My first post! I'm about to embark on Jeepdom and am in the process of locating a reliable shipping company. Does anyone have first-hand experience and a recommendation? I have looked online and frankly can't tell if they are any good or not and would rather rely on word-of-mouth.
Also, considered shipping enclosed, mainly due to soft-top (theft in-route, weather, and just plain wind beating).
Ok, this is for future reference for anyone else considering this. I sent my info to one website and got 7 quotes for shipping. Some had better reviews than others on transportreviews dot com, but all had some bad reviews (price baiting, switch & bait, no pick up). All 7 were brokers who arrange shipping, and not the carrier themselves.
I also got 2 other bids on my own with a couple of carriers directly. Both were more expensive, but there were ZERO negative reviews! I actually used one of the two them to transport a street-strip car back around 2004 and they are still in business, but they do enclosed only (Intercity Lines). I am going with the other carrier due to price (open trailer), but it is still about 25% higher than brokered services (Golden Key Express).
I just don't need any hassle, as doing a long-distance purchase is nerve wracking enough, it's not worth it to save a couple hundred bucks (if something goes wrong, I'm out way more than that!).
It's unclear if you're actually "shipping" the whole jeep over seas, in a sealed crate etc.. In that case.. there would be allot of paper work and maybe even some red tape.. thing have gotten tighter since 911.. and the cost has skyrocketed.. at last check.. I was thinking of shipping our jeep to AU just to see if this could be done and how much it would cost.. but after hearing just the first suggested cost of 30K not including any other fees or taxes etc which I didn't wait around to find out.
From So.Cal. to Indiana. Not enough time and too much on my plate for a road-trip. That's one of the reasons I bought a built Jeep instead of building (this body is gettin' older and my patience ain't what it used to be).