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How to Prepare Yourself to Move a Car when Driving it to a New City/State

How to Prepare Yourself to Move a Car when Driving it to a New City/State
How to Prepare Yourself to Move a Car when Driving it to a New City/State

Preparing Yourself to Move a Car when Driving it to a New City/State

Driving the car yourself is sometimes the best and cheapest method to transport it when you are moving to a new location. This mostly works if your new destination is not too far away from your previous place and if it’s a good time of the year to drive. However, it’s important to know that driving is no easy task and one should prepare accordingly for the trip. Here are some of the things you should do to have a successful drive;

Plan ahead

Don’t just get up one morning and start driving to another state without knowing what to expect. It’s important to plan ahead and do some research on what you will find on the way, pit stops, motels and petrol stations.

When you take the time to plan ahead, it’s easy to enjoy the trip and not miss out on anything.

Stock up on food and drinks

You will need plenty of energy when driving miles and miles away. Stocking up on enough food, snacks and drinks is very wise to ensure your body has enough fuel to drive and stay strong throughout the entire period. While you may find restaurants along the way, carrying your own food and snacks saves you time and money.

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Get a co-driver

Depending on how far the new place is, you may want to find yourself a co-driver to help you. Not only will the person come in handy when you need to rest but it’s also good to have some company to talk to throughout the trip.

Service the car

The last thing you want is a car breaking down on you when you are in the middle of nowhere. Take some time to take the car to the shop for some checkup and fill the tank with fuel. Be sure to check everything from fluids, tires and even wipers.

Get enough sleep and rest

It cannot be emphasized enough that driving when tired and sleepy is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Get enough sleep and ample rest the day before so you will be fresh and ready to drive for a long time. If you feel tired, plan for some stops along the way and book into a motel to sleep at night instead of driving non-stop.

Get your documents in order

Moving across the state is not like driving to the mall across the street. There are strict laws that govern the roads and especially the state lines. Before you get in the car and drive away, be sure that your insurance is up to date, you have your license and registration with you and that everything is in order.

Driving your car to a new city means that all the burden and responsibility is on you unlike hiring a shipping company. Be sure to comply with all the laws and prepare accordingly so you can have a smooth trip.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.


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Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

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I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

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I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

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We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

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