Some of those classics are longer compares to today cars. For example: 1960 Lincoln continental is 18.93 ft long compare to 2012 Lincoln continental is 17.37 ft long. The weight as mentioned is also different, for example: 1960 Lincoln continental weight is 5300lbs compared to 2012 Lincoln continental which weights 3848lbs only. Those measurement differences are very important as car transport carriers are limited on their truck space and allowed weight. DOT (department of transportation) is very strict on their rules and regulations, drivers must check they not overweight when they stop at weight stations throughout their route.
Depends on the vehicle condition, we can determine what will be the best transport service to use, open carrier or enclosed. If the vehicle is purchased or shipped in order to be restored, best way to ship it will be an open carrier as the price is cost effective. If vehicle is already restored and is in perfect condition, best way to ship it would be an enclosed carrier to assure safety during transit.
Running or non running vehicle is another aspect we should look into. If your classic car is in running condition, we can use any carrier. When it comes to a non-running vehicle, we need to use a carrier who has a wince to pull the vehicle up the truck. Many open carriers have winches and so are some of the enclosed carriers. The weight of the vehicle is very important at this stage as not every winch can carry any weight. Based on the vehicle weight, we find the right carrier with the right winch.
Another factor to take into consideration before deciding the kind of transport to use, is its value. If this classic car is very rare and expensive, it is highly recommended to ship it via enclosed carrier even if it is in a bad condition. Vintage cars like 1925 Flint or 1930 Austin 7, will better go on enclosed carriers, even if they rusted or just shells since their parts are so rare and we would not like to take the risk of someone stealing a mirror or the hood ornament.
When it comes to price a classic car transportation, either via open transport or an enclosed transport, we are taking into consideration all of the above and few more variables.
1. Measurement of the vehicle, length, weight and height will determine how much space it takes on the truck. As the vehicle is bigger or heavier so as the price is more expensive. Usually it easier with open trucks, but when it comes to enclosed truck, if the vehicle is not fitting on the specific space provided, another space need to be lost in order to accommodate.
2. Running or non-running vehicles - trucks with winch charge more than the ones without. The heavier it gets the stronger winch needed for the job. The winch-head can sometimes cost few hundreds to be replaced so carriers will not take the risk if the vehicle is more heavy than what the winch can load.
2. Open transport or enclosed transport - open transport are cheaper vs enclosed. With taking all the aspects of vehicle value and how much work done on it, there is no doubt enclosed carriers offer more safety while transit compares to an open ones.
3. Locations of where to pick up and where to drop off. Main routes are easier and cheaper vs off route locations. If the pickup and the drop off are on a major routes (like I-20, I-10, I-40 and such) or from major city to major city, we have no problem finding a carrier (enclosed or open) to do the job quickly. Major cities offer more vehicles to transport so once the carrier drop off one vehicle he can load anther one and continue his route.
To receive more information about Classic Car Shipping, you can call us at (321) 247 8000 or submit your information in our get a quote form and we will call you.