The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has strict guidelines about car transportation within its borders, so it’s important to be aware of these rules before you start driving your vehicle on Texas roads.
Are you moving to Texas and want to drive your car there instead of paying the shipping costs? The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has strict guidelines about car transportation within its borders, so it’s important to be aware of these rules before you start driving your vehicle on Texas roads. Here’s what you need to know about transporting your car from one state to another, as well as information about how to transport your car between cities in Texas itself.
There are two ways to get your car from one state to another
by moving yourself and your car, or by having it moved for you. We’ll cover both here.
Shipping your car gives you greater flexibility
If you ship your car, you don’t have to stick around while it’s being repaired. You can also choose who will handle your shipping arrangements. It’s easier for family members to transport your car if they ship it instead of drive it. If you have time constraints that make driving impractical, shipping is probably worth looking into. It will save you time and money in many cases.
Picking the right shipping company
As you can imagine, deciding how and where to ship your car can be overwhelming. To make things easier, keep these four criteria in mind: price, convenience, speed and trustworthiness. If one of those factors takes precedence over another (price is more important than speed, for example), don’t be afraid to prioritize it—and do your research! You never know what valuable insight other people’s experiences might provide.
How much does it cost to ship my car?
If you’re looking to ship your car across country, prices depend on several factors: how far away you are from your destination, where and when you want your vehicle shipped and what size vehicle you need. If you want to ship earlier in advance of your move, for example, expect higher prices than if you only need it shipped at the last minute. Meanwhile, a small car can cost about $350, whereas larger cars and trucks may be closer to $1,000.
Getting your car ready for transportation
It’s important to make sure your car is safe and in proper working order before you have it shipped. Many auto transport companies will not ship vehicles that don’t meet specific requirements, so ensure your car is ready for transit before contacting a company. A good rule of thumb is that if you can start your car and drive it away safely, then it should be safe for shipping. However, there are some additional steps you should take before shipping.
Moving with kids
If you’re moving with kids, your needs are going to be different than those of an adult. If they are not attending college in your new area, have them help you pack and decorate their room so they can make it feel more like home. When you arrive in your new home, introduce yourself to all of your neighbors, including any older children living nearby who may be able to help keep an eye on them if needed.
Helpful tips when moving with pets
Pets, like people, get stressed out when faced with relocation. However, there are several things you can do to ease your pet’s transition into its new home. These 10 tips should help make your trip go as smoothly as possible for both you and your pet.
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