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Old 06-03-2016, 07:13 PM   #1
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Default Anyone shipped their car across the country?

What business did you use?

Need to ship my car from almost the east coast all the way to the west coast.
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Old 06-04-2016, 04:18 PM   #2
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I've shipped a car from Louisiana to Minnesota, about 1200 miles, I used Montway. They don't seem to have their own trucks, use contract carriers. The quote I got on their website was for around $725 but no carriers would take it for that, I ended up having to pay over $900 and It took about a month to get my car picked up. You could pay ahead of time with cc but it seemed like they actually preferred cod. Not really sure I would recommend them.
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Old 06-04-2016, 04:32 PM   #3
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As the above post points out, THE question to ask is: "Do you own your trucks?". Places like UShip own no trucks, have no drivers, don't have a clue. They put your job out to bid. Lowest bid gets it. It's quite common for a low bidder to get a better paying bid and simply drop you.

Also understand that if your contract doesn't specifically say it.....the truck could be nearly full and the driver's helper might simply drive YOUR car behind the truck. When we were being moved from Virginia to Mass, that happened. They unloaded the car in my driveway and filled the space with all my stuff. Car was being then driven to Mass.
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Old 06-06-2016, 01:35 AM   #4
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I recently had my WRX shipped from TX to KY. Do serious research...and pray too. This business is totally unregulated and filled with liars and scammers. I thought I was doing the right thing. Checked into the company I was considering, checked their BBB rating, read reviews, asked them the right questions. I paid a small deposit and my car was not picked up when it was supposed to be. Never received any communication post-deposit unless I initiated. Found out that technically yes--they do own their own trucks, but only a few and most of their biz is brokered out. Guy they originally brokered didn't have proper insurance and no one else had picked up the job yet. Meanwhile my car is racking up storage fees each passing day. They were just sitting on my car and had no worries how long it was until I got it. I finally did some digging, got the info of the guy who owned the company, and called and asked for him or his wife by name or were they at (insert their home address) instead. They got a truck by the end of that day that agreed to meet me in a city 1 hr away. Fine. I just want my car. That truck communicated with me well. They had an issue at pickup on the way and were running late. Met them at 10 oclock at night at a truck stop. They asked for more money than the broker contract said, but of course that late at night I could not reach the broker. To be fair, the two guys driving were actually nice guys, but their boss on the phone was not. Anyway...

If any of your local used car dealers will talk with you, ask them if they recommend any transport services they use, and start there.

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Old 06-06-2016, 02:14 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by drpoop View Post
What business did you use?

Need to ship my car from almost the east coast all the way to the west coast.
I've done it multiple times...costs can range from 700 - 1100.00 a car...and you can expect to pay more for covered transport...

Don't quite remember the companies I've used, but I normally will go through Military-approved or recommended vehicle transporters...
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Old 06-06-2016, 08:18 AM   #6
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I've used Underdog Transport half a dozen times now. He brought both my racecars out here from Colorado for a very reasonable rate. I trust Brad, especially since he's a well known and respected Rally America racer. Expect to pay about $1/mile for a good company.
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Old 06-08-2016, 02:47 AM   #7
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I used Navy Auto Transport, they sub out to trucking companies. The company that picked up the job got the car shipped in one piece but not without some damage.
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Old 06-08-2016, 02:51 AM   #8
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ballers use Reliable Carriers.

I've used uship successfully, but it can be a pain to deal with all the "offers". it ended up working out for me shipping a car and motorcycle together from MD to AZ.
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