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Old 03-29-2013, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Between amicable and ornery
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the "cheapest" way is to have aaa gold and have it towed every 100 miles by a new tow company. Time consuming, but won't cost you more money.
lololol
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Lansing, MI
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lololol
Sad part is... I have known someone to do this before!! Towed their vehicle from several states away when it broke down while on vacation.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Between amicable and ornery
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Sad part is... I have known someone to do this before!! Towed their vehicle from several states away when it broke down while on vacation.
To each his own. I guess that's how the rich stay rich. I just shipped my car from Fort Walton Beach, Fl to LV, NV. It cost me $900. The hardest part was trying to get a driver. They don't come to certain areas unless its on their route or the money is right. So glad I did because the thought of driving across country was very taxing.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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Sorry, AAA has a maximum number of tows per year, I think it's 3 or 4. After that they charge you. My mom exceeded her allowed limit! I know you were only joking.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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To each his own. I guess that's how the rich stay rich. I just shipped my car from Fort Walton Beach, Fl to LV, NV. It cost me $900. The hardest part was trying to get a driver. They don't come to certain areas unless its on their route or the money is right. So glad I did because the thought of driving across country was very taxing.
Yes best way..my friend just shipped her car down to her daughter in New Orleans from NJ $800
DIL sister shipped her full size pick up from San Francisco to NJ $1100

It depends especially this time of the year when snowbirds are heading back North as many have their cars shipped.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:47 AM
 
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Hello Everyone,
I have a 2002 Jeep Liberty that I'm looking to tow from Florida to California. Just don't want wear and tear on the vehicle. What's the cheapest possible way I can do this? I've looked on UHaul's website and they want to charge me something like $1600 to rent a 16' Truck and a two wheel tow dolly. That's kind of expensive! What are my options?

I thought about buying a used two wheel tow dolly and possibly saving myself a few hundred dollars and renting a smaller UHaul truck and just NOT telling UHaul about it. Any suggestions?

Is Dinghy towing an option?
Get a friend to drive it and pay for a one way plane ticket home.

It probably won't be much cheaper than shipping it, but your friend might actually enjoy doing it.
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:21 PM
 
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OK, so the only reason why someone should tow their car cross country is if it's gold plated. Can I ask you Grandpa if you're senile?

Not only is my Jeep in perfect running condition, it's paid off! So, to answer your question and the question of some of the others - NO, I'm keeping the car - it's not an option.

I have made the decision to tow it and it's final. I just want to find the cheapest method of towing it to California.
If it is in that good of shape, have a friend drive it. Figure out what that would cost in gas. Then bite the bullet and tow it behind your moving truck. Can't have it both ways.
And asking someone if their senile when they have been good enough to respond to your posted question is just plain rude. Good luck
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:00 PM
 
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If it is in that good of shape, have a friend drive it. Figure out what that would cost in gas. Then bite the bullet and tow it behind your moving truck. Can't have it both ways.
And asking someone if their senile when they have been good enough to respond to your posted question is just plain rude. Good luck
William1971's response wasn't well thought out but I have to admit I thought the suggestion to sell his car was off base as well; especially in this economy. Just goes to show that us younger folks are actually cost conscious unlike 10 years ago. In Grandpa's defense, he must be doing well financially. Kudos to him
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Florida
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While you could tow without telling the rental company, if you get into an accident or there is damage to your vehicle, you could be SOL.

Cheapest option might be to contact a shipper. I've used U Ship with success and you might also list something and see what bids you might come up with. You said FL to CA and that's roughly 2,500 miles or so. From what I've gathered, most shippers would like to get $1.00/mile for them to be able to make anything. Remember, they have to return to FL after bringing your vehicle to CA.

You can also Google auto transporters or vehicle shippers and start e-mailing shippers. You might actually end up speaking with a broker instead of the shipper himself, though. The broker will try to sync your times that you need the car picked up/dropped off to what shippers are running that route.

FL to CA is just about a straight shot on I-10, obviously, it depends specifically where you're shipping from/to but at least you're not totally out of the way.

When I moved myself during military moves, I used a car transporter, not a dolly. The U Haul truck I used to tow the trailer got about 10 MPG but that was with a full truck of my household goods.

With the price of gas these days, low shipping costs may be the exception rather than the rule.

Either way, I don't think you're going to get it done for less than $2,000 due to the distance whether you do it yourself or have it shipped.
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:54 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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William1971's response wasn't well thought out but I have to admit I thought the suggestion to sell his car was off base as well; especially in this economy. Just goes to show that us younger folks are actually cost conscious unlike 10 years ago. In Grandpa's defense, he must be doing well financially. Kudos to him
No, Grandpa's suggestion was perfectly reasonable. He did ask the condition of the car and if it was really worth towing a long distance. William asked for suggestions. When he got one he didn't like he quickly resorted to name-calling.


It's a '72 Jeep. Jeeps probably sell for about the same in Florida as they do in California, so selling it in Florida and buying a new one in California is a reasonable consideration vs. spending upwards of $1600 to tow it. And that wouldn't include the extra fuel, so let's say $2000. Strictly from a financial viewpoint, it would likely be cheaper to sell it and buy a new one after the move.

But that's not a suggestion, because Willy has now stated that it's not an option.

Frankly, I wouldn't offer any suggestion at this point. William can figure it out on his own.
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