Timothy Harris
car on trailer

Moving seems simple in theory.

You find a new place, pack everything up, move it and then unpack it again. Seems fairly straightforward, but in reality, there are lots of intricacies that you might not have thought about – such as how to move your car to your new city.

Finding a way to get your car from one city to another becomes increasingly complicated if you’re moving your belongings in a separate, rented truck. So, what are your options?

Do it yourself

This is probably the most straightforward solution to move your car when relocating.

If you’re moving to a nearby city, then simply driving your car to the next town over is not too big of a task.

But if you’re moving far away, things get a little more complicated. There’s always the option of doing a little bit of back-and-forth to get everything settled. Upon arriving in your new city, whether you drove a rental truck or flew there, you could catch a flight back to your car, so you could drive it to your new city. This option even allows you some time to get settled and unpacked before returning to move your car.

If you’re not looking to make a handful of back-and-forth trips, you could look into transporting the car on your own. Several rental companies offer trailers, so you can haul your car behind the rental truck you’re using to move your belongings.

Ask for a helping hand

One of the biggest challenges you’ll be up against when it comes time to move your car to a new city is that you can’t be in multiple places at once. Finding a friend or family member to lend a hand eliminates this problem altogether.

If you go this route, make sure the individual is someone you can trust to drive your vehicle safely. Paying them for their time is probably going to be expected, but your total bill will likely be much lower than if you hired someone to move your vehicle professionally.

Hire a professional

Speaking of professionals, that’s the choice that everyone tries to avoid. Why? The cost.

Hiring a professional to move your vehicle when relocating will definitely cost you a pretty penny.

But if there’s no other option for you, there are a few routes you could take. One of the most commonly recruited methods for moving cars is hiring an auto transporter. If you’ve spent any time on the road, you’ve likely seen large trucks carrying multiple vehicles. The price you’ll pay for this service depends on the distance, size of your car and whether you’ll want to shell out extra money to have your vehicle transported in a fully-enclosed truck or in one of the more common open-air trailers.

Another professional option for transporting vehicles is via Amtrak. Amtrak has an Auto Train that lets you take your car with you, just like you would a piece of luggage. This option is only valid for those moving somewhere along the east coast, between Orlando and Washington D.C. But, if that’s where your intended destination is, this is a great option that’s worth looking into.

And finally, you have the option of hiring a third-party driver to make the trip. That’s right, you can actually hire someone to drive your vehicle for you. Rates vary greatly as does the quality of service.

If you choose to hire someone to drive your vehicle, do your research. Look at social media sites for reviews and check the Better Business Bureau for anything to tip you off about potential scams.

Sell it

This might be a last-resort option for you, or maybe it’s an excuse to get a new ride. Regardless, a simple solution for moving your car when relocating is to ensure you don’t have a car to move at all.

Selling a car can take some time, though, so don’t wait until the last minute if you plan to take this course of action.



About The Author

Timothy Harris

Timothy Harris is a freelance writer based in Albuquerque. He brings a professional background in event marketing, residential real estate and journalism to the table to provide useful and relevant content for the modern renter. Timothy has previously written content for Karsten & Associates in New Mexico and Up 'til Dawn, a philanthropic fundraiser that benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.