auto specific questions
started this new thread to try and keep on track..... Trying to find out some specific car questions..
1.) Who do you all recommend, from experience, for auto shipping. I got a quote from Flemmings that seemed reasonable, but I have yet
to hear back from Top of the line or Tropical. best price? good or bad experiences??????
2.) anyone have experience with shipping items in the vehicle? I see mention of "horror" stories but have no specifics
3.)who do you use for insurance? Any of the big guys offer in STX (Nationwide, USAA, GEICO....)
i know USAA does cover in the USVI, i have already spoken to them about it for when i get there next week. I love USAA and will never finance or insure anything with any other company.
Was very happy with Flemming. I had them do all of the dock paperwork and tile change and licensing.
You can't put anything in the vehicle like you used to be able to. Expect anything you leave in the vehicle to be stolen. I had a CHEAP wrench I left in the map pocket as a test. It was gone as was my A/C knobs.
Most of the big insurance firms don't insure in the USVI. I use Annlay, located in Gallows Bay.
according to Flemming you can fill the car for a charge of $350. But if by can't you mean it will disappear.....that is what I'm looking for! Planning on more than a cheap wrench, so perhaps some other form of transport for other goods. It's not a whole lot, just heavy (tools) so any suggestions there. USPS is out, UPS is crazy expensive............
We packed all our tools in our car & shipped them down & nothing was stolen...............BUT, we supect they had a grand ole time with the car, can't prove it....speed odemeter doesn't work, but we had 1/4 tank of gas & it was on fumes when we picked it up. Tire pressure in the rear tires were like 100 lbs................tread is worn.................burn outs & goosing the poor lil car's supercharger to its limits!!!! :-X
Care to name the company used? things happen, but it's good to know.
Tropical.........I might add, this was the 1st time we've ever had any problems. They have generally been great every time we used them.
But, we didn't pick the car up right away (off island for other reasons).............lesson learned, never leave a fast car in idle hands & heavy foot!
It is a fun car..............something about real raw power & the sudden burst of a supercharger kicking in trusting you back in the seat, slamming gears & red lining the tac.............:-o ..........wait girls aren't supposed speed freaks???...........lol.
Liberty Mutual insurance covers the V.I. also. They don't have an agent here as far as I know so look into it with your local agent before you come here if you can.
sO WHEN YOU SHIP A CAR, WHAT KINDS OF THINGS NEED TO BE INSPECTED, WOULD A VEHICLE WITH A BROKEN WING MIRROR OR A CRACKED WINDSCREEN FAIL THE INSPECTION, OR A DENTED DOOR? PLEASE ADVISE THANKS
Prepare Your Vehicle
· Federal regulations (CFR 176.905[d]), require that there is less than 1/4 tank of fuel.
· Propane tanks must be empty
· Remove all loose items and personal effects from the vehicle, including the trunk. If you wish to ship personal effects, the cargo must be packed for export, delivered to the West Palm Beach Less than Container Load (LCL) Warehouse located at 1489 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Riviera Beach, FL 33404 and shipped at an additional charge. An itemized Packing List with an estimated value per box is required by U.S. Customs.
· Any part/item that would normally be permanently installed in/on the vehicle, but is loose or not bolted in, should be removed.
· Anti-theft Alarm Systems - If you leave the car alarm system in your vehicle, make sure that the system is disengaged prior to delivery to Tropical.
Important: Vehicles must be in a safe, drivable condition, capable of normal operation on public streets or highways when tendered for shipment to be considered an “operable vehicle”. Non-operable vehicles that have been accepted for shipment will be loaded into a container with the use of a forklift, and a Hold Harmless Waiver for Non-Operable Vehicles must be signed before the vehicle is loaded.
Note: Tropical Shipping will consider the vehicle non-operable, if the following conditions exist:
· Cracked or damaged windshields or windows.
· Flat, missing or damaged tires
· Leaking fluids
· Deployed airbags
· Unable to stay running under its own power source
· Out of fuel/gas
Please Note: Tropical Shipping reserves the right to reject receipt of cargo if the cargo does not meet the requirements for safe transportation & handling by our stevedore or our vessel operations.
The broken mirror and windshield may be a problem. The dented door is not a problem.
according to one shippers online info (forgive me for not remembering right off hand, me poor brain is on overload from all the searching!) a broken mirror or windshield puts the car in the "inoperable" category and then not only does it not get shipped but you then have to send an official letter to customs to have it released.... AND you then have to pay storage fees for the time it was held! Hopefully I will not have to be in the know on that one.........
does anyone have contact info for Flemming Shipping? for some reason, i CANNOT find them online!