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    Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    For cross country transport?

    referrals appreciated..

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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    Check out this site, let them bid.

    http://www.uship.com/

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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron500E View Post
    Check out this site, let them bid.

    http://www.uship.com/

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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    I used uship to ship my car from LA. I have no complaints.

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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    http://www.minutemantransport.com/company.html

    We have used these guys cross-country with no problems....
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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    Check out any prospective transport company at BBB. If the company is not accredited, or has no rating, that isn't necessarily bad. However if there is a bad rating... I'd look elsewhere. If the company name doesn't come up, try the phone number(s).
    http://www.bbb.org/council/

    That said... 99.99% of so-called "transport companies" are simply brokers that connect you to carriers for a fee, typically $150-$200. The carriers usually don't want to deal directly with the publick and the publick doesn't have access to the bulletin board where the carriers look for cars to pick up that are nearby when they have space on the trailer.

    I haven't tried uShip yet. Might give it whirl next time.


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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    The Fortune 500 company I was with used Passport Transport. Enclosed transport. No brokers. Same driver who picked-up my stable of cars while in California, and dropped them off in Florida. Lot's of shows and collections use them. Check them out. Completely LEGIT! Not cheap, but one of the best.

    http://passporttransport.com/

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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    Yes. I have a small group of guys that I Trust implicitly. You won't find them on UShip etc etc... these are the guys who ship Dupont's car and other heavy hitters (and my clients.. cars around.

    If you want it done Right on a proper rig hit me up, I'll give you their #.

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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    Enclosed transport, and/or DuPont style, will generally be quite expensive... worth the $2k-$4k when transporting a car valued at $25k-$50k or more, but when you're buying a $5k car long distance, those are simply not an option. It depends on your budget for transport. Most non-show cars end up going open transport. I'd love to use Passport if I could afford it though!


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    Nah, I don't pay that much...No middle men, long time in the seat guys here. We've known the owner since the 80's.

    I've had cars come in passport, they have nothing on my guys...well, steeper prices if you like that sort of thing...
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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    Quote Originally Posted by M104-AMG View Post
    The Fortune 500 company I was with used Passport Transport. Enclosed transport. No brokers. Same driver who picked-up my stable of cars while in California, and dropped them off in Florida. Lot's of shows and collections use them. Check them out. Completely LEGIT! Not cheap, but one of the best.

    http://passporttransport.com/

    neil

    My vote goes to Passport too. You deal directly with them and not through a broker. Passport offers door to door service versus terminal delivery, while providing you with a written contract by e-mail. They charge you exactly what they quote from the start without any fuel surcharge or additional fees. Same operator picking up your car will deliver it at destination. The company is now own by FedEx and has its own fleet of trucks equipped exclusively with closed trailers and real time online GPS tracking system. Not the most affordable, but in my personal opinion the best and safe service.
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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Power View Post
    <SNIP> The company is now own by FedEx and has its own fleet of trucks equipped exclusively with closed trailers and real time online GPS tracking system. <SNIP>.
    The company has gone Private again, via a management buyout from FedEx Custom Critical:

    http://www.sportscarmarket.com/news/...agement-buyout

    They still have their own fleet of GPS equipped trucks and enclosed trailers.

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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    FWIW, I used this company, www.goldenkeyexpress.com, to ship my '93 500E from CA to VA last year. I liked them because they were a small, family owned, shipper (not a broker) and make regularly scheduled runs back and forth with the same company trucks and drivers. I elected open transport, but enclosed was a higher cost option. My driver Al said because the car was so heavy compared to the others on his run, he couldn't safely put it anywhere except on the lower level right behind the cab to anchor the trailer. He didn't touch it until the day he delivered the car. Car arrived dusty, but with no other issues. Price wasn't the cheapest, but was competitive. Would use them again if I needed to move another vehicle. Good luck.

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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Power View Post
    ... Passport offers door to door service versus terminal delivery, while providing you with a written contract by e-mail. They charge you exactly what they quote from the start without any fuel surcharge or additional fees. Same operator picking up your car will deliver it at destination.
    For the "usual" cheap transport... once the broker connects you, the same operator picks up & delivers the car. I've never heard of cars changing hands mid-trip. Also never heard of prices changing beyond the initial contract. If any of the above happened, that would be a serious red flag.


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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    I will throw in Intercity lines (www.intercitylines.com) and Reliable Carriers (www.reliable-carriers.com). California to Michigan was $1700 enclosed trailer. No brokers.
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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    UShip is crap. If the car is one that you value, use PassPort or Intercity. VIP is not so good. Reliable is good. If you don't care how long it takes and whether it is carried by gangsters, use UShip.
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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    I will be needing transport in the near future. This was the reply from InterCity:

    "We could not offer you good availability with timing on this move as this is not a normal route for us. Thanks."

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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    I got an online quote on passport website.

    The question is what kind of transportation will be used ? or there is only one type (covered) trailers ?

    Any other additional things I should be aware of while moving my car around states ?

    I will call them and discuss my concerns, pretty sure they get used to anal customers
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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    Passport and InterCity ONLY use covered transport, one driver per truck, never handoffs and not a transport broker. Their trucks' locations are customer-trackable and they offer great service.

    I have personal experience with Dependable Auto Shippers (shipped my E500 open trailer from Portland to Houston about 6+ years ago). They were 10-12 days late; took forever to pick up the car at the Portland (Troutdale) DAS terminal, and strangely, all four valve caps were missing off of my car when it arrived. Otherwise no damage and nothing missing on the car (I didn't leave anything in it, either).

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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    Roadrunner out of Bethpage, NY seems to be the contender. Private Co., no brokers and very reasonable and easy to work with. I'm shipping 3 cars and they are very accommodating. Since one is a '92 500E, I'm looking forward to bringing her up to snuff on the board..
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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    Quote Originally Posted by DRW View Post
    Roadrunner out of Bethpage, NY seems to be the contender. Private Co., no brokers and very reasonable and easy to work with. I'm shipping 3 cars and they are very accommodating. Since one is a '92 500E, I'm looking forward to bringing her up to snuff on the board..
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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    Intercity and Reliable use the broker system if they don't have a truck in the area available for the route. I tried to use intercity from Atlanta to Portland but they had no trucks available and they told me the price they quoted me was too cheap for them to find an alternate. I used DAS once to move a car from Texas to Portland. I paid for a closed carrier and when the truck arrived it was open carrier with tarps around it. The road dirt got up inside the tarps and just swirled around. The car was completely covered in dust as well as the engine compartment and the vents. It was terrible.

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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    So the plot thickens.. Roadrunner is a broker after all. I'm a bit disappointed but then again, they seem more together than the other brokers I've spoken to. I'm going to try them with an '89 p-cab. If all goes well, I'll be shipping a '92 500E & a E55. I don't think an enclosed transport for dbl the price is worthwhile on these inexpensive cars IMHO.
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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    Well, I guess it depends on the car.
    I am the third owner of mine. The second owner bought it from San Jose and had it shipped to Salt Lake City - not very far.
    The only significant marks on the car are from that open transport - it broke the drivers side back door window, dinged the quarter window support and impacted the quarter below the antenna. I guess it depends on the condition and originality of the car, but I sure wish the PO had opted for closed transport.
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    Yikes! The transporter paid for the damages, right?


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    Well sort of, they paid to replace the window and regulator.
    The car still has some light scratches on the quarter window support and the original paint on the rear quarter has been touched up.
    I'm glad they didn't repaint the quarter, but IDK why they didn't replace the trim on the window.
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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    I'll post pics as soon as it's been sorted, re-wheeled and detailed. Looking forward as I've been looking for a while now..
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRW View Post
    I'll post pics as soon as it's been sorted, re-wheeled and detailed. Looking forward as I've been looking for a while now..
    Congrats. Still enjoying the Don Carlos, BTW.

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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    For my 10,000th post (sheesh, somebody stop me!) I figured I'd share my experience with Certified Auto Shippers.

    Certified is a broker, based in Portland, Oregon area. I've had a total of three cars shipped through them over the last 2 years, with zero problems. A different carrier each time, as expected. I believe it's a one-person operation, if you contact them you'll probably hear back from Kathy, who is very nice and very helpful, with great communication via both phone and email.

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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    I used Plycar for the M5 I bought and had a great experience. Loved the online GPS tracking too...

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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    What are the chances that a showroom condition car gets damaged in an open transport? I know it is a matter of luck but...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 550Maranello View Post
    What are the chances that a showroom condition car gets damaged in an open transport? I know it is a matter of luck but...
    That's how most brand new cars are transported all day long, including your new MB. Damage happens extremely infrequently, and even then, the damage usually takes place as the vehicle is being driven onto, or off of the transporter. The thing I would avoid the most, is having my older car shipped while sitting underneath other older cars that happen to be bleeding some paint damaging fluid. That's about the only way that I have seen cars damaged while truly "in shipment". And even then, in 35 years of caring about this stuff, I've only seen that happen about three times, and one of those was on a carrier of all new cars. Transmission fluid stained the paint of a white roof just underneath. That was in the '80s. I'd bet that with more modern paint, that wouldn't have harmed it at all. The chances of a car being damaged in shipment while crossing a continent has to be statistically insignificant compared to just driving it across town, yet none of us would have the slightest reservation against hopping in and driving it 15 miles to its new owner...

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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    I've had a couple cars shipped across country via open carrier and outside of being a little dirty when they arrived they were fine. My worst experience was when a shipper's definition of enclosed carrier was a box enclosed in tarps. The dirt got inside the tarps and swirled around. There was dirt and dust everywhere.

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    You get what you pay for in this. Like many things in life.
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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    FWIW - I shipped 2 vehicles for approx $1,100 each with Roadrunner, who are located on Long Island NY. They're brokers and the drivers were independent. There was genuine concern and considerations were made on my behalf. These were open carriers and they came in dirty but undamaged in every way. I detailed them right when they arrived and the overall experience was terrific. I do believe it is a gamble to do what I did and this time it worked out well. I did speak to and I guess interviewed multiple brokers & direct shippers before I decided..
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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    I am currently looking for premium transportation company for my 500E to be delivered to NJ.

    I raised up this question before and was recommended with passport and intercity so I emailed passport and waiting for response .

    Will email intercity too .

    What will be other options (reliable, premium, safe, covered trucks) ?

    What is the fair rate from MN to NJ ?

    Any other things I should know looking for/dealing with tranpostation compnay ?

    Appreciate all responses.
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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    My guys are stacked w/ Pebble and the Auctions for a bit, but I suspect their schedule should clear in a couple weeks. I won't use anyone else for Any of my cars.

    They only ship enclosed.


    $$ wise, IDK..

    What is your time frame?

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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    I've used Reliable Carriers with great success both personally and professionally.

    Personally, I've used them to deliver a car I purchased from a private seller in Arkansas to my home in Michigan. The drivers were courteous, prompt and careful with my car and they went above and beyond to deliver it to me during horrible weather conditions. Here's a brief write up of my experience on Rennlist: http://rennlist.com/forums/997-forum...n-the-air.html

    Professionally, I have used them to move hundreds of cars and trucks with my unrealistic schedules and across distances that other carriers were not able to deliver. I've tried others, but they continue to be the best. I can't recommend them enough.

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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    In '07 when my wife and I relocated from Upstate NY, the moving company used Dependable Auto Shippers to transport my '68 Chevy. It was on a covered hauler. No damage to vehicle. As far as drop off( Buff) and pickup goes(S Charlotte ) ... I wasn't all that impressed. I dropped it off freshly washed.. arrived as if it were in a sandstorm. And the disclaimer for damage was a bit to be desired. I understand that they were covering their a** from not so honest people but it left an unsettling feeling. And my car just made the minimum for ground clearance. But..like I said car arrived undamged, but filthy.
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    Re: Anyone thrilled about any car transport companies?

    Just a quick update on the topic of car transport.....

    I just recently shipped a 2017 Lexus from Maryland to Texas, using Passport Transport. I solicited bids from four top-tier companies -- Passport Transport, Intercity Lines, Reliable Carriers, and McCollister's Auto Transport. All four of these companies are high-end, and well-regarded transport companies.

    Passport Transport was, for a time, bought and owned by FedEx as their "Custom Critical" division, before being spat back out some years ago into an independent company again.

    The bids I got from the Annapolis area to Houston area ranged with all four companies from the $1495-1,600 range. Passport's bid came in around $1,550 and was the second cheapest. Pickup was about 10 days from when I activated the contract. I was able to get a couple of instant bids from two of the companies via their web sites, and two of them followed up with e-mailed bids within a few hours of me requesting them. All four companies were very responsive, with one of them even texting and calling me that their bid was on the way.

    Transport time was 10 days from pickup to delivery - this took a bit longer than normal because the truck driver had a problem with the trailer's internal hydraulic lift system (before he picked up the Lexus, which didn't affect the loading of my car), and he had to drive from Maryland & Virginia to the trailer's manufacturer in Michigan to have the problem remedied. Then he came south to Texas, where he delivered a bunch of cars to the Dallas area for auctions happening this month.

    Payment can be made up front via credit card, or at time of delivery to the driver via cashier's check or cash or credit card. I chose to do the payment up front. The driver was very definitely a "car guy" and we had a great conversation on both ends of the transaction (loading and unloading). The car was covered inside the trailer, and it had a paper floor mat and plastic seat-cover on the inside to avoid soiling, etc. It was delivered totally as it was received. The driver did a very careful inspection at loading time, as well as at delivery.

    Can't say good enough things about the experience. I'll never use a "cheap" or budget, and non-enclosed, car transport service again. For shits & giggles, I did a bid estimate/comparison before engaging the four companies for their bids, and it was around $300-500 more for the enclosed, top-tier firms over the rough estimates I got from shipping sites. Well worth the extra money for professional care and having a "car guy" driver who gave a shit.

    Anyhoo, thought I'd share my experience.

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    I would be reluctant to use uship on anything expensive although I have used it to ship a 72 280CE from Seattle to DFW and it arrived on a U Haul trailer behind a U haul box truck. No problems but clearly not a professional and unlikely to have insurance. If you go through a broker, they will post on a dispatching site where every driver will be insured. Accidents happen and it's important that insurance is available to cover damage.
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    ship a 72 280CE from Seattle to Washington
    As a Seattle native, I have to say that that's a REALLY long haul.

    Like all of what, a city block or less?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    Just a quick update on the topic of car transport.....

    I just recently shipped a 2017 Lexus from Maryland to Texas, using Passport Transport. I solicited bids from four top-tier companies -- Passport Transport, Intercity Lines, Reliable Carriers, and McCollister's Auto Transport. All four of these companies are high-end, and well-regarded transport companies.
    I may be in need to ship a G-Wagen from FL to WA and have been doing some search here and reenlist. It appears that Passport & Intercity are the 2 most reliable companies but at a higher premium.

    I was told that Intercity does not do FL-WA route. Quotes that I obtained over the phone were $3000 @ Passport, $3400 @ Reliable Carriers, and $2750 @ Exotic car transport (http://www.exoticcartransport.com). I did not know about McCollister's, but will call.

    Do these numbers look just about right for these high-end companies for this FL-WA route? Does anyone know Exotic car transport? This was the recommendation given by Thomas C Sunday Auto Transport. I have used Thomas C Sunday once before with satisfaction, and they also do not service between FL & WA.

    Regarding Lexus… I had a chance to drive a new Lexus RX350, and it definitely felt very different from all previous generations of RXs. I was in fact told by one of the dealer service advisors that some loyal Lexus customers do not like the "heavy" feel of the new RX! Curious to see how current F-sport models drive.

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    As a Seattle native, I have to say that that's a REALLY long haul.

    Like all of what, a city block or less?!?

    In the words of the greatest governer of my state ..... Oops

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    Quote Originally Posted by S500E View Post
    I may be in need to ship a G-Wagen from FL to WA and have been doing some search here and reenlist. It appears that Passport & Intercity are the 2 most reliable companies but at a higher premium.

    I was told that Intercity does not do FL-WA route. Quotes that I obtained over the phone were $3000 @ Passport, $3400 @ Reliable Carriers, and $2750 @ Exotic car transport (http://www.exoticcartransport.com). I did not know about McCollister's, but will call.

    Do these numbers look just about right for these high-end companies for this FL-WA route? Does anyone know Exotic car transport? This was the recommendation given by Thomas C Sunday Auto Transport. I have used Thomas C Sunday once before with satisfaction, and they also do not service between FL & WA.

    Regarding Lexus… I had a chance to drive a new Lexus RX350, and it definitely felt very different from all previous generations of RXs. I was in fact told by one of the dealer service advisors that some loyal Lexus customers do not like the "heavy" feel of the new RX! Curious to see how current F-sport models drive.
    The thing with a FL to Wash move is that it is likely going to take a couple or three weeks for them to even get a truck scheduled to pick your W463 up, and probably another couple of weeks for the actual move. Perhaps you could get it scheduled after a big auction in Florida so that there will be a bunch of trucks down there dropping off and picking up cars for that. Can't really get any farther distance-wise than Florida to Washington State !!!

    I'd say that $3K for enclosed, top-tier transport per Passport is a good deal, considering it was almost $1,600 for 1,500 miles from Maryland to Houston.

    Back in 2008, I paid I think $1,200 for unenclosed transport with Dependable Auto Shippers from Portland to Houston for my E500. Never again that company. Look at this reviews page of that company..... https://www.transportreviews.com/com...-Auto-Shippers

    Then look at Passport's page on the same site: https://www.transportreviews.com/com...port-Transport

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    I've had excellent service and results with Pat Lynch at Ultimate Shipping. He's a FL based company and has shipped several cars for me, all enclosed. Never an issue and I've found him to be very reasonable. His number is (954) 796-2023. Feel free to tell him I referred you.
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    I have used this broker twice with very good results. Most recently I had a 1994 E500 shipped from PA to Portland. The car was picked up within a couple days and it arrived three days after pickup.

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    I recently shipped a car from West Palm Beach FL to Carrollton TX for $450 (open). It took about 30 minutes to get a driver from the time of posting as it's a busy route.
    Routes like LA, Phoenix, NY to DFW are generally inexpensive. If you go off the beaten path, it costs more and takes longer to find a driver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maui View Post
    I have used this broker twice with very good results. Most recently I had a 1994 E500 shipped from PA to Portland. The car was picked up within a couple days and it arrived three days after pickup.

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    I have used the broker Maui listed above a half-dozen times now - excellent results every time. Kathy will quote you for open or enclosed transport so you can decide which works better for the vehicle / budget. Not worth paying $3k to transport a car worth $5k (i.e., a Lexus or something).



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    ...Routes like LA, Phoenix, NY to DFW are generally inexpensive. If you go off the beaten path, it costs more and takes longer to find a driver.
    Prices are highly dependent on the origin and destination. They also fluctuate with time of year... apparently snowbirds cause rate fluctuations over certain routes as well!



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    Thank you all for your input. $3000 is a lot for shipping, but at the same time I don't want to regret after having any issues or damages.

    How does the broker system work as for quality control? Do "quality" brokers only hire "quality" truckers? You really don't know who is actually doing the transport until they find a truck, correct?

    Selling dealer in FL says that they "pay a monthly service charge" for their shipping dispatch and could ship enclosed for $2000 to WA. I will need to inquire further, but does this mean that they have a contracted shipping broker who gives "better" deals to those car dealers?

    Will give a call to the broker recommended here. My impression is that the broker method will likely result in much quicker shipping. As Gerry mentioned, Passport needs up to 6 weeks (3 + 3 weeks) to complete the transport.

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    How does the broker system work as for quality control? Do "quality" brokers only hire "quality" truckers? You really don't know who is actually doing the transport until they find a truck, correct?
    Probably not, the load boards will make sure that the drivers are properly insured and in reality, no matter how important you think your car is , they owner operator will consider his insurance more important. In other words, bad operators get weeded out pretty quickly.
    I've had only once instance where a driver screwed up and almost dropped my car. The car fell just short of falling off the trailer but did sustain damage to the front wing / bumper and rear bumper. His insurance company paid very well for the damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S500E View Post
    My impression is that the broker method will likely result in much quicker shipping. As Gerry mentioned, Passport needs up to 6 weeks (3 + 3 weeks) to complete the transport.
    In my case, I had four other vehicles for us to use on the Houston side, so the timing for the Lexus to be delivered was not an issue. What is paramount to me, is that the vehicle arrives in exactly the same condition as when it was taken in, and it is pampered along the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S500E View Post
    My impression is that the broker method will likely result in much quicker shipping. As Gerry mentioned, Passport needs up to 6 weeks (3 + 3 weeks) to complete the transport.
    With a broker, pickup / delivery time is flexible based on price. If you have weeks to kill and want a bargain, they will post a lower bid and wait for a trucker to bite. If you want it transported immediately (like, 24-48 hour pickup time) you can pay extra and likely have a near-immediate pickup. Delivery time can vary, one time the transport truck broke down and was stuck for a week waiting on parts to repair it - I wasn't in a hurry so this was not an issue for me. But, keep in mind that there could be unexpected delays.


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    Called few recommended brokers and interestingly their rates range from under $2000 to $3000+ for the same FL-WA route! I was told by one of the brokers that W463 needs to be in a single-level enclosed truck due to its height. Is that true? I can't seem to find inside height requirements on typical 2-level enclosed trailers online. Anyone knows? Looking at Gerry's Passport truck pictures, there seems to be some room above Lexus IS on the top level, but the lower level height looks too low for a W463.

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    Brokers vary widely just like there are good carriers and bad carriers. Basically a broker sends out and invitation to bid to haulers (independent and corporate). The bid typically includes a maximum fee the broker is willing to pay. If a hauler is available at the price the broker sets up the deal. Typically you pay the broker 10% up front and pay the driver in CASH on delivery. I have yet to have a driver accept a credit card and I'm not sure I would want to give them my card info anyway. If you pay for the entire haul up front with a credit card it will cost you more than paying the driver cash.

    I have used an online service called Uship to move my 1992 500E from Leistung (Irvine) to Portland. Basically you put up a listing with an preferred price and independent drivers will bid on it. It is important to price your move according to market rates or you won't get any takers. In my case a guy was hauling an empty single car trailer from LA to Portland so he gave me a good price and away we went. It was a good experience.

    Another little story while I am at it. About 18-20 years ago I purchased a 1970 Chevelle SS396 all numbers matching car from North Carolina. The car was out in the sticks off the beaten path as they say. I tried in vane to schedule an enclosed carrier and actually had a couple agreements but each time the deal would fall through at the last minute because the location was so far off the main highways. Drivers would call and cancel the pickup because it was too much out of their way. It was a very frustrating experience. After several weeks of unsuccessfully scheduling an enclosed carrier I just happen to be on vacation in Hawaii, on the golf course, and my phone rang. It was an independent driver offering an open carry pickup. I himed and hawed about how the car needed to be enclosed and he listed all the famous sports clients he had moved cars for and promised the car would be spotless and undamaged when it arrived. I reluctantly agreed mostly due to the weeks of frustration and wanting to get the car home. The car arrived while I was still in Hawaii and my neighbor collected it and parked in my garage. I was extremely happy to come home to spotless car neatly tucked away. So, long story short. Enclosed carrier is generally more difficult to arrange than open trailer.

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    All four of the enclosed top-tier carrier bids I got were same price if paid at pickup or delivery, and I generally had the option to pay up front or at delivery. My driver would have taken a credit card I believe, if I'd have chosen to pay at delivery. At least with Passport Transport, there was no additional fee for paying up front vs. at delivery. I use my credit card (as opposed to flat cash) because I get 2-3x airline points per each dollar spent.

    The trailers that Passport Transport uses are height-adjustable, and a taller vehicle like a G-wagen would fit just fine in such a trailer. I actually asked my driver about tall vehicles and he said they are typically no problem (SUVs and such) although if it's a super tall vehicle they they can't "double deck" them inside the trailer (have to raise the upper deck high to accommodate).

    Note that Passport Transport's trailers have a "split" top deck so that one super tall vehicle doesn't require that the the whole entire top deck be elevated -- only the portion up to the "split."

    it's a shady business, car transport. Bottom line is for me, I'll always use top-tier, professional vendors from here on out. No bargain-hunting for me. I want a reputable company that has a decades-long reputation for hauling collector cars to auctions and the like, has GPS tracking for its trucks so I can see where things are at, is straightforward (do what they say they will do), and quotes me one single price with flexible payment arrangements. This was a stress-free transaction for me, and I can't be happier.

    I was just posting because I had a great experience, as opposed to a not so great experience back in 2008 with a much less reputable company (see my above post with the rankings). To me, spending $500 extra for top-tier & stress-free transport/experience is $500 that is very well spent.

    But, that's just me.

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    Originally decided to go with Passport for peace of mind & pampered transport but may be going with Kathy of OR. For $1,100 difference and verified positive experiences, I will give a try at this "broker" route. Thanks all for your input.

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