People choose to have their vehicles transported for all sorts of reasons, from protecting an expensive exotic, preventing a high-mileage vehicle from racking up extra mileage, or, yes, moving cross-country.
If you’re planning a move (look at you, going places!) — whether it’s 1,500 miles away or 500 miles away — there are a variety of reasons why shipping your car might be the best choice.
Of course, you should be mindful that shipping a car, as with anything else in life, comes with a cost. For many drivers, the associated cost is well worth it for peace-of-mind alone.
In fact, depending on where you’re going and how you choose to ship your automobile, contrary to popular belief, shipping a car can sometimes be cheaper than driving it.
Here are four good reasons why you should seriously consider shipping your vehicle for your own benefit during your next big move.
1. The Logistics of Driving When Planning a Solo Move
Ahhhh, moving…Most of us enjoy the feeling of a fresh new start. But getting there? It takes a LOT of work, time, and effort to take an inventory of all your stuff, pack it up safely, and get it to your new home.
Add on top of it the logistics of getting your vehicle to a new place, and it might just make you want to blow a gasket. Especially if you are moving by yourself.
What are your options?
- You *could* trailer your vehicle behind a moving van. But then you have to worry about those wide turns… (not to mention sideswiping other cars)....
- You *could* also ship all your stuff in a moving truck. But then, you have to worry about Grandma’s china tea set that you inherited or Dad’s family picture albums getting ruined.
- You could ship your car and drive your stuff yourself. You then have to worry about your car getting damaged. Right? — Maybe not — depending on who you ship it with!
Ship a car Direct provides a damage free guarantee for every vehicle shipped through us (which always have primary insurance through the carrier). We are an industry leading car shipping company with an A+ from the BBB and 5 star reviews across the web. Our MC number is 632461. Shipping your car might just be safer than driving yourself!
2. Risk Management
On the subject of safety, we’d be remiss not to address the safety concerns and other risks that come along with driving across the country — especially alone, in unfamiliar surroundings. Here are some things to consider long and hard if you’re torn between shipping and driving:
- Your Safety
- Accident, Theft, & Loss
- Mechanical Issues & Breakdowns
Shipping a car is much more convenient than having to drive it over a distance of hundreds, or even thousands of miles, worrying about booking hotels in safe areas, researching routes and tolls, and convenient pit stops, and so on…
Shipping a car is thought of by some as a “luxury”...but really, if it is looking next to impossible to move while driving yourself and getting your stuff to its new home, shipping a car can really be more of a necessity. And in other instances, it’s simply more convenient. If, for instance, you need to get back to college by a certain time, or if you’re a snowbird that has trouble driving at night, shipping a car is probably a great option for you.
4. Costs Involved
Among the most commonly misunderstood reasons to transport your car is cost.
We say that because many people think it’s cheaper to drive their vehicle than to ship it. While in some cases that CAN be true, it isn’t ALWAYS true.
Plus, you’ve got to factor in how much the opportunity cost of driving yourself and risking your safety or a breakdown is, not to mention the value of your time…
There are many things you probably could do yourself if you invested the time and energy to learn how to do…or even things you may already know how to do that it’s just more efficient to outsource. These can include:
- House cleaning or washing your car
- Laundering or dry cleaning your clothes
- Meal prep & delivery
- Event planning
- …And, yes…shipping your car instead of driving it yourself!
The truth is that shipping your car is not for everyone. But it might just be for you. Use our quote calculator now to see if that may be the case.
Michael starting working in car shipping over 20 years ago, in 2002; back in the days when fax machines ruled the roost, being the first name listed in the yellow pages was King and google wasn’t yet a verb. Sometimes he foolishly thinks he’s seen every situation imaginable when it comes to shipping a car, but about once a year he’s proven wrong.
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.