When should you sell and when ship your car?

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Time is money, Benjamin Franklin once said. Today, this quote remains as relevant as ever. For a used car owner, the phrase can have a deeper meaning.

In general, the older your car gets, the less money you will make by selling it. If you are moving across the state, country, or the world, the question of selling will inevitably come up.

Selling is a process. And if you have never sold a vehicle before, it could complicate your life a bit. It is time-consuming and requires you to interact with various characters. So, when you are moving to a new place the question remains.

Should I ship my car or sell it before moving?

Before we get into details, check Kelly Blue Book to help you determine your vehicle’s value. For used cars, it provides retail value, trade-in value, and private party value.

By inputting information like the make, model, mileage, and year you will get an estimated worth of your car. Hopefully, that will help you decide whether to sell or ship your vehicle. Our personal advice is to ship it because it is always cheaper unless your car is really old and rusty.

When should you ship your car?

If you are moving on a short notice, you may have no other choice but to ship your car. This short notice means less than a month, which translates into not enough time to advertise a sale and find the right buyer.

In such a situation, if you want to sell, you can try and find someone you trust to help you sell your car when you’re gone. But if you there is nobody who can do this for you then you have to take your vehicle with you.

If you are moving more than 300 miles away, then it is recommended to hire an auto transport company.

Driving is feasible for most people when it is around 200 miles at a maximum and the car is relatively new. If miles are, or the vehicle is a bit older then you are better off by shipping it.

Furthermore, you should ship your car if you are not getting a good price for it. The sale of your vehicle should bring you a satisfactory amount. One that could be a good down payment for you next automobile, for example. If the amount is really low then it could be a mistake to sell it.

When should you sell your car?

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It is better to sell than ship certain old cars, especially when moving across the country. As I mentioned earlier, if the shipping distance is great it may cost you more to transport your car than sell it.

When the car is really old you can just leave it with someone to sell it for you, if you have to leave before it is sold. It is good to plan ahead to make sure you are through with the selling process before your move, but it is not fatal to leave it behind if it is not going to bring you good money anyway.

New place, new lifestyle? It may take you some time to settle in a new city, around new people. Nevertheless, it shouldn’t be hard to decide whether you will need a car there or not, even before you move. Depending on where you are moving, it may be more feasible to use public transport or even bike and walk, instead of driving.

Are you a proud owner of an old car that has high mileage, but you have to move across the country? It may be time to kiss your car goodbye. New life, new city, new friends, and maybe a new car awaits you. Why not look forward to buying a new car too and make an entirely fresh start?

Old or new, we can ship your car for you! Corsia Logistics team will be happy to assist you. Call (818) 850-5258 to speak with one of our logistics consultants or fill out our online quote request form. Thank you.

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Juxhina Malaj - a wanderluster and bibliophile who loves photography, nature, documentary films, re-watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S, and drinking green tea while listening to Indie Folk, Delta Blues, Jazz and all the good vibes.
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