If you are moving locally in Toronto, ON, moving your car won’t be an issue. But when it comes to long distance moving across Canada, the situation is different.
While a local or short distance move in Toronto, ON presents a no-brainer ‘drive-it-yourself’ solution, a move that takes you hundreds or thousands of miles away is a bit more complicated.
We’ve prepared a list of options below to help you move your car.
- Drive it Yourself –For most people, this is exactly how they do it, combining a move across country with a fun road trip. It’s perfect when your new home is not very far away and you can make the journey in a day or two. But moving across Canada can take several days, and you may not have the time to do it. So, think twice about the pros and cons.
- Turn to a Driveaway Service –It’s arguably the least commonly considered option, but it is a practical one. You give your car to a driveaway service, tell them where and when you want it delivered, and they match it with an individual looking for transportation to the same city. And your vehicle will be covered by the company’s insurance, with drivers leaving a fairly heavy deposit as well as ID, so you’ve got a good margin of safety built-in.
- Let Your Toronto Moving Company Move It –This depends on the size of your car, but you may be able to load your car onto the moving truck you’re already using. It’s a viable option when you need more than one truck, with the second not completely full. Just keep in mind the costs as your long distance moving service is charged by weight and distance, rather than by the hour. Ask your moving coordinator how they can assist you.
- Hire a Professional Vehicle Moving Company –There are car shippers around that will load your vehicle on a carrier, along with several others, and drive them to your new city. In some cases, they load it onto a freight train, minimizing the time needed. Obviously, moving your car this way is going to cost you more, but there are some pros:
- You car is covered by the transportation company’s insurance, at least while in transit (check the particulars first)
- You can rest easy your car will be delivered without a scratch
- Your car’s mileage doesn’t increase
- Wear and tear is avoided
If you do choose this option, get a quote and check the details before committing yourself. They will need to know the drop-off point, but not all will deliver to your door.
- Don’t Move It, Just Sell It –Finally, you could also just sell your car instead of moving it with you. Bear in mind that not all provinces in Canada share the same vehicle emissions testing laws, so a vehicle that’s deemed be fine in New Brunswick might not be okay in British Columbia. The same issues need to be considered when moving to the US, making selling up and buying a new car a logical decision. Check out the different laws in the AAA/CAA website.