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Old 09-12-2014, 04:16 PM
 
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Has anyone done a cross country car shipment? Movers recommended that I use The Car Carrier, but they are quoting $2200 (NOVA to Seattle), which seems high. This whole industry seems full odd sketchyness - thinking about just selling the car and avoiding this looming hassle.....

Any recommendations?
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Old 09-12-2014, 05:56 PM
 
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Around $1500 is probably the fair rate for shipping the car. You can check uship or other quote places to get an actual quote. Cheapest option would probably be to drive it yourself.
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Old 09-13-2014, 09:15 AM
 
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I've shipped cars across the country twice in the past 5 years and gone with Montway Auto Transport as a broker both times. Their prices were good for my budget and even offered a discount the second time around. I believe they have a discounted cash price (which you pay directly to the driver less the broker fee you pay with a card).
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Old 09-14-2014, 08:16 AM
 
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I just ATTEMPTED to use Montway. They broker out the deal to actual carriers. In my case they couldn't find anyone to pick up my car. They give you a 5 day business day window, I told them I had to absolutely leave town by 5:00 PM on a Friday, so they backed the window to Monday. I didn't hear from them till Wed, saying they were trying. Then again at 4:00pm Friday. Said they were trying to trying to confirm insurance for a carrier. They couldn't tell me where this driver was at, so there is no freaking way he could make it through Friday afternoon traffic to my location. I had to cancel and drive the vehicle myself. It wasn't easy getting the money back (you pay in advance) but I had numerous emails, in one the gal told me.."maybe you should just drive." Conversations went from sweet to
B*$^hy really fast. Beware - and give yourself lots of time.
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Old 10-03-2014, 11:40 PM
 
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Has anyone done a cross country car shipment? Movers recommended that I use The Car Carrier, but they are quoting $2200 (NOVA to Seattle), which seems high. This whole industry seems full odd sketchyness - thinking about just selling the car and avoiding this looming hassle.....

Any recommendations?
We just shipped a car from Alaska to Seattle for $1,100.00.

I don't if something happened along the way or if it was a coincidence, but soon after arriving in Seattle, the steering went out and some other stuff, resulting in a $3500 repairs bill. The car had just been in for service a few weeks before we shipped it and nothing was mentioned about any potential problems.

We'll never know.
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Old 10-04-2014, 06:11 AM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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I regularly follow a very interesting car website called Bring a Trailer; Intercity Lines is a sponsor of the site, and the founder/owner of the site (who lives in CA) recently sold his very collectible E30 BMW M3 and used Intercity to ship it. The followup note from the buyer seems to indicate they did a good job.

I tried to link to that article, but the for some odd reason, it appears I can't post URL of the site. However, it's simply the name of the site plus dot-com. If you go to the site, the article is from Oct. 2.

In addition, the same site has these articles on the subject. (Replace the asterisks with the name of the site above plus dot-com.)

Vehicle Shipping
http://******************/services/shipping/

BaT Survey: Car Shipping Experience?
http://******************/2009/10/22...ng-experience/

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