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I've been looking at purchasing another vehicle located in Utah, but so far all the car shipping rates I have seen from Utah to Mississippi are about $1000k. Anyone know of a cheaper shipper? Thanks!
 

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Which car? Year and model?
 

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Ask for 5 to 10 quotes from different companies. There first quotes will be very high and they'll start coming down in a week or so. Talk to the companies and some will negotiate. I've shipped two cars this way before, Texas to Buffalo cost 600 (took 2-3 weeks to find a driver), NYC to Buffalo cost 350.
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I used Alpine Transport (563) 382-0702 to ship a car from MN to MA. They were excellent.
 

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Capescor,

It's a classic Lincoln, I sent you the details in a PM.

Tusabes,

Tried DAS, so far they are the most expensive..lol.

Jaz,

Let me know who you used that cost you $600 bro, because so far I can't find anyone under a grand..greedy bastards..lol.

Eurospec380se,

So far, all offers are over a grand..too high.

Dickz,

I'll give them a call and see what they say, thanks.
 

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Yeah, agreed. Get as many quotes as possible. If you can find a cheaper rate somewhere local and then show it to them, that can really help too. The goal is to show them why their price is a little high. Most transporters are willing to go low enough to make just a decent profit if it means they can get your business. These are rough times.
 

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Capescor,

It's a classic Lincoln, I sent you the details in a PM.

Tusabes,

Tried DAS, so far they are the most expensive..lol.
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Did you use the method I said to use (use the quoting link in my post, for terminal to terminal) ....

I get much higher DAS quotes on ebay and other shipping sites than if I use the direct quote page I linked above, and select terminal pickup and dropoff.

For door to door, yes they are more expensive
 

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Did you use the method I said to use (use the quoting link in my post, for terminal to terminal) ....

I get much higher DAS quotes on ebay and other shipping sites than if I use the direct quote page I linked above, and select terminal pickup and dropoff.

For door to door, yes they are more expensive
Yup..I followed your link and used the terminal pickup and dropoff. No good..but thanks for the link.
 

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IIRC, I paid around $700 for open transport. I got lucky as they had an enclosed transport available and sent it enclosed for the price of open. Good communication the whole way and on time delivery. Good luck.
 

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I have used U-ship in the past. Definately negotiate. It may take some time for folks to pick up on the fact that you have rejected all bids in a certain price range. Also it is helpful to have your max price at a realistic price so you are taken seriously. IIRC Utah is a long way off from you so what price per mile do you think is realistic for somebodys time and equipment use? That should help you ballpark a price. I would think it could be done for 600-800 bux. Also make sure you get a good feeling from the shipper. Last thing you need is a dispute should it arrive in less than satisfactory condition.

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You should also see post crooked shippers! If you get a bad shipper, It can be one of the most horrible experiences of your life.
 

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Transportreviews.com

Lotta info but there is bias.
 

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A "classic Lincoln" ? If it doesn't have 'suicide doors', then that's an oxymoron - lol
 

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When shipping cars the old adage "You get what you pay for" couldn't be more true.

Often times a smaller, local (within a few hundred milies) company is your best bet. It's not a huge place with a big terminal, a place where they might take your car and trans ship it and let it sit for a week while they fill all the spots on the truck headed your way, or sub contract the load out.

dickz bought my car and we shipped with Alpine out of Decorah, IA. From Minneapolis to Massachusettes for about $700. There is probably someone out there who do that move for $550 - $600, but I know this company to be reliable and courteous. They're small, you call one guy each time, they move at least a hundred cars for me a year. No transloading, your car never waits in a marshalling yard to be shipped, you just meet him ont eh other end in a shopping mall parking lot or something and he drops the car off to you. Easy.

If you're looking for a good shipper ask your local dealer for a referral. A shipper will be on his best behavior if referred by one of their big dealer clients. Often times your car will just be filling up space on an almost full truck and they'll be glad to have the business.

Shipping my car to dickz, the shipper called last minute and told us that the car would go in their enclosed transporter because it was headed out that way anyway and they had an empty slot.

It's all about the local referral.
 

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When shipping cars the old adage "You get what you pay for" couldn't be more true.

Often times a smaller, local (within a few hundred milies) company is your best bet. It's not a huge place with a big terminal, a place where they might take your car and trans ship it and let it sit for a week while they fill all the spots on the truck headed your way, or sub contract the load out.

dickz bought my car and we shipped with Alpine out of Decorah, IA. From Minneapolis to Massachusettes for about $700. There is probably someone out there who do that move for $550 - $600, but I know this company to be reliable and courteous. They're small, you call one guy each time, they move at least a hundred cars for me a year. No transloading, your car never waits in a marshalling yard to be shipped, you just meet him ont eh other end in a shopping mall parking lot or something and he drops the car off to you. Easy.

If you're looking for a good shipper ask your local dealer for a referral. A shipper will be on his best behavior if referred by one of their big dealer clients. Often times your car will just be filling up space on an almost full truck and they'll be glad to have the business.

Shipping my car to dickz, the shipper called last minute and told us that the car would go in their enclosed transporter because it was headed out that way anyway and they had an empty slot.

It's all about the local referral.
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Dave,

Lovin the car. You were right about the condition and compliments. I've put over 1000 trouble free miles on it. Have a great holiday.

Best regards,

Dick
 
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