Rental Vs Hiring Movers

Moving is stressful anyway. There is additional stress if you contemplate doing the job yourself. That is a strong argument for hiring professionals to do the whole exercise from start to finish. Just think about heavy things that will be damaged if dropped or the damage they can cause if not packed correctly. You have the job to plan your new home and positioning your things once delivered. It poses the question of the advantages and disadvantages doing the job by renting or getting others to do it for you bearing in mind cost, insurance and the distances involved.

It is worth your time to consider every factor; it could prevent your wasting money. You should begin by going online after you have a fairly firm idea of when you will need to proceed with either rentals or a professional company to do the whole thing for you.

The Timescale

If you are busy your inclination may be to hand the whole thing over to a mover, and if there is distance involved it makes even more sense. You should bear in mind the time it takes to pack and unpack as well as the value of professionals that do this regularly and are therefore likely to be somewhat better at it.

If you rent a truck you will have to do all this yourself. How valuable is your time? If there is no urgency and you are not going to be living surrounded by boxes before the move you may opt for rental.


As a rule if you are moving a great distance then there is extra pressure. You can rent on the basis of the truck being handed back at the destination but moving companies certainly make more sense. It relieves any worry. It is for you to decide but when you compare the cost of both alternatives ensure you add all the costs of doing the whole thing yourself when you do your calculations.

Liability Insurance

This is a very important considerations. If you are doing the job yourself you must look at insurance to avoid your being responsible for injury, loss or damage. It is something that a mover company will have as standard. Certainly you want to know the detail of what a company's liability insurance includes and excludes. As long as you are comfortable with any exclusions it makes sense to use a mover company.

Preparing your car for transport.

  1. Check the gas tank: The tank should be no more than 25% full during transport on account of potential leaking.
  2. Battery check: Ensure that your battery is properly charged prior to the transport. Companies will charge a premium if they must jumpstart your vehicle.
  3. Check car fluids: For at least a couple weeks before the transport, monitor the fluids and make sure none are leaking. Keep all fluids low in the event of dramatically rising/falling temperatures during transport.
  4. Wash your car: Inspect your entire before transport so that you can properly identify potential issues on its arrival in your new location.
  5. Break out the camera: Make note of any scratches or issues with the car before transport.
  6. Remove all personal items: To prevent potential theft, it's best to leave nothing valuable in the vehicle during transport.
  7. Make sure all openings are closed: Be sure to completely close back windows, doors, and any other openings in the car.
What household items can I pack in my vehicle for shipment?

Do not pack any household luggage or personal items in your car. It is illegal for an auto transporter to ship your car if it contains household or personal items because the transporter is not licensed to move household goods. ShipCarsNow will not pick up any vehicle that is loaded with household or personal items.

Do Car Movers include insurance in their estimates?

Most vehicle transporters include some insurance in their basic price but you should inquire about how much it is and if they offer more insurance at a higher price. You may be able to get insurance separately as well.

How do i check my car delivery status?

To get the quickest update on your vehicle's delivery status, use the tracking link provided in your order confirmation email.

Will I be charged by size?

Yes – large cars, trucks and SUV's will cost more money than a standard mid-size or compact car. Some SUV's are so large that they equal the weight and size of two cars!