2000 Acura Integra shipped from California to OhioEnlarge Photo
Now I had to get it across the country. If you've never shipped anything major across the country, it's an eye-opening experience.
There aren't actually "truck companies" to call for typical auto shipping. Instead, brokers compete for your business in a flurry of phone calls, text messages, emails, and I bet they'd send a telegram if they actually could.
Additionally, everyone seems to have just as many positive reviews as they do negative ones, which made me the biggest skeptic in the world as I chose a company to haul my precious cargo.
Eventually, I settled on a company with good ratings and a fair transport price and my order was booked by an employee by the name of Sam. The company shall remain nameless since I was neither satisfied, nor dissatisfied with their service. Many times I'd call for a status on where my vehicle was and either the company's phone lines were of the poorest quality, or they definitely hung up on me—three times. After receiving the truck driver's information—or who I thought was the truck driver—he also identified himself as Sam. Weird. Turns out, he was the dispatcher for my truck driver.
So, I called the company back, was hung up on once more, and finally got through to ask for the direct number of the truck driver. After receiving it, I gave him a quick ring. Guess what? His name was also Sam. By this point, I began to panic, thinking I'd been duped and my car is off to a chop shop with Triple Sam behind the wheel. It seemed way too coincidental. A day later, neither the company, dispatch, or truck driver were answering my phone calls.
Later in the day, I was finally contacted by "dispatch Sam" who said my car would be arriving later in the evening. Thankfully, this was all true and I was not being duped; my 2000 Integra GS-R was unloaded in front of me safe and sound. It was really dirty after its trek, but safe.
So, why did I just tell you all of this? To prepare any other dreamers out there looking for their ideal car. I won't lie, it was not an easy task. The seller once tried to sell the car from under me, insisted on changing meet times with my friend to purchase the car while I'm three time zones away, and the transportation aspect turned out to be one big stress. Though, in the end, I am happy.
Don't be afraid of distance when it comes to bringing home your dream car, but do prepare yourself accordingly. Thoroughly investigate transportation companies, ask questions, be a little pesky—much of the process rested on my organization and timeliness to ensure things went as smoothly as possible.
This was my experience, but your mileage, ultimately, may vary.