Transporting Your Vehicle
There are many options available to you when you need to transport your vehicle from one place to another. You can drive your vehicle to its destination. This is the most popular option. What happens if you need to transport your vehicle over a long distance. Your vehicle might not be safe enough to drive. Alternative solutions are available, including towing, shipping, and hauling (with the assistance of another vehicle).
Our Move Car specialists highlight the differences between these options. This guide will help you decide if shipping, towing, or driving your car is best.
Shipping Your Car
Car shipping can be a convenient solution for long distances. Because they can transport multiple vehicles at once, car shipping companies offer affordable options such as open transport trailers or train transport. Car shipping is a great option if you need to move a luxury, antique or custom-made vehicle. Many carriers respect their customers and offer enclosed auto transportation options in addition to standard covered trailers. There are also a variety of safety features that will ensure your vehicle is transported safely.
However, vehicles can be transported for many days or even weeks before reaching their destination. It is important to plan ahead and schedule car shipping so that the auto shipping company can arrange for the most efficient, cost-effective, and safest way to ship your vehicle across the country.
Auto-shipping - The pros:
- Everything is taken care of by the auto shipping company. Only you need to schedule drop-off and pick-up times.
- The car doesn't need to be driven by you. This could mean that you are on the road for several hours or even days.
- Car shipping can often be more affordable than car towing or hauling your vehicle with another vehicle. You don't have to worry about the cost of fuel and maintenance after the hauling has been completed. It is also more expensive to hire a tow company to move your car to another state than to ship it.
- You can drive to or fly to your destination faster than you need to, even if you are moving between states.
- You should have less wear and tear on your vehicle.
- Protection against adverse weather conditions
- It is very little to no chance of damage or accidents.
- There are many options for enclosed and open-air transport to meet your requirements.
- Drivers with thousands of driving experiences can ship your vehicle.
Auto Shipping - The Cons
- It is possible that you will need to drive your vehicle to the closest drop-off or pick-up location. This could be several miles away.
- Your car may take up to a few days or even weeks to be delivered. It is due to the fact that your car travels with other vehicles and needs to be picked up and dropped off.
- Short-distance moving is not always easy. It is difficult to schedule (many times you will need to make arrangements many weeks ahead) and it can be expensive for short distances.
Towing Your Car
Many people mistakenly confuse towing with shipping. There are many differences between the two options for auto transport. Car towing involves placing your vehicle on a platform or trailer which is to be towed by a truck (or fixed to the truck). The most popular solution to car towing is with a tow company. This requires no equipment to be purchased or rented on your behalf (in contrast to towing your vehicle yourself).
Many tow trucks have handy features like built-in platforms. These allow you to pull your vehicle in and transport it to the new location. This is great for quick pickups. Their availability is the downside. The downside is that they are not widely available for rent or purchase. To have your car tow, you'll need to contact a tow company. Most tow companies will respond within minutes or hours depending on how far they have to travel to reach you.
Pros of Car Towing
- Many car towing companies can be reached 24/7. They will arrive on the same day. This is a great solution for those who need to do things quickly.
- Car towing is an efficient and flexible option because it doesn't require you to schedule days, months, or even years in advance.
- The price is often right for non-working vehicles, particularly if they need to be moved around town (and sometimes to another state).
Car Towing - The Cons
- This could be a costly option for transfers outside of the state.
- The carrier's rush can cause damage. Carriers get paid based on how many projects they manage each day so they must complete as many tasks as possible.
- Most car towing companies offer vehicle towing services that are short distance.
Hauling Your Vehicle
A good way to transport your car is to haul it yourself, with the help of another vehicle. This is especially useful for short-distance travel. You will require the right equipment, which can increase the cost. To secure the trailer to your vehicle and to transport it, first, you will need one. There are both covered and uncovered trailers available for rent in major cities. However, uncovered trailers offer the best value in terms of gas mileage and cost. While covered trailers offer greater protection for the vehicle, they are less expensive.
You should ensure that your vehicle is capable of hauling your car. If you're using a sedan to transport an SUV, it is likely that you won’t be able to make it. Sometimes, an SUV won't be able to tow a sedan. Check the towing capacity of the vehicle and the weight of the trailer together to determine if it is capable of towing your car. You should be fine if the second number is equal to or greater than the first. To tow your car, you'll need a heavier vehicle.
Pros of Hauling Your Car -
- You decide when and how you want to transport your car (or drive) with another vehicle. You can leave whenever you want.
- For short distances, it is the most economical option to haul your car with another vehicle.
- It is possible to tow your car around long distances if you have the necessary towing equipment.
Pros and Cons of Hauling Your Car
- It is important to rent or find the right equipment.
- All the work must be done by you (e.g. lock the car on a trailer, tow it from Point A and B). This requires more time and effort.
- There are many risks involved.
- Your car's engine is subject to extreme pressure. This increases your risk of damage.
- It is not the most secure or efficient alternative to towing your car with a tow company.
Driving Your Car
Many people find driving their car to and from Point A to Point B the best option. It is possible, provided you are willing to transport your car yourself. Before you decide on the best way to transport your vehicle to another place, there are many factors to consider.
Consider the distance to drive. Driving through traffic jams, poor road infrastructure, or rough terrain may be necessary. You must also consider how many days it will take to drive from one coast to the other (thousands upon miles). All of this will help you calculate how much fuel you'll need and how long it takes to reach your destination. You should also consider whether considerations and additional costs such as parking fees and lodging, meals and tolls, as well the cost of wear to your vehicle.
Driving your car - pros
- You have complete control over the situation.
- An excellent option for short-distance moves
Driving your car - cons
- It requires a lot of effort, time, and responsibility.
- This may not be the best option for cross-country travel. ).
- Due to this extra mileage, your car will experience a lot of wear and tear.
- Harsh weather conditions
- It requires a lot of planning.
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