How to Get a Car Across the Country for Your Move

According to the U.S. Census data, around 35% of all moves were long distance moves (over 50 miles). If you are one of these people who will be moving their car to a new location for your upcoming move, then the question becomes how the car is going to get there without driving it across the country?

Scheduled Carriers

Scheduled carriers are great if you want to keep costs low or your vehicle is already in transit by another method. These companies generally utilize open-air trucks for moving vehicles which can be incredibly helpful since the cost of an enclosed carrier will likely outweigh the effort it takes to simply drive your vehicle onto a truck.

Hire Drive Away Services

If you want to tow your car behind your recreational vehicle, motorhome or travel trailer this is one of the most affordable options available. Car hire drive away services allow you to transport up to 5 passengers and their luggage along with 1-3 cars depending on size. You also have the ability to choose which way your crew and cars will face during transit (front/back/side). However, you are only able to tow 1 car behind the tow vehicle.

Auto Transport Companies

One of the most expensive methods, but also one of the safest for your vehicle is using an auto transport company. These trucks are specifically designed to safely move multiple vehicles at a time and will be completely enclosed during transit protecting your car or truck from weather damage and possible theft. Vehicle drop-off locations are generally predetermined with scheduled carrier companies since they often use local agents to help facilitate delivery, where drive away services will pick you up anywhere along your route (or sometimes another agreed upon location).

Car Shipping Costs & Options

All three methods vary in cost depending on various factors including; number of days/miles driven, total number of cars being transported, and the size of the car(s). The methods discussed above only represent the most popular methods used when moving vehicles over long distances. If you have any particular questions about how to ship a car during a move or would like advice on which method best fits your needs please give us a call at (617) 825-7273 or contact us here for more information.

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