Whether you’re shipping a newly-purchased vintage vehicle, exhibiting at a car show or just taking your motor out for a drive, you should know that your classic car may be a target for thieves.
Make sure you have a current appraisal and your car is protected by an insurance company who understands your passion for your ride. Insist on Agreed Value coverage that is consistent with how much the car is currently worth.
If you have to transport your classic car, contact your insurance broker to make sure your insurance policy will cover a car in transit and to get a referral for a qualified and properly insured transporter. In addition, the transport company should use a variety of safety devices, including:
• Warning and anti-theft devices
• Immobilizing devices that will disable vital automobile functios
• Tracking devices (i.e. GPS)
• Proper locks on enclosed trailer doors at all times
• Security camera
If your car’s carrier must stop en route to the final destination, the trailer should be parked in a well-lit spot or locked at a storage facility with the door backed against a building, fence or another vehicle.
Here are a few ideas:
This may sound like a no-brainer, but always ensure your car is locked. Don’t keep a key or spare key in the car – and certainly never leave a key in the ignition, even if you’re only filling up at a petrol station.
You’re wise to install an alarm on your classic car, but take the next step too and announce it to the world – by putting a sticker on your car window that says you’ve got a security company behind you if someone tries to steal the car. The sticker itself may be enough to deter a thief from trying to tamper with your car.
These days, we take all kinds of valuables and electronics with us when we travel, including cell phones, tablets and GPS units. Leaving them out on the car seats or where they can be seen can be tempting for a car thief. Either leave them at home or store them where they can’t be seen.