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Old 10-23-2013, 01:10 PM   #1
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So I think I've found the car I'm looking for, however it's located in Fort Collins, CO. I did a search to gain some insight on what others have experienced when transporting cars but I didn't really find any solid answers to help guide my decision. I wanted to get first hand experience from NWIC if anybody has been in a similar situation before. Here are the details:

I'm considering flying down and driving the car back, but Colorado is about an 18 hour drive which is a helluva a trek lone wolf. I'm looking at about $150 in airfare in addition to about $250 in gas to get back, by my estimations.

I'm also considering having the car shipped here. Any thoughts on this? I'm not sure on costs yet but I'm assuming it'll be at the very least $1,000.

Regardless of what I do I'm going to have it inspected and compression tested at a trusted shop somewhere over there before hand.

Any insight is appreciated.
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:54 PM   #2
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I shipped a car from Texas to Seattle for $1,100. Colorado is right on the border for a "drivable" distance for me personally. I would just do it. You can do it in two "easy" days or one LONG day.
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:16 PM   #3
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That's sort of what I'm leaning towards. I'd likely just do it in one long day to get it over with. Maybe take a short nap in between. I guess getting familiar with the car, having some good think time, and saving money are all upsides to not shipping it.
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:27 PM   #4
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personally, i'd do the drive. its super scenic coming from that direction too, make a trip out of it.

hell, if you don't want to do it alone, pay for one of your buddies to fly out there with you and drive back together.
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:49 PM   #5
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I shipped a car from Texas to Seattle for $1,100. Colorado is right on the border for a "drivable" distance for me personally. I would just do it. You can do it in two "easy" days or one LONG day.
I did a drive from Philadelphia to Seattle for a car. 18 hours is chump change. Start at 6 am and get going. You will save money and get a shakedown run on the car.
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:54 PM   #6
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Personally I think that is an easy drive.

However, weather would be more my concern in terms of getting the car home.
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:22 PM   #7
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Don't be a pansy. I've done Albuquerque and Kansas City for different cars, you can do Denver.
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:43 PM   #8
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Alright, alright, alright! Sounds like I was making a bigger deal out of my drive than I should've. Drive it is. Now I just need to arrange an inspection and go get the car!

FWIW:
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:34 PM   #9
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I was gonna say man, come on, that a no brainer right there, fly down and do the drive back while getting to know your new car.

18hrs? Pssh, please, earlier this year (back in June) I bought my new-to-me '07 XT. I flew down to Orlando, FL to get it and bring her back. I also drove up the coastline to Charlotte, NC to see my parents and hit the following cities thereafter:
-Knoxville, TN
-Nashville, TN
-St. Louis, MO
-Kansas City, MO
-Omaha, NB
-Sioux Falls, SD
-Rapid City, SD
-Sheridan, WY
-Billings, MT
-Coeur D Alene, ID
-Spokane, WA
-Wenatchee, WA
-Issaquah, WA
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The first leg to my parents took a day.
The second leg to Nashville took another day.
The third leg to Sioux Falls took another day.
The fourth leg I powered right on through without stopping but had I bothered to sleep would've probably taken another day and a half.


.....seriously, flying to CO and driving back should be no issue at all. Hell, if you really don't want to do it I'd say to send my @$$ down there and I'LL drive it back for ya.
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:42 PM   #10
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In Jan. I put 4k mi on my new wrx.getting it here from tx... The first week! Fort Collins is not that far. Just stop half way. vehicle transport was at least 900 for me when I looked last Jan...
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:44 PM   #11
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HAHA! Thanks for the insight Jacob. It's Zach, in case you didn't know. Knowing you, you were probably jacked up on Monster the whole way!

I may have to do the same thing. I would really enjoy the view/getting to know the new car though. Now I'm just dealing with a guy that doesn't answer his texts all day long like I do, so I'm a little bit irritable as I want to get this process going ASAP.
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Old 10-24-2013, 12:58 PM   #12
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Update:

Car is getting inspected/leak down or compression tested tomorrow. Crossing my fingers that everything goes well.
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Old 10-24-2013, 06:26 PM   #13
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HAHA! Thanks for the insight Jacob. It's Zach, in case you didn't know. Knowing you, you were probably jacked up on Monster the whole way!

I may have to do the same thing. I would really enjoy the view/getting to know the new car though. Now I'm just dealing with a guy that doesn't answer his texts all day long like I do, so I'm a little bit irritable as I want to get this process going ASAP.
Haha, I remembered it was you Zach, just wasn't sure if you remembered me or not.

As for the Monster/Redbull/5hr/Mt. Dew concoction, I was sipping them along the way here and there but that last leg really required pretty much a straight consumption once I hit 20hrs straight of driving.

I say git r' done man and enjoy the view/drive!
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:29 PM   #14
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I hate to revive an old thread but were there any specific transports companies that you looked at? I have a friend who's moving back to SC in a couple months and she wants to transport her SUV due to it being high mileage and not fully trusting the vehicle.
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:31 PM   #15
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^^in that scenario, sell it here, buy something else down there.
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Old 01-25-2014, 07:23 PM   #16
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I drove my wrx from tx last Jan. Put 4k mi on It first week but I avoided almost all snow and came up i5 from cali. Drive it though itll be worth it instead of the 700+ to transport
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Old 01-26-2014, 12:38 PM   #17
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I flew to Denver and bought my LGT. Had it shipped back for $700 an an open trailer truck. For me I didn't have the time to do the drive from Denver to Seattle, and all things considered it was only about $200 more than I would have spent on gas/food/hotel anyway. I kept the miles off the car and everything went smoothly. I would recommend it unless you just feel like doing a road trip in your new car.
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