Classic Cars & Coastal Dreams

06.14.2024

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Shipping Your Treasure Across the Ocean with TCI Logistics

Owning a classic car is more than just having a vehicle – it's a passion, a connection to automotive history, and a symbol of timeless design. But what if your dream job or a new adventure takes you across the Atlantic, and you can't imagine leaving your cherished classic behind? Fear not, car enthusiast! TCI Logistics is here to ensure your prized possession makes a smooth and secure voyage to American shores.

The 25-Year Rule: Your Gateway to Classic Car Imports

The good news? Importing classic cars to the United States is possible, thanks to the Imported Vehicle Safety Compliance Act (IVSCA) of 1988. This act allows for the import of non-US market classic cars as long as they are 25 years or older. This exemption from rigorous safety and emission standards recognizes the unique nature of classic cars and their limited use on American roads.

TCI Logistics: Your Partner in Classic Car Shipping

At TCI Logistics, we understand the special considerations involved in shipping a classic car. Here's how we ensure your prized possession receives the care it deserves:

  • Containerized Shipping for Ultimate Protection: We recommend containerized shipping for all classic cars. This method offers the highest level of protection from the elements, potential damage during loading and unloading, and even theft attempts.
  • Expert Packing and Securement: Our experienced team utilizes specialized packing techniques to ensure your classic car is securely fastened within the container. We use high-quality padding materials and strategically placed tie-down straps to prevent any movement during transport.
  • Customs Clearance Made Easy: Navigating customs regulations can be daunting. TCI Logistics boasts a team of experts well-versed in the intricacies of classic car imports. We'll guide you through the paperwork process, ensuring all the necessary documentation is in order for a smooth customs clearance upon arrival.

Preparing Your Classic Car for its Journey

Here are some additional tips to ensure your classic car is ready for its transatlantic adventure:

  • Get a Pre-Shipment Inspection: Schedule a thorough inspection by a qualified mechanic to address any potential mechanical issues that could arise during transport.
  • Give it a Deep Clean: A clean car is a happy inspector's car! Give your classic car a thorough cleaning, both inside and out. This will not only showcase its beauty but also expedite the customs process.
  • Top Up Those Fluids: Ensure all fluid levels (oil, coolant, etc.) are topped off to prevent any issues during the ocean voyage.

Beyond the Shipment: Your American Dream Awaits

Once your classic car arrives safely on American soil, there might be a few additional requirements depending on the state you're registering it in. TCI Logistics can provide you with resources to help you navigate these processes and get your classic car cruising the open road in no time.

Don't let your classic car dreams get lost in translation. Contact TCI Logistics today for a free quote and expert guidance on shipping your cherished vehicle to the United States. We'll ensure your automotive treasure arrives safely, ready to continue its story on American soil.

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