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F80/F82/F83 M3 and M4 (2015 - Current)
F80 BMW M3 sedan, F82 BMW M4 coupe and F83 M4 convertible forum. This 5th generation M3 and all new M4 features a 3.0 liter twin turbo engine (engine code S55) 425hp and 406lbs of torque! Heavy use of light weight materials makes this generation lighter and faster then the outgoing E9x M3.

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Old 08-14-2014, 01:02 PM
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Perhaps this is a stupid question...but I'm considering a new M4 that is about a 6 hour drive away...I could fly there and pick it up or have it shipped. The shipping is open and is more than a flight - cost is not such an issue - and a closed carrier is more than double the cost of the open carrier.

In any event... has anyone had experience with new car shipping and would you recommend doing it for a new car like the M4?

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Old 08-14-2014, 01:04 PM
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If the car is only 6 hours away, make the flight or have a friend drive you there.
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:05 PM
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I get that might be more fun...for sure, but i have some logistical things i need to deal with that might make shipping easier... any experience?
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:08 PM
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I get that might be more fun...for sure, but i have some logistical things i need to deal with that might make shipping easier... any experience?
Unfortunately no, but friends of mine have flown/driven to pick up cars or paid a shipper. For me personally, the lesser the amount of people having to touch/drive/maneuver my car, the better.
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:11 PM
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I'm kind of leaning toward that too... I'm not sure I want people touching the car. That said, it would be logistically easier. Decisions!
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Old 08-14-2014, 02:08 PM
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I just went through the hassle of shipping a car across country, and it was a PITA...honestly, I would just fly and drive back. A 6 hour drive is roughly an hour flight. Even with airport travel time I would think this can be accomplished in a day. Cab to airport, fly, cab to dealer, enjoy!

And what better way to enjoy your new ride than a nice 6 hour cruise home!
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Old 08-14-2014, 02:11 PM
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Thanks for your message... it seems like driving back would be better for a number or reasons vs. shipping.
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Old 08-14-2014, 02:13 PM
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i just went through the hassle of shipping a car across country, and it was a pita...honestly, i would just fly and drive back. A 6 hour drive is roughly an hour flight. Even with airport travel time i would think this can be accomplished in a day. Cab to airport, fly, cab to dealer, enjoy!

And what better way to enjoy your new ride than a nice 6 hour cruise home!
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Thanks for your message... it seems like driving back would be better for a number or reasons vs. shipping.
Indeed, and the last thing we want is somebody tarnishing your initial ownership experience by damaging something during shipment.
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Perhaps this is a stupid question...but I'm considering a new M4 that is about a 6 hour drive away...I could fly there and pick it up or have it shipped. The shipping is open and is more than a flight - cost is not such an issue - and a closed carrier is more than double the cost of the open carrier.

In any event... has anyone had experience with new car shipping and would you recommend doing it for a new car like the M4?

Thanks in advance.
I've shipped my car twice and here's what I'd recommend:

(1.) Ask your dealer for a "courtesy delivery" to a local dealer - this is your first and best option. Prices can range from free to $1000+

(2.) If you're going to hire your own shipper watch the video below as it will tell you how it works and what to look for in terms of licensed, bonded, insured etc

(3.) Decide covered or uncovered; and if covered, hard or soft cover - I went with soft covered both times but it's more expensive and both times I was going cross-country. For 6 hours it might not matter much.

The second time I had my car shipped it was from MN to CA and took about 3 weeks with a few screw-ups in between. The car arrived absolutely filthy - it was so dirty I couldn't see out of the windshield. Both times, however, it made it with no damage and was fine.

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I had a 335i shipped from Palm Beach to NYC in an open carrier that was recommended by the dealer and the car arrived in perfect shape.

Bottom line is that it is not a show car, it is going to be driven. There is probably a more likely chance of the car being damaged (i.e. paint chip) on a 6 hour drive than on a 6 hour trip on an open carrier.
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There's tons of viable options out there these days! I've shipped and received several cars myself from a car as PA to TX!
I'm not one for long distance driving period. 3hrs Max is my limit! I will pay for the added convenience. I'd ask the dealer first if not Google.

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Old 08-15-2014, 06:46 AM
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Yeah...i'm sure it is probably pretty reliable and convenient, for the most part. I'm also intrigued with getting the car out on the road for a while... I'm more city driving, which can be a little mundane. Thanks all for the info.
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Old 08-15-2014, 07:23 AM
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Wouldn't it be cheaper to just fly and drive back rather than to ship the car?
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Old 08-15-2014, 08:02 AM
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Yes. Cheaper and more interesting.
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:36 AM
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At least try courtesy delivery - sounds like you may be driving either to/from Chicago & MN? As someone who's made that zillion times ... well, it's not THAT interesting Unless you take the lacrosse route.

Anyway, with courtesy delivery it's free if you're using BMW Motorwerks in bloomington MN but you have to find a nice sales person and talk them into it a bit. I also know of few dealers in Wisconsin that will do it for free - Ken Vance being one of them.
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I assume courtesy trips are open carriers?
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Yes. Cheaper and more interesting.
Says who? You...

It cost me $800 to ship my car on a flat bed wrapped in a cover from PA to TX. I may have been able to get a one-way ticket for less. But then gas on my Twin Turbo V8... May have been a wash. Add to that the long ass haul and hours of restless legs, traffic jams, and extra potential for rock chips... No thanks!
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I assume courtesy trips are open carriers?
It just depends on how the dealerships are shipping their cars on that particular trip - personally I just feel better having the dealer do it

Plus, just nice to not get all of those bugs and crap on your new car

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