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Old 08-10-2008, 09:29 PM
 
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We have purchased a home in Florida and plan to live there 6 months out of the year. How do most Snowbirds handle the need for a vehicle? Our home the other six months of the year is Oregon - so we don't plan to drive to Florida. Our home does not have a covered garage, so we don't want to leave a vehicle there. We thought about shipping a vehicle back and forth... but that gets a bit spendy. Does anyone know anything about short term rentals or leases? The little I have found on those seem awfully expensive - more than shipping!

Any advice?
Thanks a bunch!
Cpow
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Old 08-10-2008, 09:36 PM
 
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It would be cheaper for you to buy a used car and keep it in Florida. The shipping back and forth would be outrageous after a while.
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Old 08-10-2008, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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I agree that the best route possible would be to register and keep an older car in Florida. This offers you a number of benefits, as well. This could be your first step in establishing Florida residency (therefore, no state income tax and the initial perk of SOH/ reduced property taxes). Without state vehicle inspections, you would only need to pay the insurance, registration fees, and possibly someone trustworthy to drive it for you occasionally. Be warned, however, Florida auto insurance will probably cost close to double what you are paying now.
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Old 08-11-2008, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Jupiter
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Question AmTrak???

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We have purchased a home in Florida and plan to live there 6 months out of the year. How do most Snowbirds handle the need for a vehicle? Our home the other six months of the year is Oregon - so we don't plan to drive to Florida. Our home does not have a covered garage, so we don't want to leave a vehicle there. We thought about shipping a vehicle back and forth... but that gets a bit spendy. Does anyone know anything about short term rentals or leases? The little I have found on those seem awfully expensive - more than shipping!

Any advice?
Thanks a bunch!
Cpow
I'm not sure if there is a rail system out there...but my brother goes to Florida for 3 to 4 months every year...he drives down to Washington, DC and puts his vehicle on the Amtrak Train...takes longer than driving...but he has his own vehicle for his time there...perhaps there is something similar out there......and something to remember...most insurance companies only offer coverage for 30 days on a rental car...so check it out...
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Old 08-11-2008, 06:48 AM
 
Location: where my heart is
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Default Depends where you are going

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I'm not sure if there is a rail system out there...but my brother goes to Florida for 3 to 4 months every year...he drives down to Washington, DC and puts his vehicle on the Amtrak Train...takes longer than driving...but he has his own vehicle for his time there...perhaps there is something similar out there......and something to remember...most insurance companies only offer coverage for 30 days on a rental car...so check it out...
Amtrak only going goes to certain cities. I suppose you could then drive your car to your final destination wherever that may be. I am guessing it won't be cheap to take a car on Amtrak. I checked into Amtrak for my older daughter who was afraid of flying. The train was not much less than a plane and the time to get here was a measured in days, not hours. You could almost as easily drive down yourself.

My two next door neighbors are both snowbirds; one from UK and other from Pa. They keep cars down here in their garages.
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Old 08-11-2008, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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It would be cheaper for you to buy a used car and keep it in Florida. The shipping back and forth would be outrageous after a while.
I choose the above, if $$ and cents is a factor.
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Old 08-11-2008, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Full time in the RV
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There are plenty of snowbirds here with "condo cars". They leave them at their condo when they are gone. Sometimes they use a car cover. Another option is rent an open space in a storage lot. Plenty of people keep their car, boat, RV there.
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Old 08-13-2008, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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Just curious since you've been to both places and must like them enough to live in each one half of each year...My question to you is I have decided to relocate to Portland from Orlando and I need your advice/ opinion on what I should expect. I know its a drastic change, which is, quite honestly, why it appeals to me so much. I crave to be outdoors and be surrounded by Oregon's natural beauty. I'm over Florida's beaches and theme parks and outlet malls...It's all become very boring to me. Buy, my question is, am I expecting to much? Is it worth the 3000 mile trip?
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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It would be cheaper for you to buy a used car and keep it in Florida.
There is no better advice here. Buy a second car, insure it in FL and let your insurance agent know that the car is going to be garaged in FL year round and will be unused 6 months of the year and they will give you a much lower rate during that time so for the most part, your car will not cost you anything to keep it in FL. Take a taxi to the airport from your home and from the airport to your winter home.

On the subject of no garage at your home, you would do well to invest in a carport to at least keep the sun from overly damaging the interior for the 6 months that you aren't there. If you check around, you might be surprised how economical an addition of a carport can be for you.

Since you will have to arrange for someone to maintain the yard at the FL property on a regular basis, you might want to include some work on your FL car, too. You could hire someone to wash and wax the car as it sits in your driveway, apply ArmorAll or some similar protectant to the tires once a month.

A membership with AAA (American Automobile Association) will give you free jump starts when needed. It is a real treasure to have no matter how much or how little you use your car.

There is no living without a car in FL. You just about have to have one.
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Old 01-17-2010, 12:13 AM
 
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There are reasonable services in Canada that will drive your car to and from Florida every year. Probably cheaper than buying another car and insuring and plating it plus I believe you can load all your stuff in the trunk (you can bring a lot more stuff back and forth). Check out carstoflorida.com

[url]http://www.carstoflorida.com[/url] They seem to have a happy clientele
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