5 ways you can ship your car across country

There are several reasons why you might want to ship your car across country. You might have bought your dream car online, but its location is a few states away. You could be moving because you’ve been promoted and have to relocate to a new city. Perhaps your family has increased, and you need to move to a bigger home on the East Coast. Whatever the reason, you have several options to choose from when deciding how to ship your car.

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1. Hire a professional driver

2. Ship your car by rail

3. Drive it yourself

4. Choose an auto transport company

5. Have a friend or family member drive it for you

1. Hire a professional driver

You can hire a professional driver to drive your car across the country. You have a vast number of companies to choose from, but make sure you pick one that specializes in this type of service. It’s also critical to do some research. You’ll gain an idea of a company’s reliability by checking out their feedback online.

There’s also the option of hiring someone to drive your car across country directly. You’d employ them directly rather than using a third party. People who offer this kind of service tend to advertise their services in local ads or shop windows. 

2. Ship your car by rail

Yes, you can ship a car by rail, and it’s a very straightforward process. There is, however, the issue of getting your vehicle to the station. It could be a few miles away, but it could also be several thousand. You’ve also got to be available to collect your car at the other end of its journey. Both these additional journeys in your car increase the overall cost. 

Shipping by rail is not a very flexible service as you are limited by the location of the stations that offer this service. 

3. Drive it yourself

This tends to be the option people think about first, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best. It is worth thinking about if you’ve got the time but be prepared for it to cost more and take longer to get home.

If two drivers can take it in turns to drive, it will take roughly two days to drive a car 3,000 miles. If there is only one driver, the same distance can take five days or longer, depending on the weather, road, and traffic conditions. Five days on the road also means five overnight stops that can cost up to $70 per night extra. Then there are refreshments, filling the gas tank, and possibly even road tolls to pay.

All these additional costs are going to increase the cost of driving your car yourself. What seemed like a cheap option at first actually costs a lot more.  

4. Choose an auto transport company

Many people consider this the best option for shipping a car across country. There are hundreds of auto transport companies to choose from, many of which offer a door-to-door service. Having your car delivered to your front door is very convenient. 

How much it costs to ship a car this way depends on several factors. These include the distance traveled, make, model, and year of the vehicle, its condition, time of the year, the start and end locations. 

An auto transport company will also offer a range of services, depending on your needs. The most popular and affordable is open car transport. If your car is high value, you might want to pay a little extra for enclosed auto transport. For those times when you need to ship a car quickly, there’s express auto transport. And for last-minute car shipping arrangements, there’s a guaranteed pick-up service.   

5. Have a friend or family member drive it for you

You might be lucky enough to have a friend or family member who can drive your car for you. One advantage of this option is that you can pack extra luggage into the vehicle, which will save money on your removal fees. If you want to, you might be able to tag along and enjoy the journey together. 

This is a budget-friendly car shipping option until you take all the additional costs into account. 

There’s also the issue of trust to consider. Do you trust the person to take good care of your vehicle, and how sure are you of their driving abilities? In addition, you may have to purchase additional insurance, and then there’s the unnecessary wear and tear you have to factor into the equation.

If you need to ship your car across the country, there are several ways you can do it. Each has its pros and cons. But there is bound to be an option that suits your circumstances better than all the others.

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