Being a military family is pretty awesome most of the time: the camaraderie, the sense that your entire family is part of something great, the healthcare benefits, and, when it comes time to make a PCS move, the help with logistics, finding housing and even packing and shipping your household goods.
Moving is expensive, especially if working with a moving company (although making a move yourself is not inexpensive either).
The same goes for shipping an automobile or other vehicle: chances are good it’s going to cost you a few hundred dollars. The average cross-country shipment for a four-door sedan can run from $700-$1200 in an open carrier; possibly as much as $2000 if you ship it in an enclosed carrier.
Classic car owners are a special breed of people. Not only do they have a love of the fine workmanship that went into the car’s design and engineering, they probably enjoy not only driving the car, but could happily putter in the garage and tinker on it for hours on end.
No matter if you’ve “enjoyed” one PCS move or several, each one is different because your circumstances may be different. Your first move may have occurred when you were single with few possessions. But your 5thmove may see you with a spouse, two children, two cars, furniture for a three-bedroom house, and a trampoline for the backyard.
You’ve wisely decided to ask an auto transport company to ship your car to your new home’s location. You may think you can just leave the car as it is and hand the keys to the car shipping company. But – wait! — there are things a few things you’ll need to do get your car ready for transport.
If you’re in the military and need to move to a new PCS, if this is your first time ever doing so, your stress level understandably may be sky high.
You’re picking up stakes and moving. Far away, as in across the country or from one region to another. Hundreds of miles away. You’re packing up the house/apartment and hiring a moving company to ship your household goods from the old place to the new.