I live in N.Calif. and was looking for a particular small used sailboat. When I found the one I wanted near Seattle I was very nervous having never done a long distance deal before. I had no idea how I would get it home short of taking four days off work to go get it. The seller suggested uShip. Within two days of posting my load, I had at least six bids to chose from. My biggest difficulty was choosing which bid to accept out of the three or four that would work. I started out assuming it would be some big trucking company that would make the bid. What amazed me is the number of small outfits operating one or two trucks that are capable of doing this kind of work. I finally chose man and wife team transporter with good feedback that seemed to take responsibilty for any customer problem reports (some transporters tended to always blame the shipper). They had excellent feedback including positve comments about good communication. That was the real decider. Good communication made all the difference as I needed some flexibility on the ship date as I was waiting for the seller to get the motor serviced. It turned out the transporter needed a little flexibility as well and by being able to communicate, it all worked out perfectly! The seller had a positive experience with the transporter also.
My advice: If price is important, don't expect FEDEX next day service. Be flexible with ship dates, etc., but work with someone you KNOW will communicate with you. Check them out by asking questions and seeing how well they respond before you accept the bid.
In the end, I had a very positive experience. The seller had a lot of integrity and was easy to work with, the transportation was much less difficult than I had imagined it would be and I got the boat I had been lusting after for the last five years! The whole concept of internet 'community' feedback driving good service is very new to me and this experience has left a great impression. ThankuShip!