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Bob Andrews
03-17-2019, 09:43 PM
I see that there currently are two different threads about shipping, Lots of people made suggestions, but nobody mentioned what they paid. Just for reference, would anybody be willing to share what they actually paid say within the last year or so? Just a brief post with the start and finish points or mileage, and the price, and maybe the name of the transporter.

People frequently post about how they wish a certain car was closer to them. If they had some idea of actual shipping costs, it might help get some of these vehicles to people that want them.

tim333
03-17-2019, 10:28 PM
Yorktown Heights, NY to Shorewood Illinois, $1295 enclosed. A non running car.

j.byrd
03-17-2019, 11:33 PM
It's been two years now, but then from Oakland to Hilo, Hawaii by Matson Carriers ( ship ) to ship our running 55 coupe was $1050.00. I went over and drove it home to Kailua-Kona. Another pal had his shipped just a few weeks ago from the same port and said it cost him $1075.00.

In 2010 we shipped a new Miata from Rogersville Alabama from our front door and delivered to our new house in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii for $1800.00. This included an over the road carrier from Alabama to Memphis, Tennessee, a railroad trip from Memphis to Los Angeles, a truck from the rail station to the port of L.A., Matson's ship to Honolulu, Hawaii, then by barge to Hilo, then by another over the road carrier to our house.

Getting a complete engine assembly ( old Mini engines transmission and rear end is in the oil pan ) shipped over in a crate for our 63 Mini and delivered to the house was $1500.00 two years ago,

jackb
03-18-2019, 07:43 AM
As a recent poster on transporting, I priced on line a Lark (Malibu) from Portland, OR to Plymouth, MA and got several quotes in the $1500. range.... A few years ago I transported a 53' truck from San Diego to Plymouth, MA for $1200. Prior to that (2010), a 62' non-running/stopping Lark for $1100. Can't find my shipping invoices....

t walgamuth
03-18-2019, 08:29 AM
Cobra replica shipped about a year ago from Monterey CA to Lafayette in. $1,700. Arranged by the little specialty car dealer i got the car from. Enclosed semi trailer with canvas sides.

lelshaddai
03-18-2019, 09:45 AM
Dec 2017, had Nash Metropolitan sent for Phoenix to Virginia, enclosed trailer, $2000. Door to door delivery.

SouthBendShaker
03-18-2019, 10:02 AM
People frequently post about how they wish a certain car was closer to them.

Most people usually say "I wish I was closer" because it's an easy reply with no real commitment.

More accurate statements would be "I want it, but i have $5.37 in my bank account.", "I want it, but my wife wears the pants here.", or "I don't actually want it, but I'm going to post about it anyway."

Dick Steinkamp
03-18-2019, 10:36 AM
Most people usually say "I wish I was closer" because it's an easy reply with no real commitment.

More accurate statements would be "I want it, but i have $5.37 in my bank account.", "I want it, but my wife wears the pants here.", or "I don't actually want it, but I'm going to post about it anyway."

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tsenecal
03-18-2019, 10:40 AM
Some people MIGHT make excuses, but I have a very capable diesel truck with car trailer, and money in a hobby account. If I see a car within a 500 mile radius, that I find interesting, I am willing to head out and take a look. OTOH If the car is on the east coast, it would involve taking vacation, three days drive one way, hotels, fuel, etc. I think that it is valid to say that "I wish it was closer".

wittsend
03-18-2019, 11:44 AM
Even on a short run it can add up. In 2011 I got my Studebaker 180 miles round trip from my home. I leaned on a good friend to "come along for the ride" with his truck (diesel) and his enclosed trailer. By the time we picked up his trailer, got the car and returned, then put the trailer back in storage it was probably 5 hours. As a "thank you" I gave him $100 and the fuel was $75. So, $175 for under 200 miles.

About the same time I bought my Studebaker, I bought another car. It was 400 miles from home. The seller worked for an airline and desiring to see the car "gone" gave me a free "buddy pass" to fly up and get the car. That rental for a U-Haul (one way) was $425 including gas. Both those trips worked out to about $1.00 a mile.

Recently I priced a car trailer rental for 8 hours. U-Haul was $80 for a truck and trailer and $1.09 a mile (for a roughly a 90 mile round trip journey). With gas it would have been about $200 for a car 45 miles away. That works out to about $4.00 a mile! I guess the cost has gone up in the past 8 years.

So, when I read about the the great distance some have had cars shipped for about $1000-$1500 it makes the price not seem so much.

8E45E
03-18-2019, 01:20 PM
Just a brief post with the start and finish points or mileage, and the price, and maybe the name of the transporter.

Online quote available here------> http://passport.cargotel.com/open/passportquote/

And that's from Passport. I'm sure Reliable Carriers and other transport companies who specialize in vintage vehicle transportation services can also offer an online quote.

Craig

studegary
03-18-2019, 01:27 PM
Even on a short run it can add up. In 2011 I got my Studebaker 180 miles round trip from my home. I leaned on a good friend to "come along for the ride" with his truck (diesel) and his enclosed trailer. By the time we picked up his trailer, got the car and returned, then put the trailer back in storage it was probably 5 hours. As a "thank you" I gave him $100 and the fuel was $75. So, $175 for under 200 miles.

About the same time I bought my Studebaker, I bought another car. It was 400 miles from home. The seller worked for an airline and desiring to see the car "gone" gave me a free "buddy pass" to fly up and get the car. That rental for a U-Haul (one way) was $425 including gas. Both those trips worked out to about $1.00 a mile.

Recently I priced a car trailer rental for 8 hours. U-Haul was $80 for a truck and trailer and $1.09 a mile (for a roughly a 90 mile round trip journey). With gas it would have been about $200 for a car 45 miles away. That works out to about $4.00 a mile! I guess the cost has gone up in the past 8 years.

So, when I read about the the great distance some have had cars shipped for about $1000-$1500 it makes the price not seem so much.

Apples and oranges. You are talking about moving individual cars. Shippers combine several cars, usually six, for most of a given trip. If I pay $1200 to have one car moved, the shipper is probably collecting $7200 for that trip.
I have had MANY cars shipped from GA, CO, TX, NM, etc. to NY. It always costs less than my either driving or flying out to make a pick up.

AnAvanti4Bob
03-18-2019, 01:53 PM
My issue is that I'm trying to get my Avanti transported from Kalamazoo to Plymouth Michigan (about 125 miles) for the Concours of America and getting quotes for $1500 to $2500 round trip. I worked with a friend-broker for Reliable to get the lowest quote. While I understand that there are fixed costs and there is a specific time frame that I'm working within, the prospect of such a short distance costing so much when others are getting similar quotes for longer distances is a problem for me. I'm not knowledgeable enough to safely rent a truck and trailer for this haul. Thanks for the perspective from this post.

bob40
03-18-2019, 04:35 PM
Most people usually say "I wish I was closer" because it's an easy reply with no real commitment.

More accurate statements would be "I want it, but i have $5.37 in my bank account.", "I want it, but my wife wears the pants here.", or "I don't actually want it, but I'm going to post about it anyway."

Nailed it.

Likes2Laff
03-18-2019, 05:47 PM
In the last year I have had three cars, all running, shipped to me in an open carrier. They were shipped to me in Dingmans Ferry, PA.

1) 1965 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible from Maple Lake, MN
2) 1953 Studebaker Champion Starliner from Westbrook, MN
3) 1952 Studebaker Champion Starliner from Tampa, FL

Each was $900 to my door.

Dick Steinkamp
03-18-2019, 06:03 PM
My two most recent were both non running cars on open carriers to Bellingham, WA (different brokers, different trucking companies)

From Wisconsin Rapids, WI (1,929 miles) $1,300 ($.67/mile)
From Los Angeles, CA (1,231 miles) $900 ($.73/mile)

I believe anytime you can be under $.75 per loaded mile open or under $1 per loaded mile enclosed (for a long distance haul), you are doing pretty good. If you are willing to wait for someone to be near the origin and going to or near your destination and wanting to close out his load, you can do better.

Bob Andrews
03-18-2019, 06:55 PM
A lot of good information here already. No doubt that SBS is right, A lot of people use distance as an excuse. But hopefully, some will read the comments here and realize it’s not as scary a concept as they thought.

No doubt,There are a lot of moving parts to shipping a car. Obviously distance, but size of the vehicle, open or enclosed transport, whether the vehicle is running or not, whether it’s steers and stops or not, timeframe, etc. and, it takes a fair amount of doing to set up a transport. But, people do it every day. I tell people, if you’re sure about the car, never mind the distance, just pull the trigger, the shipping can be done!

One source that people can try is uShip. I’ve had good luck with that in the past.

Hallabutt
03-19-2019, 03:07 AM
In my opinion shipping is one of the biggest bargains in the hobby. The reason I say that is because thirty years ago the going rate on shipping over the road was $1.00/mile. That was a dollar that was much more valuable then a dollar today. I'm often amazed that someone will pass on the right car, because of $1000 shipping cost, and instead buy the wrong car, because of proximity to where they live.

8E45E
03-19-2019, 06:29 AM
In my opinion shipping is one of the biggest bargains in the hobby. The reason I say that is because thirty years ago the going rate on shipping over the road was $1.00/mile. That was a dollar that was much more valuable then a dollar today. I'm often amazed that someone will pass on the right car, because of $1000 shipping cost, and instead buy the wrong car, because of proximity to where they live.

What it really comes down to, is, if one wants a particular car thousands of miles away bad enough, they will accept the shipping charges as part of the cost of buying it without whining about it. I don't hear any of our members in the Southern Hemisphere complaining about what it cost to ship a vehicle from North America to Australia or New Zealand.

Next, we can complain about storage charges after its home.

Craig

t walgamuth
03-19-2019, 07:05 AM
Most people usually say "I wish I was closer" because it's an easy reply with no real commitment.

More accurate statements would be "I want it, but i have $5.37 in my bank account.", "I want it, but my wife wears the pants here.", or "I don't actually want it, but I'm going to post about it anyway."

True but what's the harm? It is a compliment on the car and a wish for something that is not going to happen.

j.byrd
03-19-2019, 01:08 PM
Hallabutt makes a very good point about shipping costs in "the old days"... In the 65 through 67 period my Dad and I along with other friends and relatives escorted wide loads of all types. Just for this young whipper-snapper to drive along in front of or behind the loads was very exciting and we each got anywhere from 25 to 50 cents per mile. Some of the truck drivers or companies would even feed us and put us in a motel for the nights we were gone ! Yep, shipping is a great deal these days I also think.

I know you folks on the mainland don't have the problem of being rather isolated like we are in the middle of the Pacific, but it turned out that (see my post above) even with buying our Miata new from a dealer in Knoxville, Tennessee, the dealer delivering it to our house in Alabama for us, paying the $1800.00 shipping to Hawaii, it was still $2600.00 cheaper than we could have bought it here. !!!!!

t walgamuth
03-19-2019, 04:22 PM
Cool!......

Rosstude
03-20-2019, 11:22 AM
Here are some costs from 2 quotes received this month.
Moving 3 cars from Riverside Ca, to Prescott AZ. (Southern Ca to Northern Az, 340 miles)
This for an open and closed carrier, and hauling 3 vehicles, 58 Stude Transtar, 57 Stude wagon, 64 Dodge dart.
Roadrunner, $1825. Open carrier.
Reliable, $3966. Closed carrier.
I'm finding most all on-line places are brokerages.
We used Reliable on some high end stuff a few years ago, got quote just for giggles.

gsx_martin
03-20-2019, 01:46 PM
I have paid $2500 for my 1955 Commander from Huntsville, Alabama to Bremerhaven/Germany, $2700 for my 1955 President from Los Angeles to Bremerhaven and $2900 for my 1950 2R5 from Stauton, IL to Bremerhaven

Stude Shoo-wop!
03-25-2019, 09:57 PM
My total cost for shipping Daisy-Mae, my lovely '62 GT Hawk, was an even $2,000 from Sacramento, CA to West Palm Beach, FL. That is a distance of exactly 3,049 miles! Considering that was in a covered trailer to boot, I thought I got a good enough deal.

dansct444
03-30-2019, 11:55 AM
Avanti shipped from Orlando, Florida to San Diego, CA, $1500, Open carrier.

Dwain G.
04-07-2019, 03:09 PM
My issue is that I'm trying to get my Avanti transported from Kalamazoo to Plymouth Michigan (about 125 miles) for the Concours of America and getting quotes for $1500 to $2500 round trip. I worked with a friend-broker for Reliable to get the lowest quote. While I understand that there are fixed costs and there is a specific time frame that I'm working within, the prospect of such a short distance costing so much when others are getting similar quotes for longer distances is a problem for me. I'm not knowledgeable enough to safely rent a truck and trailer for this haul. Thanks for the perspective from this post.

Call a few local towing companies and get quotes for a flat bed.