I'd like to ask for opinions as to the best method of shipping a '23 Model T Touring from Maine to California ! From cheapest to top of the line .... What would you recommend?
Thanks for your help. Dennis Taylor
Dennis -- The most adventuresome method would be to drive it there and fly back.
I agree with Mike!
You could sell that one and buy a rust-free one in Calif for about the same money.
The latest "Magneto News" has a 23 Touring w. Bennett brakes, new rad, new uphol, etc., for $12K.
Good suggestions all, but unfortunately, none work for me.
I have sold the car to a gent in California, and need to help him arrange for shipping. ( Then I'll have room to buy another that I have my eyes on) .
Horseless Carriage if you're looking for top of the line. I have no experience with them other than seeing their trailers lines up over at Hershey year after year.
I have transported several cars for members here
as well as the MTFCA Museum in Richmond.
I am a MTFCA Member, have been for years.
Right now I am on my way to Las Vegas, NV
and will be available to haul from there
Website @ http://www.trulyvintagetrailers.citymax.com/Enclosed_Ford_Transport.html
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After the Tin Lizzies crossed the finish line, they all had to go home. But how? I'd pose that question on the MTFCI forum if I could only figure out how.
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Thank you very much for your offer. If I had a ride for the T from Maine to Las Vegas, I'd be glad to take you up on the offer, but I'm not able to get it beyond Boston with my enclosed trailer.......A matter of time to do it. I transported it here from Florida, but do not have time to take it west.
Take care. Dennis T.
Some transporters may claim to be be able to do the job, but don't ask them if your pickup and delivery destination is "off their established route". Not calling anyone out; just stating my experience. As it turned out, I didn't need transportation after inquiring of the possibility of transporting, but you can be sure, I won't bother to inquire a second time.
Let ME be direct here ...
The guy you were considering buying a body from
in Minnesota graciously offered to bring it with him to Missouri and leave it for you at a friends'
place which would get it closer to you in Katy, TX.
I left you a voice mail advising that you buy the body and get it to Missouri by this method which
would make it closer for you to pick up yourself
or have someone else get it the rest of the way
to you at a later date ....
To call me and leave me a phone message telling
me I NEED TO CALL your Seller that same day so
you can get your body is NOT THE WAY to get hauling done.
SINCE WHEN is your decision to buy a body the
responsibility of a hauler ?
If you decide to buy a body in Minnesota and you live in Texas, you should be prepared to go after it yourself.
I - or anyone else who hauls - are not the solution to your problem.
There are no " regular routes " when it comes
to transport - every haul is custom.
There are no " established routes" ...
#2 diesel is about $4.00 a gallon on average
nationwide - it costs $1.00 a mile to run a one ton dually and trailer - that just covers fuel, oil & filter changes, tires ...
NOTHING leftover for other operating costs ....
I don't understand your post ....
I also don't understand your email exchange ....
I offered - twice - to give you advice on the phone regarding transport - you never called.
So, here it is.
Leave the research and selection of hauling prices to the Buyer.
If you become involved directly or indirectly involved in the selection, if things go badly, the Buyer may attempt to hold you responsible.
Usually, (not always), but in most cases ...
A prospective buyer who directly or indirectly
seeks the assistance of a Seller in facilitating transport cost, USUALLY cannot afford to purchase the vehicle.
They are usually looking for cheap transport to make the purchase possible.
If a Seller assists in this endeavor, if things go badly, it can come back to the Seller in a bad way.
Personally, I never give hauling prices to a Seller to pass along to a Buyer.
I deal directly with the Buyer.
A Seller soliciting pricing quotes is actually
" brokering " transport, they may not see it that way but that is what they are doing.
A Seller should stick to selling their vehicle and leave the transport of it to the Buyer.
A Seller can help by storing the car for at least (30) days while the Buyer looks for a hauler.
A Seller can pass along the name and number of a hauler - just don't include a price for transport.
As it stands, I am hauling from California to Massachusetts next ....
Many thanks to all the folks I have hauled for ...
Here's a site where you can post your shipping needs and get quotes from several transporters: http://www.uship.com/
80% of domestic auto transport takes place using brokers.
UShip is a brokered board - they charge a sales
commission just like an auto broker does:
" Upon a shipping customer accepting your bid, he will be prompted to pay a deposit that is a percentage of the accepted bid price. This amount is credited to your account and will off-set your uShip transaction fees (meaning it pays them off automatically so that you do not have to be billed monthly). The shipping customer will then owe you the remainder of the accepted bid price (match price - deposit = amount owed). This information will be explained in your Booking Details once your bid is accepted. "
Some folks experience success with UShip.
Like any brokered service, the representation of the sales person does not match the actual service.
If you want your Model T or other vehicle to arrive in the condition it is in right now:
Have it hauled direct from pick up to drop off with no transfer.
Deal directly with the hauler.
Make sure they do not drive it.
Be prepared to pay a price that reflects the actual cost(s) associated with transport.
Jim is providing very good advice.
Distance and transporting costs can make or break a deal for almost everything.
We have been spoiled by Amazon etc. with free shipping, but when the items get big and bulky it is FOB from a specific location and the buyer is responsible.