Transporting a vehicle for a long-distance move is a daunting prospect for many people. Most people have two options. They either tow the car themselves or hire a transportation company. As a leading provider of car insurance in Philadelphia, we want to make sure you make an informed choice and stay safe at all times. We’ve created this piece to discuss some of the pros and cons of both methods of transportation.
Towing Your Own Vehicle
Types of Trailers
If you’ve decided to tow your vehicle during the long-distance move, there are two types of trailers that are commonly used. One is a “tow dolly,” the other a “car carrier.” Tow dollies elevate your car’s front wheels off the road and pull the vehicle using the rear wheels. Car carriers lift your vehicle off the ground entirely and use their own wheels.
Points to Consider
Although towing your own vehicle is cost-effective, it may not be the most efficient option. It depends on the weight and size of your car. If the front end of your vehicle is low, you may struggle to get it up the loading ramp. Both carriers and tow dollies can limit the mobility of your moving truck, especially when reversing.
Always follow your car manufacturer’s instructions when hooking either type of trailer to your moving truck because this will help to guarantee safety.
Hiring a Transport Company
If you decide to work with a transport company to relocate your car, make sure you know your options. The majority of transport companies offer enclosed or open car carriers.
Open carriers are exposed to the elements, and your vehicle will probably be amongst many others traveling together. Enclosed transporters offer more protection for your car, but can be eight times more expensive than an open carrier. If you are transporting a classic car or a luxury vehicle, we recommend investing in an enclosed carrier.
Certain factors will impact the price of vehicle carrier services. This includes the size and weight of your car, the time of year, your location, and how far you plan to move.
Always ask a transport company if they are insured, and check with your insurers to see if your car is covered for third-party transportation. Once you’ve found a company that you are comfortable with hiring, take the following precautions:
- Inspect your vehicle before it’s loaded onto the carrier and note down any imperfections (such as cosmetic dents or scratches). Take some pictures to prove this damage exists.
- Take all personal belongings out of the vehicle.
- Check whether or not the carrier will need your car’s alarm deactivated or for the tank to be filled with gas.