Submitted by Elric Thomas Kahler on 11/01/2019
Transporting modern cars, as in, cars that are of a recent model like 2020 or 2019, or around let’s say up to a decade old aren’t that risky. As there are a few handy factors that come in if for whatever reason the car is to be damaged or even totaled and needs to be replaced. First off, if it’s damaged, you can just replace the damaged parts easily as the car is new enough that the part(s)(as in the car specific part) needed is still commonly available and being produced, or a similar part, such as a name brand part, that fits and works well when the car is driven. Plus sometimes the car damage is covered under the warranty, so no one has to worry about losing money from their pockets, especially when money is tight. And if it’s just a paint scratch, its paint color should be still in production so no one has to worry about anyone seeing the scratches or a color that’s just a shade or two, or a few off. And if the car is broken, no biggie, there’s a lot of them out there so it isn’t a collectible plus insurance or the warranty (I think) should cover the cost of it being replaced, whether partially or full. But what if it’s an older car, especially a classic and collectible car?
For example of collectible cars, what about those cars made in the 1970s? Or older cars that are quite rare nowadays? What I’m talking about are the cars that fit into the “collectible” branch, regardless of their rarity. Transporting those cars isn’t as easy as modern cars if you don’t take the right precautions to prevent them from being damaged. As unlike other, specifically modern cars, they’re value is much higher. But you may be confused by this, as over time, a car’s value decreases, that’s true but think of it like this. Let’s say you make one hundred toys for ten dollars. But let’s say five of them get broken, and have to be scrapped/recycled; now all the other toys are slightly more in value. See what I mean? As time goes on, the car’s value goes up as their number dwindles. Meaning any damage to it could cost a lot more, or could lead to a costly lawsuit that could cause bad consequences for the company who transported the car. Especially if a mistake happens during transport, and the car is ruined beyond repair. Because that’s going to cost the transports company some big money and defiantly cause other kinds of damages.
But I believe it can be all avoided, or at least have a lower chance of, if the company takes a few precautions before the car(s) is/are transported. Like for example, have two types of vehicles, one for modern, one for collectible. I know this sounds a bit silly but it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially if any damage to the vehicle can result in a possible lawsuit. The first vehicle is for transporting modern vehicles. No changes are needed nor any new design as the needed vehicle already exists. What I’m talking about are those trucks with the multiple levels for car transportation. Albeit, I don’t know how they work. But they work well for transporting modern cars. As they can carry several, or over ten cars at once as they go to their destination.
Plus some of the cars are shielded a bit from rain or snow. But there is one big downside to use that vehicle. If it happens to flip over or tumble down a hill, or something similar happens to it, then all the stored vehicles are going to take damage, and are likely to be totaled. Which means you’re going to lose money, a lot of money, whether just to fix the damages, replace the cars, or by some lawsuits by people whose car got damaged or destroyed. But how do you safely transport a collectible car?
Simple, you put it the car in a rectangular box, except said box is also a truck. Or perhaps, a box like thing that’s once again also a truck. But the kind of box that is the one where you transport vases or other valuable items in, or perhaps transport a rare item in. The kind of box that has cushioning, or padding, on the sides and make it big enough for the car to fit into so the car can’t get dinged up as easily. But you can’t have any metal prodding out from the cushioning/sides or otherwise the car could scrape against the sides and get all scratched up, which is not good. You also can’t have the padding be too thin or otherwise it won’t really work if the truck moves too much and so the car hits the sides a lot which could lead to it getting damage, whether slightly or significantly. But you can’t have too much padding either, or the car may not fit as well. So once you get all the padding in, you simply put the car in, closed the padded door, and drive off. This was the car is not likely to be damaged by anything. And the collectible car will be transported like a valuable base to wherever you need to go. Which means you may have to drive slowly to get there. But in return, the transported and collectible car is safe.
But it’s still a risky business. You don’t have the parts being produced anymore, or, their very expensive as they have to be custom made for the car. Which means you may end up having to buy it off a website like Amazon, which you don’t know how good the part that person is selling is truly is. Plus if you can’t get the right part, you either have to make it yourself, or hope another part fits. Otherwise, the car is damaged or broken, and that’s a lot of money out of the company’s pockets. Ouch