If you have a long trip ahead of you and you’ll be bringing your car, truck or another vehicle with you, you have an important decision to make. Will you drive your car to your destination? Or, should you have it transported by a third party? The idea of a cross-country road trip may seem like your perfect adventure, but it may not be the best idea for your situation.
Before committing to getting behind the wheel and driving to your destination, here are a few factors to consider.
How soon do you need to get to your destination, and what else do you need to get done before then? Depending on how far you’re going, you may want to set aside several days to complete your drive. If you won’t have the time to do all the driving yourself, it might be a good idea to hire an auto transport company to handle getting your car to point B. A longer trip might also require more driving than you’re comfortable with doing by yourself — in which case, you should definitely consider having your car transported and flying to your destination.
Although you might think having your car transported would be more expensive than driving it there yourself, step back and think about the whole picture. Driving your car over a long distance means you’ll need to fill up your car multiple times, which can add up over the course of your trip. You also need to think about what it will cost to feed yourself and stop at hotels for rest during your trip. Having your car transported to your destination could turn out to be more affordable over the long run.
You may want to avoid the highway for a long trip driving by yourself. For example, if you have an exotic car, you might not be comfortable exposing it to the open road where it could be damaged by loose gravel or careless drivers. If you have a vintage car, you may be reluctant to put a lot of extra miles on it. Either way, having your car transported instead of driving it yourself can ensure that your car arrives at its destination in the same condition it was before you left.
A long trip means making a lot of decisions, and what to do with your car is one of the most important. Take a moment to consider this advice before deciding whether or not to drive your car yourself.