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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-28-2018, 05:43 AM Thread Starter
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Inundated with offers - What the hell?

After reading various threads on moving cars across country, I went to a1autotransport.com and filled out the form to get a quote - I figured I needed to start somewhere. Within 3 minutes of submitting the form my phone and email started blowing up - I started receiving quotes and calls from different companies that were not a1autotransport.

Some of the ones who called and emailed:
  • DIY HWY Transport
  • Silverstar
  • All Coast Auto Transport
  • Auto Transport 123

What happened here? It makes me not to want to use any of these as I'm getting spammed from every direction...

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Suggestion: use only a company that is referred to you by someone in the car industry, I am sure that someone here on LT can suggest a company in your area.
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The way it works is you reached out to a broker who then sent your info to an ebay of sorts where drivers compete for business. These drivers range from actual pros to simply a guy with a truck and a sticker on the side. As Kubera said, don't go in blind.
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After reading various threads on moving cars across country, I went to a1autotransport.com and filled out the form to get a quote - I figured I needed to start somewhere. Within 3 minutes of submitting the form my phone and email started blowing up - I started receiving quotes and calls from different companies that were not a1autotransport.

Some of the ones who called and emailed:
  • DIY HWY Transport
  • Silverstar
  • All Coast Auto Transport
  • Auto Transport 123

What happened here? It makes me not to want to use any of these as I'm getting spammed from every direction...
Welcome to the internet, where you're privacy loss is just a click away.
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Here's a few of the main carriers with a good reputation:

https://reliable-carriers.com/about-us/services/

http://www.intercitylines.com/
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I have heard/read good reviews of uship.com

You enter what you want shipped and also where it needs transported to/from.... you then receive quotes and also can read reviews from people who use the various companies.
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I used intercity lines to ship my evora 400 from California to Florida and they did a phenomenal job with communication and their rigs are top notch. The drivers know what they are doing and they won't **** up your car. They are not cheap but I read too many horror stories of going through brokers because you never know which driver your actually going to get. They may also get there and realize they don't have the right lift for the car or decide they want more money for the trip. The experience and quality of the drivers brokers use is all over the place because they are just bidding it out. These are all not uncommon stories I kept seeing across brokers since they have much less control over the drivers and quality of the rigs.

I was very happy with my choice and it wasn't THAT much more expensive for me but I was also shipping on a super popular route from Northern California to Southern Florida. I hear that rates can start to climb tremendously if you are in a remote or not well traveled area.
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When I was thinking about shipping a car I used the online quote form for Intercity Lines and Passport Transport. Got the quotes emailed to me and no extra calls.
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Yeah - I'm blocking all of those numbers. It'll probably take decades to get off of all of the mailing lists... Lesson learned. It seemed like a single entity/company that I was asking for a quote from. No where did it say I'd be getting 8-12 offers from every fly by night transporter with a truck and bottle of no-doze.

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Thanks - I've emailed Intercity.

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Of course, this has been covered in depth. Recently.


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Things to consider

Whoever you use, make sure that the same driver that picks up your car is the same one who will deliver it to your door. You don't want your car going through 5 different drivers in 5 different transfer points, especially if you're shipping from one coast to the other. Work directly with the company that is doing the shipping. I recommend you not go through a broker. I've used Sunday Transportation twice in the past and I was very happy with them. Just my two cents worth.
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Very good experience w/Passport, twice.
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