What to Do For Your Car When Moving to a New State

Moving is one of the top five stressful situations in a person’s lifetime. Packing, cleaning, canceling utilities and making travel arrangements are just some of the many things on a long checklist. If you are moving out of state, you will find yourself with an even longer list of to-dos. And while you might be concerned with packing up your old life, don’t overlook the thing that will take you to your new one –especially your car.

Moving a car from state to state can be daunting. Don’t worry, from your friends at Safe Auto, here are guidelines for moving your car to a new state.

Moving a car from state to state

Transporting Your Car

How to move a car from one state to another depends on how far you are traveling and your budget. If you are unable to drive it yourself most truck rentals can tow your car on a car carrier. You can also use a professional auto transporter that will drop off your car at your new residence. If you go the professional route, be sure to choose a company that is trustworthy.

Car Maintenance

Before you move, it might be a good idea to make sure your vehicle is in good shape. The last place you want to find yourself while moving is stuck on the side of the interstate.

Do you have any service lights on your dashboard you’ve been ignoring? Check your car manual to see what’s up. Even if your service lights aren’t on, it never hurts to check the following:

  • Oil
  • Air filter
  • Windshield Wipers
  • Fluids – Check the levels of your windshield washer fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, coolant and transmission fluid
  • Battery – Is there any corrosion? Have you had trouble starting your car lately?
  • Tires – How old are they? What is the wear on the tread? And don’t forget to also check tire pressure.
  • Car lights – Are the brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers, headlamps, brights and tail lights in working order?

If you need assistance, places like Advance Auto Parts will check your battery and change your wiper blades for free. You might also want to make sure your car is prepared for any emergencies. Read our 5 Items to Keep in Your Car for Emergencies for ideas.

 Registering Your Car

Look up your local DMV and see if there are any steps you need to take before moving. It might be as simple as letting them know.

You will also want to check your new home state’s DMV and see what is required for your car to be legal. For example, does your new state require you to apply for a new title? Do you have to take a driver’s education course? Does your new state require vehicle inspections? What is required to get your new driver’s license? Plan accordingly. When you are registering your car in another state, most states require it to be done within a certain amount of time after your move.

Car Insurance

Last but not least on our list, call your current insurance company and let them know you are moving. See if your car will be covered in your new state. If not, it is time to do some research for insurance companies that provide insurance in your new home state. If you are in the market, get a free quote today!