Whether you’re shipping a newly purchased vintage vehicle home, exhibiting at a car show in California, or just taking your baby out for a drive, you should know that your classic car may be a target for car thieves.
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So, what’s a classic car owner to do? Consider following these steps to protect your car:
1. Fully insure your car.
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.
2. Select a qualified shipper.
If you have to ship your classic car, contact your insurance agent to make sure your insurance policy will cover a car in transit and to get a referral for a qualified and properly insured shipper that uses covered transport vehicles. In addition, the shipper should use a variety of safety devices, including:
3. Make sure the shipper stops in safe locations.
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.
4. If you’re driving it yourself, install anti-theft devices.
Here are a few ideas:
5. Lock the doors and take the keys.
This may sound like a no-brainer, but according to the National Highway Safety and Transportation Administration, 40 to 50% of all car thefts occur because the driver forgot to lock up and left the keys in the car.*
6. Get an alarm sticker.
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.
7. Don’t leave valuables out.
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.
8. Store your classic car properly.
If you are unable to store in your own home garage, a dedicated classic car storage facility is the way to go. Make sure to choose a climate-controlled facility with power to avoid temperature swings and humidity.