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Old 03-26-2009, 06:16 PM   #1
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Shipping a car

Hi guys,

I did a search but couldn't really find anything.

Has anyone bought a car that was far away and had it shipped home? If you have, could you tell me a little bit about the experience? What was the name of the company you used? How much did it cost, and were you satisfied with the service?

I'm curious because I'm looking for a car and a lot of the good ones I find are in the south or in California. I'm located in New Jersey.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 03-26-2009, 06:20 PM   #2
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Ok, i've got alot of info for you. If you have any questions feel free to PM me. I purchased a range rover out of florida and had it shipped to albany new york. It was kind of a long wait becaue the truck had to drop and pick up other cars on the way and then while staying over night in jersey they got their ramps stolen so they coudlnt unload the truck untill they got new ones. Then may of last year, my dad had his 325xi wagon shipped from here in albany down to dallas texas becaues he was moving. i believe that was in the 700 dollar range. The range rover was in the 500 dollar range i believe. I purchased my 3 series coupe from Arkansas and had it shipped here, this was a private sale unlike the dealer with the range rover and myd ad just shiipping his car to meet him down there. The company that delievered my bmw was guilderland logistics, great guy local to new york as well. Overall i've never had any bad experiences par say, other then the fact im super impatient when waiting for things.
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Old 03-26-2009, 06:24 PM   #3
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I had my e46 shipped to South Carolina from California. This was four years ago, so the details are kind of vague. It cost me about $1100. The only downside was that it took like two and a half weeks because they had to drop cars off in South Florida and others places before dropping mine off. Sorry I can't remember the company.
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Old 03-26-2009, 06:47 PM   #4
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oh yeah i forgot to mention all three of them were on open carriers. Like e46jab said, it takes soem time to recieve the car.
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Old 03-26-2009, 06:57 PM   #5
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oh yeah i forgot to mention all three of them were on open carriers. Like e46jab said, it takes soem time to recieve the car.
Yeah mine was on an open carrier too, and it was on top as well. So basically my car baked in the sun for over two weeks.
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:32 PM   #6
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thanks for the info guys. has anyone used a closed car carrier?
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Old 03-26-2009, 10:05 PM   #7
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Check out www.intercitylines.com

I had my convertible shipped from Atlanta to Maryland. Very professional people and kept me in touch via Blackberry from the moment the car was picked up at the dealer to my home. Convertibles are always top-loaded.

You have two choices of having them drop the car off at a drop-off point or paying additional for door-to-door delivery. It was a little pricey, but they were rather meticulous about the car. Went over every scratch, dents, whatever on the vehicle prior to loading onto the carrier (enclosed) and had it signed off by the dealer. When I got the car, I had to inspect it and it pretty much matched what they had written on their end.

I see their website showing $1499 for coast to coast delivery. Dunno if that is what you want to pay, but for the peace of mind and professionalism, you can't go wrong with them. Make sure to ask for Jim and let him know that Jon from Maryland referred you to him. Maybe he will knock off a few dollars?

Also, their company will insure your vehicle while it is being transported. That is included in the shipping fee. Just my two cents.

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Old 03-26-2009, 10:23 PM   #8
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I bought my M a month ago as a dealer listing on ebay and had it shipped from AZ to VA, it only took 5 days and cost $750 (prices may vary), great communication by both the dealer and the owner of the trucking company. the company I used was Dale Hatch Trucking, they are based out of AZ. but their drivers are going coast to coast picking up and dropping off cars as they can along the way, I'd call the guy I worked with again if I ever needed to move a vehicle, it is open air.

Dale Hatch (480) 225-6835, really nice guy.
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Old 03-26-2009, 10:31 PM   #9
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so did you guys all buy without seeing in person first or what? seems risky unless it was a dealer
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Old 03-26-2009, 11:56 PM   #10
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I had mine shipped from PA to MI with uship.com and I got quote for $450, place your route and dates and shipping companies bid for the lowest price and then you choose which one you want. I ended uo getting mine shipped for free since the shipping company had a customer cancel a load of cars that included mine at the last minute and they sent my car the next day with a different load for free!
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Old 03-27-2009, 09:57 AM   #11
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Check out www.intercitylines.com

I had my convertible shipped from Atlanta to Maryland. Very professional people and kept me in touch via Blackberry from the moment the car was picked up at the dealer to my home. Convertibles are always top-loaded.

You have two choices of having them drop the car off at a drop-off point or paying additional for door-to-door delivery. It was a little pricey, but they were rather meticulous about the car. Went over every scratch, dents, whatever on the vehicle prior to loading onto the carrier (enclosed) and had it signed off by the dealer. When I got the car, I had to inspect it and it pretty much matched what they had written on their end.

I see their website showing $1499 for coast to coast delivery. Dunno if that is what you want to pay, but for the peace of mind and professionalism, you can't go wrong with them. Make sure to ask for Jim and let him know that Jon from Maryland referred you to him. Maybe he will knock off a few dollars?

Also, their company will insure your vehicle while it is being transported. That is included in the shipping fee. Just my two cents.

Good luck.

Jon
Jon,
Thanks for the reference. I really appreciate the help. They look like a great company.


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I bought my M a month ago as a dealer listing on ebay and had it shipped from AZ to VA, it only took 5 days and cost $750 (prices may vary), great communication by both the dealer and the owner of the trucking company. the company I used was Dale Hatch Trucking, they are based out of AZ. but their drivers are going coast to coast picking up and dropping off cars as they can along the way, I'd call the guy I worked with again if I ever needed to move a vehicle, it is open air.

Dale Hatch (480) 225-6835, really nice guy.
Thanks for the help!
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Old 03-27-2009, 10:12 AM   #12
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I have shipped three cars between Florida and California, both ways, and one car from Florida to Washingtion in 2007. I used:

Ben & Kenda Deere
Coast to Coast Auto Transport
2440 No. Locust Grove RD, Kuna, Idaho 83634
toll-free: 1-800-794-9009
tel: 208-922-9297 fax: 208-922-1189
info@automover.com

Ben makes regular trips in an open carrier coast to coast. You need to schedule with him, a few weeks in advance. Never had an issue on any of the cars. Last car shipped in 2007 was BMW 330i, see my garage for photos. It is mint.

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Old 03-27-2009, 07:09 PM   #13
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^^^ Richard,
How much did it cost you? ...if you don't mind saying

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Old 03-27-2009, 08:20 PM   #14
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Purchased my ZHP through EBAY and had it shipped from Chicago to CT. Open carrier took 4 days if I remember right (stopping and picking up along the way). Cost was $500. If interested I could find the shipping slip that has the co. name.
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