Shipping a car across country vs. driving

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As a nation, the United States is always portrayed as restless. Americans move in search of cheaper places to live, better jobs, warmer climates, greener communities or just because they are seeking change.

A New Yorker tired of bitter winters, longing for sunny California beaches, a high school graduate from L.A. admitted to Columbia University, an active duty military service member who has just received a Permanent Change of Station and has to move with the entire family from the East to the West Coast.

All of these people need to figure out how to pack up their lives and move. And in most cases they have to organize how to transport their vehicles as well.

Maybe this is not your case, you are perfectly happy where you live and have no other reason to plan for a cross-country move. But you have just found your dream convertible Audi. The problem is that your this dream car is all the way on the other coast, and you need to think of the way to get it shipped to you.

Now, this is when shipping your Audi is a better option than driving it. You don’t want extra miles added to the odometer after all.

What is best? Shipping or driving across the country?

The answer to this question depends on the situation at hand. For those who are relocating and have more vehicles than drivers shipping might be the best option. For example, for a family with only two licensed drivers and three vehicles, shipping is probably the only option.

In all the other cases, one needs to weigh all the pros and cons of shipping a car a versus driving it all the way from coast to coast.

The mere thought of driving across the North American continent sounds exhilarating! Especially to those who have never done it before. It seems very natural for all people living in North America – desire to drive everywhere. And a cross-country trip is a great example of that!

A journey going through intertwined highways and freeways, complex sets of on-ramps and exits, canyons, deserts, big mountain tops, villages, singing along to one’s favorite beats while driving.

But would you really want to embark on this journey given you have already been stressed enough orchestrating the entire moving process? Or negotiate with your boss at work asking for time off in order to pick up a car you bought online?

The truth is that shipping a car with an auto transport company is the easiest thing to do. Easy to arrange, it will give you a piece of mind and allow you to concentrate on other important things.

Of course, there are always two sides to every coin and you will need to weigh all the cons against all the pros and decide what works best for you and your vehicle.


You may think that shipping a car is expensive. And of course, when gas prices drop, you may be tempted more than ever to drive your car all the way across the country. But filling up the gas tank of your four-wheeler is not going to be your only expense.

You will need to factor in the cost of meals, hotels, and tolls, at the least. You may get a flat tire, the windshield wiper may go out, a rock could fly up and break your windshield, you may require towing.

You may get carried away, push the pedal to the metal and as a result, be rewarded with a costly speeding ticket. Driving across the country will also up the number of miles on your odometer. The distance from the East coast to the West is roughly 3000 miles.

When you ship your car with an auto transport company, you pay an all-inclusive price – all fees, insurance and door to door service. While when driving you pay multiple costs, sometimes unaccounted for, which spread over the course of your trip and often can add up to a large sum of money.


Dealing with moving your home and your car at the same time, or thinking how to transport a car from the other side of the country, while you are still at work, for example, can be a daunting and frustrating task. In order to ease things for yourself let professional auto shipper move your vehicle.

Once you book the service with an auto shipping company they will take care of your vehicle from the beginning to the end. From pick-up at your door to delivery at your new home.


By letting an auto shipper transport your vehicle you can spare it from unnecessary wear and tear, breakdowns, accidents, and unfavorable weather conditions. Also, all legally authorized auto shippers are required to have a cargo insurance, which gives you peace of mind.

Auto shippers are legally required to provide you with a copy of their insurance certificate, should you ask for it.

Most vehicles are shipped in an open-air trailer which means that your car may get exposed to the dangers of the road while being transported. There is a possibility that the car gets affected by bad weather conditions, as well as rocks and other debris kicked up from the road. To give yourself a piece of mind you can always ask to ship your car in an enclosed trailer for a bit of an extra charge.

Avoid car shipping scams

Of course, if it is your first time shipping a car across the country, the possibility of becoming a victim of a car shipping scam is unfortunately still present. That’s why it’s always important to be vigilant and aware of what to look for when you are planning to hire an auto transporter.

Some companies will provide their customers-to-be with an estimate that is extremely low and very enticing causing many people to book with them thinking they are receiving a great deal. Then, upon delivery of the vehicle, the moving company charges a customer a lot more money than originally quoted.

To avoid unpleasant surprises, do your homework: get multiple car shipping quotes, read online reviews, ask your family, friends, or neighbors for a recommendation. If you still have doubts, don’t hesitate to contact the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Association to request a shipping company’s information and accident history.

To get started with your shipping, request a quote from Corsia Logistics, fill out our online form or call (818) 850-5258. You are also welcome to read what our customers have to say: please check Customer Reviews! Call us to discuss your options and budget and let’s decide together whether you should drive or ship your car.


About the Author:

Not in any particular order, Elena is a traveler with an unquenchable taste for adventure, writer, translator, dictionary aficionado,truth seeker, multitasker, problem solver, chocolate lover, yogi.

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