When to Use Your Car During a Road Trip

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When to Use Your Car During a Road Trip

Road trips can be a great experience. The United States, considering its size and its beauty, definitely should be experienced at some point on a cross-country trip.

But while a road trip can be a satisfying and even enlightening experience, it doesn’t always make sense to drive your car from one end of the country to another. Here are some of the things that you should consider when deciding whether to drive or ship your car:


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Are You in a Rush?

Road tripping can take awhile. Just consider that, for example, driving from New York to Los Angeles takes around 40 hours. That doesn’t include stopping for food, gas, and lodging. You’re looking at at least a week of travel time.

 If you’re in a rush to get to your final destination, then it makes sense to ship your vehicle. Auto transport services will ensure that your vehicle arrives at its final destination much faster than it would if you were to drive it there yourself. However, if you’re not in a rush and would like to take your time and stop and see the sights, then driving your vehicle is probably better.

 What’s Your Budget? 

Road tripping is expensive. If you’re doing it in order to relocate to a new city across the country, you might want to consider shipping your vehicle there instead of driving it. A road trip involves having to pay for gas, food, and lodging, expenses which all can add up. Plus, the time that you’re spending on the road could be used for other things, as it involves opportunity cost. This doesn’t even take into account any maintenance that you might have to perform on your vehicle to get it ready for such a long distance, including an oil change and a general tuneup.

Shipping your car will likely save you money than driving it yourself.

Are You Worried About Wear and Tear?

Do you have the right kind of car for a road trip? If you have a luxury vehicle or a valuable one, know that a road trip will depreciate its value and put wear and tear on it. In this case, it would possibly be better for you to actually rent a car instead of driving your own unless you plan on staying at your final destination. In that case, assuming that you have a luxury car, you should have it transported.

 An Alternative Suggestion.

Now, if you’re doing a traditional road trip in which you’re making a loop, you should consider driving your vehicle to your planned destination and then having it shipped back. You’ll obviously take a plane back home. You’ll not only save yourself money, but you’ll also save a tremendous amount of time as well.

Whatever you decide upon, A-1 Auto Transport will be able to assist you with any and all of your auto transport needs. Make sure to contact us today for your free no obligation quote!

Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

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