How do I get a car from the Midwest to the West Coast?

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BillW in StL
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How do I get a car from the Midwest to the West Coast?

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I am trying to sell a car, but traditional shipping cost is more than the car is worth. Any ideas how to get a car from Missouri to California?
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Drive it but gas is 250 and then hotel rooms and a flight home all add up.
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I would ask a different question: How does the buyer get their new car to the West Coast? Are they adverse to a road trip?
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There have been some threads over the years about shipping a car and the numbers were much less than I would have expected. Now I've never used them, but it might be worth searching a bit if you haven't already. Seems like a couple of quirks are it has to be empty, ie not a trunk or interior full of stuff, and they have to be able to drive it under it's own power on and off the truck.
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What may have cost $1200-$1800 a few years ago is now 2 or 2.5X probably.

I'd look for private coast to coast haulers that make a drop on one coast and don't want to go back empty. They pick up or schedule pickups on the way home. Takes a little longer in transit but more cost effective.

That worked for me about 4 years ago. Cost me $850 to bring in a car from GA.
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I shipped a car last spring from California to Ohio for $1000. I know it was LAST spring, but still.

https://www.uship.com/

I have used that site several times, always with good luck.
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Drive it, tow it, or ship it.
If you're selling the car let the buyer figure it out.

I'm not understanding this question...
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I know of a couple independent haulers who have had good feedback on the Pontiac forum that I moderate:

Bill Squires (owner)
Bill's Auto Works
(419)929-8048 shop
(216)832-8697 cell No Texts
billsautoworks1@aol.com

also

Jim at Trulyvintage. He actually has an opening for transport from Milwaukee to Los Angeles on April 15. Contact information is https://www.trulyvintagetrailers.cityma ... dback.html
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Shawn D. wrote: Mar 27, 2023 11:02 AM I would ask a different question: How does the buyer get their new car to the West Coast? Are they adverse to a road trip?
my thoughts exactly. shipping should never be on the seller... unless there's something we've missed?
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Several potential buyers were stopped because of shipping costs. Someone finally managed to find a deal at $1000 from Missouri to California.

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Boy, it's a good thing they reproduce body panels for the 2002.
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BillW in StL wrote: Mar 30, 2023 1:28 PM
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Drive dat bish.
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I’d drive the shit out of that as-is.
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1st 5er wrote: Mar 30, 2023 7:09 PM
Drive dat bish.
Without a windshield? No thanks. :brick: I've been lean and mean, but 1800 miles wind in your face? No thanks.
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