First Car Shipped!

After our visa appointment, and some Crescent City Beignets, we headed down to the port in Galveston, Texas to ship Niko’s car.  I’d been researching for some months for a reliable yet affordable company to use. Niko has a Mercedes CLK500 and the quotes I’d received to ship the car from Galveston to Livorno ranged from $1350 to $1900.  About a month ago I started sifting through the quotes again to decide on a company and start the paperwork.  One problem…Bad reviews, I mean bad.

 “Every one of their agents is a liar. DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THEM IF YOU EVER WANT TO SEE YOUR BELONGINGS AGAIN. They make me wish cutting off the hands of thieves was legal. These lying stealing crooks would have no hands if the law allowed that remedy.”

“DO NOT TRUST THIS COMPANY! If I could give ZERO STARS, I would.” 

“I received a letter in the mail from the San Diego Treasury Dept that I owed $102.50 (I did not include any late fees in this cost) for a parking violation which occurred when my car was with the shipping company.”

” I will never use this company again, and I hope no one else does either.  They can charge you whatever they want since they have your credit card information already before you have them pick up your car.”

I decided to expand my search for shipping  companies outside of Texas.  I settled on Sims, Waters & Associates.  I saw they had been in business for almost 20 years, no complaints with the BBB and no bad reviews online….that I could find.  I asked for a quote and was pleasantly surprised when she said $1,266.  They didn’t ask for any money up front, and to be honest, that made me a little nervous. However, they did give me a written quote.  The car had to be dropped off by 3 pm on May 2nd in order to make it on the boat that’s set to sail on May 7th.  It’s scheduled to arrive in Germany on June 4th and should be at the port in Livorno 15 days after that – a mere 4 days before we’re set to arrive in Roma.  Talk about cutting it close!  I’ll keep you all posted!


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