So the time has come to start preparing for your move. You’ve considered all the packing ahead of you, tirelessly looked at countless places to live, applied to your fair share of jobs and are ready to make the jump. Although you may be ahead of the game, a large hurdle you may encounter is moving with your vehicle(s). In general, the average family operates with two vehicles. With this obstacle and many others moving on your own may be harder than usual. But there’s always a pearl inside the clam, here are your options when moving with a vehicle:
Your options when moving with vehicles
To outline your options, its best to consider what limitations you’ll encounter when planning on moving with vehicles. Your main concerns will primarily be your time limitations, your budget and distance to your destination.
- On average auto shipping companies will charge you between $1,500 to $4,500 to move your vehicle. Keep in mind that these costs will always vary depending on timing and distance of your move.
- You will likely be asked to deposit between 10-25% of your moving costs to reserve your dates.
- If you hire a moving company, ask if they offer vehicle moving options. At times bundling services will save you on costs.
- Shop around..vehicle moving companies range in sizes. Smaller companies may charge more depending on equipment and scheduling limitations.
- Open: This is the most common method of vehicle transport offered by relocation companies. This is the same method used by dealerships when delivering vehicles. Prepare to spend between $1,00 to $1,500 on a multi state move.
- Enclosed: Generally a more expensive option, this method is used when transporting higher end, luxury vehicles. This option offers enclosed trailers keeping your vehicle protected from weather and other possible road damage. Expect to pay between $1,800-$2,500 for this option.
- Economy: As you can imagine, this option is the most cost effective but comes with a few cons. This option is useful when immediate need of your vehicle is not necessary. Moving companies generally reserve your spot in a available-space basis. It may take between a few days and a couple of weeks to receive your vehicle. Don’t jump on the economy wagon if you’ll be needing your vehicle as soon as you move.
Understanding the vehicle moving companies you’ll be dealing with is important when making your decisions. Most of these companies are brokers, who bid on moving your car and eventually hire haulers to move you. Going through larger companies will guarantee more flexible scheduling. Smaller moving companies will have fewer options, at times independent drivers will bid and move you with their own equipment. Because the options vastly vary consider doing research, checking reviews and confirming licensing. In addition, make sure you review all insurance options, and review your contract thoroughly before signing.
Another popular option is doing all the driving. Weigh out the pricing for moving with vehicles. At times driving your vehicle to your destination prior to actual moving day and traveling back by train/plane/bus ends up saving you time and money in the end. It may seem like a mountain to climb, but at the end of your move, seeing your vehicle in your driveway will be worth it. You’ll need it to start learning your away your new city!
Interested in other moving options and want to consider Fox Moving? Give us a shout! Request a free quote online or call us at 615-770-3000.