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Tvance13
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Looking for a cost effective way to ship a race car from CA to PA. Any advice is sincerely appreciated.

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Chris Taylor
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Make sure whoever you talk to isn't a broker. Ask if they're an owner/driver, if they say no, ask if they actually own any trucks.

There's more than one reason for this. Most of the time a broker is a guy in an office with a computer. Doesn't own a truck, doesn't lease a truck... he just takes suckers money, posts the load on Central Dispatch and has the cheapest bidder haul it. WHEN something gets broken, bent, or scratched, it becomes next to impossible to get their insurance to cover it -- DOT can't park a broker if they let their insurance lapse, they WILL park a truck if they don't have coverage. If a trucker breaks something or bends the hell out of the car, you might have to wrestle it out of them but you'll get their insurance info eventually.

That's a rough route. I know lots of trucks that run from CA->TX->CA and even more than run TX->OH/PA->TX but none that do both. If you get real desperate shoot me a PM or an email and I can put you in touch with one of my buddies that does intrastate Texas stuff but has a brokers license -- at least that way you've got an honest person doing the brokering and he can steer clear of anybody on Central with black marks on their record.

Another reasonable option that's sometimes affordable is DAS. They have a network of depots, effectively, and if you can deliver the car to the depot and pick it up from one they're usually fairly cheap. My main complaint is that the same car will get offloaded and reloaded several times, some routes as many as 4 or 5, which gives even more opportunity to mess something up.

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Pat Newton Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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I shipped a BMW from Jacksonville FL to Seattle earlier this year, using Exotic Car Transport out of Orlando. It was spendy, but the service was great and the car came out of the (enclosed) semi-trailer as flawless as it went in. Highly recommended.

http://www.exoticcartransport.com/

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David Dewhurst
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Send an e-mail to Jim Drago. He ships his cars at times by car haulers & being he's in the salvage business he knows the ins & outs.

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Steve D. Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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I used Intercity Lines for a Boston-to-Atlanta run. Like Pat's option, their enclosed, pampered transport may be overkill for a race car.

Michael53
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Maybe I'm the exception but I've had very good luck using brokers who post on central dispatch. I've had cars sent here to Oklahoma from Florida, New York, Texas, Georgia, Kansas, 2 from California, and 2 from Colorado. It's gotten to be pretty competitive so the service level has gotten much better in the last couple years. You shouldn't have to front any money until your car is actually booked/scheduled with an owner/operator for pickup. The broker generally takes his $100-$200 via credit card when he's booked your ride and you hand the truck driver his $400-$600 cash when he delivers the car. All that said I've never had one picked up or delivered when they initially said they would. Usually you get the driver's cell phone number from the broker and you call them tell 'em to forget the BS they told the broker and tell YOU when they REALLY plan to pick up/deliver the car. Moving cars is all these guys do for a living and most of the ones that are left do a pretty good job. My 2cents - Mike

Drago Verified Driver Made Donation to Website Series Champ
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quote:
Originally posted by Tvance13:
Looking for a cost effective way to ship a race car from CA to PA. Any advice is sincerely appreciated.

Tyler
I am a broker on Central Dispatch as I buy so many cars from all over it was cheaper to just become a member. I will list it for you if you want.
Send me email with zipcodes
Jim

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Jeremy Pike
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rt66autoshippers@yahoo.com Rafal is his name. they just shipped a subaru from IL to CA for me. Good price and timely. Worth shootin an email to.

Alberto M Goncalves
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Coincidentally, I need to ship a car NY to CA. Timely thread.

Bill Pruitt Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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Tip:
Make sure the car is in neutral whilst being shipped, as it would (should) be if you were hauling it yourself.

Chris Taylor
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quote:
Originally posted by Michael53:
Moving cars is all these guys do for a living and most of the ones that are left do a pretty good job. My 2cents - Mike

It's actually quite the opposite, even though the price per mile is absolutely in the shitter (I'm making less than half what I did a year ago per mile) there seems to just be more and more bandit haulers popping up all the time.

I just had somebody show up with an F150 and a U-haul to pick up a car that was put on Central. [Confused]

Definitely hit Drago up. If anybody damages the car you've got him to blame!

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