Depending on the size and make of your car, shipping it when you move can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars—especially if you’re moving long distance. So you may be wondering if it would be cheaper to sell your car and buy a replacement once you get to your new home.
While auto shipping rates can be tremendous, they’re nothing compared to the cost of a brand-new car. It’s almost always cheaper to ship your car than it is to sell it and buy a new one from a dealership. However, if you’re looking to buy a less expensive vehicle, or if your beater is nearing the end of its life, it may be more cost-effective to skip the shipping process and sell it instead.
Bottom line: the best option depends on how much your car is worth, how far you’re moving, and how much it’ll cost you to replace your current vehicle with something else.
We broke down all the factors that can affect your decision. Keep reading if you want help navigating this tricky topic.