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Old 02-03-2017, 07:39 PM   #1
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Default West Coast "Road Kill" style run...

Mods, feel free to move this to where ever you see fit. I couldn't decide where to post it haha.

So I'm in the early stages of planning a vacation/trip to the west coast this summer. The plan was to fly into Seattle, rent a car, and slowly make our way down the I-5 corridor to LA stopping along the way for the various sites/attractions. Probably going to be a 10-14 day trip.

Then... after watching one of my favorite shows (Roadkill) an idea came to me. Why not do this trip Roadkill style! Fly to Seattle, buy an inexpensive/fun car (volvo), drive it down the coast, sell it in LA and fly home. Post pictures/videos (Blog?) along the way and enjoy the experience. I'm sure it will result in at least one roadside repair. However in the end I'll probably end up with some good stories and might even come close to breaking even on the transportation costs of the roadtrip. Seems like a fun way to do the trip, so I thought i'd run the idea past the community to see what thoughts/ideas you all had.

Know of cars for sale, tips, ideas, thoughts, anyone looking to transport a car that wait until July? haha

Any and all feedback welcome!

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Old 02-03-2017, 07:53 PM   #2
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Fly to Phoenix, pick up the 240 wagon, make no repair, drive to Seattle, sell it there, PROFIT!

Though, you'd want to get out of Phoenix at early morning since my car doesn't have A/C.

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Old 02-03-2017, 07:57 PM   #3
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Haha, ok I better edit the post. A/C is a must! (According to the female representation of the travel group haha)

Sweet wagon though man!
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Old 02-03-2017, 08:30 PM   #4
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Name one roadkill car with working a/c during the entire episode?

If you have a female, you can kiss the roadkill style road trip goodbye now. She will nag you to death when the car break down. Do your ears a favor and just get the rental.
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Old 02-03-2017, 08:56 PM   #5
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Name one roadkill car with working a/c during the entire episode?

If you have a female, you can kiss the roadkill style road trip goodbye now. She will nag you to death when the car break down. Do your ears a favor and just get the rental.
The flatbed truck has working ac
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Old 02-04-2017, 12:26 AM   #6
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Name one roadkill car with working a/c during the entire episode?

If you have a female, you can kiss the roadkill style road trip goodbye now. She will nag you to death when the car break down. Do your ears a favor and just get the rental.
You are a wise, wise man. The only way it will work is if our friends go along. That way the females can go shopping and complain about the car while the guys fix it haha. Or... I get a reliable car with A/C haha.

Jack, most tow trucks have a/c right? Haha
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Jack, most tow trucks have a/c right? Haha
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but I was reffering to the Roadkill one

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Old 02-04-2017, 12:15 PM   #8
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Old 02-04-2017, 06:15 PM   #9
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You must have one hell of a woman. Its an interesting idea. Sounds that most of the guys on here that do road trips pack themselves a care pack of parts. Would suggest buying a car that you already know the quirks and have spares. However, selling a car is a royal pain in the butt which is on par of having a prostate exam.
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Old 02-06-2017, 05:11 AM   #10
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All good suggestions! As for buying a car with some known history, that's where the bricks community comes in. Maybe even on the buying and selling.

As I said before, great way to get a car from A to B for free if you have a little patience.
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Old 02-08-2017, 07:58 AM   #11
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This idea is still on the table. I have a lot of the trip details laid out now. Just need to determine the mode of transportation.
I've been looking around a bit and its difficult to find something interesting with A/C for a reasonable price.
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Old 02-08-2017, 12:37 PM   #12
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Skip Seattle. Fly in to Bellingham and buy John Lanes car, haul ass to L/A!
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Old 02-08-2017, 12:44 PM   #13
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I wasnt aware it was for sale haha. Link?

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This one still for sale?
http://bringatrailer.com/2015/03/23/...976-volvo-242/
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I wasnt aware it was for sale haha. Link?

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This one still for sale?
http://bringatrailer.com/2015/03/23/...976-volvo-242/
Was? http://forums.turbobricks.com/showpo...&postcount=108

Ah well, plenty of Volvo's on the Seattle CL.
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Old 02-08-2017, 06:14 PM   #15
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Skip I-5 and take 101 once you're past Olympia. I-5 is fast but ultra-boring.
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Yea, we're planning to make some detours. Redwoods, Yosemite, crater lake, Olympic national rainforest, rt. 1 down the coast, etc. Planning for about 14 days to zig-zag our way down the coast.

I'll look into 101 as well, thanks for the tip!
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People... PCH.

35mph though.

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That's rt. 1 right?
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That's rt. 1 right?
Yeah PCH is CA Route 1
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So can you get like a 30-day temp plate or something?
I would line up a buyer for your exit strategy well in advance. Or at least a friendly tb'er to sell it for you.
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Still researching the legal side of things. Insurance will be easy, so I have that covered. Looking into what it would take to get temp tags. That's a big part of why I'm posting on tbricks. Hoping someone is trying to move a car north to south or vice versa that isn't in a big rush. That would be alot easier then trying to ofload one. Worst case scenario I have friends in Seattle and LA I could leave the car with until it sells.
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Fly into Monterey, road trip in my 94 Caprice for free (you fix what you break), return it when done.
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Fuel mileage... Ouch haha.
Hoping to go north to south or vice versa, but I appreciate the offer!!! We do plan to pass through Monterey during the trip though.
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Old 02-12-2017, 05:49 PM   #24
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Update: Anyone from Washington or Oregon know the temp tag laws? I know car dealerships will often give you a 30 day temp tag. Can a private seller do this as well?

If so I'm thinking I pre-buy and pre-sell the car. Get it all setup and have the seller bring it to the airport to complete the sale. That way everything is streamlined.

Edit: This would be perfect!!
https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/6000766284.html

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Oregon is not too big on trip permits as we are known as the tree hugger state. I'm not sure how it works though if your license is from out of state. If you pre-purchase would it be better to get a trip permit from your state before you board the plane?


https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/page...px#trippermits

Buy a Trip Permit

You can buy trip permits at your local DMV office or by mail. You can also buy Heavy Motor Vehicle, Heavy Trailer, and Registration Weight trip permits at most Motor Carrier Transportation Division (MCTD) registration offices.
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To apply for a trip permit, provide:
Your name and address;
Your driver license or ID card number and the state which issued it;*
The year, make, and model of the vehicle;
The vehicle identification number (VIN);
If Oregon DMV has no record of the vehicle, provide a copy of your insurance card or policy, registration card, sales contract, or a pencil tracing of the VIN.
Insurance company name and policy number (for motor vehicles only);
Any additional requirements listed in the section for the type of trip permit you are applying for; and
Trip permit fee:
By mail: Check or money order to "DMV."
DMV office: Pay by cash, credit or debit card, or check or money order made out to “DMV”.*
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