Exotic cars are more than just cars. For some, they are their livelihood. Most people who ship their vehicles find ways to cut costs wherever they can. But exotic car owners aren’t most people. Someone who owns a Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, or classic cars understands that you get what you pay for. And these people know how to get the most value for their dollar. If you’re shipping an exotic car, there are things you can do to help ensure the safe delivery of your vehicle.
The first and most important thing is to cover up your car. You can use a cloth car bonnet to give your vehicle an extra line of defense. However, when we say “cover up,” we’re talking about the trailer used to transport your vehicle.
Most vehicle transport companies will assume that if you want your vehicle transported, you want it on the trailer with the rest of the Honda Civics and Toyota Corollas. We’re not saying there’s anything wrong with a Corolla, but your Bugatti requires a little more attention. Request covered transport. Open air trailers subject vehicles to harsh weather conditions, dirt, debris, and hazards you don’t even want to think about.
Every reputable vehicle transport service will offer insurance, but avoid the hassle and make sure your vehicle arrives in pristine condition. You don’t want a stray rock to fly by and hit your windshield.
Not all Covered Trailers are Equal
There are a variety of covered trailers for you to choose from. Some can carry up to seven vehicles in a soft canvas covered trailer. While it helps prevent stray rocks from flying through, it doesn’t do much to keep out the weather. If your vehicle doesn’t do well in cold weather and your shipment will take you through some frigid climates, opt for the hard-covered trailer.
If you want to make sure not even the slightest scratch or clump of dirt finds its way to your vehicle, you need to get a single vehicle trailer. Sure, they’re a little more expensive, but they do their best to protect your vehicle. For vehicles with low clearance levels, make sure you request a trailer with a hydraulic lift loader. This way, the driver doesn’t have to drive the car up a ramp. This can help save your bumper from scraping and any unnecessary stress on your clutch from a driver who may not be familiar with your shifter.
Find the Right Transport Company
Some transport companies will not even touch exotic cars. Their insurance premiums are too high, and they don’t want to put in the extra work to find an appropriate trailer. Make sure your transport company has the features you need to transport your vehicle. This includes insurance coverage that can cover your vehicle and trailers that ensure it won’t need the insurance to begin with.
The best thing to do is to find a company that specializes in exotic cars. Most that do will have a section on their website devoted to exotic cars. It’s rare to find a company that exclusively deals in exotics, but knowing that the company has experience with exotic cars makes a huge difference.
El Paso Transport helps exotic car owners transport their vehicles across the United States for over 15 years and is a fantastic option.
Take Pictures Before You Ship Your Exotic Car
You probably already have a few pictures of your vehicle lying around. But to ensure there are no issues, if there are any issues at all, recent pictures are a great thing to have if you need to file a claim. Take as many pictures as you can the day before or the morning of your delivery. Before you load your vehicle, snap a picture of all four corners of your car and a couple from the front and back. Find a way to include the date and time on the pictures. Any information the insurance company can use to see the condition of the car before transport will help exponentially.
Expect to Pay More
It’s going to be more expensive to ship your exotic car than to ship any other type of non-commercial vehicle. Surcharges are unavoidable for adding a covered trailer and shipping in a single vehicle trailer. Budget for the prices, and there will be no surprises.
Because of insurance, prices will vary based on the type of car. Additionally, the length of the route and the pickup and dropoff locations will determine the official price of shipping. But knowing your vehicle is safe is worth the price.