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How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Classic Car?

When trying to figure out the price for shipping a classic car, there are many factors that will determine the price. If your classic car is rare, you may want to take further precautions when transporting. You may want to consider shipping your car on its own instead of with other vehicles.

Distance and Location

The price of shipping your car will fluctuate with distance and where you are transporting your car. If you are looking to travel a long distance, but to a major city, it actually may be less expensive than shipping to a remote area.

Supply and Demand

Depending on how many auto transporters are in the area will determine the price of your auto transport. There will be more auto transporters in larger cities than in rural areas, so where you are shipping will affect the price.


Make sure the the shipping company that you are choosing is fully licensed and insured. An auto transporter must be insured and licensed with the Department of Transportation to ensure that your vehicle will be covered to its destination. With Direct Connect auto, we are fully licensed and insured, so you can have a damage-free guarantee.

Top Load

If you want your car to be loaded on the top deck of the trailer, it will be an extra charge of about $75. This is a great option if you don’t want to pay the fee for an enclosed trailer. The top deck is a safer option if you are worried about other vehicles leaking fluid on top of your car. This can also give you more protection against flying debris on the highway hitting your car.


If you know ahead of time that a bad weather season is approaching, it is best to have your car shipped well before the event. If weather is severe, transportation will be delayed and you will be notified.

Open vs Enclosed Trailer

Open trailers and enclosed trailers are available depending on the level of protection that you are looking for. With an open trailer, your vehicle will be on a trailer with other vehicles. If you are looking for more protection from the elements, you should opt for the enclosed trailer. The cost is about $350 more than the open trailer. But, with an enclosed trailer you are getting optimum protection. An enclosed trailer can have a hard or soft shell, which will both protect from elements and flying debris.

Single Car Carrier

Some people with rare, classic cars may want to consider using a single car carrier. Since these single car carriers are difficult to find, the price will be double the price of the standard shipping. This is due to the difficulty of finding a single car carrier on the route you want and in the time frame that you would like it delivered.

Door to Door or Expedited Service

If you would like door-to-door service, we can arrange for your vehicle to be delivered as close to your address as possible. Some places have restrictions on large trucks picking up or dropping off vehicles. Residential areas may have restrictions as to how close trailers can get, so we will get our trailer as close as legally possible. With expedited services, you can set your vehicle to be picked up at a certain date or time. This can sometimes be double the cost of the standard shipping price, and a guaranteed delivery date will cost more.

Take Care of Mechanical Issues Beforehand

If there are any parts on your vehicle that need to be serviced, you should handle that before having it shipped. If your vehicle is having trouble, it can be costly to have it repaired and search for parts. Since many classic cars are rare, there may be only a few in the world made. It can be even more difficult to find parts and there are many hidden features. With classic cars, be sure to let the shipper know of any hidden features, switches and issues with the car - just in case something goes wrong.

So, if you are looking to transport your classic car, trust only the best. Direct Connect Auto has been in business for over 30 years and has been dealing with shipping all types of vehicles, nationally and internationally. Contact Direct Connect Auto today to get your car where it needs to be. We guarantee quality and hassle-free shipping, so that you can be rest assured your vehicle will be shipped safely and on time.

Our Guarantee: We guarantee that your vehicle will arrive in the same condition you sent it in or your money back.


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