Collecting classic cars can be very addictive and even if you only planned to get one, you can easily end up with a whole fleet if you’re not careful. That’s not too much of a problem, everybody needs a hobby after all. But what do you do if you move long distance and you need to get all of your cars to your new house?
You might be able to drive some of them but that’s a lot of back and forth and some of them may be halfway through the restoration process. Classic cars are worth a lot of money and any damage can seriously affect the value of your investment, so you’ve got to be careful. If you are planning to move your classic car collection, here are a few important things to consider.
MOVING IT ON YOUR OWN
You might decide that you don’t trust anybody else with your pride and joy and you want to move your classic car collection on your own. In that case, you need to look into buying car haulers so you can do it all in one trip. It’s a worthwhile investment if you are planning to move again in future or you want to take the full collection to car shows. However, if you’re only going to use it once, it may be worth finding a company to do it for you.
DECIDE BETWEEN ENCLOSED OR OPEN TRANSPORT
The difference between enclosed and open transport is pretty obvious. One is open to the elements while the other is completely closed. You might be thinking that enclosed is the obvious choice because it gives more protection to your classic car and you would be right. It is, however, a lot more expensive than an open transport so you need to consider your budget. If you are going to go for open transport because of the cost, you need to take steps to protect your car, especially if you are moving abroad with it where the weather could have more impact.
CHECK THE CARRIER’S INSURANCE
It’s important to shop around and find a reliable carrier but no matter how experienced they are, there is always the chance that something will go wrong. You need to check the carrier’s insurance to make sure that they are covered if any damage does occur. If they don’t have the right coverage, you will be on the hook for all of the repairs and there isn’t much that you can do about it. Even if they do have insurance, make sure that you have a good policy as well.
GIVE THE CARRIER ANY RELEVANT INFORMATION
If you are part way through restoring some of your collection, you need to let the carrier know all of the relevant information. For example, if there are no brakes in one of the cars, they definitely need to know because that can lead to some dangerous situations. Let them know about any existing damage as well so they can document it.
As long as you follow these important rules, you can transport your classic car collection without any damage.
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