What to do with the Car?

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General Moving

When it comes time to move, you will be busy getting all of your items packed and ready to go.  You will have to decide whether hiring movers or doing the move yourself will work best.  But when you move farther away you may be faced with a difficult question.  What do you do with your car?  For people making local or shorter distance moves, it is easy to drive the vehicle to the new house.  But for long distance moves, or for families with multiple cars, it might not be that simply.  Some people may choose to sell their vehicle, but if you are hoping to bring your car along, there is a way to get it to your new driveway without driving across country: auto transport.

Just as you give careful consideration to who will move your household goods, you must carefully research and select your auto mover.  You want to ensure you are contracting with a reputable hauler.  They should be licensed and insured.  In addition to reading testimonials, checking the carrier’s standings with the Better Business Bureau and Department of Transportation, as well as other entities the hauler is apart of, will be helpful.  Similar to moving, you can contact auto shippers in order to receive quotes for your transport.  Depending on the number of cars, the services desired, and the type of trailer, the cost of transporting your car can vary considerably.

You will also need to decide how you would like your car to be transported.  You will have the option of an open air or enclosed trailer.  An open air trailer is what you seeing bringing cars to and from car lots.  While these trailers are less expensive and allow the driver to more easily see and inspect cars during transit, they also expose your car to the elements for the entirety of the transport and are potentially less secure.  An enclosed transport offers the most protection and security, but at a considerably higher price.  Your budget might determine which of these options is better for you.  It will also play into what other kinds of services you can request.  Many auto transporters will provide door-to-door pickup and delivery.  And while this is convenient, it is an additional charge.  Many transporters also have terminals throughout the country.  If you can drop off and pick up your car at these terminals, you can save by not have the door-to-door service.  If you must have a car picked up or delivered on a certain day, it could cost you more.  If you are able to be more flexible on when a car arrives, it can be more economical.

Regardless of how you decide to ship your car, you will want to be present or have a representative present when the car is loaded and unloaded.  You should inspect your vehicle to ensure there are no marks or damage, noting anything you find.  You will want to repeat this process when you receive your car at your new home.  If damage has occurred in transit, you can file a damage claim.  You should make sure that you note the damage on the official documents before signing them.  Signing off on the delivery without noting marks may result in your claim not getting paid.

While you should verify your auto mover has insurance, you should make sure you understand what you are covered for.  You may be able to purchase more insurance from your auto mover.  You should check with your personal insurance company to determine if your car is covered under your current policy or if they offer additional coverage for an auto transport.  You will need to decide the appropriate amount of coverage for your vehicle.

You will want to make sure your car is ready to be mover.  Removing exterior accessories so they do not break or damage other cars in the transport.  You should also remove everything from the interior as well.  You do not want to add extra weight to the car, which will increase the cost.  Additionally, you don’t want damage to occur inside your car if items shift or are made airborne during the transport.  Many auto haulers are not liable for interior damage.  Finally, make sure to take out any electronics and valuables.  You don’t want them damaged or to damage your vehicle, but they also could put your vehicle at higher risk of theft.  Finally, you will want to do your research on safety and emissions regulations in your new area.  Different states have different requirements and regulations for automobiles, so you should verify if there are any different rules in your new community.  If there are, you may be required to do maintenance on your car to make it more environmentally friendly.  Failure to comply with state regulations dealing with emissions can lead to hefty fines.

Knowing that your vehicle is in the capable hands of auto movers can relieve some stress while you move.  While it may be more costly to have your car transported, it may be the best solution for you and your family when making a long distance move.

 

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