Usually buyers ship themselves via one way plane ticket to buy out of state these days for these cars.
If you can't manage that, but do find an out-of-state dealer who will sell to you remotely (like, you pay electronically or by sending them a cashier's check) - have them FedEx you the bill of sale and all other docs for you to register/title the car, and then find/arrange a car transport service yourself (the dealer won't do it for you).Usually buyers ship themselves via one way plane ticket to buy out of state these days for these cars.
How do you think the cars are delivered from the factory to the dealerships, or between dealerships?I would never let a trucker put his hands on my new car before I get to touch it. No way. I would fly and drive it back making a trip out of it.
Well it all depends on how far away the car is coming from.Let me explain, then. I thought it was clear. I know all cars are delivered to the dealers the same way. Yet, there are notions such as "avoidable" vs "unavoidable". No one can avoid their car being delivered by a truck which was most likely loaded at the factory in OH and made only 1 or no stop until arrival at the dealership. Transfer is however avoidable if you do the work. Now someone will say I make 700 an hour, I can't spare 2 days of my life for this. Then, you should not buy a Honda.
Transferring one vehicle from one dealer to another is an extra step. So, your car waits at the dealer until Joe the trucker stops by. He picks us Ms. Schovenitz's SUV first from her home and then stops by the dealer. Puts your car on the truck and goes to get Mr. Albenitz's car from the parking lot at his work.
After he completes all 7 pickups, he hits the road. During the delivery, he probably brings your car down 3 times at least to get it out of the way in total.
If you are lazy enough to watch this happening and not fly there to get your car, you deserve 3 wheel scuffs and 17 bird poops baking for 6 days on your paint.
Well the math does not lie but can be flawed. I drove 2350 miles coast to coast 4 times and they all took 3 days. I can drive 800 a day easily so that makes 2 hotel stays on the road rather than paying a monkey with a wrench over thousand dollars to abuse my new car, hard pass.Well it all depends on how far away the car is coming from.
Living in NYC, if I were buying an out-of-state car from say Pittsburgh (one day away), I'd fly out there, pick it up, and drive it home.
Or even Cincinnati or Charlotte, NC (two days away), sure - I could fly out on say a Friday, and be back home with my car by the end of Sunday. And it'd be broken in by the time I got home!
But the two times I shipped a car it was coming from clear across the country - 2500 miles.
Including from where I bought my own new 2022 Civic ST 6MT - at MSRP, in my preferred color, for a car on the lot (no waiting - and I had no car at the time), with dealer add-ons "already installed" but most of which I wanted like the HPD package, window tinting, paint protection film, etc.
...But the dealership was in Henderson, NV (outside Las Vegas).
Yes, I considered flying out to get it. But shipping it to me cost around $1000 (I think $1150 after I tipped the driver).
Now compare that to this worksheet:
So there you are: with some rounding, it'd have cost me about $1650, plus a week away from my family on my own, plus 5 vacation days from work, to exhaust myself to get my new car home with 2500 miles on it after 6 days.
- Cab fare to airport ($40)
- One-way plane ticket ($250)
- Cab fare from airport to dealership ($40?)
- Leaving dealership likely around noon...
- Driving about 400 miles a day = 6 more days to get home.
- If I pushed it to say 500 miles a day, ... still, 5 days to get home.
- Multiply that by cost of hotel rooms, three meals a day while on the road, plus fuel:
- 6 nights cheap but not "roach motel" room @ $125 net = $750
- $50 a day for food = $300
- 75 gallons of fuel @ $4/gallon = $300
- And the vacation days I'd have had to take off from work
- I'd also be completely by myself, no friends/family, and little to no sightseeing
I could have brought that figure down to around $1500 with an el-cheapo flight (super early with a transfer somewhere, instead of a direct flight), driving longer per day, and doing it in 5 days...
Or, I pay $1150 to get the car dropped off literally at my door in 7 days with 5 miles on the odometer while living my normal life.
If you want to call that lazy, fine, I was lazy. LOL
Priorities, priorities.lol driving 12 hours a day for 3 days straight. I’m with robardin. I’m shipping all day from that distance. Even having had a previous bad experience.