Monthly Archives: February 2018

Transporting vs. Selling Your Car: What You Need to Know

Time is money. Currently, this remains as applicable as ever. For a used car owner, the expression can have a profound meaning. As you may know already, the older the vehicle gets, the less money you will get by selling it. If you are moving to another city or country, the question of selling will certainly come up. Selling is a procedure in itself and if you have never done it, it could muddle your life a little. It is time consuming and necessitates you talk to various folks. So, the question remains, should I ship my car before moving?

Before we get into the specifics, you must your vehicle’s value. For used cars, you should check retail value, trade-in value, and private party value. By using this information, you will get an estimated value of your car. Hopefully, that will help you determine whether to ship your vehicle or sell. Our personal advice is to ship it because it is always less expensive, unless your car is really rusty and old.

When should you ship your car?

If you are moving with little notice, you may have no other choice but to ship your car. This little notice means less than 30 days which isn’t a lot of time to advertise a sale and find the perfect buyer. In such a situation, if you want to sell, you can get someone you trust to aid you in selling your car when you’re gone. But if you there is nobody who can do this for you then you have to transport your vehicle with you.

If you are moving over 300 miles away, then you should use an auto transport company. Moreover, you should ship your car if you are not getting a good price for it.

The Price You’ll Pay to Transport Your SUV

A vital consideration in evaluating prices for shipping an SUV is to keep in mind that costs will vary. Even if the difference is little, every company you call will likely give you a different price. While it’s always good to get the best price, you should be wary in taking this approach with an auto shipper.

There are, sadly, some dishonest companies out there that will provide anything they can to get your business, only to add on extra costs to make up the loss from an improbable original price. Just like any other service or product, you get what you pay for.

One way you can safeguard yourself against these less-than-honest shipping possibilities is to do some simple research on the companies before agreeing to services and signing a contract. The best resource available is the FMCSA Company Snapshot feature that has information about insurance coverage, operating authority, safety rating, and more.

While we’re mostly talking about shipping an SUV in the US, the same information holds for shipping overseas or outside of the continental U.S. The process and methods are somewhat different, but you still need to do some simple research on prices, services, and companies, ensuring you’ve got a good grasp of what’s involved. And most importantly, don’t wait until the last minute. Get your duck in a row well before you plan on moving.

Shipping prices, like shipping in the US, are determined by the distance. With international shipments, there’s also the added costs of registration fees and imported taxes.

When you use a vehicle transport company to ship your SUV, they should offer complete answers to your questions and manage the whole process from A to Z. Insurance is included the price you pay and, if necessary, you can also book temporary storage.