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wearymicrobe New Reader
3/25/09 2:05 p.m.

Is there any sort of per mile equation for car shipping costs based on open or closed container.

I found a 06 SRT-10 Ram in Texas and I keep getting quotes in the 900$ range for the 1300 mile journey closed trailer. Non of the open trailer quotes have materialized is it 10-30% cheaper.

Its the only 2006 RC 6spd in Red with Navi that I can find in the nation under 20K mileage so its this or fly out and drive the 1300 miles back but that will run me a easy 700$ with the ticket and gas.

If its 30% cheaper I would rather just have it shipped open air and save me the travel hassles and eat the difference.

mad_machine SuperDork
3/25/09 2:11 p.m.

take a bus to go get it?

billy3esq Dork
3/25/09 3:50 p.m.

I've never seen a formula. It depends a lot on direction and who's got an empty spot on a trailer.

dyintorace HalfDork
3/25/09 4:15 p.m.

I shipped my wagon from Portland, Oregon to Jacksonville, Florida for ~$800. That was an open trailer, but a top spot as opposed to bottom. That was from depot to depot, not door to door. I used DAS and was quite pleased. Good customer service and good communication. I would use them again.

mad_machine SuperDork
3/25/09 4:23 p.m.

where are you delivering the truck to?

wearymicrobe New Reader
3/25/09 4:56 p.m.

San Diego. Ca 92110

914Driver Dork
3/26/09 6:18 a.m.

Texas to San Diego is a two day drive isn't it?

If you got plates on it, I'll bet the GRM BucketBrigade would take turns driving it.

. Wicked cheaper than a shipping company.

  1. You know it will be cared for by loving hands.

  2. It will be watched over at night, unlike sleeping on a truck.

  3. You may have to buy new rear tires.


Woody Dork
3/26/09 9:30 a.m.

I sent my 65 Mustang Fastback on an open trailer to Indiana from Connecticut for $750.

I think that the Point A / Point B proximity to major highways is a key factor, as well as how many other vehicles are being shipped to a similar location.

oldopelguy HalfDork
3/26/09 9:37 a.m.

-Borrow small car trailer. -Attach said trailer to small vehicle with trailer hitch. -Drive to TX. -Put trailer behind new truck with small vehicle on it. -Drive new truck home.

Strizzo Dork
3/26/09 9:38 a.m.

where in texas is it? i've got a trip for work to san diego coming up at the beginning of may. I'm in houston.

wearymicrobe New Reader
3/26/09 9:38 a.m.
914Driver wrote: Texas to San Diego is a two day drive isn't it? If you got plates on it, I'll bet the GRM BucketBrigade would take turns driving it. 4. You may have to buy new rear tires. 4. You may have to buy new rear tires. 4. You may have to buy new rear tires. 4. You may have to buy 250+ gallons of gas

Corrected. Not that I had not thought of that.

Strizzo Dork
3/26/09 9:43 a.m.

or you could try www.uship.com

orphancars New Reader
3/26/09 10:22 a.m.

I had a car transported from SF, CA to DFW, TX last year and used these guys:

4 Corners Transport Services

Jeffrey Benveniste
18903 SE 19th Street
Vancouver, WA  98683
Phone: 360-882-2584   Mobile:    Fax: 360-597-4376

Enclosed shipping back then (Jan 08) was just a little under $1200. These folks were the cheapest I could find at the time and their reviews were all very favorable. They are a broker, but use only a couple of transport companies regularly.

No financial interest, just a very satisfied customer. They were very helpful throughout the whole move process.....even gave me the number of the driver so I could call and get updates on where he was, ETA to my house, etc.


-jeff d

mad_machine SuperDork
3/26/09 10:28 a.m.

if it was out east.. I could have helped you.. moving the rest of a friend's crap to OK and then flying back to NJ.. could have driven both ways

willy19592 New Reader
3/26/09 12:03 p.m.
Strizzo wrote: or you could try www.uship.com

We have used uship on many occasions. with mixed results.

we got tangled up with one bad company in October, uship does nothing to help you when something goes wrong, they do help lighten your wallet though, as they still take their finders fee (or what ever they call it) and not return your emails, until you place a claim with Paypal. then they are all about wanting to help lol

left a pretty bad taste in our mouth.

took us a month to get our cars, but many that used that company did not, so I feel lucky. Since that time the company Im talking about has been barred, from uship, and I understand is under federal indictment for fraud

like anywhere, look at the feedback, and not the price (like we did) there are MANY great companies on there, that do a wonderful job, we have hired a few. but Im telling you one bad experience is all it took, now if my Son or I cant jump in the truck and go get a miata, we don't buy it. shame really.

11/23/09 4:24 p.m.

The prices depend on availability of trucks in your certain area. If you can hook up with a car hauler by yourself, youre looking at a lower rate (though he might charge you just as much as a broker will). If you go with a broker, he has access to more drivers and can check out the driver's history/rating before releasing your vehicle to them. There are a few brokers out there that won't charge you a penny until youve recieved your car at its destination. I can do this for you. feel free to check out my site www.tomitrans.com

Uship is a good service to cut out the middle man and hook up customers with carriers (which can be a dream or a nightmare). Though I do have a personal disregard for Uship as they take too much commission out of the shippers, carriers, brokers pocket. Youd be surprised! I took my business elsewhere.

dyintorace Dork
11/23/09 4:43 p.m.

iarehaik - do you ship canoes?

z31maniac Dork
11/23/09 4:49 p.m.
mad_machine wrote: if it was out east.. I could have helped you.. moving the rest of a friend's crap to OK and then flying back to NJ.. could have driven both ways

Really? I just flew out to Newark this past weekend and drove my new E30 318is back to Tulsa!

BoxheadTim Dork
10/21/10 3:47 p.m.

Oh cool, zombie canoe strikes again.

914Driver SuperDork
10/21/10 7:47 p.m.

I had a 1966 Datsun shipped from Texas to NY for $750.

Woody SuperDork
10/21/10 8:56 p.m.

That's what it cost to ship my '65 Mustang fastback from Connecticut to Indiana.

Autotransport1 None
10/11/12 2:17 a.m.

Use auto-car-transport.com they provide cheaper carriers with full assurance. I was quite impressed by their good services. If I got chance I would love to contact them again.

friedgreencorrado PowerDork
10/11/12 2:44 a.m.

Hungary Bill
Hungary Bill HalfDork
10/11/12 4:02 a.m.
friedgreencorrado wrote:


Feedyurhed Dork
10/11/12 6:34 a.m.

Isn't it usually more desirable to have a vehicle like this shipped and not drive it back? Especially this one which apparently is rare with low mileage.

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