Auto Transport- Lessons Learned
My 77 Cherokee arrived from Boulder safe and sound. Thought a few key points might be of some help to some of you in the future.
It's hard to avoid brokers unless you pay big bucks. My 1300 mile run cost $1100. If I hired Reliable or similar company the price doubled. That would be fine for the $100k Porche or Packard, but a little out of my budget.
The same truck and driver that picked up my Cherokee also delivered it. The Cherokee was never moved after it was loaded. This is not common, so I lucked out here.
I had the driver's number but was unable to reach him. I called the broker on Saturday, and it took them 18 hours to call me back. Just an answering service on weekends. That's BS in my opinion. The ONE THING that eases anxiety over something like this is good communications.
It turned out that my trucker was a night driver and was sleeping when I initially called. After reaching him we stayed in touch and everything went smooth.
My broker was United Routes. I picked them because they were up front about the broker details and were easy to reach and talk to by phone. The actual trucker was a local guy from Colorado Springs. The only complaint was weekend communications, which would not have been an issue if I had known the trucker was driving at night, sleeping during the day.
A road trip would only have saved about $200, plus two full days of time. And not risking the radiator and QT were worth the extra $200 (both need repair).
1977 Cherokee S