When you move, your car can either be a hindrance or a huge help. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to safely transport your car to your new home. Make sure your car makes the trip in one piece by following these handy tips when switching from one home to the next:
Driving Your Car
Driving your car to your new pad has its benefits – you can pack extra boxes, including more fragile items and anything that you’ll need for the day of the move. If you’re already driving a moving truck, though, driving your car separately likely won’t be possible without a helper, not to mention, it adds a few digits to your odometer and increases your risk of damage.
Hauling Your Car
Don’t discount the DIY route though, even if you’ll be busy driving a rental van. Most companies that rent big trucks for hauling also have auto trailers you can use to tow your car along safely, and you still get the benefit of using your car as extra packing space. Unfortunately, rental rates and the hassle of navigating down the small streets towing a car behind a van may not be worth the effort. In these cases, shipping your car is a surprisingly affordable and extremely hands-off experience.
Shipping Your Car Professionally
A cross country move costs around $1,000-$1,500, depending on the company you choose and the size of your vehicle. When planning to have your car shipped, Unpakt offers some great tips, including offering you questions to ask a potential car shipping company before you sign on the dotted line, and games to play if you’re driving your car cross country with your family.
Always plan in advance if possible to give yourself time to find the best deal with the best moving company (you don’t want to skimp when it comes to a high ticket item like your car). Remember that at the end of the day, you have to make the best choice for you – and that means keeping your budget and your time constraints in mind. Happy trails to you!