Cost of shipping a car

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  1. t.flatt

    t.flatt Well-Known Member

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    The body shop is almost paid off!! I might send off the last check tomorrow! The next step is to find a shipper to get the car from Chippewa Falls Wisconsin to Fargo North Dakota. It is about 330 miles. Having never shipped a car, I'm wondering if anyone knows what kind of cost I can expect. The suspension and body panels are all on the car. I'd like to go with an enclosed trailer. Any ideas anyone?
     
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    that would be a cool trip. Have you seen the car since it was done? That would be my preference , get a trailer and pick it up.
     
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    • Jeff Brundage

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      I would rent a truck and trailer and go get it for sure. Gives you a face to face with the shop on the final product. Hand them the last cheque after you’re satisfied. Give yourself a chance to get over the initial excitement of picking up the car and give it a good looking over from all angles. Just make sure it’s what you both agreed on.
       
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      • peabodyracin

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        In my experience part of your problem with cost and availability will be the two locations are a bit off the normal beaten path for car hauling traffic. A while back I hauled a car from the Mpls/St Paul, MN metro area to the Milwaukee area. The owner was trying to find a hauler to make the run and was getting fairly expensive quotes because of the locations involved. Each hauler that provided him a price said as much. Unless someone can arrange another vehicle pickup in the Dakotas they'll view it as a run where they're coming back some distance empty.

        Many haulers provide free quotes on their websites. If you get an attractive quote, check out the hauler on transportreviews.com. That site will help your decisions making process. I can recommend one broker who I've used a number of times with great success; 4 corners transport services. They're out of Washington State. I'm sure you'll hear others with horror stories about brokers, but that hasn't been the case for me with Jeff at 4 Corners. Give him a call and he can provide you a pretty accurate assessment of your situation. Good luck with the haul!
         
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        • davek

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          I hope you can find a good one. I was not happy but it was NY to S Carolina he took 2 extra days to show up. 330 miles I would rent a trailer and get it myself.
           
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          I had my car shipped from MI to CT in an enclosed trailer. I went with a private hauler as the large companies wait till they get a full trailer before they head out.

          It was about $1,100.00 3 years ago.

          Whatever you do make sure your car is insured BEFORE it's picked up. This way you're covered if anything happens along the way.
           
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          I would agree with those saying rent a truck and trailer and go get it. Being from TX 5 hrs is like a Sunday drive around here. As Peabody mentioned your cost may be exorbitant based on availability on that route. I've shipped multiple cars and trucks over the years and can confirm that shipping from, or to non metropolitan areas can get expensive. For instance I shipped a 2011 Lexus suv from a major insurance auction location in Tacoma Washington to DFW metro area for just shy of 700 a few years back. Both relatively large metro areas. A few months later I had to ship a Chevy Colorado truck from some Rural Georgia location to DFW and the cost was about 900 even though the distance, and vehicle size was roughly half of the first ride. The Georgia pickup location was off the beaten path so I had to pay a premium for the pickup.
           
        • Dennis H

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          $1 a mile enclosed.
           
        • t.flatt

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          Thanks for your insight Peabody! I would love to go get it myself but the shop says if I do that I have to pay state sales tax. Originally, they said they could deliver it for a flat mileage fee. Since then they had some legal/tax trouble with out of state shipping and will now only deliver within Wisconsin. I've seen many pictures and it's beautiful! It was a very expensive job and I'm sure I can save thousands by hiring a transporter.

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          • dadsbee

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            Sounds like they got burned somewhere. I "ship" out of the province, or country for that matter, regularily so I don't have to charge tax. Now if the shipper just happens to be the customer.. so be it..
             
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            Call Innercity Transport. They own their own trucks and the drivers are employees. They don’t broker out the biz like most of them do. I’ve used them twice from Mpls to LA and back again. Three years apart and the price was the same. I would use them again. As noted your issue may be your locations.
             
          • Pete Kaczmarski

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            There is a enclosed trailer shipper here in Dodge County WI. I used him twice from Nevada and Missouri. If interested I can get his number for you to get a estimate.
             
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            I have bought in dif states and as long as my address id was dif than that state , I didnt have to pay the state tax . That was my experience .
             
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            About 3 years ago I had a 66 Barracuda roller shipped from Ca. to Florida. The buyer said it was $1200.00 to ship it.
            Buyer lined up a shipper in Fl. who picked it up in Ca.
             
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            I am just guessing but you spent some serious coin on that.(MCR?) I wouldn't trust anyone else to haul that but myself.
             
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            • t.flatt

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              Can you call them and talk some sense into them? Ha ha!!
               
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                i figured MCR also.
                 
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                  Tell them you have a shipper to pick it up, take a buddy along as the driver when entering their yard with a delivery receipt book, with XYZ enclosed haulage written on the top of the book, and you just happened to ride along for good measure to make sure he delivers correctly.
                   
                • t.flatt

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                  Thanks! I'll have to see how stuff pans out. Hard to actually make a plan for anything these days, huh?
                   
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                  Congrats, you guessed it!
                   
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