Getting Your Car From Here To There: Pros And Cons Of Popular Options


Moving across the state, or even across the country, can come with a number of challenges. One of the biggest challenges may be transporting your extra vehicle to your new home. You can't exactly drive two cars at one time! Luckily, there are a few common solutions that people use when faced with your situation. Here's a look at each of them.

Option 1: Hire a Car Shipper

If you have an ample budget and just want to be done with it all, the best choice is often to hire an auto shipper. Though you'll pay more for this service than for the other options on this list, all you really have to do is turn over the keys and swipe your credit card. The shipper will pick your car up at your old home, load it in an auto carrier, and drop if off in your new driveway. 

This option has the benefit of putting zero additional miles on your car. However, you want to make sure you work with a reputable company since a low-quality trailer or mishandling of the car can cause scratches and body damage during shipping. For more information, contact companies like Metti International Vehicle Transport and Car Shipping.

Option 2: Rent a trailer and pull it yourself.

Another option is to rent a trailer that you can pull with one of your other vehicles. Mount the car on this trailer, and bring it along with you. Of course, this only works if one of your vehicles is equipped to pull a trailer. If you have two compact cars, you'll have to explore other options. 

If you are able to pull one vehicle with the other, this option is usually quite affordable. Most moving truck rental companies also rent out car trailers, so you should have no trouble finding one. You won't put miles on your car, and you'll be there the whole time to supervise what happens with your car.

Option 3: Pay someone else to drive it there.

Do you have a friend or family member who may want to visit you in your new home? Consider having this person drive the car out to you -- and then fly or take a train back home. You can pay them a small fee, or just offer to put them up for a week and cover their airfare back home -- it depends how close you are to your friend and how many favors they owe you!

This option will put miles on your car, but it's very flexible and lets you avoid contracting services with a business.


17 April 2017

Navigating Public Transportation in a Big City

I come from a small town. It's so small that there is no public bus service—you can walk everywhere within city limits. People drove their cars if they wanted to leave town. At home, I rarely saw a taxi, and subways were something I only saw in movies. Moving to New York City was a shock in many ways, but learning how to get around using public transportation was one of the biggest hurdles that I faced. I didn't know how much to tip a taxi driver or how to find my way around on the bus. However, I did eventually learn. I know that there must be many people who are facing the same learning curve that I was facing a few years ago. I started this blog to help other small town natives like me learn how to get around in the big city.