If you are lucky enough to own, or be in the position of buying, a classic or sports car you know that they require a bit more TLC than your everyday road vehicle. You will want to make sure that it stays in as good condition as possible and this can be tricky when the car needs moved across the country.
Whether you’re moving your car because you’re moving home or have recently bought or sold the car online, you’ll want to make sure it gets to its destination scratch, dirt and dent free.
The nature of classic and sports cars usually means that driving it across the country is simply not feasible, for mechanical and economic factors, so in this guide we will outline the other options open to you for transporting your car.
You have three main options to you when it comes to transporting your sports car. The first, as we have already covered, is to have the car driven to its destination either by you or a driver with trade plates – this can be the cheapest option but leaves the car more open to being damaged while it’s on the road. If you have hired a reputable company to drive your car for you they will likely have insurance to cover such damages, but most people would prefer not to have their vehicle damaged in the first place.
The other downside to this method of transport, which is particularly of concern if you have sold the vehicle and are shipping it to its buyer, is that putting the car on the road will increase its mileage.
The other two options available to you are:
1. Transporting the car on a multi-car trailer.
2. Transporting the car on a single multi-car trailers can often be seen on the road – they are the huge, open sided trucks that carry multiple cars at a time.
These might be an option if you are on a tight budget, as the cost of transport is split across you and the owners of the other cars being transported.
If you’re able to book your transport in advance this is also a great option, as cars are transported throughout the country daily – bear in mind though that door to door delivery will be extremely unlikely as the size of these transporters means that driving down residential streets is impossible. Usually the car transporter will deliver the cars to a nearby hub where you, or the buyer, can collect the car.
Delivering the car on a single car transporter trailer is usually the most expensive of these three options, as you are not splitting the cost with others and you are likely going to have to buy or hire the trailer. However, if you are moving your car on short notice it will be much easier for you to find and hire a single car transporter trailer quickly. It is also possible to hire companies to transport your vehicle on a single car transporter trailer if you are moving your car for sale.
Single car trailers are usually open, flatbed trailers, but if you are worried about your car is irreplaceable or very valuable and you are worried about it becoming damaged by dust or flying rocks from the road it is possible to hire enclosed trailers, but this will come with a hefty price tag.
If you are hiring a company to move your vehicle for you, be sure to ask for insurance details and also have them do a report on the condition of your car before it leaves your care – this way if the car is damaged on the road you will have a record to prove it. Take a note of the mileage on the car as while there will be some change to this while loading and unloading the vehicle there should be no significant difference.
Damage on the road is rare, but the car should always be checked by you or the buyer upon receipt and any damage noted immediately with the transporter before it is signed off.
If you follow these guidelines you should have no problem when moving your precious classic or sports car to its new home.