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Transporting Your Vehicle Across the Country

When people relocate to another area of the country, it is not always possible or convenient for them to move their vehicle on their own. Many prefer to fly and leave the vehicle's transportation to someone else. This can be due to time constraints or the lack of desire to take a long car trip. Whatever the circumstances, there are several options for transporting a vehicle across the country.

Methods of Transporting a Vehicle Across the Country

Depending on your comfort level, budget, and needs, you have the following options:

  1. Do it yourself. You can drive the vehicle or tow it behind another vehicle such as a U-Haul moving van. Keep in mind that depending on the size of your vehicle, it may not be possible to tow it. For instance, many SUVs are too heavy or large to be towed behind a U-Haul of any size. Consult your owner's manual for the vehicle's size and axle specifications. Reference this when consulting with a moving truck rental company. The same is true if you tow the vehicle behind another vehicle that you may also own.
  2. Hire a vehicle transportation service. When shopping around for rates, also make sure that each company is licensed, bonded, and insured, and up to what amount of money. Ask for proof of paperwork. Get quotes in writing. Find out when they can pick up your vehicle and how long it will take them to deliver it. Typically, vehicle transportation services use either an enclosed or an open truck. An enclosed truck is like a moving van that's large enough to house your vehicle. It's completely protected from the elements but costs more than open trucks. Open trucks look like a crisscross of steel girders and you can see each vehicle on the truck. They're exposed to the elements but not anymore than they would be if you were driving the vehicle yourself. Remove all valuables from your vehicle, and uninstall items that may get damaged in transit such as spoilers, extended mirrors, and antennas.
  3. Hire an individual to drive your car. If you know someone who's trustworthy, dependable, and a good driver and who is willing to transport your vehicle, this may be your best or cheapest option. Beware that if there are any mechanical problems that develop, or an accident occurs, financial and legal issues may surface. Some people are willing to transport a vehicle for free because it offers them a method of transportation. Fuel and vehicle maintenance costs may be split, or fully covered by the driver or the vehicle owner.

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