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Old 08-29-2007, 11:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I live in Washington State and I found a car I wanted, but it was located 3,000 miles away in Conneticut. At first I thought it wasn't realistic to buy it, but after some research I was wrong. Here are some things I learned:

Buying:

It really helps to have a friendly and motivated seller. A lot of work has to be done on both ends. When it comes to the title transfer, paying for the car and all the paperwork, your bank will pretty much take care of everything. They ask you for information, Overnight the docs to you, and take care of just about everything needed. It is actually a fairly easy process, just a little time consuming. I did my entire loan online and over the phone thru Bank of America. I won't set one foot inside a bank during the entire process. All the work has been done from my desk at home and office.

Transporting:

If you don't have time to flyout and drive your new car back, you can have it shipped to you. I personally used http://www.autotransport411.com/. You fill out the form and within minutes you get bombarded with tons of quotes on shipping rates from many different companies.


Things you need to know about shipping companies:

1) For the most part, they all post your car on the same "pickup board". These companies are basically booking agents.

2) Be aware of the deposit rate. If you rate is $1200 and the deposit is $200, the drive gets $1000. If your rate is $1200 and the deposit is $300, the driver get $900. Which car do you think gets picked up first?

3) Lower rates may mean a longer wait. If your a truck driver, would you take the vehicle that you make $1,000 on, or the one you make $800 on?

4) The deposit is paid up front to the booking agent, the rest is COD paid to the driver at delivery.

5) make sure your vehicle stays on 1 truck from pickup to delivery. Your car is only insured when it is ON the carrier. If they transfer it to another truck and it is damaged during that move, your SOL.

6) Make sure it is transported to you on a truck the entire time. Some companies may drive it long distances to a regional hub. You don't want some idiot rallying your car do you?

7) Pick a company that tracks the car for you. You wouldn't want to wait around for weeks not knowing where your vehicle is.

8) When you have selected a company, your car will be posted and it will take anywhere from 1-10 days before it is even picked up. During peak season (summer), your car may sit for several weeks if the rates are low, or you live in a out of the way location. Getting a car to Seattle,WA is much easier than getting one to Bend, Oregon. Offering to pick up your car at the nearest big city may save you time and money too.

9) Make sure your car is Insured!

Recieving your car-

1) Before you pay, check out the car for damage. If you sign the paperwork and find damage later it is TOO BAD FOR YOU. The person handing the car over at the pickup spot will sign a condition waiver, so make sure what you see matches up. Picture really help too.

2) Cash is your friend here. Cashiers checks also work. Make the driver happy and he maybe more willing to cut you a deal or drive a little extra for you. Personal checks or money orders are not as secure of a form of payment, so some driver may refuse to accept them. NO PAY, NO CAR.
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Old 08-29-2007, 12:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Good info. Where in CT did you find it?
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Old 08-29-2007, 01:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The forum member JohnLSD has it in the "For sale section". It is located in New Fairfield CT, not too far from you.

When I checked out a few local FXTs I made a list of exactly what I wanted. His car fit the bill. Locally, a similarly equiped XT goes for 21-22k, so even with shipping I feel I got a very fair deal. In the NW Foresters are insanely popular and generally sell for high book if not more.
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Yes, I was in communication with John and I was going to purchase his when I sold my truck. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a buyer so I ended up trading it in for a new 07. Good luck. His car looked beautiful and the price was awesome.
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I am awaiting for a quote from Autotransport. I FINALLY found an FX I like, it will be transported from Manchester, NH to Pontiac, MI.
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DAS autoshippers worked well for me shipping a Miata from Cali to MD.

You usually save on shipping fees if you ship port to port vs door to door. Ports aren't necessarily ship yards. The port I had the car delivered to in Baltimore was simply a used car lot. Saved me about $400 in shipping vs door to door.

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how much was shipping on the car to seattle?
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I got about 30 quotes, and the one I went with was $1060. Most averaged around $1250and the high was over $1600. To ship the car in an enclosed container would have been $400-$600 more.
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This is very good info Sea-Scooby! I live just south of you in Tacoma, and i will tell you it is so damn hard to find an XT in our area. Tacoma Subaru told me the closest one they could find was in Montana, which i find just a little hard to believe but... I found after a little searching on my own, they were right.

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There are a few local XTs, but they are always priced OVER blue book. I found an 05 XT Premium with manual transmission and 40k miles in Puyallup and they wanted $23K for it. I bought the same car but with 30k miles for $16,800 in CT. It was just over $1,000 to ship so I still got a great deal.

Keep an eye on the local craigslist. there have been a few XTs at good prices on there.
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I know exactly what you are talking about with all of them being over bluebook. I am, without a doubt, going to be giving this a thought. I have looked on the Buy and Sell Foresters forum on here and have found 3 or 4 cars that are what I am looking for just on one page. This site is a great resourse for Forester owners. I have an 06 2.5xs that I am happy with, but I would like to have that extra power that the xt has to offer. Id like to find one close to home, but if i find the perfect car for me in Ohio, then thats what I may have to do.

I hope I may be able to contact you later if I have further questions about your experience.

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Here is a way to search all craigslist's.

http://www.crazedlist.org/#

I used it in my search for a FXT, and things are all coming together for me to fly to Denver and drive my FXT home to MN next week.
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Here is a way to search all craigslist's.

http://www.crazedlist.org/#

I used it in my search for a FXT, and things are all coming together for me to fly to Denver and drive my FXT home to MN next week.
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Good luck in your search! If you do find a car out of state, you can post the location and maybe a forum member will go check it out for you.
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Thanks for the great information!

I'm thinking about a newer XT that would be easier to MOD & with retirement coming up next week, I'll have the time to work on it! I ran across this '05 XT on eBay that looked interesting eBay Motors: Subaru : Forester (item 230260972424 end time Jun-17-08 16:02:13 PDT) more pictures & info here Index of /forester
It doesn't fit into my time frame, but it's good to know you don't have to buy locally!:)

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