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Shipping A Car

Posted: Sep 07, 2021 11:44 PM
by jyl
I’m getting an E28 shipped from VA to OR. Car was restored last year, so don’t want damage. Can anyone recommend a shipper? Would you use open or enclosed? Any tips?

Thanks!

Re: Shipping A Car

Posted: Sep 08, 2021 11:41 AM
by Ripton
I have shipped 7-8 cars and only had one bad experience. Most places are just brokerage houses, so the experience you have is often solely based on the driver that bids on the job.

For the car you described I would go enclosed. You have the best shot also at having a single car transport, (basically a guy with a truck and large landscaping trailer) which is generally faster.

BAT now offers trailer services, not sure if they do it for cars not bought/sold through them.

Re: Shipping A Car

Posted: Sep 08, 2021 12:53 PM
by Mdreamer
DEFINITELY go enclosed since the car has recently been restored. I've shipped a couple of cars on open trailers from CA to GA, and the distance combined with weather would have you wishing you'd spent the extra money to have your car protected.

Any of the major carriers (Reliable, Ply-car, etc.) that handle exotic transporting should be satisfactory. Good luck!

Re: Shipping A Car

Posted: Sep 08, 2021 3:29 PM
by stuartinmn
Bill's Auto Works is a single car transport that gets consistently high marks in the classic car world. He posts updates on the PY Pontiac web board - go to the bottom of this page for his latest posts, which includes his contact information. https://forums.maxperformanceinc.com/fo ... 52&page=11 He said he has an enclosed trailer available this week in the SE USA.

Re: Shipping A Car

Posted: Sep 08, 2021 8:59 PM
by gray635
For cross country enclosed shipping, call Reliable Carriers, Inc. Recently transported a M5 for me from Seattle to GA. First class service and pretty reasonable price for excellent service and communication. Don't skimp on transport for a nice car. The peace of mind is more than worth it. Stay away from the shady brokers and deal with people who actually own the trucks.

Re: Shipping A Car

Posted: Sep 14, 2021 12:16 AM
by wkohler
Mike is, as usual, spot on. Reliable or Intercity. It's not worth the risk with one of the other guys working for brokers. I'm sure there are some decent guys out there but it's impossible to know who you're getting.

Re: Shipping A Car

Posted: Sep 14, 2021 10:59 PM
by gray635
Yeah, I've always used Intercity before. But they wouldn't bring the M5 cross-country, from Redmond. WA to GA, so I had to use Reliable. Very satisfied with their service on this haul.