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Offline Cadillac Nut

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  • Name: Garrett C. Baker
Vehicle Shipper Needed
« on: February 23, 2014, 04:43:24 PM »

I need someone to transport my 1959 Series 62 Sedan and 1960 Coupe from Tennessee to California.    Both do not run and need to be winched.   Anyone know any good shippers who can do this inexpensively?   


Offline gary griffin

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  • Name: Gary Griffin
Re: Vehicle Shipper Needed
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2014, 12:31:21 PM »

   There is no such thing as inexpensive in the car shipping business.  It basically consists of numerous small companies owning from one to fifty auto transport trucks.  The all find their loads on a central dispatch board.  The companies that advertise are basically brokers although a few of them own a few trucks also but still broker out most of their loads. Most independents use the dispatch board exclusively. 
   There are a few "Boutique" shippers that ship only classics and race cars but they are VERY EXPENSIVE. 
    TO solicit your business the brokers offer prices that are unrealistic knowing they will not get a driver to work on the price they put on the dispatch board which is your price plus his commission. After a while they say "We need to raise the price to get a drive for your load".  They knew this when they took your order but you went to them because of their low bid! 
     There are three things to look for.  (1) Is integrity!!, (2) Is what is his commission? You should not pay the broker until he has a committed driver!  His fee (He will call it a deposit) can be charged on a credit card. You will be paying the driver on delivery in cash or certified funds. (3) Is insurance.  All drivers are required to have insurance but some brokers carry a policy above the drivers policy also.
      Non running cars cost more to move!! Most trucks are not equipped to load non running cars.

     Affecting prices are as follows.

     Price of diesel fuel.
     Commission amount.  Some will say they will work harder for you and deserve more but basically they all just use the "Board"
      Size of vehicles. More compacts fit on a truck than Cadillacs do.
     Route. There are primary routes and secondary (Less traveled ) routes.
     Season, Example moving a car from New York to Florida in the fall costs more than the moving one from Florida to New York at the same time.
     Open spaces.  The drivers want loaded miles. Empty places on the truck are bad for them.
     Open truck or enclosed truck?
     Open rails? There should be barriers between the decks to prevent dripping fluids on the lower tier. Not all trucks have them. If you are on the bottom you get it from  above and below.
Your disadvantage is "Not Running" and "Large " Vehicles.  This is partially offset by the fact that you are moving two cars at one time.   

Be cautions and "I wish you good luck"  DO not pay the driver until you have inspected the car and that is is in the same condition as it was when he picked it up.
Gary Griffin

1940 LaSalle 5029 4 door convertible sedan
1942 Cadillac 6719 restoration almost complete?
1957 Cadillac 60-special (Needs a little TLC)
2013 Cadillac XTS daily driver

Offline Two Crabs

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  • Name: D. Rich
Re: Vehicle Shipper Needed
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2014, 02:25:22 PM »
Try Chris Kort @ 316-990-0052
He runs between Texas and the east coast.
I have used him several time to transport Antique BMW motorcycles and sidecars.
He is extremely reliable and customer service oriented.
He may not have a car carrier going to the west coast, but can put you in touch with the right people.
His truck is like the race car haulers with a lift gate to lift cars and bikes up to the second level in the trailer.
Two Crabs
1973 Eldorado Convertible

Offline Cadillac Nut

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  • Name: Garrett C. Baker
Re: Vehicle Shipper Needed
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2014, 03:18:25 PM »
Hi Gary,
Thanks for your input and advice.  When I said inexpensive, I meant good deal ... :)  In the past when I have moved cars I have been able to deal directly with owner operators, I much prefer that to a broker.  However I don't have any contacts for this part of the country.  That is interesting about the dispatch board.   I am hoping to find someone who is going out to CA, but is "deadheading" and needs a load.   These cars are pretty rough so I'm ok with open transport or  potential  dripping fluids...


Offline Cadillac Nut

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  • Name: Garrett C. Baker
Re: Vehicle Shipper Needed
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2014, 03:19:48 PM »
Just saw your post, I will give Chris a call, thank you!!  ;D

Offline Two Crabs

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  • Name: D. Rich
Re: Vehicle Shipper Needed
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2014, 07:26:30 PM »
He will help if he can
Two Crabs
1973 Eldorado Convertible

Offline georgiepieman

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  • Name: Grant Brophy
Re: Vehicle Shipper Needed
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2014, 02:20:39 AM »
Contact Mark at Compass Transport (888) 368-0384 or online

He's a  broker however, I've had him arrange the shipment of several high-value cars for me at reasonable cost. Just let him know exactly what you need! Grant
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1941 Cadillac Series 62
1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I
1976 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow LWB

Offline ellargo

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  • Name: rbolanos
Re: Vehicle Shipper Needed
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2014, 02:39:57 PM »
I can ship them for you I will be on the east coast headed west in the next couple of days and right now I am empty can handle two cars...... call me   575 527 5403  Rick


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