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Ship a Vehicle Across Country or Drive It?

Subscribe April 30, 2015
Auto Transport | Car shipping process | Choosing an auto shipper

The Pros and Cons

Did your parents teach you that the best way to make a decision was to make a list of pros and a list of cons, balance them side by side, and go from there? It’s a solid, time-tested method for making hard choices of all kinds.

Are you trying to decide how to get your family’s – or your small business’s – vehicles from one side of the continent to the other or even just across state lines? Or, if you’re in Texas, transporting from one side of the state to the other can be more than a day trip.

Should you ship it? Or should you drive it?

Partner with an experienced professional auto transporter?
Or strap in and put the pedal to the medal?

Let’s look at the pros and cons to help you make your important decision.

Pros of Driving Your Vehicle. Yourself.

  • Change your scenery.
    That’s the tops on our list. Get out of your daily grind. Out of your well-traveled city routes and suburb commutes. See the countryside. Amber waves of grain, purple mountains majesty, all of that. More of the regional splendour for which your area is known. See the world one mile at a time.
  • Exercise your wanderlust – your patriotic right.
    Ever since the internal combustion engine and Mr. Ford’s assembly line, Americans have equated independence, among other things, with the open road. The romance of getting lost in your native land. Traveling, wandering, and wondering. Maybe this dates back even further to wagon trains, lurching westward, into the sunset.
  • Being present behind the wheel can be meditative.
    When you’re not stuck in traffic and not running late because of the traffic, a long haul, over-the-road trip is a bit like being a world apart. It’s a golden opportunity to clear your mind, make new neural connections, and synthesize creative new solutions to whatever problems you find yourself facing back in the “real” world.

Cons of Transporting Your Auto – with You in It!

  • You only thought your job was sedentary.
    You’ve got to sit there. The whole time. How’s the lumbar support in your ride? How do you feel about the left-arm-sunburn look?
  • Road food and roach motels.
    It’s not that all hotels along the interstate are creepy. Most are clean, well-kept, and not smoky. Most haven’t experienced a bed bug infestation. And, really, you can subsist on burgers and fries for a few days straight.
  • Mileage, wear and tear on your vehicle, and gas prices.
    For every long road trip you take, both you and your car get a little more lived in. That’s all we’re saying.

The Pros of Retaining the Services of a Professional Vehicle Shipper

  • They take care of it so you don’t have to – logistics & driving.
    All you have to tell them is your timeframe and where you’re going. Okay, it’s a bit more involved than that. You, or your designee, will need to prep the vehicle and be present for the pre-shipment inspection and signing of the bill of lading. You, or your designee, will need to receive the vehicle at the destination and complete another inspection. That’s it. No road food, no motor court lodging, no risk of flat tires or blown belts in the middle of nowhere. No road weariness.
  • Shipping it opens up your schedule, so you can use the time however you like.
    You don’t have to take time off work or throw away a weekend behind the wheel.

    You don’t have to take time away from your retirement, if that’s your situation.

    Still feel like you need that meditative time in a quiet place away from the hustle and bustle of your day? Find a cushion. Turn off your devices and notifications. Thank yourself for making the time.

  • Professional drivers are better trained than you are.
    They’ve got tens of thousands of miles of professional driving experience. They know how to safely and effectively manage all of the odd situations, some of them potentially dangerous, that can occur on the open road. They know the detours, the construction zones, and so on.
  • Think of it as a cushy, protected cruise for your auto.
    After all, it’s all cozy and snugly strapped into its perch atop a flatbed or a trailer rack. Since you’re shipping it, it’s not going to roll over any miles at all, except the time it takes to load and unload. Wear and tear and the chance of attack by random road debris is nominal when your auto is in the professional care of a shipping team. You can even opt for it to ride on the top rack, so that no vehicle is above it. Or for it to be enclosed so that it’s even more protected from the elements.

The Cons of Shipping

  • You’ll have to get your scenery fix some other way.
    May we suggest a travel guide, a good movie, or Pinterest to change your scenery and add variety to the landscape of your routine?

If this pros and cons list has helped you make your decision and you’re ready to receive a custom quote for your upcoming auto shipment, simply fill out the form on this page. We here at DAS look forward to taking care of it for you, so you don’t have to.


No issues to report, service was dependable and reliable. Our car was available before the scheduled date! Very much appreciated!
T. Rosenthal


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