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Zigmo
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July 7, 2010 4:23 pm  

The only way I could justify shipping my car to STX is if they allow the car to be packed with possessions. Has anyone shipped a car full of stuff? If so what was you experience? Was there a limit and do they go through and inspect everything. <- I do not ask that secound question becuase I'm trying to smuggle stuff in, My concern is if I pack a bunch of stuff in the car I don't want everything strewed about the ship as they go through it.


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roadrunner
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July 7, 2010 4:34 pm  

I was told when I shipped my car (with Fleming's Transport) that if you take it to their site in Florida yourself, you can put stuff in it. If it goes on a truck to be carried to Florida, you can't have anything in it. I've gotten the impression that other companies are the same, but someone please correct me if I'm wrong! Beyond that, sorry... don't have any experience, since I didn't have time to drive my car across the country!


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Zigmo
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July 7, 2010 5:18 pm  

How much did they charge you minus the transport to Florida?

I was told when I shipped my car (with Fleming's Transport) that if you take it to their site in Florida yourself, you can put stuff in it. If it goes on a truck to be carried to Florida, you can't have anything in it. I've gotten the impression that other companies are the same, but someone please correct me if I'm wrong! Beyond that, sorry... don't have any experience, since I didn't have time to drive my car across the country!


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July 7, 2010 5:34 pm  

i went with crowley and could not put anything in it


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July 7, 2010 6:32 pm  

I was told when I did a search on this topic last Fall that new customs regulations will no longer allow your car to have anything in it at all. I know that when I used Flemings for the move, that was absolutely the case -- not even anything in the glove compartment; even the Sirius got removed!

Lisa


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roadrunner
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July 7, 2010 7:30 pm  

The cost varies based on a lot of things... where the car was made, how big it is, its estimated value, fuel costs, etc. Expect to pay anywhere from $2000-5000. Having it trucked across the country was almost $1000, but that also depends on fuel costs.


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July 7, 2010 8:23 pm  

I just spoke to Flemmings today. We are shipping our truck from Miami on the 23rd. 1290.00 for the truck. an extra 300.00 for my GF dirt bike and he said we could put our scuba tanks inside the cab.


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July 7, 2010 8:36 pm  

In Jan 2007 I drove our Subaru from Ohio to Crowley at Port Everglades, Florida for shipping to STX. Nothing was allowed to be left in the car except the spare tire, tire iron, & the owners manual. These were the instructions prior to us choosing Crowley and they searched the car upon arrival at Port Everglades, Florida.

Jumbie -STX


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Zigmo
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July 7, 2010 10:22 pm  

I was quoted $1310 assuming I get the car to Florida on my own. He said he would get back with me about possibility of putting stuff in the car.


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July 7, 2010 10:34 pm  

When we came here 7 years ago, we used Tropical Shipping to ship our cars. At that time, we could put stuff in the cars up to the windows. That was a long time ago and it's very possible the rules have changed.


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July 8, 2010 1:12 am  

We just shipped our car off-island (to Florida) and it had to be completely empty, as stated above. We were told that is always the case when shipping off-island which led me to believe maybe you could have stuff in it when coming TO the VI. I know someone who shipped theirs a couple of years ago full of clothes, but hers was in a container (I think?).


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AbovetheCliff
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July 8, 2010 1:40 am  

I just spent $7000.00 with a certain shipper. Everything was palitized and shrink wrapped. The bike arrived unscathed but some how bending a brand new stainless steel sink and losing a box or two seems to be my problem. All I can say is be warned,sh/7 happens. They haven't heard the last of this one yet.


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specialk
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July 8, 2010 10:30 am  

We've shipped 3 cars to STX. One in a container in 2005. Last year we shipped one in a container and one roll on/roll off. In the situations where we used containers we had the entire container to ourselves. All three times we were told the only items allowed in the vehicles were spare tires, jacks, and owners manuals. Everything else had to be removed.


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July 10, 2010 12:54 am  

I shipped last year and wasn't allowed anything as well. They even told me if a letter was left inside I would be charged postage for it.... I believe it has to do with weight of the car, road taxes (based on weight and origin of car) and the complexity of figuring parcel rates and insurance coverage for items stuffed inside etc.


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Zigmo
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July 10, 2010 2:31 am  

We've shipped 3 cars to STX. One in a container in 2005. Last year we shipped one in a container and one roll on/roll off. In the situations where we used containers we had the entire container to ourselves. All three times we were told the only items allowed in the vehicles were spare tires, jacks, and owners manuals. Everything else had to be removed.

What company did you use and what was the rate? I think a container might be a little overboard. All I'm wanting to take can fit in the trunk of my car.


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July 10, 2010 6:18 am  

Get some quotes and follow the rules...way less headache. If you try to beat the system, I gurantee you it will turn out badly. If it's only a trunk full...just USPS it, much easier and less hassle for a couple of boxes. Try to get cheap here and it will not only cost you more but also cost you time.


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divinggirl
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July 10, 2010 10:47 am  

When I moved here over 8 years ago I was able to put items in the vehicle "up to the windows" as long as I had a complete itemized list of all things in the car. Two years ago my father shipped a vehicle here and they even made him remove a spare trailer hitch that was in the back. The rules have changed and when I asked the shipper about it I was told that the changes were due to Customs rules & regulations. A call to Customs might definitively answer your question.


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kclumsden
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July 11, 2010 12:41 am  

My husband and I moved here just over 2 months ago. We used Flemming's transport and were able to leave things in the truck and the boat. Both were loaded with everything we wanted to bring so when we flew we only had our 2 big bags of clothes. Flemming's charged us $300 to leave our things in the truck and boat. We drove from Michigan to Jacksonville Florida to have everything shipped. What we found was that out of Jacksonville it take about 4 days to get your car and if you ship out of Miami it takes almost 14 days to get you car.
The people at Flemming's were great but still be careful as we had somethings stolen from us. Tools, mag-light flashlight, and a nice bass pro fishing chair. I would suggest hiding the most valuable things because what they took was easy to grab but they didn't go through everything else we had.
Best of luck.


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specialk
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July 11, 2010 11:35 am  

We've shipped 3 cars to STX. One in a container in 2005. Last year we shipped one in a container and one roll on/roll off. In the situations where we used containers we had the entire container to ourselves. All three times we were told the only items allowed in the vehicles were spare tires, jacks, and owners manuals. Everything else had to be removed.

What company did you use and what was the rate? I think a container might be a little overboard. All I'm wanting to take can fit in the trunk of my car.

Zigmo: The containers also had household goods in them. Goods go in first, then a dividing wall made of plywood, then the car.


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