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Old 04-14-2008, 01:14 PM
 
Location: North of the Eastside
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We're moving from eastern NY to western WA soon and have two cars, an 07 Focus and an 03 Sentra (both paid off). After doing some calculations, it seems like it will be a few hundred dollars cheaper to drive both cars to WA rather than ship them, and that's accounting for gas and lodging.

I've driven from eastern NY to western OH in one day before, so we figure it will take us 4 days to make the trip.

Our idea is that we would drive one car there, spend a week or so finding a place to rent, lease it, leave the car there, fly back, and when we're ready to do the final move, pack the second car, take the cats with a mini litter box (no kids yet), and make the second cross country trip, maybe with a slightly different itinerary. The movers would leave the same day and hopefully not get there before us, leaving the empty house with the agent to be sold.

Does this sound like a sane plan? Any holes in it? Should we ship both cars instead? Drive one and ship the other? Sell one (Sentra) and ship the other? Sell one and drive the other? Not sure we'll need the second car for a while once we get there, but we will sure need it again eventually. I could perhaps get a job in WA first and have the company pay relocation for this, but something tells me it would easier and more successful for me to find a local job AFTER I move, especially since I will likely be able to work from home on my current job after the move. Thanks for any tips!!
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Old 04-14-2008, 09:18 PM
 
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You say you're making this trip "soon".

Be aware that snow and black ice can still be an issue in many mountain passes at this time of year.

Other than that, I'd say 4 days might be a bit optimistic; 600 to 700 miles a day for 4 days straight is a lot of driving. Might be better to plan for an extra day.
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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Also beware that the Rockies don't play by the rules and you could have snow/blizzard at any given moment.

You might want to refigure and see if it's cheaper to fly roundtrip while checking things out and driving both vehicles back. One way flights are usually more expensive.
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Old 04-15-2008, 01:09 PM
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Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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There are many variables but don't forget the scenic value of the drive. If you have the time there's much to see from one coast to the other, I'd try to budget in a few additional days and enjoy the trip, these opportunities don't come along everyday.
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Old 04-15-2008, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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I'm not sure how this actually works, but sometimes you can hire folks to drive your car to you! They need to get somewhere, and for a small stipend, they will drive your car! How do you find out about this? I have no idea, but I HAVE heard of it happening!
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