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--->JeN<---
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October 22, 2006 9:55 pm  

When you ship your car, the shipping company puts down the weight of the car on their forms. On the phone, when I called the shipping company for a quote, they never asked the weight, only make and model and I assumed it would be correct. (we all know what assuming does)

So herein lies the problem- That's what you get charged .16/lb road tax on when you pick the car up on island. With all the hustle and bustle of shipping my car and moving out here, I never checked the weight they put on the forms. Check it before your leave the the shipping company office!

***Turns out they charged me on a 2,589 lb car when mine only weighs 1750lbs. You can check the weight on the inside driver's side door panel.

That can really add up. So just a warninig for those shipping their cars or who have recently done so...
also don't have anything AT ALL in the car. Even little things that I didn't think about packing in my bags- like my mini tool box in the trunk, cell phone head set, or the extra turn signal bulb in my glovebox, were swiped. I am noticing more and more things everyday.

After all the stress of moving, living here has been completely worth every cent no matter what! Just want to pass on my learning experiences as everyone did for me 🙂


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October 22, 2006 11:22 pm  

We shipped our cars through Tropical Shipping at a time when you could fill your car, or in our case van, up to the windows. We loaded the van with our TV, several boxes of household goods, pictures, etc. We locked our computer printer into the trunk of the small car. It all made it down exactly as we left it -- right down to the bag of trash we forgot to take to the dumpster.

Tropical was great to work with. We drove the cars down to Florida, dropped them off on Monday, they left FL on Thursday and we picked them up in STX the following Monday. Do remember -- less than 1/4 tank of gas.


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October 22, 2006 11:39 pm  

Hi Jen
Which shipping company did you use? Sorry to hear of your bad luck but glad to hear it was all worth it!


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October 22, 2006 11:47 pm  

Hi Jen,

Very helpful post but you forgot to mention here that your car went through Puerto Rico, which is notorious for having these problems with cars.

When we shipped our cars in February, they went non-stop from FLL to STT and everything arrived safe and sound.

Best :)!
Mell


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October 23, 2006 12:34 am  

Hey Jen -

Thanks for the post!

Curious what kind of car you have?

You may be looking at the wrong information on the door sticker as they have info on Gross Vehicle Weight, Net Weight, etc. My husband wants to know because 1750 is really light for a car.

It's possible they didn't cheat you, which might make you feel better about the shipping company you used.

JH


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October 23, 2006 12:12 pm  

Hey everyone,

I used SeaStar. Sorry forgot to mention my car went through Puerto Rico. Thanks, mell! I WAS told my things would get stolen, so I took out obvious stuff like faceplates, radar detector, etc. It was advised to use Crowley or Tropical because of this factor, but it was not doable as I would have had to leave my car a week prior to shipping plus it was more expensive.

I also want to note that my roommate used SeaStar and had no problems at all.

JH- I have a 1998 Honda Civic.


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October 23, 2006 1:06 pm  

JeN,
I checked on line and found that the 1998 Civic 's weight is listed at 2342 lbs. for a stripped manual trans. up to 2551 for the loaded EX auto trans. These wts. are usually "dry wts.", no fluids in the car. You may have been charged for the actual weight of your car.


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October 23, 2006 1:59 pm  

It should noted that several years ago all vehicles that were moved into the state of Florida, during the late 1980's were imposed with a "road tax". It was several hundred dollars a vehicle. Same as the Virgin Islands. It was later rulled unconstitutional and that the state had to refund all the collected dollars plus interest!
Reason is that if an area or location of the country imposed such a "road tax", they would no longer be elibible for USDOT funds for highway repair and other cash supplied from the US Governement.
Maybe somebody should look into the VI's "road tax" because it should fall under the same DOT reasoning. Of course the VI goverment would never be able to return the monies, they went into the black hole called the general fund!


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October 23, 2006 3:30 pm  

No, because I was charged before they even got my car. The paperwork was generated prior to shipping and having my vehicle on the lot. I have a DX so it's not fully loaded. Just wanted to note it to everyone to take a look at the paperwork and make sure you are clear when you speak with the shipping company. Don't let them tell you they "have the weight in the computer" because it wasn't correct.


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October 23, 2006 3:31 pm  

grrrrr! good to know!
I also heard if your vin # started with a 1, you wouldn't be charged and mine does although it is a Honda and technically foreign made.


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October 23, 2006 3:33 pm  

Some Hondas are made in the US.


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--->JeN<---
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October 23, 2006 3:34 pm  

So maybe I shouldn't have been charged at all?!

I sure could use that extra $414.24!


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October 23, 2006 3:36 pm  

Anyone volunteering to help me get this money back? I'll give you a cut!


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October 23, 2006 4:55 pm  

The road tax is a different tax. If your car wouldn't have had a 1 in the first number of the serial number, then they would have charged yoy an import tax on top of the other taxes.


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October 23, 2006 7:04 pm  

Your title contains the correct weight. That is the document that should be used. Unless the car is weighed officially somewhere. I don't know why they didn't use that.

RL


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October 23, 2006 7:07 pm  

You mean the excise tax? Because that was a separate charge of $361.20.


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October 23, 2006 7:08 pm  

They didn't have the title. It's with the bank, they just told me to get a letter from my lienholder stating it was OK to ship the car.


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October 23, 2006 7:30 pm  

Jen
If you had a homeowners or tenants policy in force when the things were stolen they would be covered, less the deductible. It is a good idea to keep a policy in force until it is replaced to handle situations like this.Just call your agent and place a claim.


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October 23, 2006 7:39 pm  

I appreciate the advice.

I heeded it and removed the items of value, like I said only trivial things I hadn't thought of like extra lightbulbs, ear phones, etc were taken and a tool box I forgot was in my trunk. They only stole two tools. I guess the rest couldn't quite fit in their grubby pockets. I was forewarned and these were items I either forgot about or couldn't imagine someone stealing. Even Mardi Gras beads I had in the door panel were taken!


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October 23, 2006 7:41 pm  

All the more reason to NOT ship a car here but buy something once you reach...


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