Gentlemen, earlier this year I shipped to ship a car from Vancouver Washington to North Carolina. I learned some valuable information that I wanted to share if you ever need to ship out of state. BTW according the the professionals in the auto shipping industry my experience is actually more the norm rather than the exception.
I found numerous companies online that could quickly accommodate my needs so I expected this to be relatively easy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Initially I settled on an auto shipping broker out of Florida that seemed to have all of the credentials: valid MC number and registration, adequate insurance, full website claiming to do it all, etc. He insisted that he could not take a credit number (my bad) and said he needed the broker fee of $200 via a check or cashier's check. After cashing my check, he disappeared and no one ever came to pick up the vehicle. I emailed and called him without success. This was obviously a scam and I should have seen it from the beginning. Reputable brokers do not bill until the vehicle is actually picked up.
The company that took my money and never performed any of the services claimed was American Allegiance Auto Transport LLC 866-We-Ship-9 His e-mail was [email protected]
I then focused on local resources and found a real shipper in Camas WA. They claimed they could have someone in a week to 10 days and their price was about $600 cheaper than some of their competitors. I offered to drive the car to another city or even the next state to get this done. After about three weeks and several calls I realized that this was never going to happen. Seems that the reason it was taking so long it that they (the broker) was offering the drivers a much lower rate than usual. Basically they were trying to find someone with one last spot left that would be willing to take a lowball price. When I changed to one of the more expensive brokers things started happening very quickly.
I finally found Vance Burgess at Auto Driveaway. Their price was higher but everything worked as promised and I had the vehicle shipped within a week. They ship all over the nation and are very well known in the auto shipping industry. Outstanding service and followup. They have 40 offices nationwide and Vance (Portland OR office) can handle shipping anywhere with the US. I have no finanicial interest in this enterprise, just wanted to share my experiences Their contact info follows:
434 NW Hoyt Street
Portland, OR 97209
E-mail: [email protected]