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Old 03-18-2008, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Default Can I bring my car on a plane?

Just trying to figure out how to get two cats and a car across the country without driving.

Has anyone had their car shipped via plane? I would be great if we could fly and the car could fly too. I don't want it to be shipped on a truck. I'm worried about damage.

I already looked into Amtrak. They don't allow pets.

Any other suggestions?

 
Old 03-18-2008, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Somewhere East of Laramie
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I'd look for a car carrier that specializes in antiques/classics such as Horseless Carriage Carriers. Likely to be less expensive than the plane and I wouldn't worry about damage, it's their business and they are entrusted with some very high end cars.
 
Old 03-18-2008, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Hillsboro, OR
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Anything can be done given sufficient $$$. OTOH there is a saying which goes: "if you have to ask... ..." I am curious though as to why you think that transport by air carrier is less dangerous to your car than ground shipment. Cars are transported safely via ground shipment all the time.

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Old 03-18-2008, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Cars get damaged all the time during ground shipment. Rocks fly up from the road, the paint gets scratched, they get scraped up during loading/unloading, etc. My friend was telling me something about how they bounce around during transport and it can damage the underside somehow.

I really like my car and they don't make them anymore. It's not like I can just run out and buy a new one.

Besides, the cost of shipping the car, plus rental car while I'm waiting for my car to show up (it takes two weeks!) is over $1200. For that price, it would be nice if I could somehow have it on the same transport as me and the pets.
 
Old 03-19-2008, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Twinkletoes, is this a joke?

If you've ever been on a commercial plane, you must have seen the baggage being loaded. Even the military has to use special planes to transport equipment. Did you even stop to consider the cost of jet fuel alone, much less the fixed costs for a carrier? You are talking about major costs compared to the $1200.

Find a car transport that uses enclosed trucks, insure the car for transport, and be done with it.

Last edited by harry chickpea; 03-19-2008 at 03:26 PM..
 
Old 03-19-2008, 03:18 PM
 
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Default Check with a couple of Freight Forwarding Companies... like DHL and FedEx Auto Transport

Yes, you can transport your vehicle via air freight... Friends of mine made a trip of a lifetime around the world by car... they had booked passage from somewhere to India by boat and it was not possible that time of year... faced with the possibility of having to wait a minimum of 7 weeks, they opted for air freight...

It was only a couple of hours and added about $5,000 to their trip in 1980's dollars.

Movie studios occasionally pay for this type of shipping...

A couple of years ago, the original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car was reported to have been flown from England to LA for a weekend publicity event...
 
Old 03-20-2008, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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No, this isn't a joke.

If I already knew the answer, I wouldn't be asking...

This has been helpful. Airplane has been crossed off the list. Thanks very much.
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