shipping my car questions
I can't seem to find an affordable long term car rental ($900/mo for a sub-compact like a Yaris!!) so I've decided to ship mine. I'm in the process of making arrangements with VI Cargo. Has anybody had any experience with these folks? And what is the deal with getting it registered? I read somewhere, maybe in this forum, that the best way is to hire an agent to do it. Can anybody recommend one? Clearly I don't know what I'm doing beyond the fact that I have to have the car in Naples Florida by 10 AM January 5th and can pick it up on the evening of the 11th. I arrive in STX on the 5th and report to work on the 10th. I'm being put up in the "Old Hotel, Propserity 2, Queens Quarter" which I assume is walking distance to the hospital. But even if it isn't walking distance I'm going to rent something for a week anyway. Any help you can send me will be tremendously appreciated.
I don't have personal experience with VI Cargo, but I've heard good things about them. Shipping your car is a rather strange experience and a leap of faith... or at least it was for me. Some dude shows up at your house with a big truck, you sign the papers, your car disappears, and you hope you'll see it again on the other side. And you will! I found it much easier (based on reports of the meltdowns my friends had) to pay the shipping company to get the car road-ready. Mine was waiting for me at the airport, and all I had to do was get in and drive.
It is physically possible to walk to the hospital from Queen's Quarter (if it's the cute apartment complex the hospital usually uses), and it takes maybe 15-20 minutes. However, I wouldn't recommend doing it in the dark. Cars go very fast down that road (speed limit is 20mph, but people often drive more like 40-50mph), and there's no sidewalk or even a shoulder to speak of. It's doable in a pinch, but you'd have to be very, very careful. At least take a strong flashlight and shoes that can tolerate the weeds and possibly mud by the road.
Ask the hospital to rent a car for you, for which you will reimburse them (either for those first few days, or maybe for the entire time, depending on how long you're going to be here). The hospital rate with Budget is $20/day for a subcompact.
Good luck, safe journey, and welcome to St. Croix!
I can't seem to find an affordable long term car rental ($900/mo for a sub-compact like a Yaris!!) so I've decided to ship mine. I'm in the process of making arrangements with VI Cargo. Has anybody had any experience with these folks?....(snip)
I've used VI CArgo to ship our small SUV. And a friend used them to ship his '62 Checy PU truck. We bother highly recommend them. (tu)
I shipped my jeep and household belongings to St. Croix via VI Cargo. FABULOUS job, no hidden costs and all my posessions were in tact and accounted for. Highly recommend their services.
vermonter when we shipped a car from vermont we drove it to new jersey. was much closer.
where in vermont are you coming from?
DixiChick and All: Thanks for your input. I'm leaving central Vermont, near Killington, Jan 1st. I didn't know you could ship from New Jersey but I've already made my flight reservations out of Ft. Meyers. This'll be my last (for a while at least) US road trip and since I've never been south of the Mason-Dixon line I'm looking forward to it. I was in St. Croix last April for an interview: it took me until the end of November to get the job confirmed. With a little luck I ought to get out of here before the really nasty weather hits...minus 10, grey, nor'easter heading this way ought to hit by tonight. This isn't too bad, I've seen a lot worse. VT
we go to lake champlain, BF has a cabin there. love vermont. but not in the winter. he is there now and regretting every minute.
stay warm vermonter.
we will have to get together.