Riding Alaska One Time

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Twojump36, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. Twojump36

    Twojump36 Been here awhile

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    Alaska Car Transport seemed like a legitimate shipping company.
    Now looking back... I know better.

    In the beginning, Alaska Car Transport had very good communication. My contact was "Andrew Von Eschen"... a fast talking, medium pressure kind of guy... Claims his office is in New York. Also tried really hard for me to pay the additional insurance for 100% replacement (which I already bought through my own insurance agent locally) I naturally declined... is that a Russian name?

    After all my questions were answered and I'd checked out the process, I was turned over to a "Pamela Trastelis"... supposedly a freight specialist and senior manager, and from no on was my contact... also claims a New York office with yet another Russian name

    Pamela explains the change of plans and says my bike isn't shipping to KGM Motorcycle Transporters in Kent Washington, but rather to the 2823 West Valley hwy west, Sumner Washington... "their other facility"

    2823 West Valley hwy East is really the address and is the address of the junk yard. Pamela explains the company name is OLGA Transport... (no known website or phone number but gives me a number that ends up being Dmitriy's cell) is Dmitriy a Russian name?

    I didn't ask the 5-6 guys there what their nationalities were but i saw the Olympics and these guys look real familiar to the Russian team...

    I don't have proof yet, but what I believe is going on, is Alaska Car Transport is connected with this shipping company in Sumner Washington... possibly a family connection.

    I think Alaska Car Transport pushes the freight insurance to get 100% coverage of the freight (in this case my bike) once that happens, they loose the freight (in this case my bike)
    Then they wait to see what happens with the client. I think 95% of people might give up after 30 plus days and say just send me a check... the claim get's filed and the client gets the money... from the insurance company (or not)... the bike or "freight" gets shipped to Dmitriy where he ships it to the Ukraine with the help of the other 5 semi shirtless worker whom may or may not be Russian too...

    Apparently "totaled" vehicles don't have reconstructed titles in all other countries.... a Honda Accord, Toyota Camery, and other normal every day cars we have on the roads in the states go for big bucks over there... and there is a high demand.

    I think I might have got in the middle of a scam... I also think that if I hadn't done a bunch of investigation on who, where, and when my bike moved... and without the help of Classic Motion in Anchorage and some woman named Taylor from Carlile, I might have to have accepted a settlement check from an insurance company and some Russian or Ukrainian might be riding my bike over seas...

    I would hope I'm wrong and this was just a bad experience but too many things don't add up... but I don't think I'm that far off the truth.... which I fully intend to get to the bottom of.

    Proving this might be as tough as finding evidence that Russia influenced the US elections.... but why would they want my bike?
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  2. CaribooBC

    CaribooBC life is an adventure

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  3. Twojump36

    Twojump36 Been here awhile

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    The key to the success was Classic Motion giving me the info of when they took it to the Carlile dock, and from there I knew where it went to and I could contact them and get that tracking number... from there I got the shipping manifest and the info on it.... it just so happened to be the very day the boat docked... so I was able to alert Alaska Car Transport to the fact that I knew exactly where my bike was.... after that it was a trap... anything they did from that point would implicate the junkyard people and jeopardize the scam they have going on with exposing them. Alaska Car Transport was on the outside looking in and had to do the right thing...
    Classic Motion in Anchorage is a quality shipper... they did a fantastic job crating my bike and getting it to the dock when they said they would... I believe they also can handle the complete shipping procedure and there is no need to use ACT in the future... for anyone....

    One funny bit of information I just learned... 3 years ago... one of my employees' sister had a car shipped from Anchorage to Tacoma.... she's never seen the car since then. I learned this by accident just today when the employee noticed my bike in front of my office....

    Anyone want to guess who the shipper was in this case???
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  4. Ol Man

    Ol Man Long timer Supporter

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    Curious what law enforcement has to say about all of this? I would guess they were/are very interested.............but you may not be able to say anything. Sounds like we have some folk who should spend a whole lot of time in jail.
  5. djroszina

    djroszina Long timer Supporter

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    File a police report and notify your insurance. Tell exactly what is transpiring and I bet a couple calls from those entities will expedite the process. If my bike were at a week late with no whereabouts know, I would consider it stolen till proven otherwise.
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  6. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    I agree, and since we are talking about cross border activities including the international angle I'd contact the FBI. I would think this is a federal law enforcement case. Provide ALL of the entities that were part of the shipment as they may be able to tie them together to help build the case.
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  7. Twojump36

    Twojump36 Been here awhile

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    With the bike back in my possession and zero damage... the only thing I have solid proof of is that it took over the 7-10 day promised delivery time... it did in fact take 38 days... (I could have cut that time to 35 if I was available the Friday before but I had a work conflict...work is the thing that allows me to ride bikes in the first place and I couldn't get out of it)... and the fact that I had to hook up the battery connections and make the bike ready. (that was not part of the original agreement)...
    The rest is "speculation" as far as Law Enforcement would be concerned.
    I have spoken to several other outside sources and they all agree that this was a scam and I'm lucky to have came out on the winning side... The other people I've spoke to include Classic Motion in Anchorage, KGM Motorcycle Transport in Kent Wa, and others all agree that Alaska Car Transport is not a reputable company...
    No offense to Russians or anyone on here reading this that is Russian... it's not my intent... put when you are dealing with an American Company and have that many Russian names involved, it's not happenstance.
    To be perfectly Clear... Classic Motion in Anchorage is a quality company and so is KGM Motorcycle Transport in Kent Wa... they are not affiliated with Alaska Car Transport. Both Classic Motion and KGM are shippers and were hired by Alaska Car Transport. I've had many conversations with them both... they are trustworthy and I recommend them if you need to ship to or from Alaska....

    Alaska Car Transport is a complete joke and can not be trusted to forward an email... they should absolutely be avoided at all costs.
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  8. Blue Mule

    Blue Mule Persistent Slacker Supporter

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    IF...If you really want to warn others AND get the word out about the shipper and all that's transpired, Just go downstairs to JM and start a thread.
    give it a creative title, something like your earlier statement, "My bike's been to Alaska more times than me!"
    then maybe give a brief explanation of the facts as you know them and Copy and past your posts from here to there.

    2 things I can promise.... 1-a LOT of folks will see it and spread the word. 2- Hilarity will ensue.


    Glad you got your bike back, sucks you had deal with all the stress and drama.
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  9. KiwiPewe

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    :stupid
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