As more and more Americans are moving around the country, they are examining the various decisions they must make as to how to best move their families and belongings. While local moves may not pose significant challenges, people who are relocating across state lines or even across the country have to make more arrangements.
One of the elements of a move that invariably arises is what one should do with their vehicle when moving. This can be a special challenge when a vehicle is older or the move covers a large distance. In these situations, many people consider having their vehicles professionally shipped. This option allows individuals to know that their car is safely handled from point A to point B and they do not need to worry about the automobile logging long miles or incurring engine problems.
However, while this is a great idea for many people, it is important to investigate all your options before making a decision. Every move is different and individuals’ needs can vary depending upon their vehicle and pocketbook.
If you are considering not shipping your vehicle, you have two other options as to how to handle your vehicle in preparation for a large move.
1. Drive Your Vehicle: This option is one that many assume is the most cost effective. While driving your own car does allow you to pay less per mile traveled, there are a number of hidden costs that can add up rather quickly. For instance, if you drive rather than fly, you need to think about where you will stay along the way. Even budget motels can be costly and the more days the trip takes, the more you will spend in accommodations. The same is true for meals. It is a well known fact that eating out is far more costly than eating home-cooked meals. To keep costs down, you will need to consider packing meals or eating at fast food restaurants. Finally, you want to think about the potential for car trouble that long moves pose. Several days on the highway can put a big strain on your vehicle, especially if you are using it to pull a trailer or carry a large load. Setbacks such as tire blowouts and engine trouble can cost you a bundle in the long run.
2. Sell Your Car: If you are opposed to shipping your vehicle and driving it across country, your other option is to sell it and buy a new vehicle after your move. If your vehicle is not worth very much, this might be a good option as cross-country moves can be costly. Of course, selling a car can be a hassle and may be a difficult chore to handle when you are prepping for a move.
Additionally, remember that buying another vehicle will cost more than the value of the car. You will need to pay registration and inspection fees as well as sales tax. These costs can add up quickly.
When you’re making a cross-country move, it is a good idea to understand the costs and choose the best option for you.