The 4 Best Classic Car Transport Companies of 2020

  • Best for comparing prices

    uShip

    4.0
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    • Competitive rates
    • Bids from classic car specialists
    • Bids from untrustworthy companies
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  • Most transparent prices

    United Routes Auto Transport

    2.1
    • Expedited shipping
    • No hidden fees
    • Above-average costs
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  • Best tracking options

    Passport Transport

    2.9
    • Vehicle tracking
    • User-friendly website
    • Rough customer service
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  • Best customer service

    Intercity Lines

    3.3
    • Positive customer reviews
    • Extensive cargo insurance
    • Higher-than-average prices
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The best classic car shipping companies specialize in vintage vehicles and offer enclosed transport and lift gates for loading. 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

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

*Customers report being unable to use Passport Tracking’s online tracking feature via the provided email address and phone number (which connects you to an automated FedEx phone tree).

uShip—Best for comparing prices

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

uShip is one of the best money-saving resources for anyone shipping a car, whether that car is a classic Jaguar or a run-down Pontiac. Unlike the other companies on this list, uShip is a shipping marketplace, not a car transport company.

This means that uShip puts your job in front of hundreds of auto transporters, all of which are trying to outbid each other for your business. This usually gets you a cheaper rate, but it’s a double-edged sword. Some of the companies bidding for jobs through uShip can be a little shady.

Luckily, it’s pretty easy to tell which companies are good and bad (more on that in a minute). Whatever you’re shipping, uShip can help you find a first-rate transport company for a low price.

Pros

  • Open and enclosed transport
  • Vehicle tracking
  • Competitive rates
  • Bids from classic vehicle transport specialists

Cons

  • Occasional bids from untrustworthy companies

Why we recommend uShip

It lets you compare carrier prices

When you create a listing for car transport on uShip, the company adds it to a “job board” where its network of auto transporters can bid on it. To ensure you get bids only from companies that will give your vehicle the protection it needs, specify on your listing that your car is a classic and that you want enclosed transport.

You’ll only need to wait a few minutes before the bids start rolling in. Give it an hour or two, and you’ll probably have dozens of bids to choose from. You can then review these bids and accept one that fits your budget.

Through uShip, you can also pose questions to the different companies that bid on your job. Want to make sure the company will use soft tie-downs to secure your car? Ask away!

Likewise, the companies can ask you clarifying questions about your vehicle and its needs. This guarantees you’ll find a company that’ll ship your car just the way you want it.

It gives you info about the companies bidding for your job

The one danger of working with uShip is that it lets almost any company bid on its website, and not all of them are trustworthy. Some might even be scams. uShip has a solution to this problem, though.

On every bid, uShip links to the bidding company’s uShip profile, which lists data about the company’s track record that uShip has gathered from past customers. It includes how many shipments the company has completed, what percentage of customers would hire the company again, and how long the company has worked with uShip.

The profile also has a star rating uShip generates by averaging ratings from customer reviews. uShip lists these reviews so you can learn all about the company from real customers.

When you’re going through your bids, check out each company’s profile before giving them your business. If a company gives you an incredibly low price but it hasn’t worked with uShip for very long, it gets bad ratings, or it hasn’t completed many jobs, you should pick a different company—even if it means settling for a bigger bill.

If you want to get more info on a company than uShip offers, you can also see if we have reviewed it here on Move.org.

To learn more about uShip, check out our review and see where it ranks on our list of the best auto transport companies.

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 so long as you make your reservation at least seven days in advance.

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

  • Vehicle tracking
  • 49 years of classic car experience
  • User-friendly website

Cons

  • 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—sort of

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 says it offers 24/7 tracking, but there are three things you should be aware of:

  1. You can’t track the shipment in real time—you have to send an email or make a phone call.
  2. The phone number provided by Passport Transport for tracking goes to an automated FedEx phone tree.
  3. Our research failed to find a single customer who was able to take advantage of the feature.

Keep this in mind if being able to track your shipment is high on your priority list. 

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 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?).

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.

Joe Roberts also contributed to this article.

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).
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