If you’re moving to a new state, you have a lot to handle. Of course you’ll make your task infinitely easier by using a car shipping company to transport your car to your new home. However, make sure you don’t forget all the little must-dos that come with moving your car to a new state.
1. Research the state laws in your new state.
When you move to a new state, your car is suddenly subject to a whole new set of laws and restrictions that may conflict with the requirements of your former state. Some states require strict vehicle inspections to regulate emissions and reduce smog, and you may not be able to register your car without passing the inspection. If you drive an older car that won’t pass the inspection, research how much the repairs will cost, and see if they’ll be less expensive if you have them handled in your current state. If repair costs are prohibitive, the best option may even be to sell your car before the move.
Other states regulate how darkly your windows can be tinted, how high the bumper must be from the ground, or where stickers are allowed on your windows. States also have varying requirements about how long you can drive with an out-of-state license plate. Do the research you need before making the move so you aren’t surprised by a fix-it ticket in your new state.
2. Take care of all the paperwork.
New car registration. Updated car insurance. New driver’s license. You need to handle all of this as soon as possible, since many states will fine you if you don’t meet their deadlines. It can take some time to transfer registration between states, and you usually have to handle it in person. Check to see if your new state’s Department of Motor Vehicles lets you make appointments online, and don’t be surprised if the next appointment is a few weeks away.
Call your insurance company to transfer insurance. If there are different insurance requirements in your new state, your insurance company should be able to tell you about them. Don’t forget to let your loan or leasing company know about your move as well, if you don’t own your vehicle outright. Some companies and states require extra paperwork or a lien release letter when you move across state lines.
3. Prepare for new maintenance issues.
If you’re moving from one climate to another, you’ll have new vehicle maintenance issues to deal with. Depending on the time of year, you might be thrown right into issues you have to deal with immediately.
If you moving from a colder climate to a warmer one, you may want to update your car’s hoses and tires, which take a beating in dry weather and are prone to cracking. If your move takes you into tough winter weather, make sure you have antifreeze in your car before you turn it over to the car transport company.
Preparing for a big move becomes so much easier when you use a car shipping company to handle transport of your vehicles. Call us today to see how we can help ease your move to your new home.