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classic car movingAre classic cars a passion of yours? If you find yourself spending weekends working on your Cobra or older car, hitting car shows to check out Spiders, Chargers and Sting Rays, chances are it’s your number one hobby, or even your business. If you’re a collector or a car enthusiast, there comes a time when you need to get a vehicle from point A to point B. When you're faced with the need of vehicle transportation, either when buying or selling a vehicle, for instance, you want to make sure it looks just as good on arrival as it did when it left. To get that, you need car shippers with great transport reviews from classic car owners, and who offer a great combination of service and value across the United States.

How much does it cost to ship a classic car?

Classic auto transport costs ~$1 per mile for 1-500 miles. So, a 350 mile trip would cost $350. The longer the distance, the lower the price: moving a classic vehicle ~1000 miles drops it to $.75 cents a mile, or $750. Coast-to-coast classic car shipping can be as little as $.40 cents per mile.

Shipping quotes can vary based on vehicle size, whether you choose to use an enclosed trailer and have it loaded on the upper deck of the trailer or express shipping, seasonal demand – and classic car transport reviews. That’s because classic car shippers with higher ratings usually cost a little more. Is it coming from or going to a rural area? Proximity to major highways has an effect on the cost of the service. The best auto-transport companies are up front with you about those factors, including them in your initial discussions about the job. Our Quick Quote system offers both transparency and a quote that’s good for a full 14 days – twice as long as the industry norm. And we don’t even ask for your name or phone until you decide to book. So there’s never any pesky follow-up call you don’t want. We simply email the quote in writing, which you can click on later if or when you wish to proceed.classic car shipping enclosed

How long does it take to ship a classic car?

Classic car or any older car delivery generally takes 1-6 calendar days from the date your car is picked up to when it’s dropped off. A driver usually covers about 500 miles per day. The first available pickup date is for auto transport is typically 2-7 business days after an order is placed, and express classic car moving is usually available within 24-72 hours.

So if you need the fast vintage vehicle shipping or an absolutely firm pickup or drop-off date – no small feat given that most classic car transports have 4-10 vehicles onboard, and drivers juggle shifting customer expectations across multiple time zones – then guaranteed shipping is the way to go. It costs 30% more than standard shipping – where customers get a lower price in exchange for flexible dates +/- 1 or 2 days. Generally, our on-time record is better than that of most airlines. But when it absolutely positively has to get there, such as for an auction date, an exhibition or other event, the peace of mind is worth the extra coins.

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"Very professional.  The transport coordinator was knowledgeable . Vehicle was picked up as promised, and dropped off the same way. Price was better then I expected. Would not hesitate to use again." - Julio Salinas

Phoenix, AZ to Denver, CO - OPEN TRANSPORT - $679

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1978 Pontiac Trans AM

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"Used them for at least 15 auto transports from all parts of the USA. They are always friendly and helpful and most of the transport cost are very fair.  They are usually my first and only call!" - Murray Park

Virginia Beach, VA to Tiffin, Ohio - $639

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1973 Volkswagen Beetle

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"I've been using David at ECS for years, count on them for Honest quotes and Reliability. They get it done, when others have failed." - Ralph Dwyer

Sonoma, CA to Atlanta, GA - OPEN TRAILER - $1179

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1963 MGB

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"We are a car donation center. We get donated cars all over the country and sometimes our donors are difficult to work with. My order coordinator Justin was great at communicating with the donors and scheduling to pick up their cars. We have had many cars including RVs and trailers. I highly recommend them." - David Johnston

Sonoma, CA to San Diego, CA - $539

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1970 Ford Pickup

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"Fantastic service. Shipped a car from CA to ME. Very reasonably priced and great service. Good communication at every step along the way. I would highly recommend." - Steve Gauthier

Lawndale, CA to Portland, ME - $1400

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1967 VW Squareback

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"I could not have asked for a better experience. Delivery of our antique car done timely and efficiently.  They were helpful and courteous." - Dolores Miller

San Francisco, CA to Manhattan, NY - ENCLOSED - $2129

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1954 Cadillac Sedan

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"Very happy with the shipping of my "project" car. It did not run, had no brakes, and was a narrow tread width. Despite these difficulties, it was transported with no damage or problems." - Joseph Teijido

Portland, OR to Savannah, GA - $1089

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1969 Ford Mustang

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"Super fast and easy quote process.  More than fair price vs the competition. I checked around and they had the best price for the turnaround time and covered-transport type I wanted. Great customer service." - Martin Knotts

Denver, CO to Atlanta, GA - ENCLOSED - $1,449

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1970 Dodge Challenger

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"David was extremely efficient when dealing with my shipping request. He provided a quote, set up shipping, and updated me during every step of the process. I will be using them again, as they were very careful with my classic BMW. Thanks again guys! - Ryan Danco

Huntington Beach, CA to Portola Valley, CA - $400

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1972 BMW 2002

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"I saw an old Mustang when I was on a trip and bought it.  They arranged for the same driver to pick up the vehicle in even though it was in parts, handled it with care and dropped it off for reassembly. I’d definitely use them again." - Anthony Rangston

Miami, FL to Baltimore, MD - $729

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1965 Mustang

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classic convertible transportShould I consider enclosed classic car shipping?

For 7 out of 10 classic car shipments, an open trailer works just fine, and offers the best value. But when you ship a rare model, or a car with unique or great sentimental value, enclosed shipping will offer greater peace of mind for your classic or exotic car transport. Most enthusiasts will ship classic cars or motorcycles enclosed anytime its value is $70,000 or up. Anything like an Aston Martin or Maserati from the ‘60s, if it’s got some serious value, then the 40-60% additional cost for a fully-enclosed is not even a question.

Whether you opt for open trailer or enclosed vintage car transport, our claims rate is less than 1 in 1,200 shipments. This means we have a track record of just 0.08% incidents – and that 99.92% of classic, muscle and vintage cars arrive in the same condition as they left. But in the unlikely event anything were to happen on the trailers, every vehicle is ensured for 100% of its value through the Carrier’s insurance, which we carefully validate -- and there’s never a deductible. Some owners of course carry additional insurance but we’ve never once asked an owner to tap their own coverage.

“I was nervous buying online since it was a car I had never seen. After having the car checked out, I called almost a dozen transporters. Easy Car Shipping always answered the phone, and I didn’t get put on hold or transferred. The agent I spoke to understood immediately what type of classic truck this was and how valuable. They made me feel comfortable that they would handle it with care. I opted to ship on an open trailer to save money, and when it arrived I was grateful to see they had loaded my vehicle on the trailer in a position to make sure it would not have any rock-chips. I was so relieved, and I’ve since recommended them to car buyer friends.” Fred Hendrix, 1970 Ford F100, Seattle WA to Chicago IL

Why choose Easy Car Shipping for classic car transportation

Our classic car transport review average is 4.8 stars out of 5, which we think speaks for its self. When looking at our reviews, you'll see why we're one of the best auto transport companies in the industry. But aside from that, we know classic cars. Need to transport your Metropolitan Nash? That’s one narrow car. It requires special equipment and a competent carrier to even get it onto a truck. Do other transport companies know that? We do. We work with classic car dealers, enthusiasts and auction-houses like Barrett-Jackson and Mecum as well as Auctions America.

“I sell classic vehicles for a living and I needed to arrange transport for a picky buyer. This particular classic vehicle needed to be handled with extra care because it was a rare model, only 200 built, and had to arrive in excellent condition. Easy Car Shipping delivered on time, with white glove style handling. Customer gave me a great rating, and I’ve used them many times since.” Donn Dwyer, Left Coast Classics, 1963 MGB, Sonoma CA to Atlanta GA

But we also relate to enthusiasts buying your first vintage on a budget, starting out a bit more modestly with perhaps a vintage vehicle from eBay or Autotrader. That’s how we started too, 35 years ago as classic car enthusiasts ourselves. Whatever you’re buying or selling, our experience means we can foresee possible hurdles in the classic car transport service. 

“Vacationing with family, I fell in love with a neighbor’s project car. After buying it, I realized I had no idea how to get it transported because the car was in pieces. I needed to get it to Miami. Easy Car Shipping arranged for the same driver to pick up the vehicle, even though it was in parts, handled it with care and dropped it off for reassembly. Now comes the hard part – putting it all together. But I’d definitely use them again.” Anthony Rangston, 1965 Mustang, Miami FL to Baltimore MDship classic car enclose

We assign a dedicated Transport Coordinator to every shipment, and you get their direct line instead of being bounced around to a different agent any time you may wish to call. You’ll also have the name and cell phone of the driver once we assign a specific carrier for pickup, and you can stay in touch during the transport process if you choose.

Classic car collecting involves precision, passion and responsibility. So does shipping classic or exotic cars. Whether you’ve got an eye-catching hotrod or a classic with low ground clearance headed for the Petersen Automotive Museum, classic car transport is our pleasure. We treat your car like it’s our own, which is why we’re one of the best rated classic car transporters nationwide.

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