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Old 08-29-2017, 04:54 PM
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So my daughter is moving home here to Mass from Iowa. She was going to drive, but I'm a bit apprehensive to go that way given a 23 yo girl with a 2009 Equinox with 100K.

I contacted a few car carriers. Most were $1500.00 +\-. I thought that was reasonable, considering fuel, wear & tear, and the potential for disaster if she drove.

All these carriers seem to be brokers that promise you the world; guaranteed delivery, plenty of insurance, hiccup free! Google them, reviews on yelp, etc. most have nothing positive at all about their experience!

Has anybody have any positive experience or referrals?
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Originally Posted by coddock View Post
So my daughter is moving home here to Mass from Iowa. She was going to drive, but I'm a bit apprehensive to go that way given a 23 yo girl with a 2009 Equinox with 100K.

I contacted a few car carriers. Most were $1500.00 +\-. I thought that was reasonable, considering fuel, wear & tear, and the potential for disaster if she drove.

All these carriers seem to be brokers that promise you the world; guaranteed delivery, plenty of insurance, hiccup free! Google them, reviews on yelp, etc. most have nothing positive at all about their experience!

Has anybody have any positive experience or referrals?
How did the car get there?
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Originally Posted by lobstercatcher View Post
How did the car get there?
Ummmmm.....bought it there!
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Originally Posted by coddock View Post
Ummmmm.....bought it there!
What if she sells it there take the money and your 1500 and up grade her !
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Is a 9 year old Equinox with 100K miles really worth spending $1500 on to have it shipped? $1500 to ship a $5000 car?
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At 100k that equinox is pretty much...well...it's not worth spending 1,500 on I'll put it that way. It's days are probably numbered.

I'd be tempted to sell it and buy something else. Or drive. Iowa to MA really isn't that far. Definitely would not pay to ship.
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A well running automobile with known maintenance history is worth much more than it's NADA value to the owner. I have 250k on a SUV that keeps on going.
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seems expensive. I had quotes to ship a car from S. Fl to San Fran for $1k and cousin just shipped his from S.Fl to Phoenix for $600 I think. I think he used a broker.
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I shipped a Honda Civic from Ohio to Miami Fl for $450 last year .
Check around.
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I would sell the car if I was there! Being a single 23 yo female, she's not cut out for that

Besides which...well, there is a bit more to it than that. Without getting into graphic detail, let's just say she's upside down in the car!
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Originally Posted by drowning shrimp View Post
I shipped a Honda Civic from Ohio to Miami Fl for $450 last year .
Check around.
Any hiccups? What carrier/ broker did you use?
I've gotten 3 or 4 quotes. All being 12-$1500.00
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Try u ship
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I just sent an e mail to one of my clients that has been using a carrier to move a jeep from MA to CA. Ill find ou who she used and if she liked them.
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I will see if I can locate email.
I gave them the address to shop and CC
They didnt ask for any paperwork .I called 3 days later to chk when it would be picked up and it was already half way here.
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Three carriers that come to mind are as follows:
1. Intercity Lines
2. Reliable
3. Horseless Carriage

Have used Intercity Lines and service is impeccable but you will PAY for it...

All the independents that go through the broker system (in my experience) are a crap shoot that they show up on time, willing to cover damages to your car in shipment, and show up when they claim they will.

Have shipped my mom's car back and forth from Florida to New Jersey and 2 damaged roofs, car driven across George Washington bridge to deliver another car without our approval AND getting a ticket as driver drove it through EZ PASS without the transponder...

Oh yea... The expensive carriers may look expensive but they get the car where it's suppose to go, on time, and with no damage or hassle and that is worth every penny.

Another idea would be to drive to AMTRAK auto carrier that runs east west and see if that could be an alternative for your daughter. I do that with my moms car and the prices are reasonable, don't have to drive, and they serve pretty decent meals on the train and above all, your daughter will be SAFE. I have two daughters myself and I would be checking out that option.
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What about a. Plane ticket for you to fly out there and spend some quality time with your daughter driving back ?
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Get a plane ticket fly in and you and your daughter bring the car home.
Will be a great father/daughter time and the quotes you are getting are out of this world.
Cars coast 1500 coast to coast. What they are doing is charging you full rate because there ain't to much in Iowa to roll out of there and they will have a empty rack.

Whole trip should not cost you but 700 to fly in, and a motel for one night, fuel, food, and you have created a memory.

Nuff Said.
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Originally Posted by oceandansar View Post
What about a. Plane ticket for you to fly out there and spend some quality time with your daughter driving back ?
This is the answer. I've done it and would again in a second. As far as selling the car vs shipping, taxes and reg. Fees eat up any upside pretty quick. Unless you want to buy your kids a new car.
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I ship a lot out of michigan, ohio, florida, never anywhere close to that much. I use United Road a lot. If you have a dealer friend near by they might can suggest someone for you. My cars coming out of Michigan are $644 usually to South Carolina but I buy several a week. Best of luck.

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