Know your options when shipping your car across the country
Moving A Car
In addition to relocating your home, you may also be considering whether to transport your car. For short distance, or local moves, driving the car yourself, may be an easy option. You will need to do some research, as car shipping companies will move your car, even a small distance, you’ll need to see if it makes sense for your move. If however you are planning on Long Distance Moving, certain planning and preparations will need to be done, and using a car shipping company may be the best option.
Do Moving Companies Transport Cars?
Some moving companies do provide car transportation. While you’re in the process of receiving Estimates for moving your personal items, inquire if any of the companies can also transport your car. The convenience of receiving both your household items and your car at the same time may be worth any additional costs when using the moving company.
Professional Auto Transportation Companies
Auto transportation companies transport automobiles on either an open or enclosed truck. Enclosed trucks offer additional protection. If weather conditions or cars of value, such as collectables are a factor to consider, this may be the better option. You can choose either door-to-door or terminal-to-terminal service. Using terminal-to-terminal will save you financially, however, you are responsible for delivering, picking up, or both, at each terminal.
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When choosing a company, ensure you receive a written agreement, check reviews with the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and also make sure to verify company information, such as registration on the USDOT (United States Department of Transportation) website.
Verify you are insured for the duration of the shipment. Either by using your own insurance or by the insurance carrier of the transportation company you are using. You can request a certificate of Insurance.
Having A Driver Transport Your Car
There are companies that specialize in providing professional drivers to transport cars. You can also hire a non-professional to drive your car, such as a student or someone that is moving to the same area. For both options, the driver must be licensed and insured. You should also check you are covered by your insurance for any accidents or thefts that may occur when someone other than you or persons listed on your coverage are driving.
Things to consider:
Driving Your Own Car
If you have decided on a do-it-yourself move for your household items, you may have also decided to move and drive your car. If you will be renting a truck, you have the option to haul the car to the back of the truck with a trailer.
Having your car transported by train is also a consideration if the train depot is accessible or close to either the pick up or delivery destinations.
Things To Consider When Planning To Move Your Car
You will need to register your car in the new state. Visit the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) website to find out what the regulations and requirements are for the specific state you are moving to.
Each state has different regulations. You may need to have an emissions and safety inspection. Check with the local DMV.
Insurance rates differ per state, check with you current insurance company to see if they service your new location and if the rate will change.