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I managed to finally find a station selling the new Imperial Courier... the only problem is that it was nearly 400k LS away from the jump star. I don't really want to spend the 10+ minutes every time I want to switch out ships (especially since it's pretty far from my home star anyway).

Is there anyway to move ships around to a different location? If not, what are my options here?

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    Note that in the upcoming update (2.2) - currently in beta testing - one can order a ship which has been stored to be transferred to your current location. Then one should be able to fly to the station, store your old ship and buy a new one, fly back to your home and order the old ship to be transferred. (Posted as a comment because this is not in the official game yet) – Sjoerd Oct 3 '16 at 14:04
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As of 2.2 Guardians, ships can be transferred (for a fee) between stations.

2.2 Guardians update release notes:

  • Option to move owned ships added - it's available from all Shipyards
  • Ability to sell ships remotely (from different ports) added

The functionality is available even without Horizons season pass.

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You can store your current ship at system A, and buy a sidewinder. Do not upgrade the sidewinder, and fly it to the Imperial Courier. Buy the courier. You will then be flying the Courier, have your original ship at A, and have a sidewinder you will never use at the 400kLS system.

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    I think this answer means "store" in the first sentence, and not "sell" – Dpeif Oct 2 '16 at 21:19
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    There is a maximum to the range a sidewinder can fly without refueling, especially as some of the fuel will be used for jumping to the star. – Sjoerd Oct 3 '16 at 14:09
  • @Sjoerd Interesting point, I hadn't thought of that. – Jonathan Hartley Oct 3 '16 at 18:43
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Unfortunately there is no way to transfer ships. Trust me, I looked.

There are essentially two options you can take:

  • Find another place that sells the Imperial Courier (or whatever ship you want), and buy it there.

  • Sell your current ship at a 10% loss, and buy the new ship there. Just remember to sell all of your modules and replace the ones you can't sell with the cheapest possible. That way you'll lose a lot less moolah.

Personally, I would go with option 1 if you're currently in anything more expensive than an Asp (Although even a Clipper or Python could make up the loss in a couple hours worth of trading). I wouldn't even try for a station 400k Ls from the parent star. I won't touch anything more than 1200 Ls away as a personal rule of thumb, unless it's for a mission I need done.

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  • My main ship is clipper, but I got the courier because I needed something that can go everywhere (not all outposts have large landing pads) – Rapitor Jun 6 '15 at 2:32
  • Well a Clipper is only 2.2 mil loss from the sale assuming you sell all modules first. That's an hour in a decent trade route with the clipper. 35 minutes on my current trade route in my Clipper. – user66184 Jun 6 '15 at 2:37
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    Option 3, buy a sidewinder from somewhere else, take that to the station with the courier and sell it. – Richard Benson Jun 7 '15 at 7:05

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