Owning a classic car adds another level of complexity to the already stressful process of moving. I was surprised to find many fellow Navy families own and move with their vintage vehicles. My friend, and fellow Navy spouse, Sarah was kind enough to answer a few questions about PCSing with their vintage vehicles. She and her husband have moved with their classic car SEVEN times.
Briana: Tell me a little bit about your cars and where you have moved them-
Sarah: We have had 2 vintage cars. When my husband Greg first joined the Navy, he had a 66 VW bug that we moved to Pensacola FL, Milton TN, Meridian MS, Lemoore CA, and Virginia Beach VA. In Virginia Beach he sold the VW and bought a Porsche 911 which we moved from there to Fallon NV and are in the process now of moving it back to Virginia Beach VA.
Briana: SEVEN Moves- What has been the most stressful situation while moving your vehicles?
Sarah: I did a move from Lemoore CA to Virginia Beach while Greg was deployed and ended up having to ship all of our cars included the VW. It was absolutely terrifying to shipa car that was his pride and joy without him there to help make decisions. Both cars we have owned are sticks (manual transmission) and I can't drive them- so it adds an extra layer of stress. I end up having to find someone we trust to come help me drive the car, load the car and make sure it is holding up when he is gone.
Briana: What's your advice for moving with a classic car in the near future?
Sarah: One of the things that worries me the most is security at night and the safety of the car and my husband. Greg planned out his whole route to spend the night at military bases so that the car would be more secure at night. That right there would be my biggest advice- if you can tow it yourself you should- and to stay on base. If you are going to ship it- make sure you go with the companies that specialize in vintage car towing. You will pay more but you for sure get the "white glove" service from them. I would also say start early on finding a shipper- they have less availability and shipping windows- so you will probably need a friend on one side or the other to ship or receive the car. *You can scope out military Bases on your route using this site.
Briana: How are you handling things in your current move?
Sarah: We recently bought a new truck that is big enough for Greg to tow the Porsche- so this is the first time we will be moving it ourselves (From Fallon, NV to Virginia Beach, VA). We had to rent a trailer from UHAUL and are towing it across the country. Something to remember when towing, it will slow you down- it will cost more in gas- and you never know what kind of trailer you will get.
My husband doesn’t own a classic car, just a Jeep we refer to as his “hobby car”. Soon, I will have to take care of it while he is deployed, but I will choose that over the complexities and extra work of moving a non standard vehicle across the country any day!
Have you moved with your classic car? What is your biggest tip for success? Please share your experiences in the comments.
Additional Resource: Insuring a Classic or Collector Vehicle
About the Blogger: Briana Hartzell is a Navy spouse, mother to two beautiful girls (3 and 1 years), a former full time USAA employee and a graduate of Texas A&M University. Briana writes at Being Briana, a blog focused on the joys that military life and parenthood can bring.