Having just done this, I would highly recommend just driving it! Good way to bond with the car, an experience you'll always remember and just plain fun. I made sure I had a radar detector, a way to stream some music/podcasts, and a code reader just in case (didn't even get it out of the box). The recommended oil is something you can get a most any auto parts store along the way, ditto the coolant. Ymmv always, but life is an adventure. Enjoy it!!Hi all. I purchased a 12C, and take ownership next week. Don't worry, a proper 'new owner' post will eventually come with photo proof!
Rather than ship it to my home, I'm considering driving it back myself. I need to do business in the area, and love a good road trip in a new vehicle - I've driven/owned similar cars in the past.
My only hesitation in driving it rather than shipping is that it's a 2k mile trip, and the 12C has only driven about that many miles in the past 2 years. It has a clean bill of health, annual service has been performed every year since new, and has a PPI from a McLaren dealer (they're not the seller). Fluids were just changed and it has PPF on the front panels (but not the upper doors or windshield). Travel cost (flight/gas/depreciation) vs shipping cost is not a concern. They work out to be about the same, not adjusting for risk.
I plan to do three things on the trip:
1. Take it easy with the throttle, at least as much as my heart will let me.
2. Bring oil and coolant with me in the frunk so I can add a cup if I need to. Will check levels frequently. Likely overkill.
3. Make sure that Atlanta is on my route back so that the McMedics can save me if something goes amiss.
Thoughts? Drive it or ship it?