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post #1 of 13 Old 01-30-2010, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
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Auto Shipping Experience

Just bought a New car on ebay. Anyone have any experience with shipping companies. Ebay references: DAS, United Road, and Express Auto Transport.

If it wasn't winter I would just fly up and drive it back. Not worried about the snow, more the salt and gravel crap they put on the roads in the winter. Shipping it from Boston to St Pete Florida. Rates are $780-$850.

Looking for information on timelyness, care, pickup and drop off problems.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
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Gary hello from Alabama and welcome to I dont have any expirence with car shipping but one of our sponsored dealers here will be able to help you out.

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I use a bunch of different guys over the years. Just make sure it is a covered trailer. Its worth the extra money and when it gets there. Look over the whole car and check the mileage and paper work well. Then enjoy..
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I've had two cars shipped, and I went the cheaper open car hauler route. I will NOT do that again. Spend the extra couple hundred and get the enclosed carrier like Exotic Car Transport or the like.

You'll find that those companies you have listed simply work out of an office and use leased owner-operators. This means that the driver delivering your car is an independent contractor and that he does not work for the company you are purchasing the service from.

This is quite obvious by the amount that say DAS charges you initially. They'll then tell you that you'll pay the driver in cash when he delivers the car. That means you paid DAS their fee and then the driver gets his cut as the contractor upon delivery.

What am I getting at? The drivers have no vested interest in customer service or anything like that simply because they work for themselves. If DAS says they won't use them anymore, there are PLENTY of other companies that will. More than likely, each car on that drivers trailer is from a different shipping source.

So why won't I go that route again? Because the care of both cars I purchased was less than desirable. I still remember when my 91 was delivered and the guy almost scraped the front ground effects off.

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Unfortunately it is $500 more and at $1350 I will have eaten up any benefit from buying on the internet.
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Pluses and minuses to everything. To me, especially for a new car, I wouldn't want to risk it.

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Try http://www.advancedautoship.com/

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post #8 of 13 Old 02-12-2010, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Ended up using GT Auto Transport. Had an A- rating on BBB and of the reviews I read the only gripe was inconvienient dropoff and pickup coordination.

My car went on a 7 or 9 car carrier. My only request was on this type of carrier, they put me on the top deck. Which they did.

Pickup was Monday this week in Boston and Drop-off was 4pm on Thursday despite the weather.

Highly recommend. Delivered safe and sound with 33 miles on the ODO.
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We sold a 1948 Chevy Fleetmaster Convertible last year on E-bay, it was a one owner car with 85,000 original miles on it bought brand new in our home town, we are in PA, car was going to LA........the guy sent and open trailer to pick it up....I almost sh*t when it arrived. So I go and call the guy Jaime Gonzales was his name..yes real name..and his wife answers the phone, I say yeah I'm calling for Jaime...oh hes at work...I say ok, she says whos calling, I say Rodney,your husband just bought my 48 Chevy.........She says WHAT 48 Chevy???......then... I'll call you back in a minute, she calls back and says Ship it, I really dont care....so off it went, never heard a word, is Jaime dead, or missing a certain body part...no idea????

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