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Post by Covpath » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:06 am

Yippee! I've finally found a GTE (Thanks to Phil near Aber!) and would like to arrange transport to Warwickshire. Can anyone recommend a reliable transport firm relatively close to Coventry?
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Post by drcdb15 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:16 am

I know a lot of people slag them off, but I've used Shiply twice and had no problem, in fact both times the drivers (different firms) were quite interested in cars generally, and sympathetic to their loads - they didn't treat it as 'just another cargo'.


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Post by scimjim » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:31 am

Shiply is just a mechanism used to find the lowest bidder. I've used it without problem too.

I don't think location is too important, they will generally try to get a return load or do a round robin.

There's a guy in Gloucester I would recommend, and I think there's a couple more in the "recommended suppliers" section?


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Post by Oxymoron » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:54 am

You can hire a low loader for the day for a reasonable price and collect the car yourself!

It's something I've looked into in the past.

http://www.transporterhire.co.uk/


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Post by drcdb15 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:18 pm

For the difference in cost I'd always go with a transporter firm now. I once bought an A-frame and towed a Scim from Glasgow to Sussex, but quite apart from the legal situation (it was a grey area at the time, but now what I did would be illegal) the hassle isn't really worth it IMHO. Especially if the car is valuable, ask yourself just how experienced *are* you at properly lashing a car to a trailer? These guys do it day in day out. Plus the insurance if something goes wrong. What could possibly go wrong if you're careful ? Well the other idiot crashing into you through no fault of your own is the obvious risk. Then there's a blowout on the trailer, some failure of the tow hitch. etc etc etc. Of course all this is remote, but the risk *is* there, and for what you'll save yourself for a one-off trip is it really worth it? If you regularly trailer your car to shows etc that of course is a different matter, but for a one-off I'd always go for a shipper. At around £200 for a major journey it's not *that* expensive for a one-off - you pay more than that for your internet and don't even notice. Oh, BTW, anyone want to buy an A-frame ? Only used twice, and only ever towed Reliants ...


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