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We’ve seen many car owners ask themselves whether to drive their car or to have it transported to their new home. We understand how this could be a predicament; paying someone to transport your car is an added cost to a probably already costly move.

But there are a lot more factors at play here, and what seems like the cheaper option may also turn out to be more expensive in the long run.

To better present our case, here are a few of the most important considerations when deciding whether to drive or ship your car when you move.

Car Health

The fact that you’re even considering shipping means that your car is important to you. It may be an expensive, well-maintained classic. It may be a gift from a loved one. It may be a project that you’ve poured weeks and thousands into. Or it may just be a car that you love and care for.

Whatever the specific reason, you want what’s best for your car.

Driving your vehicle, especially over long distances, does take its toll, pun intended. Whether it’s the hours you’ll have to spend on the road, with your engine working overtime, or the long exposure to the elements, long drives chip away at the car’s health.

Having your car shipped is an entirely different story. Whether you choose an open trailer or an enclosed truck, cruising on the back of another vehicle is far easier on your car’s systems and it will thank you for it.

If you’re also particular about your paint job, an enclosed truck may be more costly, but it will be virtually impossible for your car to get scratched.


According to the Association for Safe and International Road Travel, over 38,000 people die in traffic crashes in the U.S. every year. Another 4.4 million need medical attention. These are frightening numbers, and sadly, they’re very real.

Although the likelihood of getting into a car accident when you drive to your new home is slim, especially if you take every precaution, it’s still not zero.

If your top priority is safety for both yourself and your car, transporting your car across country is the better choice.


If you’re touchy about your car’s mileage, maybe because you want to sell it someday, driving it one thousand miles is definitely not the way to go.

Aside from the prospect of selling your car, longevity is also an issue. No matter how well-maintained a vehicle is, each part still has a set number of miles or duration of use before it becomes unreliable and needs to be replaced.

City drives and weekend grocery runs aren’t really cause for concern when it comes to mileage but a cross-country drive is.


Driving long distances takes time – a lot of it. You’ll have to factor in a realistic estimate of just how many miles you can drive per day. Think of the rest stops, lunch breaks, hotel check-ins, and gas stations. These all take time. Not to mention your ability to drive reliably for long periods.

This also means time off work that you may not be able to afford.

If time is of the essence, having your car shipped is the only option.


Finally, there’s cost.

Even if you consider the costs of stops and hotels, driving is almost always cheaper than having your car shipped, especially if the location you’re moving to is closer to your starting point. However, it costs more than money to drive your car. Your time and energy are big considerations here.

There’s also the fact that you need to have your car fully serviced to make sure it’s ready for the long drive. Having your car break down in the middle of the Interstate can easily cost you more than what shipping it would.

When you factor all the other items on this list, you can see just how much driving your car can really cost.

Car Transporter


For shorter moves, it’s cheaper to drive your car, instead of having it shipped. For longer distance, or if your car’s health and mileage are important to you, then have it shipped.

You should also consider your time, energy, and capability to actually make the drive. If not, shipping your car across country is the only way to go.

For more information about car transport services, call us at P: (650) 777-0933. Send us an email at

You can also read our complete guide to car shipping here.

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