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Relocating? Here's how to get your car from A to B without putting miles on it

11th March 2020 Print

Moving across the country is a huge undertaking. It involves a lot more than a friend with a pickup truck and a 12-pack of beer as a thank you. Especially if you've been on your own for a while and have accumulated a lot of possessions. Chances are for a move this big, you've gone ahead and hired a moving company to pack your things and transport them for you. 

But what about your car? Do you plan on driving behind the moving truck?

If this is where your plan is taking you, it may be time to rethink your decision. Relocating is a stressful endeavor, so driving several hours to a new place may not help lower your stress. Instead, hiring an auto transport company can take a lot off your plate.

For some of us, the thought of hiring someone to move our car may sound bizarre. It's what vehicles are for, right?. So why pay someone to move it for you? Let's take a look at why it's probably the best choice during a big move.

Why hire an auto transport company

To save money

Unless your car is new, there's a pretty good chance there are a few repairs that need to be taken care of that you aren't even aware of. Aging tires, worn brake pads, or a faulty AC compressor become a much bigger deal when you're not just driving a few miles in town. On top of a move, the last thing you want to worry about is getting an otherwise good, reliable vehicle ready for the demands of a long drive.

By hiring a company to move your vehicle for you, you won't have to bother with those little details. Your car can be loaded onto a trailer and hauled to your new location for you. Those little maintenance issues won't take a bite out of your budget that is probably already stretched from relocating expenses.

Even if you're hoping to save money renting a moving truck with a vehicle dolly and manning the entire move yourself, you might want to think again. Rental trucks require you to have and pay for insurance, mileage costs, and a base fee considered when you rent one for your move. 

You’ll also need to consider the cost of fuel to get where you're heading. Pulling your car behind you is going to make the truck's fuel efficiency worse and ramp up your spending in the long run.

To reduce stress

Hiring a company to move your vehicle, just as you probably did for all your other possessions, will give you some time to relax on the trip. Remember you have a lot to do ahead of you like unpacking and organizing a new house, settling into a new job, getting the kids off to a new school, etc., 

Take a few hours for yourself and relax on a plane, train, or even in the moving truck. What you don't have to worry about when having your car hauled to your new house is wearing yourself out before you even get there.

To avoid extra expenses and damage

Most of us are not experts when it comes to moving vehicles and hooking up a vehicle or trailer to it, let alone driving a truck that's pulling a trailer and a vehicle behind it. Would you know if your vehicle was securely fastened to a car dolly? Auto transport companies do, so you don’t have to.

Rather than taking the risk of damaging your personal property trying to do it all yourself, relying on the expertise of a professional company will save you a lot of headaches. They know the traffic laws that apply to hauling a car and how best to do it. 

They also know what type of straps or other equipment is best suited for this purpose. Even better, they already have it all on hand. Chances are, you do not.

One of the benefits of using a professional auto transport service is the protection they can provide to one of your most costly possessions: your vehicle. Reputable auto transport companies have insurance and guarantees to help you rest easy knowing your car is protected.

Trust in an auto transport service

Moving is stressful, even if it’s just across town. If you're relocating far away, take some of the strain off yourself and entrust your car to an auto transport service. You can take it easy and know your car will be waiting for you at your new home without all the hassle.