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Car Show Preparation in Canada & the USA: Your Complete Checklist

TFX International

August 10, 2015

Entering an antique or luxury vehicle into a car show can be a fantastic experience. It does, however, require some forethought and preparation, so having a list of tips and reminders will come in handy. By taking care of these five items before the show starts, you will be able to kick back and relax upon arrival:

Picking the Show

Before choosing a car show, you should understand the costs involved, including the entry fee and the accommodations that might be necessary during your stay. You also need to check that the show has a section for your specific make and model. Do your research beforehand to learn about popular shows that feature your type of vehicle. Speak to friends in the industry who have also attended before to get an idea of which shows you may be eligible to enter.

Cleaning & Detailing

Getting a vehicle ready for a car show starts with a car wash, as your car’s exterior and glass need to be clean and sparkling. Make sure you use cleaning products that are designed for cars, and keep in mind that your car’s interior must be properly detailed as well.

Tire Presentation

On top of being cleaned and detailed like the rest of the vehicle, tires need to be in good working condition. Judges will notice if your tires have poor treads, even if the rest of your car is impeccable. It is a good idea to have a separate set of tires reserved specifically for showings.

Paperwork & Car Information

If you want the show to go smoothly, then make sure all of your paperwork, including your proof of insurance and car registration, is in order. You may also want to bring along your car’s owner manual, original advertising brochures, and an album detailing any restoration work for the display. Having these documents in order will ensure your car is judged accurately and will prevent any miscommunication about the status of your vehicle.
Professional Transport

Don’t let all of your preparation go to waste by driving your car to the show and risking wear and damage, no matter how minor. TFX International, a car shipping company based in Toronto, specializes in vehicle shipment in the USA and Canada. Our handling equipment and techniques ensure damage-free transport. We also offer secure, long and short-term storage options which make it easy to plan for your trip and protect your vehicle in the process.

If you’re interested in getting a free quote on car shipping rates in Canada and to the USA, then simply fill out our convenient form or contact us via phone or e-mail. We look forward to helping you enjoy this car show season!

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