Classic Car Transport

For quality classic car transport services, look no further than National Express.  As a classic car enthusiasts and owners, you will receive fully specialized car transport from a nationwide, licensed, bonded, and insured auto transport company. 

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We pride ourselves in having an excellent track record for purveying safe and secure classic and vintage car shipping across the country.  National Express is the best for classic and vintage vehicle shipping services, has affordable rates, and comes a strong track record for quality customers love.

What Is Classic Car Transport?

Classic car transport is a kind of specialized auto shipping service designed specially for those that currently own, are buying, or selling, a valuable classic vehicle. This can be classic muscle car, exotic classic, luxury classic, classic sports-car, or any other restored or preserved road vehicle. We offer premium transport services that promise extra protection for your vehicle and total peace of mind. These services keep your vehicle from extreme weather such intense heat or cold weather conditions, rain, hail, and snow. Just about anything that can harm your vehicle is kept away as your auto shipping occurs in a sealed container.

The choice to find a safe and reliable classic car transport company is your most important step. Some vehicles are not only a hobby, but a financial investment. Many classics are rare, have original paint, or are very fragile. That is why it's imperative to work with a qualified transport service that knows and understands classic cars.

Knowledge and Experience in Providing Classic Car Transport

You already know it’s a priceless vehicle. Even if that value is decided by you and your own sentiment or if it's one of a kind classic car.  The last thing you would want is for your classic or vintage car to be damaged in any way. National Express only works with the best classic car carriers that have the most experience and have a record of running professional classic car carriers across the country. During the course of the journey to its new home, your treasured vehicle will be totally protected and completely secure. We are the most firm people use to transport cars in the country. Nobody ships as many cars as National Express.

This is why so many return again and again because we are the name to remember when you want classic car transport services, vintage car shipping with timely delivery, safe delivery, and complete protection. Your vehicle's condition will be as pristine as when you put in in our hands. That's why we re the best classic car transporter in the nation.

What is The Safest Way to Ship a Classic Car?

When shipping a classic, enclosed car transport is safest option for classic or vintage car owners who own these cherished and valued vehicles. Because of the additional protection enclosed classic and vintage vehicle shipping services afford, it is it is the preferred method of auto transport. An enclosed carrier is

How Much Does Classic Vehicle transport cost?

The cost of a classic car transport service varies depending on a variety of factors. Smaller cars are less expensive to ship. Longer distances are less per mile but have an overall higher car shipping cost. With the demand of enclosed transport on the rise, costs used to be 30-40% over open transport, pre pandemic.  Nowadays, we see around 40-60% increase on enclosed shipping over regular open car transport for a reliable classic car transport service.

Getting an Instant Classic Car Transport Quote

When looking for instant classic car shipping quotes, try our calculator and select the enclosed auto transport option. There you will see the total for your classic car transport cost. Unlike other auto transport companies, National Express does not have hidden fees.

Expedited Shipping Options

In a hurry to get your car transport company at your door for pickup? Speak to our trusted advisors to learn about expedited shipping for a classic car.

Car Shipping Cost Table - Shipping a Classic

Here you will find examples of enclosed transport for classic cars:

MilesTransport TypePrice Per MileExample DistanceExample Price
1-500Enclosed$1.35400 miles$540
501-1000Enclosed$1.25700 miles$875
1001-1500Enclosed$0.901200 miles$1080
1501-2000Enclosed$0.801750 miles$1400
2001-2500Enclosed$0.752100 miles$1575
2501-3000Enclosed$0.702800 miles$1960
3000+Enclosed$0.633200 miles$2016

 

Choose Your Classic Car Transport Company Wisely

The process of going through classic car transport companies does require a little more thought than you would an ordinary vehicle.  You will be trusting an auto transport company with your prized possession. We know that, so this is why we are so good at what we do.  

You want to choose the right classic car transporter that provides fully insured auto transport, has a large carrier network, and is heavily experienced in enclosed transport of prized vehicles.  That's also where National Express comes in as the leader in the auto transport industry. We make sure your classic car transporter has sufficient insurance coverage for your vehicle delivery.

Choosing the wrong classic car shpper could determine whether or not your classic car reaches its destination in the same perfect condition it was in at the starting point.

In your search for a classic car transporter that specializes on enclosed transport for classic cars , chances are you’ll come across a variety of options. There will be many that differ in price, reputation, and type of service. All these differences make the selection process a little more complicated. Make sure you select the  classic car delivery service that has the appropriate auto transport equipment to ensure your classic car is properly cared for during shipping. A diverse company like National Express ships both classic and exotic cars.

Extra Level of Protection for your Classic Car

Not only do we vet our classic car transporters, as mentioned we use top grade equipment. Trailers used for classic car shipping services should only utilize nylon straps rather than metal hooks or chains, which might harm your car. We stay away from using those types of auto transport carriers. To minimize the chance of damage, loading and unloading is done slowly and carefully. That's why we say all enclosed auto transport is not equal.

Auto Transport Broker or Fleet Owned Car Transport?

When it comes to choosing a classic car transportation company, you should consider the advantages and drawbacks of dealing with a broker or shipping classic cars with a fleet-owned firm.

An auto transport broker, on one hand, does not own or manage the truck fleet that is used to carry your classic car, antique car, or every kind of vintage vehicles that are out there. A brokerage firm works with shippers like you and independent enclosed carriers that need a classic vehicle and other special vehicles to fill their enclosed auto transport trailers. Because of the way brokers work thousands of enclosed carriers, it's faster and simpler to find classic auto transport to virtually any location in the nation.

Fleet owned carriers, on the other hand, lease their own trucks for classic car enclosed shipping. While these businesses are usually smaller as most operate just a few trucks and an enclosed carrier, some feel service is more personal experience when shipping their classic vehicle. The issue with fleet owned car transport companies is that they go where needed. The chances of one of these small firms being in the area where you are shipping a classic car is being picked up and also going to your delivery location can be slim.  In most cases, it is more expensive and takes far longer to ship your classic car. 

Why National Express Should Be Your Choice to Ship Your Classic Car

When choosing a car shipping service for your classic car, you want to go with an established company that has been in the industry like National Express. We have expert advisors that know just how to take care of your car during the shipping. We also work directly with carriers that have the equipment needed for the loading and strapping of your classic car, safely. National Express specializes in the shipping of classic cars, rather than other firms that just deal with a regular open shipping only.

Spend some time doing research and you will see our reputation speaks for itself. You can also see word-of-mouth based reviews found on classic car forums and other publications. Scour the internet to see what other classic car owners are saying about National Express classic car transport.

As  required by law for a classic car shipping provider, we are licensed, bonded and insured. We are registered with the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The FMCSA has a website where you can review a company’s safety record and background information. Look up our registration number of a company there.

Tip: If you don’t a the company  you are thinking of working with at all, cross it off your shortlist. If you see a long list of safety complaints on the website against a company, keep your classic car as far away from it as possible.

 While some companies are more expensive than others, you never want to base your choice on price alone. Enclosed transport for your classic car is an art and a science. The safety of your classic car should be most important in your decision. Besides, if a car transport company is charging you a surprisingly low amount for the shipping, chances are their shipping methods are questionable.

National Express Auto Transport Understands Your Need For Utmost Protection

Usually, classic cars require specific shipping methods to ensure that they incur no damage during the transport. For example, certain muscle cars or classic race cars have low hanging oil pans or subframes. We know about these specific cars and know how to handle them accordingly. 

Although it’s the more expensive option compared to open transport, enclosed transport is better for your classic car because it’s safer. Also, insurance coverage will be higher as is usually the case with both exotic car transport and classic car transport services. Your car will be protected from road debris and weather damage during the transport. As with our exotic car transport, we know how to protect vehicles..

There are a number of smaller details that make a world of difference to how your car reaches its destination. For instance, our experts work with enclosed auto transport carriers that feature shift resistant transport trailers to minimize movement if swaying occurs during the transport. They also advise that it’s best for a classic car to be strapped down using nylon strips to prevent damage to the chassis. Your trucker may be able to use wooden blocks or a pallet underneath your car as well so it can be lifted without damage.

Make sure to give your trucker written instruction for any additional requirements that your specific classic car may need.

Understand Your Classic Car’s Insurance

The legal requirement for all auto transporting companies, including those that specialize in classic vehicle transportation, is that they have cargo insurance. But the policies may differ from company to company.

For instance, if the value of your classic vehicle is worth $100 000 or more, and you’re transporting it with an ordinary auto transporter, you may be surpassing their insurance policy limit. They will not be able to cover your car fully in the case of damage or loss. Insurance coverage goes a long way should anything occur.

On the other hand, if you go with a shipping company that specializes in classic car transportation, you may find that they have much higher coverage with their insurance policy. Classic car transporters usually have insurance to the value of $500 000 to $5 million.

Whatever the case, it’s a good idea to ask for a classic car shipping company’s Certificate of Insurance and to read the certificate attentively so you understand the policies. Remember that if your car’s value is more than what the shipping company is insured for, you may be able to ask them to take out special insurance for your car.

In addition to the value of the insurance involved, you also want to check with your classic car shipping company about what kinds of damages are covered. Some carriers will only have insurance that covers damages due to negligence, not unforeseen circumstances. In the event that your car is damaged due to weather conditions that could not have been predicted, you might find yourself having to take care of the repairs and restorations yourself.

Take some time to understand the coverage of the auto insurance you’re registered with as well. If you happen to be contracted with an insurance company that specifically deals with classic car insurance, they may have special coverage options for your classic car. They may not only cover damages during transportation, but they may also have specifications on damages more likely to happen to your car by virtue of it being a classic.

Prepare Your Car for Shipping

Before the carrier arrives at your doorstep, you want to make sure that you perform any maintenance or fixing that may affect the shipping process. Fix any leakage problems as some classics tend to drop oil. Check the lights, wiring, brakes, and tires to ensure they are all in working order.

You also want to inspect your car thoroughly before entrusting it to the enclosed carrier. Walk around the vehicle with the truck driver and note any existing damage on bill of lading. That way, you and the shipping company will be on the same page should any damage occur during the transportation. Take pictures of the vehicle interior and the exterior of your car if possible.

Loose items inside the vehicle may cause damage to your classic during the shipping. So it’s a good idea to remove any personal items inside the car, especially if they have sharp edges that could scratch the car.

If your car has any loose add-on or specialized parts, you want to make sure that these are secured. Add-on parts like custom spoilers and low aprons may cause difficulty while loading.

Inspect Your Car Once It’s Delivered

Be sure to evaluate your car properly if you’re able to be present at the destination once it’s is delivered. If your car is shipped to a restoration shop or a new buyer, you can instruct them to conduct a thorough inspection on delivery. Although extremely rare that any damage occurs in auto shipping, it must be noted on the bill of lading and signed for by the driver.

Shipping a prized possession like your classic vehicle doesn’t have to cause you anxiety. Keep the above tips in mind and you will have it at its next destination with the satisfaction of a job well done.

Auto Shows / Rallies / Special Events

Want to ship your classic vehicle for your next car show or meet? Whether it be a a rally, club meet or other venue there are carriers available that can do this quickly and safely. If you organize a bulk vehicle transport, it can save a ton of money.