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Ownership of a classic car is a passion of car collectors. If you own a classic car, you already understand the importance of identifying the safest transport method to ship your vehicle from one city to another. Due to the safety concerns associated, higher demand for upkeep and maintenance, and the prioritization of the vehicle’s outward appearance and condition, transporting a classic car may cost slightly more than a standard car.

As a rule of thumb, the cost of moving your classic vehicle should be about $1 per mile for a short-distance journey less than 500 miles. Accounting for relevant fees can cost you approximately $250 to move your car 250 miles to another city. As the distance increases, the cost per mile will gradually decrease. Relocating a classic car between 500 miles and 1000 miles may cost 0.80 cents a mile. Similarly, long-distance shipment from coast-to-coast can be 0.50 cents a mile or even less.

However, your total bill will likely be more if you request special care, such as placement on the car’s upper deck, door-to-door service, or delivery in an enclosed carrier. Due to popular demand, some transport companies offer an enclosed car shipping package for your classic car that also includes door-to-door service and full-insurance protection.

Why should I choose enclosed shipping for my classic car?

As the name suggests, enclosed shipping options will cover the cost of loading your classic car into a closed container that will ensure that it remains safe and in pristine condition throughout the journey. Usually, car transport companies provide maximum safety and security for all of their customers, but sometimes it is impossible to avoid roadside hazards. If you opt for the open-carrier shipping method, an airborne rock or hailstone can put a scratch or a dent in your car’s exterior. Unfortunately, a carrier can’t avoid these hazards, explaining why most shipping providers don’t assume liability for these damages.

While most insurance companies cover the expenses associated with repairing these minor blemishes, chips and dents can often decrease the overall value and tarnish a classic car’s prestige. Roadside hazards include loose projectiles on the road and other debris. As it takes a lot of time to stop a moving car carrier, such incidents are often unavoidable, as mentioned above.

Besides road hazards, severe weather conditions can also wreak havoc on your vehicle. Carriers traversing across open expanses of land are susceptible to a hailstorm, extremely high winds, and lightning storms. Under these circumstances, it’s better to load your car in an enclosed carrier for maximum safety. Otherwise, you may have to pay a professional auto body shop to buff out any dents or scratches caused by flying debris.

If you’re transporting a car a relatively short distance and you’re unable to secure an enclosed container, consider booking the upper level of the trailer for your classic vehicle. Most transport companies use a multi-level car trailer to transport these vehicles cross-country. In such instances, paying an additional 5% to 10% in expenses to book the upper level is a logical choice.


For those car owners who aren’t convinced investing the extra cash is a practical choice, a car in the middle or lower level is often exposed to oil leaks from the cars above it. Additionally, the upper level is generally safer, as road projectiles and debris seldom reach the upper portion during windstorms.

What are the different types of enclosed auto transport?

Most transport companies specializing in enclosed car transportation services offer multi-car trailers, double-car, and single-car trailers. Depending on the enclosed trailers’ structure, the trailer will be a soft-sided trailer or a hard-sided trailer.

A multi-car enclosed trailer can often hold up to seven cars at a time. These car trailers are tailor-made to fit multiple vehicles in a tight space. If you’re concerned about the budget or the vehicle is making a short journey to the final destination, multi-car enclosed carriers are often the best choice for vintage vehicles.

On the other hand, you can also request a quote for a double or single car enclosed car container. These containers are often used for expensive, high-value vehicles. Suppose you want to transport your vehicle over long distances or to an area where it’s not possible to maneuver an 18-wheeler. In that case, these double or single-car enclosed trailers are an ideal choice for any car owner looking to protect their investment/hobby.

What is the cost of an enclosed car container?

Generally, it can cost you up to 50% more to transport a classic vehicle, compared to a standard car. The final quote for the delivery will depend mainly on five factors:

  • Type of transport: Options such as open-air container, upper-level slot, and enclosed-container shipping options will directly affect the price.
  • Distance: Remember, the greater the distance, the less the cost per mile.
  • Location: Cost is higher for deliveries to rural areas.
  • Vehicle type: Large cars often cost more than small cars.
  • Vehicle condition: Classic cars that are inoperable will be quoted a higher price.


Don’t make the wrongful assumption that the cost to ship a vehicle is universal. The price will vary depending on your shipping provider, shipping method, distance traveled, etc. To receive a quote, contact your auto transport company or companies of choice and assess each provider’s cost-efficiency.