Letting your car take a ride by itself?
August 4, 2014 3:51 AM Subscribe
I'm moving from Boston to Seattle in a month. Hooray! I need to ship my older (1990) but much beloved Jeep Cherokee there, as the economics and time of a road trip don't make sense. Boo! What advice/experiences have you had with car shippers? Are there particular companies you'd vouch for or avoid?
posted by andorphin to Work & Money (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I know that most of the companies you contract to ship your car are actually brokers and the shippers themselves are independent mom-and-pop type folks with trucks. Fair enough, you are really just paying the broker to be an aggregator of car transport jobs so that the shipper can have a full truck. But! This makes it a bit harder to find a quality-assured shipper. What did you do to ship your car and how did it work out?
- I'm looking at using a open (non-enclosed) truck for reasons of cost and a slight oil leak.
- Paying a driver to direct-drive the car isn't on the table. The Jeep runs but needs a little work that I'm planning to have done on the other side of the trip with some trusted mechanics.
- Dear god do I not want to learn how to navigate U-ship and act as my own broker, but if that is what I need to do to ensure that the shipper has good reviews, I guess I should get started on it now.