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Why Should I Ship My Car Instead of Drive It Myself?

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If you are moving to a different location, you will need to bring your vehicle with you. The most obvious choice you can make is to simply drive your car to the place where you will be moving. Your second option will be to contact a car shipping company to transport your vehicle for you. You will have to ask yourself, "What is my time worth?" "Is driving my vehicle more expensive than shipping it?" Let's take a moment to consider both options and see which option is the better one.

If are moving from Chicago to Los Angeles, and you choose to drive your vehicle, the distance which you will be driving is about two thousand miles. Most people are able to drive that distance in about four or five days. This means that you will most likely spend about three or four nights in hotels along the way. Another major expense that you will have to consider is gas. Gas is expensive, and it will really add up to the cost of driving your vehicle by yourself. Spending four days on the road, will also keep you from going to work. This means that you will not be making any money during that time, which will financially harm you. Another negative factor of driving you vehicle is that you will accrue two thousand miles on your vehicle. This will lower its value, and when you decide to trade it in for a new one, you will end up losing more money. Driving your vehicle by yourself will end up costing you a lot of money and wear and tear on your vehicle.

Fuel Expense: The fuel prices are always changing. In some parts of the country fuel is $4.00 per gallon

Food: Three meals and snacks per day at restaurants can cost more than $40

Hotels: Hotel prices vary between $60 and $200 per night

Missed Work: The average daily income  in the United States is $171 per day. If you are above or below that number, missing days of work will definitely lower your paycheck.

Road Trip Preparation: If you are going to drive your car, you will have to make sure that it is prepared for a road trip. This means that you will have to spend money on an oil change, which will cost you at least $25.

Tolls: Tolls are also a cost you should consider when driving your vehicle. The tolls you will pay from Chicago to California vary, but you will most likely pay at least $50.


If you choose to ship your vehicle, you will not have to drive across the country for five days. The auto transport company will come directly to your door and pick up your vehicle. Instead of paying for hotels, you can book a flight to Los Angeles. The cost to use the services of a transport company is less than paying for gas and food while on the road for five days. Your vehicle will not depreciate in value due to the additional miles it will accrue. If you fly to Los Angeles, you will not have to take time off from work, which means that you will be earning money instead of losing money by driving your vehicle.

Car shipping is a service that is created to save you money and time. It will be more cost effective for you to use the services of a car shipping company than drive the vehicle by yourself. You will save a lot of money, and you will not have to drive for long hours.   If you consider both options carefully, shipping your vehicle with an auto transport company is much more appealing. Make sure that you get more than one shipping quote when searching for companies. Keep in mind that the lowest price is not always the best option. You want to find a reliable shipping company, which will meet your needs at an affordable price.

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