Towing your car cross country is cheaper than using a car shipping company, but it’s not nearly as convenient—and there are safety issues to consider (it’s tricky towing a car).
You can sell your car if you don’t have the time or money to drive or tow it. There isn’t much work involved in selling your car these days (thanks, internet), and you can put the cash toward moving expenses—or a replacement vehicle.
Selling your car is a drastic step, so we recommend it mainly if you don’t have the money to transport it, or if you’re already thinking about getting a new car.
Car transport prices tend to fluctuate; they change from day to day based on things like distance, geography, car condition, and vehicle transport type. The difference between the least and most expensive car shipping companies for a cross-country trip is more than $500, so it’s a good idea to get multiple quotes.
You can ship your vehicle across the country on open transport or enclosed transport. Though an open carrier is cheaper, it means that your car will be squeezed alongside up to 10 other vehicles and exposed to the weather. An enclosed carrier has four walls and carries fewer cars, which is why it costs about 40% more than an open carrier.
Open carriers make up almost all cross-country transports. Consider an enclosed carrier if you have a classic car or luxury vehicle.