Many hot rod enthusiasts will agree that their car or truck is the most important object in their life. We think of our hot rod as our baby and it’s not uncommon to come up with a name for your “old girl” and it’s not weird to talk to your car, at least not for collectors. The beauty about classic cars and hot rods is, if they are taken good care of, then the older they get the better they become. With that being said. the most important thing is to take good care of your baby. Whether you just bought your street rod or you are relocating, it is very important to find a trustworthy classic car shipping company that will take care of your “baby” and get it from point A to point B safely. We love to take her for a cruise but let’s face it, for long trips it’s always best to take extra special care and save the wear and tear. Below are some tips to help you in transporting your street rod.
1. It is recommended to choose enclosed transport because the vehicle will be protected against the elements of weather and also rocks that can cause serious damage. The cost will be a little higher but it will be worth it.
2. Get insurance. You should always have collector car insurance on your street rod. Make sure you are covered for the actual cost and it's always a good idea to make sure your insurer knows that you are relocating. Also check with the transport company to see what insurance they carry.
3. Be sure to pick a company that has a newer fleet of enclosed rigs that will have air cushioned suspension and not allow for the vehicle to shift during transport.
4. Take lots of pictures of the condition of the car before it is loaded just in case there is any damage while being transported. This way you will have proof that the damage was not previously done. With that being said, you will want to inspect the vehicle thoroughly upon arrival.
5. Talk with the company about the gas in the vehicle. Usually the tank needs to be less that a quarter tank full.
6. It is a good idea to remove all valuables such as stereos and paper work that is hard to replace. This is even more important if you are shipping your vehicle internationally.
7. Carefully read the contract and make sure have a copy of your own.
8. Ask about tracking the vehicle. Trusted shipping companies will offer tracking in real time so you know exactly where the vehicle is during shipping.
9. Make sure the cooling system is properly maintained, especially if your a shipping during the winter months.
10. Disconnect the battery during shipping to prevent any electrical problems from occuring.
11. Remove all items in the truck of the vehicle to prevent any damage to these items.