Moving a car to your new home is a daunting task if you don't know where to start, especially if you’re moving a long distance. Moving more than one car can be double to trouble, and brings up a valid question - should you move It or Sell It?
Obviously, one option is to lighten the load before you move by selling one or more of your autos. Some less obvious issues may confront you as you make this decision. For example, emissions and safety standards vary from state to state. If there is any doubt that your car will pass the tests, you may be better off selling your car now and buying one in your new state that meets the requirements. Contact the state motor vehicle office and ask:What tests your car must pass (i.e., safety inspection, emissions).What does testing cost?
If you buy a used car, what tests are required? Who pays for the test…the seller or the buyer? If you buy from a private party, are the required tests the same as they would be if you bought from a dealer? Will impending legislation cause some models to become obsolete? Will new laws impose higher registration or other fees or taxes on certain makes/models? Your insurance costs and transportation needs could change significantly in your new location because rates vary by region and vehicle type. You could suddenly face a stiff premium increase to insure a vehicle that really doesn’t suit your new lifestyle. For example, the 4-wheel SUV that’s practically a necessity in the snowy north isn’t as useful for southern climates that seldom see snow.
Selling your car or donating it to charity for a tax deduction is another alternative.
Car Moving Options
If you decide to bring your car along with you on your move, you fortunately have several options to get it where you’re going:
Option 1: Moving Your Car With Your Household Goods
You may be able to have your mover load your car onto the van along with your furniture and other household items. But this happens to be the expensive option because moving companies charge by weight, time, and distance, and your car is a heavy item.
Option 2: Moving Your Car Using a Professional Auto Mover
You will probably be happier using the services of a company that specializes in shipping automobiles. These companies are usually referred to as Auto Movers. They will transport your auto (and maybe even your boat or other recreational craft) on an open truck (like the ones used to deliver new cars to dealers) or in an enclosed truck.
An Auto Mover will be able to quote you a price based on your specific circumstances and needs.
Costs to move an auto depend on several factors:
Weight/SizeServices provided by Hauler
Insurance coverage provided by HaulerSample Cost
A quote provided by a leading nationwide hauler was $1195.00 for the following:
Moving an auto from a major west coast city to a major northeastern city
Compact 4-door sedan
Car in working order (there is often an additional charge for an inoperable car)
Now that you've gotten some good information about moving your cars, what about your home services?
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