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Old 04-22-2009, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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There have been a few threads about this. I'm not trying to be rude nor lazy, but I don't want to rewrite some good answers and suggestions....

Seeking reliable auto movers

Interstate Auto Transport

Has anyone shipped car instead of driven?
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
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Who would be moving the rest of your belongings? When I relocated from Cleveland to Phoenix, the moving company just drove my car right into the moving truck under the platforms holding the rest of my stuff. Those big trucks really are massive inside.
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ - The mountains are free here.
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I just looked up some quotes on some of those -- $800 to $900 to get my car from Raleigh NC to Tucson AZ.

What.
The.
Fudge.

That's more than it costs to rent a truck and drive all my worldly possessions.
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:10 PM
 
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At $0.42 per mile, even the higher price of $900 is relatively cheap for the 2150 mile trip. Was that quote obtained from a reputable licensed car carrier or an auto transportation broker located online? If it was a broker, then you might find yourself waiting for your car for some time at that price.

Your budget might be in for a very BIG surprise if the auto quote is more expensive than all of the relocation related expenses allowed for a truck rental.
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Old 04-24-2009, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ - The mountains are free here.
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I got it from two or three of the links in ... one of the links that Maw linked to.

And it's ridiculously expensive. It probably costs that in gas just to drive the truck. The truck probably carries at least ten cars at a time.

For renting trucks, it's about $800 for the truck (unlimited miles) $400-500 for gas for said truck and $200 to rent one of those tow-along things for the car in question.

$200 beats the pants off $800 any day.
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Old 04-24-2009, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Wherever women are
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I moved from Charlotte to NYC and it cost me 525$. I recently moved from NYC to Denver and that was 825$.

You basically call three companies and bargain about how the other one is 100$ less , you'll get a good deal.

Noone is spending so much these days on a car move and they are pretty desperate.
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Old 04-24-2009, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Not tied down... maybe later! *rawr*
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Would it be cheaper for you to ask a friend to drive the other car for you and then buy them a one-way ticket back home? That's always an option.
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Old 04-24-2009, 04:26 PM
 
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Depends on the size and power configuration on the truck and the profile of the vehicle being towed. Ever drive a 16' rental with drum brakes across the Smokies or drag it through high winds on the central plains with a 25' caboose behind you? Your fuel economy is going to drop rapidly at the same time that your blood pressure is escalating.
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Old 04-24-2009, 04:35 PM
 
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Would it be cheaper for you to ask a friend to drive the other car for you and then buy them a one-way ticket back home? That's always an option.
I love these sorts of comparisons.

I believe its 2150 miles for the OP from NC to AZ. Thus, at 21.5 MPG for gas for the car being driven, that's 100 gallons of gas, or $200+ right there. Gas costs could double if that's a large SUV being driven.

Then two nights in a decent motel is another $200.

Then food for the 'guest driver' for two full days is at least $50

Then airfare back home is $300 or more.

Now we're up to $750, maybe more. Hardly worth the trouble.


NOTE: I've merged 4 threads into one thread on auto moving.

Last edited by Mike from back east; 04-27-2009 at 07:09 AM..
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Wherever women are
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Would it be cheaper for you to ask a friend to drive the other car for you and then buy them a one-way ticket back home? That's always an option.
The assumption that one will ever have one such beloved friend who will go through the ordeal of driving through six states.......
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