure there are no loose items inside the car.
  • Step 4. Check the condition of the vehicle before and after delivery to make sure everything is ok – sign the Bill of Lading.

Corsia relocation agents are always happy to assist you with any vehicle shipping questions. We have extensive experience in shipping classic and antique cars. We make sure you have your peace of mind from pick-up to delivery of your antique automobile.


Request a car shipping quote online or call our team now.