Moving has long been considered one of the most stressful life changes. With seemingly endless logistics and a decent amount of expenses, it can cause a considerable drain. One of the additional stresses moving can place on you is making an important decision: should you sell your car before moving? While there is no one-size-fits-all answer, here are some consideration points to make your decision easier.
Is It Worth It?
There are a number of things to think about when you consider whether it’s worth moving your car, or if you’re better off selling. Here are a few to think about:
- Cost of moving: The cost of moving a car varies. Before you decide, take into account the value of your car and how much it would be to move it to a new location. If you can tow your own car behind a moving truck, you may be able to save more money than you would using a shipping service.
- Hassle of selling: Depending on how much time you have before moving, consider the time it takes to sell a car. If your car is low value, however, you may be able to sell it for scrap or parts. Many of these companies will come pick up the car and pay you within a day.
- Your ability to move the car: Plenty of people with a do-it-yourself spirit opt to tow their car behind them as they move. However, this option isn’t for everyone–if you are moving with a very large truck, it may be dangerous or even illegal to tow a car yourself.
Considering Inspection Requirements
When moving within the United States, there’s one very important thing to consider before moving. And that is car inspection. While some states have no car safety inspection requirements, others have extremely rigorous requirements. If you bring your car to a state with stringent inspection requirements and it doesn’t measure up, you will be required to pay for all repairs to be made before registering it. And depending on how rigorous inspections in your current state are, the cost of repairs may be significant. Of course, if you are moving from a state with strict inspection requirements to a state with lenient requirements, you won’t have as much to worry about. Before you decide whether you want to sell or take your car with you, investigate inspection requirements for where you’re going. This, along with the value and condition of your car, will help you make an informed decision.
If you do decide to sell your car, online sales are perhaps the best way to do so. Of course, not all sales platforms are created equal. Some sites for selling cars allow for reviews, making it easier for repeat sellers. If you have more than one car to sell or have sold a few, Carfax reviews or reviews on similar platforms will make you seem like a reputable seller to potential buyers. If you opt to sell online, there’s no rule saying you need to only list your car on one site. If you want maximum reach and a higher probability of a faster sale, listing on a few sites is wise. Including multiple photos of the car and a full description will similarly make your ad more credible. If possible, allow users to access the Carfax or other vehicle report. Not only will this cut down on the number of questions from potential buyers you’ll have to field, but it also will let any potential buyers know that you have nothing to hide.
Giving Yourself Enough Time
Moving involves a good deal of budgeting money, but it also involves time budgeting. While it is possible to sell your car quickly (especially if you advertise it well and for a good price), this isn’t a guarantee. If possible, decide whether or not you want to sell your car early on in the moving process. This gives you time to list the car, allow test drives, and more. Particularly if your car is worth more than scrap money, selling it as a private party deal is likely to bring you a decent chunk of change, which can be crucial when moving. There are few things more stressful than coming up on moving day with a car you need to unload, so giving yourself a time cushion before selling is an excellent way to give yourself a little stress relief.
There’s no easy answer to whether or not you should sell your car before you move, but keeping the above things in mind can help you to make your decision. Be sure to take time, consider your options, and allow some flexibility on the price, especially if you are close to your moving date. Of course, if you opt to take your car with you, be sure you transport it safely and securely so it’s ready to go once you reach your new home.
If you’re moving soon, here’s another article you should check out: Keeping Your Yard Looking Nice When Your House Is For Sale