Moving can be difficult and tiring, and that’s just moving your household and family. What about your car? Moving a car over a long distance can be really challenging, to say the least. Add a couple of cars to the equation and you might have a real nightmare on your hands. (We pity those of you that are avid car collectors!)
So, what do you do? Do you move your car or should you sell it before you relocate? While the choice is up to you, we do have some thoughts on how to choose the best way to deal with your vehicle when you relocate.
Because it does cost money to have your car moved or shipped, you might consider selling it, especially if the cost of moving it would outweigh the cost of buying a new car. But, that isn’t always a realistic option. But, there are some other issues to consider as you figure out what to do.
Have you thought about the emissions and safety standards within the state to which you’re moving? If your car won’t pass the test, you might not want to move it with you. Before you move to a new state, contact that state’s office of motor vehicles and find out the following:
- What tests your car must pass.
- The cost of testing.
- If you buy a car, who pays for the testing.
- Are there any laws that restrict the type of car that can be considered for testing?
Also remember, your insurance costs and transportation needs might actually change, depending on where you move to. For example, if you move from a rural area to a big city such as Manhattan, you may not necessarily even need a car.