When relocating out-of-state, the process of moving will involve a different set of steps, requiring you to also make additional arrangements separate from those you would make if you were just moving within city or state limits. One such task to add to your checklist is the transportation of your vehicles. After all, in this day and age, most households have more than one vehicle. In fact, the average household has 2.5 vehicles in the United States.
Whether you are flying to your new location and having the rest of your belongings shipped, or you are driving everything yourself, when you have more than one car, you must make a plan to get those vehicles to your new destination. But shipping a car is not as straightforward as it appears. It is important to prepare your car for shipping, especially if it’s going a longer distance, like coast to coast.
Continue reading for some tips on how to prepare and ship a car long distance, and what you can do if your car is in no shape or form to be transported at all.
Long-Distance Car Shipping Advice
Flying to New Location
If you are flying to your new destination, you will need to appoint a friend or family member to drive your vehicle to your new location, or you will have to hire a company to have it shipped. In most cases, it is actually cheaper to hire a company because asking someone to drive it for you will require the purchasing of a plane or bus ticket to get them home after the fact. Adding in the cost for gasoline, food, and hotel accommodations, the cost to ship cars is usually cheaper through professional service.
Using a car shipping services simple. All you have to do is look for a local and trusted long-distance towing or shipping company. Before dropping your car off or sending it away with your hired service, you will need to prepare the cards to little bit. Start by clearing out any garbage or debris from the interior. A rotted apple, semi-drank juice box, or similar piece of trash will make your vehicle stink after a long trip. Do not waste your time washing your vehicle, as it may incur dust and other organic material during the trip. However, you would want to make sure the tires are properly inflated, the license plate is secured in place, and your head and taillights are functioning properly.
If you are packing everything into a moving trailer or pod and driving yourself to your new destination, there are some simple ways to properly prepare for your long distance trip. First, if you are connecting your moving trailer or pod to your primary vehicle, you will need to ensure that you are following all manufacturer’s instructions and local and state towing guidelines. You will need to ensure that your towing set up is perfectly safe and up to code. You might also want to practice a little bit with turns, parking, and breaking before hitting the road efficiently.
Second, you will want to prepare your vehicle for a long distance trip. Do this by taking it into your local mechanic for some factory scheduled maintenance, including battery service, fluid refills, tire service, and inspections for any impending repairs. The more secure your car is, the safer your trip will be. After all, you don’t want to run into any unexpected breakdowns while out on the open road.
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