When people relocate, they often make a bunch of mistakes relating to their cars. Here are the most common ones – avoid them!
Not thinking about selling it
Let’s say you’re moving from the suburbs into the heart of a bustling city. Maybe you’re moving there in order to be closer to work. For example, let’s just say you’re moving from the suburbs of New Jersey into the heart of Manhattan, New York City. Maybe you’ve just assumed that your vehicle is coming with you, without actually considering whether you’ll actually need it.
Let’s face it: driving in the city, especially New York City, is a drag. And when it’s rush hour, you’re almost guaranteed to get to your destination slower by car than if you use the subway. (Sometimes you’ll even beat drivers by walking!) Basically, if you’re moving, it’s worth considering selling the car, or giving it to a family member. If you’re not really going to use it when you get to your new destination, then there’s really not much point in having it. It will simply be an unnecessary expense.
Assuming you need to sell it right away
Of course, if you do decide to sell it, you may not need to sell it before the move. It’s true that it seems to make a lot more sense to do it this way at first. After all, what’s the point of going through all the hassle of transporting a car over to your new home if you’re just going to sell it when you get back, right? And it is true that, more often than not, it’s the wiser option.
But the fact is that cars go for different prices in different places. There’s every chance that, even after accounting for the costs of transporting your car, that you’ll make much more money selling a car in, say, the city than the suburbs. People may be more desperate for a used car where you’re going, or they may simply be more affluent. Basically, it’s worth doing your research. From city to city, prices and laws are always different.
Using it to move everything
So let’s say you’re keeping the car. This will definitely come in handy, considering you’ve got to move all of your possessions! In fact, you may even be tempted to move all of your possessions using your car, eschewing a moving company altogether and saving a lot of money in the process. Of course, this depends on how far you’ve got to go. If you’ve not got too far to go, then you can end up saving money because you’ll often only be paying for fuel,
There’s only so far you can take this, however. After all, your car probably wasn’t built to move heavy loads in the way that the vehicles moving companies use are. Besides, is it really that realistic that you’ll be able to fit all of your furniture in there? The amount of back-and-forth you’ll have to do may result in you paying so much in fuel costs that it would have been much cheaper to hire a moving company!
Using an untrustworthy transport company
It’s not just the possessions in the house that need to be moved. The car itself has to be moved, too. This may seem easy, at first. After all, it’s a car. It can move itself. But this isn’t always feasible, not is it even always the best option. This is especially true much of the time if you’re moving from one state to another. In such a case, it may be best to look for a trustworthy car transport interstate company.
Keyword there: trustworthy. You have to consider a lot of the risks that comes with trusting a company with your car. You need to make sure you’re not being overcharged, for one. There’s also the possibility that your car could be damaged in transit if the company aren’t careful. They also need to know how to deal with potential interstate complications. Make sure you’re checking their website thoroughly and that you also seek independent reviews in order to gauge a company’s suitability for the job.
Not considering the laws in your new state
This is something that people seem to forget all the time when it comes to relocation. Traffic and general auto laws differ from state to state. (In fact, they often differ from city to city!) When it comes to traffic laws, people often only think about the basic ones that hold true in every state. But while your car may meet safety inspection regulations as well as emissions tests in one state, it may fail those same things in another.
This is something you’ll need to research before the move. If your car won’t meet the laws of your new state, then you should definitely avoid driving it from your current home to your new one! This is another reason interstate car transport companies can be so useful. Once you’ve had the car delivered, you can then make arrangements to have it fixed up or altered accordingly. Remember that this is something you’ll have to consider if you plan on selling the car when you arrive in the new state, too.
Forgetting to tell your insurance company
Yes, I know that it’s not always that fun speaking with your car insurance provider. But it’s absolutely necessary if you want to avoid violating the terms and conditions of your policy. The reason this is so important is because location matters a great deal to insurers; it’s one of the biggest factors when it comes to the prices you pay for your policy.
You may have a very cheap policy based primarily on where you reside now. It’s a place where there’s almost zero car-related crime. There are very few accidents. You have a driveway. Yes, you may be an amazing driver, and they probably considered that, but your location probably matters even more. As soon as you move somewhere where you don’t have a drive, and there are accidents all the time, and there is car-related crime all over the place (and yes, we are still talking about a suburbs-to-city kind of move!), then your premium will be affected. If you don’t alter your insurance company, you could end up in a lot of trouble indeed.