Car advice

Hi everyone. Looking for some advice here: student from east coast working in an office on the west coast in the summer where I'll need a car. Is it worth it to ship my car cross country(around $1000) or do I bite the bullet and drive the whole way and pay for hotels during stops, which would definitely be ass having to drive around 12 hours per day.

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Comments (10)

Oct 19, 2020 - 1:17pm

Run the numbers.

See how much it would cost you in gas, hotel stays, tire wear, addition of miles (depreciation), sanity of driving that long, etc. 

If you do plan on driving, I recommend you at least take a fun route once you get out towards the Rockies. Make some stops to see national parks and enjoy what you can.  

Oct 19, 2020 - 1:53pm

If you can spare the time - take it and drive across the country. Stop at some places you might not otherwise. Visit friends on the way. Not many times you can simply wander across the country, turning it into a vacation. Make it fun. 

Otherwise just ship the damn thing. 

Oct 20, 2020 - 11:29pm

100% drive. I've done the cross-country road trip 4 times now, absolutely love it. One time I had to do it in 5 days and had a few long drives, but if you take your time and limit yourself to 6-8 hour drive days you can see a lot of the country, and it really is incredible. Lots of great cultural places to visit and some of the nature in America is second to none. Go to Shenandoah, Churchill Downs, Chicago Institute of Art, the Gateway Arch, Zion, Grand Canyon, etc. Take a tour of Fallingwater in Pennsylvania or a riverboat down the Mississippi or the observation deck at the Willis Tower. If there is *anything* that you are interested in I guarantee you can find it on a roadtrip. Interested in architecture? Go to Columbus, Indiana and take a tour. Love food? Go to Kansas City, MO and get the best BBQ there is (don't @ me) Museums? Nature? Presidential Libraries? Casinos? You name it, we got it. 

There is so much to see, I was driving through Kansas once and stopped in Abilene, Kansas (pop. 6,000 on a good day) because I saw a sign for Eisenhower's presidential library and I respect the hell out of Eisenhower. Right next to it is the Greyhound Racing Hall of Fame with a few rescue greyhounds just walking around. One of the coolest experiences of my life. Take the trip, you won't be able to when you're older. 

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Nov 28, 2021 - 6:16pm

I think you should consider using a shipping company after all. Paying for the hotel is the least of your worries. Think about spending money on fueling your car. I think it will make more money than paying for delivery through a transport company, I still do not take into account the above-mentioned hotel. Check out the blog best enclosed car shipping, choose a company that would suit you, and transport your car without any problems.

Why closed transportation? Many people think that this is an overpayment of money, but in fact, this type of transportation is much safer for your car. You don't need to hold your head and worry while the car is on the road.

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Nov 28, 2021 - 9:41pm

Drive - you will reflect life 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Nov 28, 2021 - 9:53pm

Did this a bunch of times moving around, shipping for $1k is absolutely cheaper, but if you have the time make the drive and hit some sights along the way. Particularly some national parks. It's not nearly as shitty as you'd expect if you're not holding yourself to 12-15 hours per day for multiple days

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