How to Ship Your Car Across States

December 4, 2022

Swamp Rabbit Moving Greenville


Making a cross-country move, or even to another state, can seem like a big hassle, especially when you think about the fact that you have to move your vehicle (or even multiple vehicles). On top of everything else you have to coordinate with your move, especially if you’re moving to a completely different state (or even a totally different part of the country), it can seem extremely daunting.

Fortunately, when it comes to your vehicle, there are options for transporting it to your new home. Here are some potential ways to ship your car to your new home state:

  1. Hire an auto transport company
    This is the most stress-free option, but it does cost additional money. We recommend getting at least three quotes from automotive transport companies to compare prices and services. Additionally, make sure the company you choose to work with checks off the following boxes:
    – They are licensed and insured for interstate moves. You can verify licensure by visiting the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website and looking up the company’s U.S. DOT number.
  2. They have a good BBB rating.
  3. They have good online reviews.
  4. Hitch your car to a moving truck
    If you’re renting an additional truck, you may be able to hitch your vehicle to the back using a tow dolly or a car trailer. You can always check with your truck rental company to see if it’s allowed. If they do allow it, they’ll most likely rent you the equipment you need. Note that driving a truck with a trailer adds more potential hazards while driving in regards to mobility, so if you’re uncomfortable driving with a trailer, this may not be the option for you.
  5. Hire a professional driver
    There are also concierge transportation companies, allowing you to hire a driver to drive your car cross-country for you. Some will even take your pet with them and stop for potty breaks along the way. Bear in mind, though, that this can be pricey. If you do decide to hire a driver, make sure to go through a concierge transportation company instead of someone not associated with any company. These companies pre-vet their drivers and have the move covered by insurance.
  6. Drive it yourself
    This can be the most time-consuming option, but it allows you to have total control over your vehicle and its move. While it’s not the easiest, especially on cross-country trips, it’s the probably the most affordable option. This also might be a good option if you have pets who need to come with you on the trip.
  7. Ship it by train
    Amtrak is capable of transporting all types of cars, from sedans to SUVs and motorcycles, but this is limited to mostly the East Coast.

Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Interstate Transport

Be sure to prep your vehicle before hitting the road. If you decide to go with a professional auto transport company, they’ll generally go over the specifics before pickup. (But it’s a good idea to be prepared to do these tasks anyway.

  • Check your fuel gauge and make sure it is no more than one-quarter full. This has to do with the overall weight.
  • Empty all items from your vehicle. This may be required simply to meet a set weight limit.
  • Remove all valuables, including any documents in the glove compartment or standalone GPS devices.
  • Check the tires for proper inflation and pressure.
  • Check your car’s battery to make sure it’s at full charge.
  • Take photographs of your car to document any pre existing damage, and be sure to photograph it from all angles. This way, you’ll have proof that any damage during the move wasn’t present beforehand.

No matter which way you choose to transport your vehicle, you can trust the rabbits to take care of all your other belongings! If you’re ready to get your move on the road, just give us a call today! And don’t worry about a thing—we hop to it! Located in Charleston and Greenville, South Carolina, we’re proud to serve the surrounding areas of Taylors, Gaffney, West Ashley, and Summerville.