Shipping a vehicle
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James

Toronto, Canada

#1 Jul 11, 2008
Looking to ship a vehicle from Toronto to Vancouver and was wondering if it is better to do it by rail or truck? What is a usual time frame for delivery and any possible fees/surcharges? I'd appreciate any advice. Thank you.
Nathan

Stittsville, Canada

#2 Jul 13, 2008
I shipped my vehicle from Toronto to Vancouver about 4 months ago. I chose to do it by rail since I had a hard time finding a hauler that would go that far and be able to guarantee a timely delivery. I was happy with rail and there was no damage to the vehicle contrary to some other peoples experiences i found on the net. There are two big companies (Hansens and Searail), however, i believe both use the same CN rail network. After some research on the net i got a price quote through www.Automoves.ca for both of them and both quotes were lower than when i called them directly. Not sure what their deal is but i was happy to save some. Regardless of who you ship with, make sure that proper vehicle inspection is done at both ends. Don't wait too long either, according to their website fuel surcharge has gone up by 12% in less than 4 months!!
Adrianna

Canada

#3 Aug 12, 2008
We are experts in transporting cars & trucks all across Canada as well as into & out of the USA. Our company has been in business for over 28 years and all of our staff are well trained to handle all your shipping needs. Our systems and methods have been designed for Safe & Fast Service to all the areas we ship to. Our Rail Cars travel directly to their destinations, and they do not stop for loading or unloading anywhere along the way.
When you ship with us, you are dealing directly with a shipping company. We are not a third party broker, therefore you will save money by cutting out the middleman. We understand that moving can be very costly as well as stressful, but with our low rates and our great customer service, we can help relieve some of your worry
We ship thousands of vehicles yearly, and have a rapidly growing client base with many repeat customers. Service has always been our number one priority.
http://www.fasttracks.net/
Adrianna

Canada

#4 Aug 12, 2008
Nathan wrote:
I shipped my vehicle from Toronto to Vancouver about 4 months ago. I chose to do it by rail since I had a hard time finding a hauler that would go that far and be able to guarantee a timely delivery. I was happy with rail and there was no damage to the vehicle contrary to some other peoples experiences i found on the net. There are two big companies (Hansens and Searail), however, i believe both use the same CN rail network. After some research on the net i got a price quote through www.Automoves.ca for both of them and both quotes were lower than when i called them directly. Not sure what their deal is but i was happy to save some. Regardless of who you ship with, make sure that proper vehicle inspection is done at both ends. Don't wait too long either, according to their website fuel surcharge has gone up by 12% in less than 4 months!!
Actually, there are 3 big companies, including J.Simons Fast Vehicle Rail Transportation. There are only 3 main shippers, of which, J.Simons is one.
Peter

Iowa City, IA

#5 Aug 27, 2008
I am in the state of Iowa(Iowa City) and am looking to ship a two SUV from Chicago to Democratic Republic of Congo(Africa). Anyone has any any information about shipping companies in Chicago or Midwest?

Thanks.
Rod Diamond

Richmond, Canada

#6 Sep 4, 2008
I believe J.Simons fast vehicle rail transport is the better shipper with over 20,000 vehicles shipped last year and no compaints with the BBB
Do not use J Simons

United States

#7 Jan 22, 2009
I used J Simon's and had a terrible experience, in fact I'm still waiting for my vehicle (they refuse to call me). Their claims about customer service are false, and once my vehicle is in my possesion I will be filing a claim with the BBB.
My vehicle has been in transit for over 30 days. It was shipped to the wrong city without a satisfactory explanation, I was hung up on by their customer service desk and their owner does not take any accountability for his error is mis-shipping the vehicle.
I cannot understand how their lack of service has kept them in business for 28+ years as reported above, but I assure you service like this will not allow them to realize their 30th anniversary.
Theresa

Canada

#8 Feb 3, 2009
Do not use J Simons wrote:
I used J Simon's and had a terrible experience, in fact I'm still waiting for my vehicle (they refuse to call me). Their claims about customer service are false, and once my vehicle is in my possesion I will be filing a claim with the BBB.
My vehicle has been in transit for over 30 days. It was shipped to the wrong city without a satisfactory explanation, I was hung up on by their customer service desk and their owner does not take any accountability for his error is mis-shipping the vehicle.
I cannot understand how their lack of service has kept them in business for 28+ years as reported above, but I assure you service like this will not allow them to realize their 30th anniversary.
What you state is not in fact correct. J. Simons Fast Vehicle Rail Transportation does in fact process any and all claims. As for waiting for your vehicle, you don't provide any information whatsoever on what it is you are actually claiming????

Anyone on the Internet can make a claim about a company(unethical competing businesses do it quite a bit), and yet provide no substantial facts, just a lot of ranting.

This company has professional, courteous, and friendly staff. Having used them extensively over the years, and having had many vehicles shipped through the dealerships, I can certainly attest to the fact that they do a phenomenal job, which is why they are still in business, and other companies(brokers etc), have disppeared (at times with customers money).

A company, such as J.Simons Fast Vehicle Rail Transportation, who have been in business for 30 yrs, are still there because they do know what they are doing, and obviously they do it right.
Anthony

Canada

#9 Apr 11, 2009
J.Simons or Fast Vehicle, doesn't guarantee delivery times as stated above if a vehicle takes 30 days to get to it's destination ask the question what form of compensation should a customer expect, with Searail, J.Simons nothing thats what.

I shipped first with Searail with a delivery of 19 days, I was very disapointed with them so I shipped my next vehicle with J.Simons and delivery with them was over 3 weeks.

With both companies I received nothing, no rental no money not even an apology with J.Simons they told all claims are subject to a 500.00 deductable regardless if it's for damage to the vehicle or delays.

As for the above statement where there is smoke there must be fire.

I would suggest that you drive your vehicle if you can.
AMIR

Brampton, Canada

#10 May 14, 2009
I had my car shipped last month (from Toronto to Vancouver) by J. Simons and I was extremely happy with their service. Any questions I had prior to dropping off my vehicle were answered promply and while the car was on its way I was able to call the Vancouver number to find out where my car was at that time. My experience with J. Simons was completely hassle free and my car arrived safely at its destination in 11 days. This company is very helpful (thank you Dianne) and the service they provide is excellent. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone looking to have their vehicle shipped.
Kevin M

Shortsville, NY

#11 Oct 7, 2009
I had my wife drop the car off with J. Simons on October the 7th, 2009. I will check back in when the car arrives in Toronto when the car arrives from Vancouver.
Jennifer

Canada

#12 Nov 15, 2009
I had my car shipped with J Simons from Toronto to Vancouver Oct 09. It only took 10 days and I was very pleased with the service and rate that was given to me. The only negative thing that I have to say is that the change was taken from my car but I should have removed prior to shipping.
The good news, my car was in great shape when it arrived. I would use J Simons again and recommend to others.
michael

Canada

#13 Feb 18, 2010
Im useing j simons now and iv shipped a car from calgary to t.o. and im no the 25 day with no car. i emailed the company as i was told to from there vancouver office about some kind of better pricing deal and i was told that there would be no offer. this will be the last time i use j simons.
that being said there counter people were great ie nikki and ''raff''
Jennifer

Canada

#14 Apr 8, 2010
michael wrote:
Im useing j simons now and iv shipped a car from calgary to t.o. and im no the 25 day with no car. i emailed the company as i was told to from there vancouver office about some kind of better pricing deal and i was told that there would be no offer. this will be the last time i use j simons.
that being said there counter people were great ie nikki and ''raff''
I make no sense of what you typed. I used JSimons and found their service outstanding. I was able to talk to their staff, track my vehicle, and it arrived very quickly. I am thinking you did not use JSimons at all, as they have no staff named nikki or raff.
You probably used a trucking company.
MThomas

Canada

#15 Apr 8, 2010
AMIR wrote:
I had my car shipped last month (from Toronto to Vancouver) by J. Simons and I was extremely happy with their service. Any questions I had prior to dropping off my vehicle were answered promply and while the car was on its way I was able to call the Vancouver number to find out where my car was at that time. My experience with J. Simons was completely hassle free and my car arrived safely at its destination in 11 days. This company is very helpful (thank you Dianne) and the service they provide is excellent. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone looking to have their vehicle shipped.
I used jsimons to move my Porsche out of toronto. I also had a great experience. Dianne was very helpful and courteous, providing a customer the experience of service long gone. she is a delight.
I would recommend jsimons to anyone
Curious

Calgary, Canada

#16 Apr 21, 2010
I am transferring my vehicle through J. Simons. The way Dianne dealt with me, I was pleased. I have decided to deal with J Simons because of her amazing customer service.

I am eagerly waiting for my car. After I have received the vehicle I will share my experience with you all..

Thanks
marc

Vancouver, Canada

#17 May 17, 2010
I am looking for a vehicle to drive to Toronto this summer... end of June or early July.
Insure it and me and I will drive it for you!
http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/van/rid/174...
marc

Vancouver, Canada

#18 May 17, 2010
I am looking for a vehicle to drive from Vancouver to Toronto at the end of June or early July 2010.

Insure it and me and your automobile will be driven to Ontario... I am going to the Kingston area.

http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/van/rid/174...
Rebecca

St. John's, Canada

#19 Sep 19, 2010
Obviously, the person who commented on this was from the company. Otherwise, how would they know if these aforementioned individuals worked at the company or not.
Rebecca

St. John's, Canada

#20 Sep 19, 2010
Sorry about the previous comment being misplaced, i do not often post my opinion on the internet like this. I was referring to the April 8th, 2010 comment and subsequent reply.

I recently used J Simons to ship my car from Alberta to Nova Scotia. I have to say customer service was good, but I would not use this company again.

I was told that it would likely take two weeks to receive my car (although no firm date is given), and it took almost 5 weeks. Making due without a car for such a period is not only a pain, it can be expensive. Trucking companies I have heard are more accurate with arrival times for shipped cars, though they cost more.

So if you are considering driving vs. selling vs. shipping, really consider the first two options.

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