May 25th, 2011


Dude, Where's My Car?

So, I just would like for some people I don't even know to tell me if I am being unreasonable.

Here is the deal:

At the end of April, I moved from Houston, TX to Buffalo, NY.
I own a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 which I ONLY use to pull my two horse trailer as it is way too expensive to run as a commuter "car", and a 1995 BMW 325i which I drive 99.9% of the time.

When I moved, I loaded all of my worldly possessions and my two horses in the truck and trailer (literally all, the truck is ginormous and I own no furniture besides a mattress) to drive it all 14 hours per day for two days to Buffalo.

I contracted with a shipping company to have the BMW shipped door-to-door, and pulled out of TX in the truck and trailer on Friday, April 29.

On Tuesday, May 3, as contracted, the shipper picked up the BMW from the ranch where I used to rent a room. They told me it was scheduled to arrive at my place of work on Tuesday, April 10. I was supposed to have a money order ready to pay the driver upon arrival. Fine. I get the money order, lock it in my desk at work, and figure I don't need to worry about it until next Tuesday.

Friday, May 6 the shipper calls me at 6pm and informs me that he will be dropping off the car tomorrow (Sat) at noon.
I am like, "Wait just a minute. You guys said it would be at my place of work on Tuesday. I have the money order in my desk at work. It being 6pm on a Friday now, I have already left work, and I will not have access to the money order until Monday. This is not really ok that you are calling me THIS LATE to inform me that you are coming with the car TOMORROW and changing the plan by three days and switching the drop off day from a work day to a weekend."
So I tell the guy if he wants to drop off the car on Saturday that is fine and I will send the money order first thing Monday, or he can drop it off as originally scheduled and the money order will be right there.

He tells me he will drop off the car on Wednesday or Thursday (so the 11th or 12th/ 1 or 2 days later than originally planned.) This is fine with me.

Well, Monday - Friday goes by and I hear nothing from this shipper. Nothing at all.
Late on Saturday (the 14th now) I get a voicemail saying nothing other than it is the shipper, please call him back, but I didn't realize I had a message until late Sunday (too late to call back immediately).

So Monday morning (16th) at 9:00 I call and say, "Hi, I'm returning your call, please call me back at your convenience." No response.

Tuesday morning (17th) at 9:00 I call and say, "Hi, this is the second time I'm returning your call. Please call me back at your convenience." No response.

Wednesday (18th) I call again and say, "Hi, this is the third time I'm returning your call. Please call me at your convenience."
That evening (6:15, 6:30ish) the shipper calls back.
He tells me he has lost the key to the BMW. Which, for the record, is the ONLY key I have (well now had) to this car. In case anyone is wondering, even though this key is from the era of "Don't Go Chasin' Waterfalls" and "Ace Ventura 2," it has some sort of special chip in it that you have to get it made specially from the dealer. This is why I couldn't get extras made in advance at WalMart when I tried.
So the shipper tells me he is going to go to the dealer to check it out, and tells me maybe I will need to fax him my title, license and registration so that the dealership will cut the key.

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