What Is The Safest Way To Ship A Classic Car?

(6 October, 2021)

Transporting classic and luxury cars across oceans is fraught with risks. The thought of their pride and joy being manhandled into containers or revved on and off a ship's loading ramp is enough to raise the blood pressure of any classic car purchaser or dealership. Meanwhile, car buyers are desperate for reassurance that their expensive new purchase will arrive unscathed.

The Containerised Car Transport Guide

Traditional modes of transportation cannot guarantee any car's safety during a voyage by sea or air, and the risks increase ten-fold for classic and luxury cars due to their different (and very expensive) components.

Steel Racking Solutions For Containerised Car Transport

Thanks to the innovative design of Trans-Rak steel racking solutions, any vehicle can be safely secured inside a shipping container for risk-free transportation anywhere in the world. Our steel racking offers a complete solution for containerised car transport with the added advantage of providing excellent value for money – increasing the occupancy of a shipping container to up to three or four classic cars.

RoRo Transport For Luxury Vehicles?

The most popular way of transporting vehicles globally is still the "Roll-on-roll-off" or RoRo method, which means the car is individually driven into the hold of a cargo ship where it is secured before being driven off again. Frequently, the car will need to be transferred between ships and onto trains or lorries several times during the journey, often by drivers with little or no experience of the classic car concerned. Obviously, the risk of damage increases with each transfer, and some of the loading tracks are not always suitable for classic cars.

Containerised shipping is far preferable to RoRo, mainly because once the car is secured inside the container it will not need to be touched again until it arrives at its destination. The container, with the car inside, can be carefully loaded without risk of damage to the exterior or engine of the vehicle. In addition, transporting a car inside a container means personal goods or materials can also be transported inside the vehicle itself. However, unless the car is safely secured, there is still the potential for disaster.

Securing Cars Inside Containers

Some containers use a temporary wooden racking system, which comes with a host of problems for car transport. Not only can cars be damaged by splinters or broken wood, but it is also considerably weaker than steel and could be liable to collapse mid-transfer. Our steel racking systems not only avoid these risks, but the flexibility of steel means it can be adjusted to fit any shape or style of vehicle so even classic cars can be secured as safely as possible. For more information on transporting classic cars in this way, please download our free Containerised Car Transport Guide.

Our Racking Solutions

We manufacture two varieties of steel racking that can fit any make, model, or combination of vehicle. The R-Rak is a removable racking system that secures the vehicle once inside a container and can allow multiple vehicles to be carefully loaded quickly and easily. Alternatively, the EL-Rak system is an outstanding exterior loading option that allows the car to be mounted onto wheeled cassettes then loaded onto containers by forklift truck. Both options are flexible enough to enable multiple cars of different styles to be loaded onto the same container. To find out more, follow this link to see examples on our website and request a quote.

The Containerised Car Transport Guide

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The Containerised Car Transport Guide

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