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Shipping a vehicle across the country...open or closed?

Discussion in 'General Tech' started by Ride Fly, Jan 5, 2018.

  1. Ride Fly

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    I'd like to get your opinions on shipping a rig across the country. My rig will be coming from FL to OR and I've got quotes for both open and closed shipping. Open is $1400. Closed is $2300. Is it worth the extra $900 for closed? What have you guys done when shipping? Risk the potential road debris or shell out the extra coin and forget about it?

    I was going to use open shipping but then started to doubt my decision. But dang, that's close to a cool G for that extra peace of mind.

    TIA for your opinions.
     
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    I've been trying to make the same decision. It all depends on whether or not it's "worth it" to you.....The piece of mind, that is..... I still haven't decided.
     
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    IMO, nope. You're not transporting a classic/collector vehicle. I've shipped several cars and never had any issues. And if you're lucky, i had a car shipped "open" and ended up in a closed truck since that's what's available -- and them truckers need to get filled. It was an old E30, which was leaking a bit of oil -- so it was marking the other pristine cars in the container.
     
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    My FJ80 was shipped open from Washington to Mich on a flatbed Semi with no issues.
     
  5. Ride Fly

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    Yep, my cruiser is on its way Open transport. $1400 from Delray Beach to PDX. Couldn't justify the added expense for Closed- as mentioned earlier, it's not a "classic" car in the truest sense. If I was transporting a '58 Vette, that's a different story. Thanks for the opinions fellas!
     
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    The Dirtiest, most disgusting truck I've ever seen was the hj61 a friend of ours open shipped from Houston to Denver. It went through a winter storm, and was so disgusting it was amazing.
     
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    Ride Fly, If you don' mind me asking, which carrier are you using. I'm contemplating basically the same route: Sarasota to Washington.
    That price sounds pretty reasonable.
    Thanks
     
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    Hey badlaner, I used a shipping broker named Yeugene Kornilov of Action Time Logistics out of FL. His cell is 5615683112. He’s associated with United Freight.

    Another broker I was going to use is Kathy of Certified Auto Shippers in OR. I no longer have her number, unfortunately but you can probably find it online.

    Kind of a long story, but there was a mix up with shipping my 40 that caused some confusion and consternation. When I first called Yeugene, I just wanted to get a quote. He took down the basic information and he told me would get back to me with a quote. His shipper called the next day with a $2300 quote for closed shipping. I then got a quote from Kathy for $1400 open, and $1800 closed. Obviously, I opted for Kathy, and so I basically had a verbal agreement that she would ship my 40 and that the shipper would pick it up on a Monday (this was on the preceding Tuesday). On the Saturday morning prior to the Monday of pick up, I get a call from the seller of the 40 telling me that my truck was picked up and on its way. I was surprised so I called Kathy and left a message. She called back on Monday morning and told me it wasn’t her guys that picked up my 40. After a few phone calls to the seller and Yeugene, I found out that Yeguene’s shippers had picked up rig. It turned out that the seller had had a conversation on my behalf with Yeugene about the cost and Yeugene agreed to match the open cost. Somehow, Yeugene had the understanding that he got the go-ahead to move forward based on the conversation mentioned. It all turned out fine, but it did cause me undue stress for a few days, not being sure what was going on and who had my rig.
     
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    Thanks for that valuable info. It may save me a ton of legwork. Plus its comforting that you have already used them successfully.
    My big question for them, though, would be: is my overall height with a RTT going to be an issue. I would think it would limit placement on a normal open car carrier trailer. We'll see how it plays out. It sure would be a luxury to not have to drive all the way across the country, not to mention the added savings of the wear and tear on the truck.