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Classic Car Transport Service

How do you get your classic car from point A to point B without exposing it to the risks of the road? Simple, you arrange classic car transport. It works like this: you and a vehicle shipper will arrange a time and location to meet somewhere close to the location of the classic car (how close will vary depending on your proximity to major cities and highways).

After a little bit of paperwork, you will hand over the keys to your classic car. The vehicle shipper will load it onto the vehicle trailer, secure it carefully, and then head towards whatever destination you want – the other side of the state or the opposite side of the country. Should you rely on car shipping? It’s more important than some people realize. More accessible and affordable too. Don’t put the car you love at unnecessary risk. Instead, make sure it reaches its destination safe, sound, and ready to impress.

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Benefits of Classic Car Shipping

Some classic car owners think of car transport as essential while others view it as advantageous. They’re both right. Vehicle shipping is the only option for many exotic vehicles that can’t or shouldn’t be out on the road. It’s also the most convenient option for people who love to show and collect cars. These are just some of the benefits of classic, collectible, or exotic car shipping:

  • Move Anything – With classic car transport, you can ship something that runs or something that doesn’t even have an engine under the hood. Running or not, vehicle haulers can get your classic car into or onto a vehicle trailer, after which it can get to any part of the country. When there’s no way to move your collectible car on your own, rely on vehicle haulers to do it for you.
  • Ride Safe – There’s no denying it: the road is a dangerous place no matter how skilled you are at driving. Anytime you expose your classic car to the roads, especially hundreds of miles of highway, you expose it to countless risks along the way. Classic cars are rare by definition, so the last thing you would want is to get in an accident. Car shipping doesn’t make an accident impossible, but it does make one far less likely.
  • Travel Clean – Even when it’s not dangerous, the road is always dirty. When you drive, you expose your favorite car to grime on the roadway, the risk of pebbles dinging the paint job, and environmental hazards like glaring sun. Not to mention the fact that cars get dirtier internally, in the cabin and inside the engine, the more they’re in actual use. Car collectors know you need to drive a vehicle sparingly (or not at all) to keep it in the best condition. Classic car transport lets you move your auto(s) wherever you want without aging it unnecessarily.
  • Handle a Fleet – You only have one set of hands but you have multiple classic cars you want to showcase at an event. Luxury car transport makes it easy to move as many vehicles at once as necessary, all on one trailer or spread across multiple trailers. Vehicle logistics can be tricky – but they don’t have to be with a reliable transporter.
  • Travel on Your Terms – ust because you love your classic car doesn’t mean you want to drive across the country in it. Many of these cars offer limited storage and comfort, not to mention few of the features that today’s drivers expect. Classic car shipping lets you send your vehicle to wherever it needs to go while you, your travel companions, and all your luggage/gear travel by whatever means makes most sense – plane, train, an SUV etc.
  • Find Your Dream Car – Classic car transport goes in both directions: you can send your own vehicle somewhere or have a vehicle shipped to you. Once you discover how convenient car shipping is, you can start looking for collectible cars across the country. If there’s a particular make or model you’ve always dreamed about, expand your search coast to coast knowing you can ship whatever you purchase to wherever you’re located.
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Direct Express Auto Transport - Facilitating Classic Car Transport

Classic car shipping offers plenty of upside, but there’s one major obstacle: finding a transporter you trust who can also work on your schedule. That’s where Direct Express Auto Transport comes in. We created the very first online car shipping quote calculator over a decade ago. We help more people connect with vehicle haulers – including people with classic, collectible, exotic, or luxury vehicles. Use our calculator to get quotes from the industry’s best vehicle transporters (we vet everyone we work with). Enter your location and destination, the make and model of what you need to ship, and whether you need to ship multiple vehicles. Then designate whether you want your classic car to ride on the back of an open-air vehicle trailer or an enclosed trailer where it’s protected from all the elements. The calculator returns quotes from vehicle haulers heading through your location on their way to your intended destination. Pick the option that works best for your budget and schedule. Just that easily, you’ve arranged classic car transport! If you have any questions at any point, please call customer service at 800-600-3750 or contact Direct Express Auto Transport.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Auto Transport

How much does it cost to ship a car?

Not as much as you would suppose. If only one thing goes wrong, a tire blowout or overheated radiator for instance, then it would be actually cheaper to ship a car across country. About 97% of all auto transport shipments are delivered in an Open-Air trailer. It’s proven to be a very safe method with statistically few problems. You may notice multiple vehicles being delivered to car dealerships near you in an Open-Air trailer, and that’s because it’s reliable. It is also cheap car shipping. If you have a collector car or really expensive automobile, however, then we recommend car shipping services with an Enclosed carrier. Expect to pay about 50% more for Enclosed transport. Our car shipping cost calculator automatically adds the extra amount to your auto transport quote

How should I pay for the car shipping costs?

Making a nominal partial credit card payment to the auto transport broker is preferred by car shipping carriers but not essential. Carriers like getting paid with Cash or Money Order upon delivery, and who doesn’t? Services paid immediately for services rendered. But a full credit card payment upfront also works if the car shipping carrier trusts the auto transport broker. Carriers have known Direct Express Auto Transport for nearly twenty years and the trust is there. So either method works with us

How long does a car shipping company take to deliver my vehicle?

The auto transport delivery is the final step in the process, and also the simplest part. Once your vehicle has been assigned to a car shipping carrier and picked up, not too much can go wrong. It generally takes one day of transit time for every 500 miles of distance. The auto transport driver will call ahead from the road to announce his estimated time of arrival.

Car Delivery Time Estimate

  • 100-500 miles takes 1 or 2 days
  • 500-1000 miles takes 2 or 3 days
  • 1000-1500 miles takes 3 or 4 days
  • 1500-2000 miles takes 4 or 5 days
  • 2000-2500 miles takes 5 or 6 days
  • 2500-3000 miles takes 6 or 7 day

Depending on the distance, weather conditions and population centers it could be a few days or weeks until a vehicle reaches its destination. The car shipping carriers usually estimate about 10 days on coast to coast trips, but they frequently arrive earlier.

How far in advance should I ship my car?

We recommend scheduling your auto transport service anywhere from two days to two weeks in advance. We are often able to assign your vehicle on the very same day, but providing us with longer lead times allows us to schedule your auto transportation easier. You want the most current car shipping cost, and you get that by staying within two weeks of your first available date to ship. Believe it or not, the auto transport service market can change quickly. It is seasonal. If the car shipping quote is too low, that can delay your order getting on the road. To avoid that, try not to book more than a month in advance and preferably within two weeks, because seasonal changes can impact the current pricing. Conversely, you should enjoy the savings if the rates were to go down, so having the most current pricing is always best. Our auto transport rate calculator on this page was the first one in the industry in 2004.

How long do car shipping companies take to pick up my vehicle?

Over 90% of our car shipping orders are assigned and picked up
within one week. Mostly because the overwhelming majority of the
U.S. population lives nearby a major metropolitan area.

Can I store things inside my vehicle during auto transport?

Yes and no. The strict interpretation is no, you can’t ship items inside your vehicle. The reality is that almost all auto transport carriers look the other way on items that weigh less than 100 pounds, roughly the equivalent of 2 suitcases. We recommend placing any additional items in the trunk and out of sight. The U.S. Transportation Law states that a carrier can be fined $10,000 for hauling household items in the vehicle, but it is rarely enforced. Please know that car delivery drivers estimate every vehicle’s weight that they carry and don’t want problems at weight scales. They must keep the personal items to a minimum to make it through the scales. Some drivers will accept a tip ($50-$250) for hauling extra stuff, and some won’t. Rule of thumb, don’t take advantage. The car transporter is there to ship a car, not move the owner’s personal belongings. Our car shipping calculator will not add a charge for extra items because it would be presumptuous to expect the driver to agree. If you want to include extra items in your vehicle, please discuss that first with the driver and come to a mutual agreement.

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