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Old 05-22-2015, 12:18 AM
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Need affordable shipping

I just bought a 1995 YJ hardtop, 35s and lotsa lift. I need to have it shipped from Henrico Virginia 23233 to Pleasant Prairie Wisconsin 53158. Does anyone have a suggestion for the most affordable shipping service? So far I am looking at $800 per ebay shipping quotes, more than what I can do.

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Old 05-22-2015, 02:39 AM   #2
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There are many shipping companies that will bid on your job, and you can sometimes get a pretty good price.

I searched for days when I purchased mine, ultimately I found good prices but all companies high & low priced had user reviews I could not live with.

Moral of the story I drove it back my self, but you may have good luck

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Old 05-22-2015, 05:31 AM
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There are many shipping companies that will bid on your job, and you can sometimes get a pretty good price.

I searched for days when I purchased mine, ultimately I found good prices but all companies high & low priced had user reviews I could not live with.

Moral of the story I drove it back my self, but you may have good luck
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Old 05-22-2015, 06:48 AM   #4
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Last time I shipped a car, it was from New Jersey, and I had it shipped to Metro Detroit, MI. That cost me about 1200 bucks 9 years ago, and that was the low end. I also got low end service. There was about a 4 day period where they'd be delivering the car "tomorrow" and delivery didn't happen. Finally got the car though, with a dead battery.

If you have a really good friend with a truck, you should just go down and pick it up. Worst case scenario you can get a tow bar for it from Horror Fright, and flat tow it back. Dolly rentals aren't too bad either.
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I work for a large national car carrying company and just plugged your info into our website and it was just a hair under $800 for basic door to door service so it seems the ebay quote wasnt too far off.
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Old 05-22-2015, 11:40 AM
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Thanks guys. If I tow it myself the cost will be close, too, considering gas or train fare and time missed from work. The Jeep has a hard top and a new/never installed soft top. Perhaps I can sell one of the tops to offset shipping. What would you do?
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if it was me and the cost difference isnt going to be much i would go with the one that requires the least effort on my part. that being said i would keep the hardtop on the jeep and let a carrier haul it. i have towed my jeep on a 700+ mile trip when it broke down on the way home from college, not a cheap trip with having to rent a car haul trailer and having to get a hotel and gas money. also its just a long drive haha. if you do go the carrier route i would call them beforehand and talk about the over sized tires and lift. i deal with all new cars so i am not sure about how they would handle the tires and strapping. dont see too many new cars coming with 35s haha
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if it was me and the cost difference isnt going to be much i would go with the one that requires the least effort on my part. that being said i would keep the hardtop on the jeep and let a carrier haul it. i have towed my jeep on a 700+ mile trip when it broke down on the way home from college, not a cheap trip with having to rent a car haul trailer and having to get a hotel and gas money. also its just a long drive haha. if you do go the carrier route i would call them beforehand and talk about the over sized tires and lift. i deal with all new cars so i am not sure about how they would handle the tires and strapping. dont see too many new cars coming with 35s haha
Yeah, they charge more for the extra width of the tires and height from the lift. Still brainstorming ways to pick er up for less.
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Why don't you try Craigs List. A freind of mine saved several hundred dollars on hauling a tractor...
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Final plan is for my wife and I to drive together in the mini cooper and pick it up. We'll drive both vehicles back home at a total cost of under $400. The best deal I could find with shipping is $1000 after they all learned of the lift and wide tires. I have a budget of $500 and my back issues prevent me from taking the train or bus. Thanks for all the ides.
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back issues and a long drive in a lifted yj? gonna be a longgggg trip haha but good luck to you glad you figured it out!
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If you have back issues and decide to drive it back, make sure you run the tires with about 25 psi. Make sure the shackles are not binding and remove the track bars (unless it's a coil conversion or SOA).
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Check out "uship" on the Internet, people auction on the job so you can get a pretty good price!
Check it out!
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:42 AM
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Success! We drove 1700 miles in two days and picked up the YJ. It drove beautifully even at 80 mph. I'll have to figure out what kid of suspension lift components it has because they work very well, at least on the road. Of course, could only do about 45 -50 on the 8% grades with the 4 popper and 33s. I love the comfort for my back; subjectively it is a great fit for my particular back problems. It fits like a glove, unlike my previous TJs and wife's Liberty I will post some pics on a new thread after I get some sleep.
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Old 05-27-2015, 08:25 AM
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Regarding shipping vs driving the Jeep home - it cost $625 total, including a motel, gas for two cars, food, tolls - absolutely everything we spent for the trip. So I am $125 over budget. In order to title it I will sell more toys I no longer use and have a rummage sale to keep within the original $4000 budget. Most shippers were biffing in the $850 - $1000 range. One shipper met my low ball request for $500, but there seemed no way to get back to the person. Not sure if I would have done it anyway, because I predicted driving would be a bit less, although I was wrong.
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That's how I bought mine. You can't be afraid to travel to find a nice jeep. I looked at it as a little get away also

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