So, you’ve decided to expand your personal fleet by buying another car. But, rather than opting for a top of the range, brand spanking new car, you’ve decided to go for a little more traditional. Yes, that’s right, you’ve decided to buy a vintage classic car.

Now, we all know that classic cars are vulnerable old creatures that were made in times where the technology simply wasn’t available to prepare them for decades of use. But, despite being in the 21st century, owning a vintage car has surged in popularity and there are still many around – thanks to the foresight of careful owners who know not only how to properly drive and maintain them, but know what to look out for when shipping them.

But, as you’re a vintage car virgin, you’re feeling a little overwhelmed at the prospect of buying one and bringing it in without too much detailed knowledge of the vehicle’s peculiarities.

Well to help you, here are a few useful tips that will help to make sure that your ‘new’ car gets from A to B in one piece:

 But, as you’re a vintage car virgin, you’re feeling a little overwhelmed at the prospect of buying one and bringing it in without too much detailed knowledge of the vehicle's peculiarities.

Find The Right Shipping Company

There are shipping and transportation companies, such as uShip car transport, who specialize in this area and it’s important to get to know who they are.

Ask other owners for their own personal recommendations, or search the Internet via specialist vintage car forums or blogs to find the most reliable reputations.

If you like, try and speak to two or three companies about how they will approach handling your vehicle and what special things they do to protect it. Find out from them what vintage cars they have shipped, how far they have taken them and for what owners.

Think About The Container

Take some time to consider what kind of container you’d like your car to be transported to you, after all how your car gets to you is an extremely important consideration.

For example, despite being a cheaper option, open containers are essentially large, open air trailers attached on the back, and because of this that are open to the elects when the transporter is whizzing down the motorway.

Closed containers, however, are essentially mobile garages. Despite being a little more expensive, you can be rest assured that your car is more secure both from the weather, and from prying eyes…

Classic car

Know How It Should Be Loaded

Securely fastening and loading a vintage car onto a transporting system can take a bit of skill – after all, these vehicles have a whole host of delicate parts that could run the risk of falling off or getting damaged if not treated with the right care.

So, make sure you give your chosen transportation company a clear set of instructions and a list of do’s and don’ts.

Also ask the previous owner if they can carry out a full inventory on the car – preferably with photographs – before they hand the car over the loading company. This will help to make sure that your car doesn’t turn up with any unwanted scratches, dents and dings that weren’t there when you bought it.

It may also be a good idea to leave a careful list of instructions about how to start, stop or drive the vehicle. Old cars have lots of little idiosyncrasies that can make the difference when moving the car safely. The last thing you need is a strange driver taking the matter into his own hands and damaging the vehicle purely by making the wrong decision.

Finally, double check the obvious things; fold back wing mirrors, secure a convertible roof properly, cover hi chrome areas and try and remove things like spoilers which can get damaged when being transported on and off ramps.

Make Sure You’re Properly Insured

Before you sign on the dotted line with any transportation company, make sure your car is fully insured against damage and theft by your car shipping company. It’s important to see a copy of the car shipping company’s insurance coverage before you finalise shipping and check to see if there is any deductible you will be required to pay if there is damage.

It is likely that your personal car insurance policy may cover your vehicle in transit, so contact your insurance company to find out.

Classic car

Taking Delivery of the Car

When your car arrives, make sure that you do a complete inspection of the vehicle with a copy of the original inspection report. Look for any cosmetic or mechanical damage that was not noted in the original report, in and around the car as well as underneath. Do not accept a vehicle if you cannot clearly inspect it, such as at night in dim lighting.

If there is any damage not on the original inspection report and you believe it occurred during the shipping process, note each incident with pictures and be sure the driver signs it. The car shipping company should then work with you to reimburse you for verifiable damage done to your car.