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Date: 6/17/13 11:09 PM

Does anyone have any experience having their vehicle shipped in the US? I may need to have my car shipped from Virginia to Nebraska. I would prefer to drive but I will not drive 1200 plus miles alone and work schedule will not allow the person who planned on going with me the time off to do so. However, I am quite nervous about the whole idea since I have never done anything like it before. I realize it is going to cost a small fortune (around $1000).

If you've done this before, can you offer me any advice? I am kind of lost regarding this so any help is appreciated.

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Date: 6/17/13 11:17 PM

Check out uship.com

It is a national databank of all types of shippers....furniture, cars, motorcycles, etc.

Similar to eBay except the shippers are bidding for your business. You can read reviews and bio on each company. You don't want to pick first bidder necessarily....in my case, one came in for a fraction of others because he was already headed my way. (I used for small piece of furniture that I found on Craigslist in Philly...that matched another piece I owned.

I like the tracking feature. I could watch him move up and down east coast, finally to my exit.

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Date: 6/17/13 11:21 PM

You can also use a local moving company to broker....but will cost more. I have had several cars shipped for corporate moves. One car actually was loaded on big truck....most went by car movers.

Another idea, have a local car dealer recommend a good mover. All their cars arrive in that fashion!

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Date: 6/18/13 1:56 AM

Me, I would do the drive. It is only 2 days of driving 600 miles a day or 3 days of driving 400 miles a day. I love to drive.

You may be able to find a ride share partner to take with you to share the costs of fuel.

If you have the car shipped you will also have the expense of travelling to Nebraska yourself, plus the cost of moving the things you could carry with you in the car.

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Date: 6/18/13 4:21 AM

You are estimating correctly in terms of a car in an enclosed vehicle. We once had a classic car transported from Florida to Michigan. No way was that car going on the road in December with the snow, ice and salt. A company by the name of Haggerty does insurance on classic cars and can recommend shippers. That would one way to find out who does this. I don't recall the company but have since sold DH's cars and gotten rid of all that paperwork.

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Date: 6/18/13 7:55 PM

Thank you for all the responses. I really would prefer to drive it but I am just really worried about doing that alone. The farthest I have driven is about 400 miles total in a day.

So, I guess that opens up a new questions. Has anyone driven that far alone before? I am worried about the safety aspect as a woman getting a hotel overnight in places I am not familiar with.

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Date: 6/18/13 8:04 PM

I have driven places on my own since I was in my early 20s ~ a very long time ago. My daughter has also been a solo driver.

You need to decide what your capacity per day is. How many hours on the road. Stay in well known hotel/motel chains. I would also advise checking in before it gets too late/too dark. There will be more people around. You should always double check your windows if you are on a ground floor to be sure they are closed/locked. Also, use the safety lock inside your door. A lot of people don't think to do that. Even when DH & I stayed in a hotel, we always used the safety at night.

I would also suggest that you pick a hotel/motel that is adjacent to a highway exchange where there are multiple hotels/restaurants etc. nearby. Not a difficult task since you will driving on some type of highway/expressway.

If you are OK with distance driving, you should be just fine. The most important thing a woman alone can do is to be aware of her surroundings. If you feel uneasy, don't stop, just keep moving.

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Date: 6/18/13 8:23 PM

Curves Ahead, LLC
P. O. box 702
Topeka, Kansas 66601
1-800-869-4140

The folks above delivered our vehicle to us from Arizona in February, 2011.

It was covered transport as recommended by the dealer and a company that they regularly did business with. We were very pleased.

They did require a place that would be easy and safe to unload and were not comfortable coming into the neighborhood with their long carrier. We met them at a nearby parking lot.
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It's been a while since I've made a long drive alone. I was very surprised to be about two hours out on a trip and have a fellow approach me at the gas station. He commented on how fast I was going and that he had been following since a particular city - nearly the whole distance! I was driving a very sweet Chevy Impala SS convertible which probably caught his attention in the first place. Made me very uncomfortable but also taught me a very valuable lesson.

If you make the drive, keep enough gas in the tank so you can choose another station if you are uncomfortable with the first choice. Choose your bathroom stops wisely. Generally, I prefer an eatery stop for the bathrooms over a station stop.

I have left extremely early so that I could stop while it was still cool enough for a short nap. When I have done that, I have planned the stop ahead and parked in front of police stations with keys or small air horn in hand.

Do you have a friend that would make the drive with you and then fly home?

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Date: 6/18/13 8:30 PM

And, we carry emergency road service coverage with our cell phone carrier. Twice now, they have quickly been on the scene when road debris caused flats on busy bridges. You could carry it just for the month of the trip as extra added insurance.

And, you don't even want to know why, I refuse to drive without a full size spare - checked and ready to go.

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Date: 6/18/13 8:49 PM

I drive long distance by myself all the time. I dislike driving more than 6-8 hours in a day, but can do up to 12-13 before I really have to stop. I have moved across country by myself, driving, twice - (2000 miles (4 days) and 1750 miles (3 days)), one of those times with cats (big hassle).

Hotels/motels are a non-issue for me, but I also travel solo for work sometimes. Usually I stay at big chains when driving, like Hampton Inn, Motel 6, or Super 8. I like to set a distance to drive before I leave, look for likely hotels in that range, and then if possible book a reservation the day before or the morning of. This also gives you a chance to look at reviews online, people will often say if the neighborhood is bad or something. I'm usually more worried about my car at motels, especially if I have lots of stuff in the car when moving. In that case, I bring anything of real value or importance into the hotel at night.

Once or twice I have not done this, and ended up driving a lot longer than I wanted because there just was no where to stop (Pennsylvania surprisingly had no motels except one truck stop along a very long stretch of interstate). I could also see this being a problem in certain areas of the west/midwest (WY, NM, SD, ND, CO). In those big states, don't let your gas fall below half a tank because sometimes there are no gas stations for a very long way.



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