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The Pros and Cons Of Shipping a Car Long Distances

30.12.2015 0Blog

It’s a Tough Decision
Moving is tough, especially long distances, no matter how you plan it! Not only does it cost a fortune, you’ve got hundreds of decisions to make and all that work to do! How to move your car(s) is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make during this chaotic experience. Will you drive your car(s) to the new destination or will you decide to use car shipping services? What are the pros and cons of each choice?

How To Save Money

With the cost of gas dropping so dramatically in the last year, you may be more tempted than ever to drive your car(s) rather than shipping your car(s). However, there are many other costs to driving a car long distances that you need to factor in. If you are driving cross country, you’ll need to stay in hotels and eat out along the way. This can add up in a hurry. You may also incur unanticipated costs (and delays). You may get a nail in your tire, a windshield wiper may go out, a belt could break, a rock could fly up and break your windshield, and you may require towing. Depending on where you are travelling, you may also incur toll charges. Unfortunately too, local thieves love to target cars with out of state license plates!

Don’t Forget the Hidden Costs

There are also hidden costs to driving your car cross country. Since you are driving so far, you’ll be motivated to “make good time.” Further, as the fatigue of the long trip sets in, and your tailbone starts to ache, you’ll be even more anxious to get to your new destination. Unfortunately, many people have a tendency to put the pedal to the metal under these conditions and they end up getting a very costly speeding ticket, not to mention the likely increases to their car insurance. Remember too, you are out of town bait for all those speed traps you’ll be passing through!

What About a Fun Cross Country Road Trip?

Some people may think driving gives them the chance to enjoy a fun road trip and see some of the sights along the way. However, it’s easy to forget that when you’re moving, your body is probably already sore from all the packing you’ve done so you’re less likely to enjoy sitting in a car for many hours in a row for several days! Your stress level may also be elevated because of the move. You may be wondering how your new job will turn out or how it will be to live in the same town as your in-laws. In other words, it may not be the best time physically or mentally to take a road trip. It’s hard to relax and enjoy the trip when you’re right in the middle of a move.

You may be one of the rare (crazy?) individuals who just loves to drive in the sleet, ice, or pouring down rain. You may love to drive across the desert when the road is so hot, you see people on the side of the road with melted tires. However, for the majority of us (the sane ones?), driving in these extreme weather conditions is just no fun and would only add to the stress and chaos of your moving experience. Using car shipping services is a simple way to avoid this and gain peace of mind!


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