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There's a guy named Jim from Dayton,Oh who comes on these forums offering his services. He's always on the go and will tell you when he's comingyour way. I'll try to get you the info.

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I am also in the process of trying to find a transport company. I have been calling numbers from the "services offered" section of HMN. I have been surprised with the differences in price, so shop around. I will send you PM once I make my final decision with my thoughts

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I've had very good luck with Thomas Sunday Transport (Enclosed Automobile Transportation Enclosed Car Shipping Enclosed Car Transport) and have used them many times in my business. They're usually not the cheapest, but when I did use the cheapest guy to ship a car, he lowered the elevator in his truck on the roof of a 1929 Packard and punctured the fabric insert and creased the sheetmetal. Sunday makes no such mistakes, and it's worth the extra few bucks.

And always ship enclosed on a restored car. Open transport is tempting because it's often much cheaper, but your car is going to get beat up, dirty, etc. We sold a 100-point car to a gentleman overseas, and a friend of his arranged shipping. It was open transport, in February, from PA to New Jersey. Needless to say, the car did not arrive in Europe in 100-point condition after letting the road salt work on it for a few weeks in the cargo hold of a ship...

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Reminds me when I sold a 35 Chrysler coupe to a guy in England. THe carrier called and asked wether to bring an open or enclosed trailer for a ride from upstate NY to PA in February. I told the carrier you use an enclosed trailer or I'm not going to let you pick up the car which drove out of the garage and into the trailer on a nice sunny day so it didn't even get snow on it.

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I'm quite sure that the advice given to you is good, but let me say just this. I had one heck of a time getting my car to me last year. Being new to the hobby, I really didn't know the facts. I was in touch with MANY different auto transport companies, but little did I know, they were all brokers! There might be some good brokers out there, but NONE that I talked to were good. They will tell you anything to get your business, and never come through, without constantly raising their price. No offense, but I do NOT trust any of them.

Make sure that you are dealing with the actual shipping company, and NOT an auto broker, who only represents himself as the shipper. Like I said, I can only go by my own experience. If not for the fine members here on this site, my car would probably still be in Montana.

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I've had several cars moved by Van Dam Trucking over the past few years and can't say enough about them. It's a one-man operation, so you're always dealing with the owner.

If you don't need point-to-point service within a specified time window, the service is great and the price is very competitive.

Auto Transport, Car Shipping, Motorcycle Shipping - Van Dam Trucking - Fargo, North Dakota

Chuck

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I've had very good luck with Thomas Sunday Transport (Enclosed Automobile Transportation Enclosed Car Shipping Enclosed Car Transport) and have used them many times in my business. They're usually not the cheapest, but when I did use the cheapest guy to ship a car, he lowered the elevator in his truck on the roof of a 1929 Packard and punctured the fabric insert and creased the sheetmetal. Sunday makes no such mistakes, and it's worth the extra few bucks.

And always ship enclosed on a restored car. Open transport is tempting because it's often much cheaper, but your car is going to get beat up, dirty, etc. We sold a 100-point car to a gentleman overseas, and a friend of his arranged shipping. It was open transport, in February, from PA to New Jersey. Needless to say, the car did not arrive in Europe in 100-point condition after letting the road salt work on it for a few weeks in the cargo hold of a ship...

I too have used Thomas Sunday and have never had a bad experience. They own their own trucks and hire their own drivers.

Every experience I have ever had with a broker was a bad one!

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I've been following this thread because I'm in the middle of a transport issue right now... I did place the order with a broker but its now been close to 6 weeks and there has been no progress at all. The chassis is in Kansas and I'm in New England... about 1500 miles.

The problem is that its an unrestored rolling chassis. It doesn't need enclosed transport and I'm reluctant to pay the price of moving fully restored car for something that could be left out in the weather for a month without seriously effecting its condition. Any ideas? You guys know a lot more about this than I do. I'm just getting back into old cars after a 35 year hiatus.

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What the brokers do is to offer you a low-ball estimate on the shipping. They then place this info on a "board" of some kind, and then they wait for a driver to pick it up. The problem is, if they quoted you an estimate that is too low, NO driver will pick the job, and your car (or chassis) will just hang there in limbo. They will probably then tell you that unless he raises the price, the job might not be taken. Its a racket! They are waiting for you to say, "up the price and see if someone will take it". I've only had one car transported, and believe me, it was a nightmare. The car sat from the end of January, until I contacted someone who actually has his own company. I finally got the car in May. I can't think of the name of the transporter right now, let me look for that info.

BTW, did you pay any deposit to the broker? THATS the way they get you. I refused to pay anything until the car was picked up.

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Thanks Jim,

I did know I was dealing with a broker... they, in fact, made that clear. It was a calculated risk on my part as the price was substantially less than the high-end enclosed transport would have been. Were it even a complete unrestored car I may have opted for the more expensive alternative but money is an object to me at the moment. Still, I didn't go for the lowest quote and checked the company out via a web site called something like "Transport Reviews." Its obviously not controlled by the transport brokers because there are a fairly large number of bad reviews. That said, any recommendations will be greatly appreciated.

Joe P

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What do you want?

 

The cheapest price ?

 

Most folks do - nothing wrong with that - so they shop around for the cheapest price - which usually involves a transport broker

The broker offers low prices - usually on behalf of someone else - someone

who you may not want to haul your car or truck

The broker takes a deposit - usually by credit card - for their services

when you book with them

Independent customer feedback across the board averages 70% to 80%

satisfaction for an average broker facilitated auto transport

 

By Contrast

Whether you own a project vehicle or a concourse car,

I can safely transport it in my enclosed trailer

I drive daylight hours at 55 m.p.h. averaging 300 to 400 miles a day

 

I am a car guy ;)

 

MTFCA Member

Moparts Sponsor

HAMB Alliance Member

 

No deposit required

Soft ties to the axles or frame

I am not a broker

I transport

So, if you own a vehicle that needs a ride .......

 

Jim

(260) 804-6695

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Jim (Trulyvintage) opened my eyes to what was going on with me last year when I was fighting the brokers. As far as I'm concerned, dealing with the owner/driver is the ONLY way to go!

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Thanks everyone. I'll get the fellow in California who wants to buy the car to read this. He can then make his own decision. I've already pased on the names of the companies that RM and some of the other big houses use. Jim, I already pased yours along to him.

Thanks, Pat :cool:

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I often suggest uShip - The Online Shipping Marketplace - Ship Freight, Furniture, Cars or Moves. Truckers there bid on your transport job, and you choose the one you want: enclosed, open, etc. They receive feedback like on eBay. I've shipped some heavy, unusual stuff this way, and have always been satisfied. JV, this might be ideal for your chassis to New England.

Phil

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U Ship is ok, I have used them, but you end up dealing with brokers, not the actual transporters.

Agree. I tried them, and there were some brokers thyat contacted me (responded to my request).

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And all of this thread is exactly why I use my own trailer behind my own pickup or Van. Have four times elected to fly to a car's location and drive it back once reasonably satisfied of the vehicle's road worthiness. I don't buy 100 point show cars and have calculated the cost of doing things my way is typically less than the cheapest transport cost. Of course being retired I don't mind a round trip that might take several days due to distance.

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What are the fees for hauling a car? Is it by mileage or or there load/unload fees?

How does it work for picking up and delivery and other things I cant think of?

What other fees have you run into?

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From my understanding, if the car is not running, they may charge you a bit more, at least with some of the companies I spoke to. I believe that it is the mileage they go by, as well as the size of the vehicle.

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