Road Tax Sucker
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!