I'm thinking of getting a car from out of state.I'm thinking of shipping from Georgia to california.Does anybody know a carrier that you can trust(No damage!) shipping costs ect.Thanks G. Ever heard of horseless carriers? Any good?
Torched: This is just my experience but I have been doing this for awhile (shipping cars). I have successfully used Immediate Auto Transport out of Michigan.
Hope I don't get flamed/upset others but here goes: The big carriers do alot of circuitous routing of your car. They may pick it up in my St. Louis area and it is destined for LA. However, they all have or share a network of major warehouses that criss-crosses the country. The car may go thru two or more of these "staging warehouses" before it ever gets to your intended destination. That is also why they quote you in terms of weeks vs. days to deliver your car. What happens, though, is each time your car is temporarily "warehoused" (for another truck to come by and pick it up for your intended destination)the vehicle gets "handled" e.g. offloaded and then reloaded. I have had collector cars over the years damaged in this process and if you read your contract real close, there are limits on the carriers liability....usually way below what you may need for the repair. I have also had my cars arrive at their destination with alot of finger-prints, smudges, and in a few instances, scratches. This occurs while the stored cars are being viewed by "admirers or employees" or in one case I personally observed, while two transporters were in a public mall parking lot swapping cars as they had their routes changed by their companies dispatchers. The public was all over the cars and the drivers could not keep them away.
Car Transport does not have to be tramatic. But,whatever you decide, ask for references; request a direct delivery (no strange routing or "staging" (read: warehouse)commitment in writing and make sure you know the extent of their financial commitment if your car is damaged. Don't buy into "We have $10,000,000 worth of Insurance; don't worry you are covered." What is the coverage or liability of that company for YOUR car, per occurence.
I would rather do business with a second tier owner (there are many of them out there) who own their own rigs and WILL commit to a direct delivery. YOu know when the car leaves and you know what day it will arrive. I have never had a problem since using this process. These second tier owners are small business men who care alot about the hobby (old, new, classic, or exotic). They also work for themselves and know their reputation is paramount to thier future success.
Soooooooo sorry for the long message, but you hit on one of my "hot-buttons"!
Have used Horseless Carriage out of Paterson, New Jersey to ship between NJ and Florida. Very good...showed up on time, delivered on time and no damage. Let me know if you need the number...I have it at the office.
Also, one of the only benefits of living in the NY/NJ area is that movers or haulers are constantly leaving here for other parts of the country with "full loads" so they don't have to swap your stuff around too much. I agree, the last thing you want is to have your car off-loaded and on-loaded too much...especially if they are going to use and open carrrier.
Torch -all good info -I asked for my 61 to go direct to Denver from Seattle without transfer and it did. Had to wait a month for it to happen though. Via Horseless
Arrived in first class condition-also have used the train-not good idea.
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