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Old 07-19-2011, 06:12 PM
Location: Texas
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Originally Posted by kygman View Post
Go Greyhound, still! LOL
Thanks, but no thanks. BTDT!
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Old 07-19-2011, 11:39 PM
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Originally Posted by IdaHoeHotPotatoe View Post
Thanks, ladies, for weighing in on a woman driving alone. I have just had gall bladder surgery, and only have 4 days to get up there-and I have had complications with the surgery-so must take pain pills now to make it possible to function. Thus, I don't feel that I can drive alone-for very long at a time-and won't drive under the influence. If I had a longer period of time, this would be an option.....thus the decision to drive one car with my mother and the dog, and ship the other with the movers-it is costing me a bundle-but that is all I can do now.
I am not sure what you meant by ship with the movers and what the cost of that is but did you check into car transport companies? That is how I have moved my car many times. The price from company to company seems to vary too so it is good to shop around. Also to check BBS for complaints and ask about the companies insurance.
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Old 04-11-2012, 01:42 PM
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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I and my brother and sister all did this at varous times during college. Sometimes it was great, sometimes awful.

Normally, you pay for the gas and a return ticket. Sometimes yu pay for food and hotels, sometimes it is up to them. You should have the car in top shape. Recent oil change, newer tires, lube, wipers, fluids topped off and not leaking, mirrors intact and working. Help them plan a route and leave time for sightseeing and rest. If you push them too hard, they may crash your car. If they are a day or two late, not to worry. Three or four days WORRY. Now with cell phones you can keep track of your car daily and it is not unreasoanble to ask them to report progress each day.

One time my brother and sister picked up the car and found it completely stuffed full of owners things. No room for their luggage at all. No room to lay down in the back seat. The car was not in great shape and they had to buy windshield wipers and get an oil change along the way.

When they arrived they were given the owner's return air tickets (they bought round trip tickets and just gave my brother and sister the return half). It cost $100 to change the return tickets to their names (cannto do that at all now). The return tickets were for a week later. The owner offered to allow them to sleep in their basement as long as they left by 7 a.m. and returned before 8 p.m., but no earlier than 7 p.m. No heat, no bed, just concrete.

they came back swishing they had taken the car off roading or something along the way.

College kids are often willing to do this just to go somewhere for free. However you take a gamble whenever you use anyone. Are they stoners? Are they good drivers? All you can really do is get references and have good insurance. Even then, they could pick their nose and wipe it on the seat (this happened) or something similar.
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