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Does anybody have experience with any auto transport company/ car shipping company?

I need to ship my car to DDperformance in TX to do a 2zz swap. I googled and way too many of them around, and i heard alot of terrible things about some car shipping company that collect deposit and not have the car shipped.

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Was going to suggest Auto Train but it only runs on the East Coast.
If the car runs then I suggest driving it out. I drove from Maryland to San Antonio, TX non-stop more then once. It is a long drive but easy enough for one person.
 

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my motor is making loud knocking noise now when i give it gas. so i dont think i can drive it 750 miles...
 

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They are brutal. For one thing, most companies go through a broker.

I've used them twice, Phoenix to Farmington, NY. They never drive a direct route. Damage re-embursement on both times was a bitch. If your car is up front, it will be chipped.

However there are some independent classic car transport companies. Check with them. The other thing is renting a trailer and trailer it there.
 

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DAS has a solid reputation. I have used Angels Moving Autos and had a VERY good experience. Had a car shipped from Atlanta, GA to Denton,TX got here ahead of schedule and undamaged.
 

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DAS has a solid reputation...Angels Moving Autos and had a VERY good experience...
Here's what I've learned about shipping cars.
1. Brokers: Almost all "shipping companies" are brokers. Brokers don't own any tractor-trailers. They list your car-to-be-shipped on a clearing house board, and wait for carriers (who DO own trucks) to accept the job. If you have a good experience with DAS today, you may have a completely different experience with DAS tomorrow because it's a different carrier each time. DAS may have some clout to encourage the carrier du jour to be on-time, or to be careful with your car. Maybe not.
2. Commercial Carriers: There are a limited number of commercial carriers who will deal directly with the public. (Horseless Carriage, Gran Turismo etc) Just because they own their own business and their own tractor-trailers, you may still have trouble with pick up and delivery dates and damage to your car. Read the horror stories under google searches.
3. Private carriers: Small trailer carriers are around. I believe they cost quite a bit more than commercial tractor-trailer transport. The benefit is you’d be dealing with one individual. I’m not sure if you could find an enclosed private carrier.
Edit**. I found a husband-wife team with a two-car enclosed carrier. I was very impressed with their rig, and their dedication. They are based in North Carolina I think. Free plug: “Joyner Transport Enterprises” I can PM their phone number.
3. Pickup & Delivery: Always leave a two-week window for both. A commercial truck does not want to drive with a partial load. They will sit for days(weeks?) waiting for bids to appear on the clearing house board so they can fill up all the slots before heading across country. If your car is one of the first on the truck, it won’t go anywhere until the truck is full. If the broker is trying to maximize his profit, he will post your car on the boards for a low price. If no carriers accept, he may raise the price after a few days. These practices explain why it takes so long to get your car picked up. Delivery should be a little more definite if you can get truthful information from the driver or dispatcher. I’m not clear on how well brokers communicate with carriers, or customers.
4. Open or enclosed: You can choose to have your car carried on an “open” or “enclosed” truck. Open trucks are more susceptible to vandalism and hail damage. Enclosed trucks are not as plentiful (affects pickup and delivery timing) and more expensive.
5. Horror stories: From google searches, I’ve read of cars taking 3 months to arrive (car sat on a trailer in a shipping yard), damage from brake fluid leaking from the car above, 100 extra miles magically appearing on the odometer during transit, price hikes after you agree to ship your car (and agree on the cost), plus innumerable stories of hardship due to unreliable pickup and delivery dates. If you understand how the system works, you won’t be shocked by the delays filling a truck for a long trip. If you use a broker, you will be relying on his clout with the carrier to resolve any problems that crop up.
6. Tricks: Some “transport review” websites PAY customers to post glowing reviews of their broker service.
7. Precautions: Record odometer before shipping. Document the condition of your car before shipping to aid in any damage claims.

*edit for more tips* If you can get the dispatcher to cough up the driver's cell phone number, then you can talk to the guy carrying your car and get more accurate information about his location and precise pickup and dropoff times. I've read that it's customary to tip the driver if he's helpful and really careful with your car - sort of a pay-it-forward thing. I was actually impressed with the guy that delivered my car, he was careful with a tricky clutch and low body kit clearances, so I gave him $60 or something like that.
 

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Richard why don't you just post the information on uship.com and choose the transporter you like. You can choose from open or enclosed trailer and do the research on who you're comfortable with.
 

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Hey, just reviving this older thread to see if there is any updated feedback on a reputable Auto Transporter. I know there is USHIP now, but havent heard much about their brokering services. Im looking at possibly shipping a car from TN up here to WA state. Any input?
 

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Hey, just reviving this older thread to see if there is any updated feedback on a reputable Auto Transporter. I know there is USHIP now, but havent heard much about their brokering services. Im looking at possibly shipping a car from TN up here to WA state. Any input?
I still recommend Angel's. I have used them 4 or 5 times now and my buddy(owns ATS Racing) has used them dozens of times. No issues yet and usually within $150 of the cheapest sketchiest broker on U-ship.
 

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^Thanks, I contacted them a while back about a different car and they seemed pretty good. I was always able to get a quick response whether by email or telephone. Ill have to check back in with them, but I know they were concerned about my location not being a common route for their trucks, which means more $$.
 

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^Thanks, I contacted them a while back about a different car and they seemed pretty good. I was always able to get a quick response whether by email or telephone. Ill have to check back in with them, but I know they were concerned about my location not being a common route for their trucks, which means more $$.
If your location makes their quote higher, then anyone will be higher. Even if they are a single car independent, they will need to make enough to cover their empty drive from you to a better market where they can get a new load. That is an unfortunate part of your situation. Have you inquired about having them ship to a hub and then going to pick it up? I know it would have saved me a few bucks when I was getting quoted by the big guys if I drove <75 miles to a transit hub and picked my car up there.
 

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Nationwide Transport out of Florida. They are a broker. But I have used them at least 3 or 4 times. No issues whats so ever. They charge 50-100 for their fee + cost of the transport. The cost is paid directly to the transport company and is COD. I paid 400 or 450 from FL to DDPR. Which was cheaper than having me trailer it there and drive back.
 

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I am currently trying to get my daughter's car from NC to OR for college. I am having major problems trying to get resolution from Professional Movers Group. Unfortunatley, they have my down payment, but I might have to lose that $200 an go with another company. PITA.
 
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