Tips On Moving A Car

So you’re about to sell that choice piece of Boulder real estate, or perhaps it’s the other way around, and we’re about to become neighbors? Bringing that road warrior along?
Moving a car to your new home can be complicated and tiring – especially if you’re moving a long distance. Not only that, you may have heard horror stories about the process, and perhaps you’re worried you’ll never see that sweet steel beauty again. Maybe you’re thinking it might be easier to just sell the car if you’re going across country.

Selling your car instead of hiring a truck to move it, or driving across half the U.S. could be one option. I had some neighbors who decided to move one car and sell the other. At first they were going to sell the sports car and move the Subaru. Then they figured out there was a much stronger market here in Colorado for the Subaru. The Subaru got sold in a day, and the sports car went to California.
Oh, if you’re moving to another state like California, you might also have to deal with tougher emissions or even safety standards. I guess there could also be other deterrents, like increased insurance rates, or a lifestyle change that renders your vehicle impractical (think NYC).

In the end, if you do decide to bring your car, there are definitely options.

Call or email me if you’re thinking about a future move. I’d really like to know your plans and help you strategize the best solutions to meet your personal needs for a smooth-sailing, and worry-free move.

Here are some options when you’re moving and dealing with your car:

Drive Your Car. While driving your car is the most economical option, it can also be the most stressful when you think about things like road construction, tolls, gas, badweather and unexpected mechanical dysfunctions. I have some friends who have planned a move from the North West U.S. and when planning a move knew that there was no way they’d want to consider the trip in the winter because they were clear that driving over the Rockies that time of year was a bad idea for them.

Load Your Car. Some movers allow your car to be loaded with your other possessions. This is the most expensive option since moving companies charge by time, distance and weight, so bag that idea (I think). Remember my sports car versus Subaru neighbors? They hired movers and the moving truck took the all their stuff and their sports car, and they loaded the plants and animals in a motorhome for the trip between Boulder and San Diego. Turned it into a mini vacation, they did.

Hire an Auto Mover. You will probably be happiest using the services of professional auto movers (i.e. transporters). I did this myself a few years ago. Not because I moved my home, but because I bought a car that was in California. A buddy of mine owns a car business in Van Nuys, and he gave me a super-sweet deal, so we had the car transported by an auto mover. I was out of town on business and when I got back, there was a new car in my driveway. How easy was that? All for about $500 bucks.

Any professional auto mover should provide a quote based on several factors: distance; the make and model of your car; its operating condition, weight and size; insurance coverage provided; and any additional services. One thing you could do is consider talking to one of the local car dealerships about who they use. Or you could call or email me when you’re getting ready to sell your home, and I can help you find services like this. Call or email me today if you’re ready to start talking about the moving strategies that could work best for you.

If you choose the professional auto mover angle,  ask lots of questions, and do your homework. Check their credentials, ask for references, and insist on a written agreement. If you use the auto mover’s insurance plan, ask for a certificate of insurance to verify your car is fully covered.

There are also Money-Saving Options. Terminal-to-terminal service can save you money over door-to-door service. A terminal is a hub where cars are loaded, unloaded, and transferred. Sometimes your local auto dealership can provide this service. Ask around and see how they might be able to help. I remember a client who recently fired up a handy man business, and he had his vans delivered to our local Chevy agency.

I hope whatever option you choose, you now have a better feeling for some options that may take the worry out of another piece of the moving struggle.

When you’re ready to move, call or email me when you first start thinking about your plans. Then we can work together to put you in touch will all the right people, and the great tips and tricks to make your home selling experience and moving tasks as pain-free as possible.

Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker® at RE/MAX Alliance Boulder

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