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Another problem you may run into is brokers breaking your transport into pieces.

I had a car shipped from SoCal to Ohio a few years ago....took forever to be picked up, then too long for delivery. Someone I spoke to mentioned it was on the lot in Chicago waiting for a pickup...meanwhile the gas tank was siphoned. (seriously? they are THAT desperate to save a few bucks?)

The final delivery guy was perfect, and the car was fine, but......

Next time I'll try to go with one of the guys listed on here.

I've had good luck with Uship....once with an individual carrier and once with a broker (above).

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I recently purchased a very nice looking 1963 Buick Electra 225 Convertible. The car was in Florida and I live in metropolitan Chicago, so after doing a little shopping around, I arranged for enclosed carrier shipping with a broker called National Transport, LLC. They actually talked me out of paying for more expensive guaranteed pickup and delivery dates because I was arranging transport so far in advance. I think their price was very reasonable (~ $900). They were about three hundred dollars more expensive than the cheapest carrier, but more than several hundred dollars cheaper than the pricier carriers. However, they didn't live up to the expectations I had formed based on the marketing hype of their web site, which states:

Typically people who want to have their racing, customized, classic or exotic vehicles transported will opt for this service but anyone can request enclosed auto shipping. For a small extra expense you can ensure a safer journey for your vehicle. National Transport LLC offers a full-service transportation solution for the shipment of your valued vehicle. We are dedicated to the care and delivery of your vehicle and have spent years perfecting safe, reliable, and affordable methods of enclosed car transport. By finding the best methods for enclosed auto transport along with the best types of enclosed auto transport trailers and providing excellent customer service, we have been able to consistently deliver treasured transports time and time again. We wouldn't call ourselves an enclosed auto shipping company if we couldn't live up to these standards.

I will not use National Transport again, nor would I recommend them. The vehicle was not picked up on the date I was initially told it would be collected, and I was not kept informed during the process. Communication was terrible. After making the initial arrangements, I was given the dates for pickup and delivery and told by National Transport that the driver they contracted would be in contact with me and with the seller to schedule pick up and delivery times well in advance of his arrival. Well, the day of expected pickup arrived and the driver had not been heard from. I had to keep calling National Transport for information. They would put me on hold and contact the driver or the driver's trucking company. The story was always a variation of the same theme. The driver was delayed for this reason or that, but he would pick up the vehicle "tomorrow." When I complained about this, I was "reminded" that I had not contracted for guaranteed pickup and delivery dates. The driver finally showed four days after he was expected; and instead of a specialized enclosed car trailer, his rig was a standard box type semi-trailer, with a high deck and a very steep ramp. In fact, when the car was delivered I watched as the exhaust system scraped against the rear edge of the semi-trailer deck as the car was backed down the ramp. This is not what I expected from a company that touts its specialty enclosed auto shipping service.

Another mistake I made was agreeing to delivery after 6pm, when the driver called me the day after he picked up the vehicle. I shouldn't have agreed, but I was already anxious about the car being late, and I wanted it in my garage safe and sound. Unfortunately, delivery after 6pm in Chicago, in February, meant that the driver arrived after dark, making inspection of the car next to impossible. The next day, when it was too late to get any satisfaction from either the trucking company or the seller, I discovered a chip in the center of the windshield. I don't remember seeing a chip in the glass when I flew down to Florida to inspect and purchase the car (and I was quite thorough).

My experience was not nearly as bad as some of the horror stories already reported here. I was actually very lucky not to become another car shipping horror story. I wish I had read these posts before arranging my car shipment. I would have gone with another carrier and would have had more peace of mind. Live and learn. I hope that knowing about my mistakes will help others avoid making the same mistakes.

Ike

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Guys, above all else, be sure to put your own insurance on your car before it is transported. Never trust a carrier

as to telling you they have 300000 or a million or whatever dollars of coverage.

I know the hard way-my car burnt up in route because the driver crossed the battery under the seat with mis installing the seat springs. The car was a total and the carrier refused to pay the bill. No it wasn't worth suing or getting a lawyer. Just put insurance on your car before having it transported and learn from my mistake....

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I have used Intercity Lines, Inc. I am very pleased with their service and communication. Some of the transportation companies contract out the transport of the cars to independent truckers, which is not the case with Intercity.

Grandpa

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I WILL NOT use a broker. Granted most are honest, but they shop for the cheapest hauler to move the load. I have used individuals that have given me nothing but the best service and have no complaints. For high dollar moves, it is Horseless Carriage, Intercity, Reliable, Passport, etc. I know they are higher than most, but memories of poor service are long remembered.

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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.

Nailed it on the head. I'm in transportation. We have our own fleet of owner operators. About 10,000. Anyway, the board you speak of is a broker board. These boards feed available loads at truck stops, alert drivers by automated phone and computer. The drivers can look at loads and find a lane they want or need to run. Brokers will low ball sometimes and if the load is not covered the broker will ask to up the price. Not really a scam because all brokers use the same board system. Some areas of the country are awful to get out after delivery because there are no loads to pick up. drivers will shy away or want more fuel money to dead head to a more productive area. It is not quite as easy as one thinks. Example, FL is a huge inbound state. The trucker will want more money to go in because he more than likely will have to dead head out. There is no manufacturing in FL. Most times I can cover a load out of FL by just covering the fuel, Anyway, yes, dealing directly with the carrier is your best bet. You will get one of his trucks and driver. With a broker you could be getting a mule and cart. I'm not saying all trucks used by brokers are awful but by and large the quality of the transporter goes down when bargain basement prices are paid.

PS. The only vehicles I move are military. Sorry I can not help with the cars. Work directly with the carrier. You spent good money on a car. Don't drop the ball on yourself getting a less than stellar carrier.

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Thank you Chris, but unfortunately, I learned the hard way. I had just gotten into the old car hobby, and boy oh boy, did I have a real learning experience! I will NEVER use an auto broker again. There are plenty of owner/operators out there, you just have to either look for them, or do as I did, ask the great members here on this site.

I'm not saying that all auto brokers are bad, but by my own experience, I'll never use another one.

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well I have been reading this thread as I am in the need of an auto transport. Looking to transport from CT to VA really soon. I have read the boards, dome some research, called a few companies, and prices are all over the place. I am looking for an enclosed carrier for a rolling chasis, non-running antique.

does anyone have any suggestions, comments, or thoughts. I have quotes from Amerifreight, AutoLine, Reliable, Intercity, Alpine Auto, Get it Done. range from $850 - 1300 !!

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BearsFan315 said:
well I have been reading this thread as I am in the need of an auto transport. Looking to transport from CT to VA really soon. I have read the boards, dome some research, called a few companies, and prices are all over the place. I am looking for an enclosed carrier for a rolling chasis, non-running antique.

does anyone have any suggestions, comments, or thoughts. I have quotes from Amerifreight, AutoLine, Reliable, Intercity, Alpine Auto, Get it Done. range from $850 - 1300 !!

 

What are you looking for .... ?

 

You have a roller, which most carriers do not want to deal with

because they can't run it on and off a multi car carrier .....

 

You want enclosed transport, which costs more than open transport ....

 

Without knowing the zip codes, it sounds like your route is off the beaten path, which means one or more transfers will be involved ...

 

Enclosed transport - door to door - same driver on the same trailer

from pickup to drop off - no deposit ....

 

On average - that will run you $1.25 a loaded mile on up from pick up zip code to drop off zip code (not including unloaded miles or toll road fees)

 

Jim

Edited by Trulyvintage (see edit history)

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We recently did a 750 mile trip to Southwestern Kentucky to pick up a car. We burned almost $500 in fuel plus nearly $100 to sleep overnight in a motel. We charged the customer $1.25/loaded mile so he paid us $937.50. Subtract the $500 fuel cost, subtract the $100 motel bill. That leaves $337.50 for 24 hours driving or $14.06/hr to cover maintenance on the equipment etc. and hopefully a bit of "profit". It's not a way to get rich, especially if you split that $14.06/hr with your Son who helped with the driving. Happily we will be restoring the car so not to worry. With auto transport you get what you pay for.

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Yes I have a roller (1930's Chevy Truck) to transport, it is partially restored, needs to be completed and put back together. Everything is on board crated & secured in the truck. Would be going from Zip 06444 to 23707, both the seller and me the buyer are willing to work with transporter to load/ unload as well as meet in nearest town/ open area for ease.

I can possibly make arrangement to meet within a few hours of here to meet, swap transports. I do not own a transport or have the equipments to do so, but a friend has offeref to drive within a few hours with his equipment if it will help me out, but can not travel long distances.

Jim I truly do appreicate you honesty and assistance in all this ;) being on the road you know way more then a lot of do about all of this. I trust your expertise and experience !!

Run is pretty much from intersate 84 in CT, down to 95 all the way here, then 64. pretty much all interstate, unless you ride the coast along 13. (stop n Go) Speed Up - Slow Down!!

I have gotten a few quotes for $900-1250 fully insired, enclosed trailer, door to door, all included.

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Restorer32 said:
We recently did a 750 mile trip to Southwestern Kentucky to pick up a car. We burned almost $500 in fuel plus nearly $100 to sleep overnight in a motel. We charged the customer $1.25/loaded mile so he paid us $937.50. Subtract the $500 fuel cost, subtract the $100 motel bill. That leaves $337.50 for 24 hours driving or $14.06/hr to cover maintenance on the equipment etc. and hopefully a bit of "profit". It's not a way to get rich, especially if you split that $14.06/hr with your Son who helped with the driving. Happily we will be restoring the car so not to worry. With auto transport you get what you pay for.

 

Thank you for this post ..... :)

 

It gives true insight into what the actual cost of hauling a vehicle is

 

Jim

 

BearsFan315 said:
Yes I have a roller (1930's Chevy Truck) to transport, it is partially restored, needs to be completed and put back together. Everything is on board crated & secured in the truck. Would be going from Zip 06444 to 23707, both the seller and me the buyer are willing to work with transporter to load/ unload as well as meet in nearest town/ open area for ease.

I can possibly make arrangement to meet within a few hours of here to meet, swap transports. I do not own a transport or have the equipments to do so, but a friend has offeref to drive within a few hours with his equipment if it will help me out, but can not travel long distances.

Jim I truly do appreicate you honesty and assistance in all this ;) being on the road you know way more then a lot of do about all of this. I trust your expertise and experience !!

Run is pretty much from intersate 84 in CT, down to 95 all the way here, then 64. pretty much all interstate, unless you ride the coast along 13. (stop n Go) Speed Up - Slow Down!!

I have gotten a few quotes for $900-1250 fully insired, enclosed trailer, door to door, all included.

 

I believe we exchanged emails about this ?

 

I just went from Wilmington, NC up thru Virginia Beach, VA

and across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel up thru Maryland

and Delaware into South New Jersey last week .....

 

Pretty drive - but slow at times ..... 

 

Transport is always about the unloaded miles to get to the

pick up point and from the drop off point to the next haul ....

 

Therein lies the challenge .... ;)

 

Jim

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Yes we have exchanged emails :)

as you stated you took the scenic route up 13, nice ride, but slow and steady she goes. Shorter milage wise, but not any shorter timewise. Long 17 Mile ride across the bay, with two tunnels and nothing but water around you !!

I think I may hae found a carrier/ transport, he has a 4 truck fleet and specializes in transporting PROJECT VEHICLEs, as well as antiques, classic, and exotics. He seemd to very knowledgable about how to handle them, including the spare parts. Did some research and he is rated pretty high on the review sites for transportation. He himself is on the the actual drivers, as well as the owner.

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BearsFan315 said:
Yes we have exchanged emails :)

as you stated you took the scenic route up 13, nice ride, but slow and steady she goes. Shorter milage wise, but not any shorter timewise. Long 17 Mile ride across the bay, with two tunnels and nothing but water around you !!

I think I may hae found a carrier/ transport, he has a 4 truck fleet and specializes in transporting PROJECT VEHICLEs, as well as antiques, classic, and exotics. He seemd to very knowledgable about how to handle them, including the spare parts. Did some research and he is rated pretty high on the review sites for transportation. He himself is on the the actual drivers, as well as the owner.

 

Great ... :)

 

Always better to deal directly with who will be doing the transport

 

Good Luck !

 

Jim

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Just to update everyone, I was able to find a gentleman to transport for me, he was making a run to my area to pick up a car and offered to pick up my veicle and deliver to me. Very good guy, great communication, and reasonably priced. And experienced at what he was doing. Delivered QUICKLY, actually had to have him push back a day so I could be there to assist with unload !! here is what Showed up at my house...

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I know of one carrier I would definately not use. Poor communication. After 3 months and 2 trips right by my car never picked it up. How long is one suppose to wait??????

I've now signed on with Passport transport. I'll let everyone know how it works out. That's California to NY.

Now I'm looking for a shorter haul from Rochelle Park NJ 07662 to Warrensburg NY 12885. Does anyone have any suggestions? I would prefer an enclosed carrier but if they can do it on a nice day I may consider open. Do I just go with one of the big guys again?

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I just sent you a pm, the guy i used is based in NJ, and might be able to do that for you !! he is on his way back up there today with another car.

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Sorry I weighed in late, but perhaps my post will help others make the right choice for a shipper. HANDS DOWN for East Coast transports I recommend Bruce Hall's Applewood Motorcar Transport (www.applewoodmotorcar.com/), a very professional outfit which handles new car deliveries for Lamborghini and all manner of classic cars for us enthusiasts. Applewood has hauled several of our AACA club members cars and they hauled my Terraplane up here to West Virginia from Roy Marks' place in Florida last year. For folks living in states from Maine to Florida and a few states inland, IMHO Applewood cannot be beat.

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I used M J Parker trucking to move my car from Kansas city Mo to Erie pa placed my order on a Friday, car was in my yard on weds of the next week. 750 dollars. uncovered

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Hi,

If you're on the fence concerning a broker, just watch one episode of "Shipping Wars" on TV. Would you want ANY of those chumps transporting your baby?

--Tom

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Something different?

Has anyone suggestions re:container share East Coast (Florida) to Melbourne Australia. Not urgent probably second half (after Hershey) of 2014, just asking around.

oldcar.

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This post is very interesting to me as I'm in the auto transport business. I am one of those extremely honest auto transport brokers out the, and understand everyone's concerns and am sorry to hear about some negative experiences with auto transport companies.

I can assure you that my company is different. It was built based on my own values and principals; a company I started after leaving another firm where I saw some issues and took it upon myself to operate in an opposite fashion.

I am very much into classic car shipping because of the type of clientele that comes with this type of auto transport. Most people I come across who ship a classic car are very knowledgeable about their vehicle, they understand my process when it's explained, and are just easier to work with.

There are a lot of bad auto transport brokers out there. There's a lot of bad companies in any industry, every type of business has it's bad apples. Everyone should be able to tell within the first 3 minutes of a conversation with an auto transporter whether or not they know what they're doing, if they're giving a realistic price, and whether or not they're just telling you what you want to here.

If you speak to me, I guarantee you will be able to tell the difference. I won't accept a job that I can't properly plan, or give a realistic expectation for. I will never be the cheapest option, because my drivers are of the highest quality. It seems like Trulyvintage is a great guy to work with, and I'd be happy to help fill a load for him whenever needed. In reality, brokers and carrier need each other.

People like you all who ship classic cars also need an auto transport broker. You need someone to give you the right answers, the right price, the right plan...someone to keep in constant contact with the car carrier for you. Someone to verify insurance coverage, to ask the right questions about loading/unloading your vehicle. Someone who knows what type of trailer should be used, and if the carrier has enough experience to properly handle a job. You need someone who works a 12 hour day (I always feel like it's a 20 hour day)...If I'm awake, I pickup the phone. No Sundays off here. Messages are always forwarded to my cell..I conquer problems head on, and solve them.

I always look out for my client's best interests, and have built my business around that principle. If you need an auto transport company, get an auto transport quote here. Don't let all of the noise you hear affect your decision..It's as hard to find great auto transport carriers as it is to find a great broker. Check me out. I won't disappoint.

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I had a horrible experience with Passport Transport. The repeatedly lied to me about the route and when the would pick up the car. They delayed so long the seller had to alter his travel plans and stay home an additional week.

Even after all these delays I finally got the driver to promise I was the next stop, only to find out he found another car to pick up and would add another few days on to the delivery date. I raised hell and they grudgingly agreed to make mine the next stop. It ended with the driver chewing me out and refusing to take a credit card. Horrible communication, lack of follow-up, and nasty service.

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