Originally Posted by Tim M
Where from and to?
I've become a massive fan of the "Shiply" reverse auction website for getting stuff shifted around. As a guide I paid £120 for a large twin axle SBS trailer to come here from Wales. Paid £199 last week for a 5m RIB to be delivered from near Hull. Both delivered to near Southampton, and both on the back of a truck.
I know a couple of places locally where I can hire a 4x4 with towbar and a boat trailer. Would be around £100 for both a day plus fuel.
Problem with Shiply is you don't get to see the company details before committing. We needed a delivery of an un-breaked trailer with a rib on it, from Plymouth to Aberdeen. We specifically specified it had to be transported, not towed. Stupidly cheap quotes came in as low as £300 for it to be towed (illegally) which were declined, £500 was accepted for transported, on the assumption he had other work to make it so cheap. It turned out he was going to tow it all the way, under the disguise of towing it 5 miles to his "storage yard" with the transporter ready to load it. Rubbish! He lived in Northumberland and would have just towed it all the way.
Half of the quotes on it are from people who have no idea of the laws. It must be a nightmare for the legitimate haulers who tender for work, as they will always be beaten even as much as by 50% by the guy who probably doesn't even pay tax!
Still, when it works its amazing what you can save!!
Peter @ Boatsandoutboards4sale ~ www.BoatsandOutboards4Sale.co.uk
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