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5 Reasons It’s Better To Ship a Vehicle Than Drive it

If you need to get your car from one end of the country to the other, or if you just need to get it from one state to another, you will have to decide whether to drive it or to ship it. Both options each have their own advantages and disadvantages, however, shipping the car can be the better choice even though it can cost around $1,000 to $2,000 upfront. Here are five reasons why shipping a car a long distance can be a better choice than driving it.

You won’t rack up the miles

Road trips can be a lot of fun, however, if you’re planning to drive your car across multiple states as opposed to shipping it, the miles driven cannot be reversed (well, they technically can be, but we don’t condone doing that). And as we all know, the mileage on your car not only contributes to the overall wear and tear that it will incur during the time that you own it, but it also contributes to the resale value if you end up selling it someday.

Shipping your car, as opposed to driving it, will help keep the miles off the clock and will keep your car in better shape in the long run. Your wallet might not thank you now, but your car will thank you later.

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Car transporters queueing on road. (Photo by plus49/Construction Photography/Avalon/Getty Images)

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You will save a lot of time

If you have ever driven coast-to-coast, then you know that it will at least take you around five days to make the trip, provided you don’t make too many side trips. That’s not a large amount of time, however, you most likely have a life to live and family to provide for, so why take all that time driving the car across the country?

Unless you’re dying to make take a long trip, shipping your car can save you the time it would normally take to do so and you better use that time with your family, friends, and normal life. After all, the Grand Canyon will always be there, so just go visit it when you can fly instead of taking time out of your life to drive there.

Safety is important

If you’re thinking of driving your car a long distance, then you might want to consider your safety in doing so. Accidents happen every minute in this country and it only takes a split second to lose your car entirely. We’re not trying to scare anyone, but the reality is that anything can happen on the road at any given moment, so the extra cost associated with shipping your car can mean the difference between your car getting to its destination safely and it possibly getting totaled.

Shipping it could ultimately save you money

Depending on which shipping company you go with, the average cost to ship a car nowadays is anywhere between $1,000 and $2,500. It doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out that driving your car from to state-to-state or coast-to-coast would most likely be cheaper because you’re only paying for the fuel. But have you considered the lodging cost?

If your entire trip takes even just a few days, you will have to stop get a hotel room at some point and if you need to fly to wherever your car is first and then drive it back, then you’ll need to factor in the cost of the flight as well. Case in point, the cost of driving your car a long distance will inevitably add up and you would probably be better off shipping it from the get-go.

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401 HIGHWAY, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA – 2015/05/29: Trailer truck transporting cars between Canada and the United States through highway 401. Brand-new cars on a car transport truck. (Photo by Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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It’s better for your health

Ultimately, having your car shipped could be better for your health. Not just because we’re still making our way through these pandemic-filled times, but if you’re counting on driving more than 10 hours a day, sitting a car and staring at the road ahead will definitely take a toll on you eventually. Also, we mentioned safety before pertaining to your car, but your own safety is more important. Accidents can happen at any moment and your life is worth way more than the initial $1,000 to $2,000 cost to ship the car as opposed to driving it.