Long Distance Moves – Transport Your Vehicle Or Buy A New One?
You're getting ready to pack up your family and move long distance to your new home. This is an exciting, yet frustrating time for you. You probably didn't realize how much stuff you have accumulated over the years until you began packing it up. As you pack the boxes, you have eliminated the things that you don't truly need to take to your new home, but what will you do about your vehicles?
When moving long distances, you have to decide whether you will take your vehicles with you. Ask yourself a few questions:
- How well does the vehicle meet your needs?
- How much longer do you plan to keep the vehicle?
- Will the vehicle do well making such a long trip?
- Could you sell the vehicle for what it's worth?
- Do you owe more on the vehicle loan than what you could sell it for?
If the vehicle doesn't meet your needs, you could probably let it go if you can sell it for at least what you owe on it.
If the vehicle wouldn't make the trip very well, you should probably consider selling it versus driving it or paying to transport it. Older vehicles with high miles, bad tires, or mechanical issues will likely cause you more grief during the move, so selling them before you attempt the move would likely be in your best interest. You don't want to have to pay repair bills while you are moving, nor would you want to end up stranded along the road.
If you owe more than the vehicle is worth, you may be stuck with it unless you can work out a deal with your creditor. It is possible that you could sell the vehicle for as much as you can and have the financier roll the remaining balance into a new loan when you purchase a replacement vehicle once you are settled in your new home.
If you are considering taking the vehicle with you, you will have to decide how the vehicle will get there. Will you pay a transport company to haul it for you? Will you drive it the distance? Will you pay someone to drive it for you or find a friend willing to do so?
One thing you can begin doing to help you decide is shop around the websites of the dealerships near where you are moving. You may find that a great deal is just waiting for you. You can always contact the dealership and discuss your situation and see what a professional like Hertz Clifton-Passaic Rent A Car recommends that you do during a hectic time such as this.