Transporting Your Vehicle to a New State: A Helpful Guide

Everyone who’s endured a move knows it’s a haggering experience. Moving locally is hard enough, but moving out of state is even tougher. A lot of the challenges are due to the colossal amount of tasks to do prior to the move itself – all within a limited time period. What can make it even more difficult is if you are forced to ship your car to another state. How do I ship my car from one state to another? How do I find the best auto transport company? How much does it cost to ship a car to another state? How do I prepare a car for transport? All of these are important questions that you will find yourself asking, and stressing over, as moving day approaches.

To help you through this head-scratching process, check out the guide below to learn what you need to know and do in order to organize your state-to-state vehicle transport in the best possible way.

What do I look for in an auto transport company?

Believe it or not, auto shippers do exist (phew!). All you have to do is find one. It may seem easier said than done, but it really is that simple – as long as you know what to look for, that is. When on the hunt for an auto shipper, pay close attention to these things:

Experience: As with all companies/businesses, what sets a great car shipping company apart from a not-so-great one is how much experience it has. Your best bet is to choose a company that’s been in business for many years. The length of time a business has been established acts as a sort of guarantee that your state-to-state auto transport will be well taken care of by someone with experience.

Trustworthiness: Having trust in your auto shipper will come from communication and dealing with the company one-on-one, and it will also come from what you read or hear from reliable, trustworthy sources. So do your research, and trust your instincts as you venture into a business relationship with an auto transport company.

Professionalism: It’s easy to tell right off the bat whether a company is professional or not. Professionalism is an attitude, a way of doing business in an honorable, honest way. A company that is disorganized or has rude, unhelpful employees is definitely not professional, so steer clear.

Affordability: A successful auto shipper will have a healthy balance between high-quality services and affordable prices. The most expensive place and the cheapest place are more than likely not your best choice, so try and find a company that stands somewhere in the middle.

How much does it cost to transport a vehicle?

One of the most important questions to ask an auto transport company is how much they charge, so be sure to ask for a price quote as early as possible to avoid wasted time and energy. Here are some things that will affect the cost of your state-to-state auto transport:

  • The distance from Point A (the current location of your vehicle) to Point B (your new destination). The more miles, the more costly.
  • The size, make and model of your vehicle. Larger or more expensive cars will cost more.
  • The total weight of your vehicle. The more weight, the higher the cost.
  • The cost of insurance to protect your vehicle (and you!) if there are any problems during the transport.

How do I prepare my vehicle for transport?

Once you’ve selected a company to transport your vehicle, you may think the task of shipping your car is complete – just hand over the keys and you’re done, right? Well, you will be handing over the keys, yes, but you will need to prepare your car for transport first. Follow these steps:

  1. Wash the exterior – if needed.
  2. Do a thorough inspection of your vehicle. Note any damage with close-up photos. This will stand as evidence of your vehicle’s pre-move condition. Also, get photos of your entire vehicle in case a damage claim needs to be filed post-move.
  3. Inspect your vehicle for leaks – around the engine, underneath the car, etc. If any leaks are discovered, have them fixed prior to shipping your vehicle.
  4. Leave your gas tank with roughly ¼ of fuel. This will decrease the total weight of your vehicle and save you money in shipping costs.
  5. Inspect tires to confirm they are in good condition and fully inflated.
  6. Ensure your car’s battery is well-secured and charging as it should.
  7. Verify the emergency brake is in good working condition.
  8. Remove any personal belongings from your vehicle. The only belongings that are allowed to stay are a child seat, spare tire, jack and emergency kit.
  9. Remove any non-permanent exterior parts (i.e., a bike rack).
  10. Disable or remove any alarm systems.
  11. Fully retract (or remove) your vehicle’s antenna.
  12. Close and secure any convertible tops, sunroofs, etc.

Now that you know a little bit about how to ship your vehicle between states, your move will go a lot smoother. For more tips and tricks to make your move easier, click here.

The Complete Guide to Moving to a New State

No matter where you are moving, it’s never easy – especially when moving to a new state. The process is long, tedious and stressful – as well as exhausting. With so many things to do before moving to a new state, you are probably at a loss for where to even begin. Luckily, at ABC Movers, we are here to help you tackle your relocation and come out of it with a smile on your face. To keep yourself organized during all stages of your cross-country move, read on to gain access to our guide to moving to a new state.

What to Do Before You Move

  • If possible, visit your future city/state in advance to get an idea of what to expect.
  • Research the cost of living, housing costs and career opportunities in your new state – specifically your new city.
  • Explore renting and purchasing options, and secure a place to live.
  • Unless your job is the reason for your relocation, try to secure a job before your move.
  • Set a moving budget.
  • Research moving companies: read online reviews; ask friends, family, coworkers and neighbors for recommendations.
  • Contact moving companies and ask for an in-house cost estimation.
  • Hire a top-rated state-to-state moving company.
  • Look for ways to cut moving costs.
  • Discuss any additional moving services and costs with your chosen moving company.
  • Carefully review and compare any relocation offers, including additional services offered.
  • Request all moving-related paperwork in advance to avoid unpleasant moving day surprises.
  • Create a detailed home inventory of all items you will take with you and those you will leave behind.
  • Pack, pack, pack! – Be sure to prepare a few “open first” boxes to help you survive the first few post-move days (clothes, toiletries, phone charger, etc.).
  • If traveling with pets and plants, decide how you intend to transport them to your new location.
  • Gather any required documents/certificates from your family physician and vet. Also obtain your child(ren)’s school records.
  • Cancel all current subscriptions to utility providers and services before moving day. Arrange for the disconnection of main utilities, like water, electricity, gas, etc., and transfer them to your new home.
  • Change your address with the post office and have mail forwarded to your new address.
  • Decide how you will get your car to your new home – drive it or use a reputable auto transporter.
  • Discuss the upcoming move with your children and how it will impact their foreseeable future.
  • Finalize plans for moving day by calling and confirming appointments with movers, etc.

The Cost of Moving to a New State

Moving costs money, which, for most, is a big concern. This is perfectly understandable. There are several important points to be aware of when it comes to the average cost of moving to a new state. While the price of a local move is calculated on an hourly basis, the cost of moving cross country is estimated based on relocation parameters.

  • Move Distance – When relocating to a new state, there is a direct ratio between distance and price. This will stand as a set price because, as you know, you can’t shorten the distance of your move.
  • Items Transported – The factor that will have the greatest impact on the price of your move is the number and weight of your household items. To cut costs, it’s a good idea to seriously consider which belongings to bring with you and which to leave behind. The less you bring, the lower the price.
  • Additional Services – Extras rarely come without a price, so watch how many additional services you decide to tack on to your moving bill. Examples of add-on services include packing and unpacking, post-move disposal of packing supplies, disassembly and re-assembly of big furniture, etc.

Important Post-Move Tasks

Now that you’ve learned the main principles of how to move to a new state and potential cost factors you can focus your attention on preparing for some important post-move tasks. Here are the top five things to accomplish after you move to a new state:

Find a healthcare provider. Amongst the slew of things you’ll need to accomplish post move, you’ll also need to find yourself – and your family members – new healthcare providers. You’ll also need to find a veterinarian for any pets you may have. Begin your hunt with the help of recommendations from your former doctor or friends. Searching online is another idea, that will provide you with knowledgeable reviews from patients.

Register your car. Along with getting an updated driver’s license when moving to a new state, you will also need to register your car (neither of these things can be done online). Sometime during your busy post-move schedule, you will need to take a trip to the DMV to get these two things resolved. All states impose different deadlines for when these things are required to be taken care of, so be sure to find out how long your new state allows.

Unpack. A quick glance over the endless piles of boxes stacked high around your new home will show you how much you still have left to do to finish up your move. But, there is some good news – unpacking is usually a much faster process than packing. You can also do it on your own terms without a deadline looming over you.

Get to know your new home. Once you finally find yourself inside your new home, the new logistics and mountains of boxes may be overwhelming. To familiarize yourself with your new surroundings, it is wise to explore your new home. Locate your fuse box and main water valve in case of emergencies. Also look for signs of pre-existing damage or pest infestation, check for any potential problems, and make sure your home is secured against unauthorized access and forces of nature.

Moving to a new state can be stressful, but with this helpful guide, you are on your way to a successful move.