Need advice getting car sent cross country.

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    Jan 04, 2011 4:03 AM GMT
    Hey guys...I'm hoping someone might have some advice on how to get a car that is currently in LA here to Rhode Island. I've been dating a guy that has recently moved here, but left his car in LA. He doesn't have the funds to have it shipped. Unfortunately, his work schedule precludes him from taking the time to fly there and drive it himself.

    I've heard that there are services where you can pay someone to drive it for you, but a Google search hasn't found any answers.

    Anyone have any thoughts? Thanks in advance!
    Dan
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    Jan 04, 2011 4:13 AM GMT
    The last time I shipped my car (Chicago - San Diego) I used a car shipping company off the yellow pages and it was about $900. I don't know if it'd be much cheaper if you paid some random person to do it. You'd need to pay their fee, gas, their food and lodging expenses and their return ticket.
  • Jaxom

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    Jan 04, 2011 4:47 AM GMT
    I agree with Ario, I think it would be a lot more cost effective to have it shipped.
    Or, if it's possible, wait a little while to get some time off from work. It's a long drive for sure though. Drove from Montana to Philadelphia, took three days, and drove all night into a fourth day on the third one. Luckily there were two drivers.
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    Jan 04, 2011 5:36 AM GMT
    Do an internet search for getting the car shipped. You can also look on ebaymotors under shipping for companies that carry autos. It will not be cheap, but likely less than having it driven. You have to pay the plane ticket, hotels, fuel and meals for whoever drives it (in addition, it needs current registration ect.)

    It should be cheaper having it shipped from West to East as most of the new car inventory (and car carriers) are full heading west and return empty. The car needs to run (to avoid a surcharge) and usually has to meet the carrier some place other than the residential street it may be on.

    Good luck.
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    Jan 04, 2011 5:55 AM GMT
    I hope this helps:

    http://www.haulingdepot.com/car_shipping.htm

    On the bottom of that FAQ page is the link to get a quote on shipping your guy's car.

    Best of luck!
  • rnch

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    Jan 04, 2011 6:32 AM GMT
    please do NOT use "all auto" shippers.

    their tie down straps scratched, dimpled and dented the roof of my car. they refused to accept any liabilty for the damage.

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  • GymBird_007

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    Jan 04, 2011 12:31 PM GMT
    Perhaps you can offer a friend money to drive the car to him and fly the friend back home?

    If money could be saved, i used MATSON a few times and my car has always been well kept by them. Of course that costs $1072 but they are quite reputable.

    Good luck you two
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    Jan 04, 2011 12:53 PM GMT
    Put a stamp on it and post it. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 04, 2011 1:15 PM GMT
    kscott6671 saidPut a stamp on it and post it. icon_lol.gif


    I assume you meant United States Postal Service..he wants it sometime before the end of the world! LOL


    On that note: FedEx does auto shipping in enclosed containers.


    http://www.movemycar.com/?source=google&gclid=COCVyPfQoKYCFddA2god9UW5pw
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    Jan 04, 2011 1:42 PM GMT
    I ship cars a couple of times a year from California to Niagara Falls, pretty painless.
    It costs about $900.00 to $1100.00 depending on the car.
    I have had good service with Angels auto moving, this is not an ad just what I have done.
    I wouldn't let someone drive it, and i would bring a Cali car back because they have no rust probs like the east coast stuff.
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    Jan 04, 2011 1:54 PM GMT
    I had my car shipped from LA to Philly when I started school- it cost me about $1800.

    I don't know how I feel about having someone else drive my car. The shipping business would be my best bet.
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    Jan 04, 2011 2:07 PM GMT
    Go to a car lot and see if you can have it put on one of their trucks. When I was selling cars my lot would use our inventory trucks to have cars moved around the country. It might take a bit to get it, but you could get it there cheap, we did it for like 150 bucks...
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    Jan 04, 2011 2:23 PM GMT
    Somewhere out here there's gotta be a company that will drive your car to your new destination. My parents did this with their cars and they swear by these kinds of services. I don't know if you want to put that many miles on it or if you trust someone else with your car, but I suppose that's another option.
  • coolarmydude

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    Jan 04, 2011 2:29 PM GMT
    Get with a local car dealership and ask if they have some recommendations for logistics companies (rail and highway) that can ship cars. Be prepared to pay a few hundred dollars for the service.
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    Jan 04, 2011 2:42 PM GMT
    Laddy1962 said
    Anyone have any thoughts? Thanks in advance!
    Dan

    My partner's brother is having a car trucked down from Boston to Fort Lauderdale to use during his January stay, as he's done in the past. He flew down, and the car may have already arrived yesterday (Monday), I haven't spoken to him since the weekend. After the truck's arrival I believe they have the car driven directly to his residence, and will reverse the procedure when he returns to Massachusetts.

    If you like I can ask him the cost, and what company, which may also operate in Rhode Island, and how to contact them. I know it's a greater distance from LA, and maybe they just serve the Eastern seaboard to the sunbelt states, but I won't know till I check.
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    Jan 04, 2011 4:29 PM GMT
    My partner's brother is having a car trucked down from Boston to Fort Lauderdale to use during his January stay, as he's done in the past. He flew down, and the car may have already arrived yesterday (Monday), I haven't spoken to him since the weekend. After the truck's arrival I believe they have the car driven directly to his residence, and will reverse the procedure when he returns to Massachusetts.

    If you like I can ask him the cost, and what company, which may also operate in Rhode Island, and how to contact them. I know it's a greater distance from LA, and maybe they just serve the Eastern seaboard to the sunbelt states, but I won't know till I check.


    If you don't mind asking, that would be great. Unfortunately, his funds are low and having it shipped probably would be cost prohibitive for a while. That's why I was thinking of finding someone to drive it for him...maybe even someone that was looking to get to the east coast. The car doesnt have to be delivered to RI...we could meet them and pick up the car as long as it's on the east coast.
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    Jan 04, 2011 6:16 PM GMT
    Laddy1962 saidIf you don't mind asking, that would be great. Unfortunately, his funds are low and having it shipped probably would be cost prohibitive for a while. That's why I was thinking of finding someone to drive it for him...maybe even someone that was looking to get to the east coast. The car doesnt have to be delivered to RI...we could meet them and pick up the car as long as it's on the east coast.

    I'll try phoning him again in a little while, no answer, may be out. But driving isn't cheap, either. Cost of gas, food & lodging for the driver, his own payment plus the company's share aren't going to be inexpensive. Plus frankly, I've always thought the car takes a beating from these drivers.

    Why when I bought my hubby's new car from a Miami dealer's lot, to be delivered through our Fort Lauderdale dealer (I wanted it quickly as a gift, no time to factory-order as I usually do, having found what I wanted already sitting in Miami), I insisted it be trucked even those 35 miles, not driven, as the odometer proved. These guys flog the car to make a deadline and a fast turn-over. And a brand-new engine as in our case needs a controlled break-in to ensure its best performance and longest life.

    In any case, I'll continue to try phoning him, will let you know if I learn anything.
  • rnch

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    Jan 04, 2011 7:30 PM GMT
    AD, what make/model car did ya'll get this time icon_question.gif
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    Jan 04, 2011 7:43 PM GMT
    I shipped my car from Phoenix, Az to Michigan for $690 two weeks ago. I shopped around and they all told me that most people are shipping their cars to the warm climate and they will ship it to the cold climate for about half the normal cost so they will not have an empty truck coming back.
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    Jan 04, 2011 7:49 PM GMT
    Yeah the only way to get your car across to the other side safely is have it ship. You can also to a cross country road trip hahaha with your boyfriend if you want, might save more money!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jan 04, 2011 7:51 PM GMT
    Maybe he should run an ad on Craigslist and just try to sell the car in L.A., and buy something else in Rhode Island
  • prime02

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    Jan 04, 2011 7:56 PM GMT
    You guys should fly back, and road trip all the way back home. Plan some great stops, and make some great memories icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 04, 2011 8:00 PM GMT
    rnch saidAD, what make/model car did ya'll get this time icon_question.gif

    A stupid Ford Focus! Oh, it's got leather seats, satellite radio, MS Sync Bluetooth connection with our cell phones, sun roof and power everything. But it's still a fucking Focus!

    I offered him a Lincoln (he won't buy non-US brands, and has a thing for Ford), and he refused it! I mean, actually turned it down!

    Then he gave me a laundry list of requirements, and a price that was totally unrealistic. It was my present to him, but you can't buy somebody a car blind, you gotta know what they would like. So I told him I was getting him a car, and asked for his input.

    Well, what a mistake! I should have just gotten him the fucking Lincoln, which at least I would have enjoyed, too. Instead he hamstrung me, nothing I could do. I was putting it in his name, so he'd know what it cost.

    We've had it for a few years now, and I will say it's been 100%, absolutely reliable, not a single problem with it. And most importantly, he's happy. What good is a gift if the recipient doesn't like it, no matter what it is? He says he likes it better than any of his own previous cars, which in fact included several Lincolns.

    So it served its purpose. Except that *I* hate getting into it. I'm still planning to get us a proper car before long. And this time I learned my lesson, and I'm not telling him a goddam thing. I'm getting the car *I* want, end of story. He can either ride in it or stay home.
  • rnch

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    Jan 04, 2011 8:24 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said... Except that *I* hate getting into it. I'm still planning to get us a proper car before long. And this time I learned my lesson, and I'm not telling him a goddam thing. I'm getting the car *I* want, end of story. He can either ride in it or stay home.




    after a few automotive abortions that my mother thought were "cute"; this was also how my father bought cars for him and her.

    she is still driving the last car he bought him/her/them, a nissan maxima that she flatly refuses to get rid of. at first she was none too pleased with his choice, until she out ran a bmw her girlfriend was driving and bragging about. icon_wink.gif
  • rnch

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    Jan 04, 2011 8:27 PM GMT
    P.S. AD, i'm quite pleased with my 2011 camry. some may say "dull"; i say "refined beyond your level of comprehension". icon_biggrin.gif