The 4 Best Classic Car Transport Companies of 2019

Bottom line: The best classic car shipping companies specialize in vintage vehicles and offer enclosed transport and lift gates for loading.

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9 companies analyzed
300 reviews read
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Our picks for best classic car shipping

Best for transparent pricesBest tracking optionsBest customer serviceBest for guaranteed pricing
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You wouldn’t hand your car keys to just anyone—and if you have an antique ride that you love like your own child, it’s even more important to find an auto shipping company that knows its classic cars.

Classics cars tend to be more fragile than newer models, and since they’re older, their parts are often more difficult to repair or replace.

And let’s face it: you didn’t spend every Saturday buffing out your 1961 Jaguar just to have it dinged by a shipper who lacks basic vintage car care expertise.

Each classic car transport company that made our cut met these criteria:

  • Specializes in classic car transport
  • Offers enclosed transport services
  • Uses state-of-the-art tie-down or car wrapping methods during transport
  • Loads and unloads using hydraulic lift gates

We also give extra props to the companies that keep you up to speed on your car’s whereabouts once it’s on the road—whether that’s via online GPS tracking or consistent contact with your truck driver.

How our top 4 classic car transport companies compare

United Routes Auto Transport Passport TransportIntercity LinesExecutive Auto Shippers
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Door-to-door transport✔ Yes✔ Yes✔ Yes✔ Yes
Enclosed transport✔ Yes✔ Yes✔ Yes✔ Yes
Lift gate✔ Yes✔ Yes✔ YesSometimes*
Online trackingNo✔ YesNo✔ Yes**
Door-to-door transport
Enclosed transport
Lift gate
Online tracking
United Routes Auto Transport Passport Transport Intercity Lines Executive Auto Shippers
united routes vehicle transportation services logo passport transport car shipping logo intercity lines enclosed auto transport logo Executive Auto Shippers
✔ Yes ✔ Yes ✔ Yes ✔ Yes
✔ Yes ✔ Yes ✔ Yes ✔ Yes
✔ Yes ✔ Yes ✔ Yes Sometimes*
No ✔ Yes No ✔ Yes**

*Lift gates available on some carriers.
**Car tracking updates available every 6 hours via email.

See what we have to say about Executive Auto Shippers on our Best Enclosed Car Shipping Companies list.

United Routes—Best for transparent prices

Overall rating

2.1 / 5

Like all of the companies on our list, United Routes specializes in transporting classic and exotic cars—which is exactly what you want for getting your ride from point A to point B.

United Routes has above-average prices, but your money gets you top-rated, above-average service.

Take note, though, that United Routes is a brokerage, and service will vary depending on the specific carrier you’re working with. Luckily, it only contracts with companies that have the expertise and tools to handle your classic car properly.

Pros

  • Guaranteed pickup
  • Expedited shipping
  • No cancellation fees
  • No hidden fees

Cons

  • Above-average costs
  • Variable service

Why we recommend United Routes

It has 5-star customer service—literally

Simply put, United Routes’s pricing transparency and lack of hidden fees is a breath of fresh air. To us, companies that are honest about pricing signal trustworthiness.

Another thing we like? United Routes excels it in the customer reviews department.

Customers rave about United Routes’s efforts to keep you in the loop during your car’s move.

In addition to frequent phone calls updating you while your vehicle is en route, the company sends pictures during loading and unloading so you have a visual on the process. (*Cue the sigh of relief.*)

United Routes also does well on the timeliness front. According to customer reviews, the company responds quickly to queries, which is helpful if you’re strapped for time and need to transport your car within a matter of days—or if you have questions or concerns about your shipment.

It offers guaranteed pickup

Road conditions, mishaps, and everyday delays make car shipping unpredictable—and delivery windows ranging from five to seven days make planning nearly impossible.

Loose timeframes are among the biggest complaints customers have about car shipping, but United Routes offers guaranteed pickup dates if you need them.

In general, United Routes will send a truck to collect your ride within seventy-two hours of your preferred pickup date. But with guaranteed pickup, you’ll hand over your keys on the exact date you request.

Guaranteed pickup is more expensive than standard transport, but if you’re short on time, the cost of convenience may be worth a couple extra Benjamins.

To move a 2002 BMW 3 Series Wagon from Salt Lake City, UT, to Eugene, OR, United Transport quoted us $850 for standard transport. If we opted for guaranteed pickup, the rate would rise to $1,150.

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HEADS UP

HEADS UP

Don’t choose a classic car mover based on low costs alone. Even if a company quotes you a cheaper price, it might not have the expertise or equipment to handle your prized ride. See how to save in our What’s the Cheapest Way to Ship My Car? article.

Passport Transport—Most experienced

Overall rating

2.9 / 5

Passport Transport is the oldest player in the classic car transport game—in fact, it was the first US company to be licensed and insured for this niche.

Passport pioneered classic car transport by offering only enclosed trailers and door-to-door transport (as opposed to open carriers and terminal-to-terminal shipping).

The company has a rough-and-tumble vibe about it, so it doesn’t waste time on the formalities of customer service. Instead, all that TLC goes towards your vehicle.

If you value safe transport and working with people who know vintage cars like the backs of their hands, you can’t go wrong with Passport Transport.

Pros

  • Real-time online GPS tracking
  • 49 years of classic car experience
  • User-friendly website

Cons

  • Delivery delays not uncommon
  • Rough customer service

Why we recommend Passport Transport

It has industry expertise

Passport is staffed with car aficionados left and right. You’ll know your ride is being handled by people who are experts in all things vintage vehicles—and who get as excited about them as you do.

Let’s say you have a 1968 Corvette you’ve revived with a replaced bumper. A car carrier who doesn’t specialize in exotic or vintage cars may not know that your Corvette needs a lift gate instead of a ramp to prevent the bottom from getting scratched. But Passport Transport would.

Customer reviews say Passport’s service isn’t the most mannerly, but your car will get five-star treatment, which, for some people, is worth the trade-off.

It offers 24/7 tracking

One of the biggest gripes people have with car transport (and moving in general) is that it’s hard to track shipments along the way—and that uncertainty can cause you to grow a few grey hairs.

With classic car shipping, this unknown is even more frustrating since moving your car isn’t just transactional. Your car is your hobby, your pastime, your pride and joy.

Passport Transport lets you keep eyes on your wheels while they’re on the road through its 24/7 online tracking system. This helps you anticipate your delivery date rather than guessing whether your car is going to arrive on Monday or Friday.

You want to know that your hard work gussying up that 1969 Mustang isn’t going to come undone in a two-day move—and Passport knows that. Its tracking system signals good customer service and tells you that the company doesn’t have anything to hide.

Looking for more ways to get your car from A to B? Check out our Best Car Shipping Companies list.

Intercity Lines—Best customer service

Overall rating

3.3 / 5

Intercity Lines knows what it’s doing when it comes to classic car transport—and dozens of positive customer reviews and a helpful website jam-packed with tips and resources reaffirm this.

Intercity Lines has received numerous awards as a top-rated classic car transportation company. Its staff routinely visits trade shows and has a wealth of knowledge about vintage cars.

Pros

  • Positive customer reviews
  • Family owned and operated
  • $2 million cargo insurance with zero deductible

Cons

  • Higher-than-average prices

Why we recommend Intercity Lines

It has glowing customer reviews

Intercity Lines’s customer reviews are so good that we’re suspicious. In fact, they’re the most consistently positive of any company we researched. Literally. There’s one negative review for every twenty or so positive reviews we’ve seen.

From fast delivery and safe car treatment to professional communication from the business, customers have lots of good things to say about Intercity Lines.

Plus, the company boasts lots of return customers, which shows that its service quality is consistent.

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DID YOU KNOW?

DID YOU KNOW?

Car enthusiast Jay Leno is a long-time Intercity customer—even going so far as to vouch for the company’s consistent high-quality service.

It offers top-notch features

In addition to lift gates and enclosed transport, Intercity Lines also offers the following features:

  • Hand-built car carriers
  • Nylon wheel saddles for tie-downs (vs. chains)
  • Plastic seat covers and floor mats
  • Cloth covers for car exteriors

All of these services ensure that your car will get the best treatment—and that it will stay protected in transit.

Intercity Lines’s efforts to provide top-tier equipment show that it knows how to take care of your ride—and that it’s willing to go the extra mile to make sure your car gets the best service possible.

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PRO TIP

PRO TIP

Before sending your car on its way, make sure you fill up with at least a quarter tank of fuel. Also, make sure your battery is fully charged and that your antifreeze is topped off (because who wants cold temps cracking their engine?).

Executive Auto Shippers—Best for guaranteed pricing

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

As a trusted, reputable name in auto transport, Executive Auto Shippers earned all kinds of praise in our Best Enclosed Car Shipping Companies list—and it gets high marks here too.

Like United Routes, Executive Auto Shippers is a broker, meaning it acts as the middleman between you and car carriers.

The upside? It does the heavy lifting for you by finding a company that meets your budget and needs. But it can also mean variable service quality depending on which car carrier you’re assigned.

While that’s a common dilemma when working with brokerages, there are advantages to using Executive Auto Shippers. For starters, it has a large carrier network, and it includes a rental car with every move.

Executive Auto Shippers also isn’t as expensive as the other companies on our list, so it could be the best budget-friendly option depending on your shipment details.

Pros

  • Free car rental with every move
  • High user ratings
  • International shipping

Cons

  • Inability to ship inoperable vehicles
  • Mixed service quality
  • Tracking updates only every six hours

Why we recommend Executive Auto Shippers

It offers a price guarantee

If you accept your quote within two weeks of receiving it, Executive Auto Shippers has a “One Price Guarantee” as long as you play by these rules:

  • No personal items stored in the car
  • Car isn’t heavier than initial weight estimate
  • Car is in the same condition as at the time of quote

What does this guarantee mean for you? Zero hidden fees or last-minute charges. In other words, the price you’re quoted is the price you’ll pay—not a penny more.

And that’s an exception in the moving world rather than the rule.

It offers two types of enclosed carriers

Executive Auto Shippers offers two different enclosed carries so you can choose the one that’s best for your needs (and your bank account).

Soft-sided carriers

These carriers have hard roofs and floors with sides made of heavy canvas sheeting. This gives the drivers easy access to each vehicle and is the cheaper option of the two.

It protects against the elements but not against road debris (since highway grime can still sneak in through those pesky gaps in the canvas).

If you want the weather protection enclosed transport offers but don’t want to sign a hefty check for it, a soft-sided carrier is a happy medium—as long as you don’t mind your car getting a lil’ dirty.

Hard-sided carriers

Hard-sided carriers have hard roofs, floors, and sides, so they protect against both the elements and highway dirt. Because of this, they’re more expensive.

But if you’re transporting your vehicle to an auction or car show and you want to ensure that it arrives in pristine condition (and not looking like Mater from Cars), a hard-sided carrier may be the better option.

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DID YOU KNOW?

DID YOU KNOW?

Executive Auto Shippers has great resources on its website covering all things car shipping—from auto transport insurance FAQs to pre-move car inspection how-tos.

Recap—our top classic car shipping companies

How to pick the right transporter for your classic car

Remember, the best classic car shipping companies aren’t just experts in car shipping—they’re experts in vintage and exotic vehicles too.

Here are the services to look for in classic car shippers:

  • Enclosed transport
  • Expedited shipping
  • Hydraulic lift gates for loading and unloading
  • Innovative tie-down and car wrapping methods (avoid chain tie-downs)
  • Industry and classic car knowledge (because each type of car needs its own kind of care)

Have you moved with any of the companies on our list? We want to hear about your experience! Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

Get up to speed on everything you should know in our guides How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Car? and How to Transport a Car Cross Country.

About Julia Campbell

Julia Campbell
Julia Campbell is a full-time writer who knows the tricks of the trade when it comes to planning a hassle-free move. Having moved seven times in the past five years, she draws from her own experience and industry expertise to help you avoid her biggest mistakes (like that time she thought she could get away with packing her dishes without wrapping them first).