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Who can I trust to ship a vehicle?

Postby Kevin1 » Sat Aug 25, 2007 4:48 pm

Has anyone here used a shipping company to transport their car? I have never shipped a vehicle before. There are so many transport companies on the web, each one claims to be the best, fastest and cheapest. Not sure who to trust!

We are thinking of shipping a car from Los Angeles, California to Maine. The only company I have contacted so far is DAS, a company that Ebay Motors links to. Other than that I really know nothing about them. They quoted me $1250 with the car delivered to my house.

To anyone on the forum who has used a shipper please post any advise, recommendations, or warnings; your insights will be greatly appreciated.
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Postby bill vail » Sat Aug 25, 2007 9:17 pm

I used an agent for my fiat shipping from Wash. state to charlotte door to door for 1250 My Checker I had shipped by DAS from Wash state again but had it shipped terminal to terminal for 750. It would have been 1250 door to door also. DAS seemed to give the most options
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Postby Kevin1 » Sat Aug 25, 2007 9:39 pm

Bill,
Thanks for the heads up. A couple of folks have advised to avoid an agent, as you can't be sure who you will end up with for a shipper.

I see in your signature you have a Checker. Many years ago (early 70's) my then Brother-in-Law and I took his Checker Marathon on an extended, misguided, and foolish trip through Mexico. It was green with one orange fender, one yellow fender and a black trunk lid. We joined up with the Free Mexican Air Force for a while. Got into all kinds of trouble along the way and had one hell of a time getting ourselves back into the US. One of those adventures I won't tell my kids about until I'm very old. I never see a checker without smiling just a little too much . . . . :)
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Postby allenlofland » Sun Aug 26, 2007 9:46 am

I shipped the White Zagat DAS. Florida to New York.
Top deck becasue it was a convertable, inside storage while waiting for a truck. You can deal with DAS. You dont have to pay for that insurance they push if you have your own, I asked my agent first. Their price was competative and I have no complaints. Ask lots of questions, dont pay for what you dont need and be patient.
I do remember DAS wanted to put the Zagato in a covered truck, some story about tie downs and the Zagato had to be in the inside truck, I said balloney, the price was out ragous, they changed their mind and shipped open truck. Car arrived dirty but fine. I shipped the Black Spider to South Florida from Wichta DAS Covered truck, all went ok except when it arrived they unloaded her and she sat in the yard for a day or two, next door to a concrete plant . Can you imagine that black paint job AUUUCK they told the purchaser they would pressure wash her, NO NO NO he washed it himself happily.
Just ask a lot of questions and follow up , watch the tracking closs and be ready to go get her when she is at the yard, dont let her sit.
my 2 cents :)
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Postby Kevin1 » Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:55 am

Thanks, Alan. After calling a few other shippers it appears that by comparison DAS does indeed have their act together. I have a firm quote in hand and am ready to go - as long as the deal on car comes through!
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Talk to Greg...

Postby Brett » Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:53 am

Joel Hailey recommended a guy named Greg to me. I called him and he is working on getting transport for me as we speak. He had a transport arranged the other day but I couldn't coordinate the delivery of the car in time to take advantage of it. He is a broker but I think that he is on top of things.
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Re: Who can I trust to ship a vehicle?

Postby mogul_x » Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:09 pm

Kevin1 wrote:Has anyone here used a shipping company to transport their car? The only company I have contacted so far is DAS... They quoted me $1250 with the car delivered to my house.


I had my Lancia Scorpion shipped coast to coast using Express Auto Transport. www.theexpressauto.com

It was back in 2003, but it was a less than $1250, if I recall. $750 comes to mind, but I'll have to see if I still have the receipt to find out exactly what they charged me. I remember it wasn't much more than I paid to have an Alfa 164 shipped from Wisconsin, and I know that was around $700.

The service was good - the only problem was a 1 day delay in delivery because the truck had a mechanical problem, but they called me to let me know about the delay well in advance. They transported it on an open car carrier, lower deck, but it didn't suffer any spots or stains on the convertible top as a result of sitting on the bottom rack.
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Just called and signed up with DAS

Postby Brett » Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:12 pm

I will report how it goes.
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Postby thommes » Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:29 pm

I wanted to get an estimate of how much it would cost to transport a car from FL and found one of the websites that gives your info to 'select' number of companies. I haven't stopped getting emails with quotes. I wouldn't go that route to find a company.
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Call Richard at DAS

Postby Brett » Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:13 am

Go to the DAS web site and call the toll free number. His ext is 5133. Tel him I sent you and he may take better care of both of us. DAS ships all of their own stuff.
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Re: Call Richard at DAS

Postby Kevin1 » Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:24 am

Brett wrote:Go to the DAS web site and call the toll free number. His ext is 5133. Tel him I sent you and he may take better care of both of us. DAS ships all of their own stuff.
Brett


Brett,
I already have a quote from DAS, but I'll try Richard today and see if any better deal can be made. Seeing how I couldn't possibly have picked a car to ship that was much farther away (Los Angeles to Maine) I think that the $1250 wasn't a bad quote. It includes physical damage coverage insurance, top loading, and delivery straight to my house. Here's hoping that we can both save a few extra dollars.
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Give him a try...

Postby Brett » Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:28 am

My quote from WA was $978 total, top deck. I am going terminal to terminal though.
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Postby Kevin1 » Thu Aug 30, 2007 8:26 pm

Brett,

I was able to get a little better price today with the agent I first talked to, but it was worth a try. DAS has started their fall pricing so my quote went down by almost $150.00. Always a good thing! :)
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Postby allenlofland » Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:27 pm

The more you talk to DAS the more they lower the price :) Work em boy 8)
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Postby thommes » Tue Sep 18, 2007 12:24 pm

Anyone have additional recommendations for shippers?

I called Richard to get an estimate for shipping from San Diego to Columbus. Told me the Spider had to be enclosed, they wouldn't ship it any other way. From current owners door to terminal is $1130.00 Seems a bit pricey to me.

Call me an idiot... but I'm seriously toying with the idea of driving her back. Saves me a lot of money and the peace of mind worrying about the car getting to me.
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