Moving cross-country can require a lot of planning and packing. It is not uncommon for people to sell some of their larger belongings and purchase new ones when they arrive at their destination. Large pieces of furniture with which you have no special ties can easily be sold and replaced. Selling items can, in fact, make the move much simpler.
While there are some items you may be able to sell and easily replace, a car is not typically one of them. Most people have a loan on their car and selling the car, finding a new one and getting a new loan is a huge burden. Whether you are flying cross-country for your big move or driving a large moving truck full of your possessions, having your car shipped for a cross-country move is a decision that will make your move happen smoothly.
How Much Does it Cost?
Car shipping rates can depend on a few things. First, the shipping rate varies based on the length of the route. Longer routes are, obviously, going to cost more than shorter routes. Next, you can choose whether you want your car shipped on an open trailer or in one that it enclosed. If you choose to have your car shipped in an enclosed trailer you will be paying a little more.
Although you may be concerned about the cost of shipping a car, there are a few things to think about to convince you this is the smartest move. Shipping your car cross-country saves you from putting a lot of miles on your car. As you put more miles on your car, the value of your car can decrease. Saving your car from the additional mileage can be seen as a smart way to keep up the value of your vehicle.
As with almost everything, it is smart to get quotes from multiple companies. Determine what is most important to you and search for a company who can meet your needs. Ask it they offer front door pick-up and delivery. Talk to multiple companies about the amount of time needed in advance to set-up the shipment.
Pay Attention to the Pre-Shipping Walk Through
Before your car is shipped, the company will do a complete walk through of the car’s condition. Make sure to be present during this procedure and then make sure both parties have an accurate view of the condition of the car. Many car shipping companies are insured and will cover damage, and it is fairly unlikely any damage should occur. However, if there is damage to your car during shipping, it is smart to have all information correct during the walk through.
Plan Enough Time
It usually takes a week or two for your car to arrive at its’ final destination. If you are going to need a car the minute you arrive at your new location, make sure to have your car shipped enough in advance to make that timeline.
Author Bio: Martin Worthy is the Associate Director of Online Marketing at Ship Your Car Now and has many years of experience in the auto shipping industry. Martin enjoys blogging about the process to help movers with tips on how to ship your car easily. Click here to view our car shipping rates.
Posted on Nov 21, 2012; Last updated: Jan 30, 2015
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