Moving is always an exhausting process. With so many aspects to worry about, moving your car to your new home can be just as tiring, if not complicated – especially if you’re moving long-distance and especially if you have to move more than one car. Most people tend to just drive their cars to their new destination, but cross-country and international moves complicate this issue. There are many options you can take if it comes down to having your car shipped for your move. It depends on what kind of service you use, and price will depend on vehicle size and distance traveled. So if you can’t just get in your car and drive it yourself, how does it get where it needs to be? Here are a few options for how on how to ship your car during a move: Open-Air Truck This is the most popular way to transport a car long-distance. An open-air truck is a consumer-oriented car shipper with a two-deck trailer, which you might often see transporting around new vehicles. Many online directories can be used to request bids from brokers and auto shippers, the latter of which will give a delivery range of one to three weeks. If you use this option, be sure to question the shippers about how they will be transported, and if they have warranties and insurance. Often these types of shipments go terminal to terminal, transporting to city hubs and switching off between trailers. Extra cost can be involved if you prefer it shipped directly from your old home to your new one. Enclosed Truck One drawback of an open-air truck is that it does not protect your car from damage caused by weather. In this case, an enclosed truck might be a better option. While it will be more costly, you should consider this option especially if your car is brand new or the transport will be occurring during a severe snowstorm. You will at least have peace of mind knowing unintended damage will not occur. But, again, ensure with the shipper that they have insurance and warranties to cover the transport just in case. Driving Service If you can’t drive your own vehicle, perhaps there is someone else who will. You can hire a professional driving service, which can be a good option for shorter distances or even business vehicles as well. Many of them also allow you to pack things in your car to be transported along with it. Cargo Container This is going to be your only option if you happen to be traveling overseas. A cargo container is typically 20 by 40, among other sizes, and often fits multiple vehicles as well. Cars are strapped down properly and securely inside, preventing them from moving about during transportation. It’s important to provide a cargo shipper all the necessary paperwork in order to assist in getting your vehicle through customs. Gallo Moving & Storage is a full-service moving and storage company with professionally trained drivers, helpers, and packers who have been through some of the most rigorous training in the industry. If you need assistance with vehicle transportation in the Eastern, Central, and South Shore areas of Massachusetts, get in touch with us today. We take care of short-distance, cross-country, and international moves.