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Long Distance Move: Should You Move your Car or Sell?


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Long Distance Move: Should You Move your Car or Sell?

Moving is always associated with tough decisions; sell this, or store it? Pack it up, or gift it to friends? Move it, or let sleeping dogs lie? For most of us, these types of conundrums will boil down to how often we use the items in question, while other items - like cars - require a bit more thought. Human beings are capable of developing powerfully strong emotional relationships with machines like cars. They invoke a response from us that pulls identity, power, nostalgia, and memory into play, so when it comes time to make a call on whether or not to get rid of a vehicle, we often stutter. It’s not often so simple as a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ thing. In this post, we’ll help explain some options for selling, driving, or transporting your car across the country.

Sell Your Car

Hold back those tears - it may be time. Maybe you’ve got a sentimental vehicle in the driveway or garage that means a lot to you, or maybe you’re trying to reduce the carbon-footprint of your household - either way, there may be a vehicle sale in your future that can’t be avoided, but there are many ways to make it less painful. Research second-hand sales/info retailers online like Kijiji, Edmunds, Barrett-Jackson, Auto Trader, or Kelley Blue Book to help determine the value of your vehicle. Should you choose to sell, these online resources can help you determine an accurate and applicable price point.

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The Benefit to Selling?

Less moving responsibility, less potential paperwork, and less hassle during your cross-country move. Selling your vehicle eliminates having to store, transport, drive, or ship a vehicle across as country as massive as Canada. The funds freed from your vehicle sale may help to finance your move, your new home purchase or lease agreement, and may alleviate other financial or mental pressures.
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Shipping Your Car

Moving your vehicle via shipping is also a good option for long distance vehicle moves. There are a number of ways to ship your vehicle including:

Open-Air Truck

A consumer-oriented car shipping option that outfits owners with shipping agencies that may offer door-to-door, or loading/unloading services. Open-air is undoubtedly one of the more straightforward, popular shipping choices.

Enclosed Truck

Owners who have concerns about the elements often choose an enclosed-truck option for vehicle shipping as it protects against the effects of weather on a vehicle. These options are generally reserved for show cars or vehicles with substantial sentimental, or financial value. Expect to pay a solid 50-60% more for the additional peace of mind that comes with disregarding unintended damage to the car, although intelligent owners always ensure that adequate insurance is either provided by the carrier, or by their own insurance policy provider.

Shipping Containers

If you’re moving overseas, you’ll be limited to shipping via cargo container through an international auto transportation firm. Transporters will readily secure and isolate your vehicle in one place along with other client cars in one container - at an approximate 40 feet long. These options are generally reserved for show cars or vehicles with substantial sentimental, or financial value. Expect to pay a solid 50-60% more for the additional peace of mind that comes with disregarding unintended damage to the car, although intelligent owners always ensure that adequate insurance is either provided by the carrier, or by their own insurance policy provider. Shipping Containers If you’re moving overseas, you’ll be limited to shipping via cargo container through an international auto transportation firm. Transporters will readily secure and isolate your vehicle in one place along with other client cars in one container - at an approximate 40 feet long.

Drive Your Car

DIY

Don’t mind doing it yourself? Consider driving your vehicle cross-province or cross-country to not only save yourself a few bucks, but also to reconnect with the vehicle that you can’t manage to sell during your move. Besides the shipping savings, driving yourself also ensures you’re in control of any and all moves, locations, and happenings associated with your vehicle, putting you in total control of the car’s fate.

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Pro/Non-Pro Drivers

For those who don’t mind the additional KM’s put on their vehicles, a professional driver service may be a good option for shipping. This is often used for shorter cross-province distances and corporate vehicles, with most driving companies permitting the transportation of personal belongings in the car - even cats or dogs. Alternatively, hiring a friend or another acquaintance that’s a non-professional driver can save a lot of headache and money. Just make sure your insurance provider covers for accidents and theft when someone else is driving. This can often be a good option for students on break, or retirees looking for a great few-day adventure.
This is often used for shorter cross-province distances and corporate vehicles, with most driving companies permitting the transportation of personal belongings in the car - even cats or dogs. Alternatively, hiring a friend or another acquaintance that’s a non-professional driver can save a lot of headache and money. Just make sure your insurance provider covers for accidents and theft when someone else is driving. This can often be a good option for students on break, or retirees looking for a great few-day adventure.
Whether you decide to sell, ship, or drive it yourself - cars often make us behave in strange capacities that other possessions can’t. Whatever the reason for this strange symbiotic relationship between man and machine, the bond can be a strong one, so moving them can prove important and even therapeutic for serious owners. Happy moving!

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