Vintage Drink Machine Repair and Restoration

Shipping a Coke Machine

Of course if you are local enough to us in Chapin SC, you can drop your machine off to us by appt. Here are 3 other options for you.

Option 1 Use Our Preferred Flat-rate carrier

  • If you are within 800 miles of zip code 29036, we have arranged for a flat rate shipping through our preferred carrier. If you are more than 800 miles, additional charges will apply. Flat rate is $375 each way. Please email us to arrange. You will directly book this with him.

Option 2 Ship via USHIP

Uship is a brokerage platform for independent shipping carriers. It is individuals with a box truck or truck and trailer. These road warriors specialize in items too big for a parcel, but too small for freight. Old coke machines are commonly shipped by Uship Carriers. You can list your machine on Uship, and carriers can choose to bid on or accept the shipment. We have no affiliation with UShip.

Below are tips on how to use USHIP to ship a vintage coke machine to us.

  1. You can just get an estimate on Uship – enter your data and Uship will show what others have paid.
    • Typically machines weigh between 250-400 lbs and are about 60 inches tall.
  2. There are 2 types of listings.
    • Set your own price. With set your own price, Uship will show you what to expect to pay for the shipment and the likelihood of a carrier choosing it based on the price you set. You then choose what you want to pay. If a shipper wants to accept it, the price is set, and the deal is done once you approve the carrier.
    • Bid system. You list the details and shippers will place bids on it. Typically the bids will start higher and go down. You can choose someone at any point you wish.
    • With either, please note the shipper will give you a time frame for pickup and delivery.
  3. Be patient – this is the key. Many times the first bids are high. If you wait until there is a shipper that is driving near your starting point and ending points, you will get a better price. This is because the best way for the shipper to make money is to collect shipments along their route.
  4. There are fees on top of the shipping price. Uship adds a service fee, and insurance is offered. So plan on these in your total price.
  5. Read reviews before you choose a carrier.
  6. Require the following in the notes when you ship a coke machine
    • Full blanket wrap, it usually takes 3 or 4 larger moving blankets to wrap it.
    • The shipper needs to have a dolly to move the machine.
    • Vertical shipment. It is best for the cooling system that the machine not be laid down. You will want to make this known to the carrier. Vertical shipment is needed ONLY after restoring your coke machine, or if we are not replacing the cooling system. If we are replacing the system, then is not needed on the way to us.
    • After restoration, require an enclosed shipment in a box truck or trailer. A few Ushippers offer shipping in an open bed trailer or truck, we do not suggest using these after the machine is restored.
  7. Inspect and test the machine before you sign off on the shipment. Look for any damage and be sure it is working.
  8. You will have to release the shipper’s money on the Uship web site after they complete the shipment.

Customers arrange their own shipping to us and from us back to you. We find it costs between $200-$500 each way depending on the distance from SC. We are not responsible for shipping issues or damage. Visit www.uship.com for quotes and information.

Option 3 Call a Carrier our Customers Have Used

  • Here are shippers our customers have used and were pleased with. You may want to contact them directly instead of via USHIP
  • – Val- VLXpress1@gmail.com | (813) 856-6233 – Covers all of the USA, mostly the eastern seaboard.
  • – Stephen Sightler – stephensightler@gmail.com – (803) 216-1896 Covers the southeastern states of SC, NC, GA.

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