When we moved from Toronto to Calgary (about 2000 miles by road), we shipped our car. It was worth it.
IIRC, the cost was somewhere between $800 and $900, and that got us:
– Door-to-door service. They picked up the car at our home in Toronto, and delivered it to our home in Calgary.
– A schedule that was convenient to us. “We can pick up the car this week; you choose the day.” Same for delivery. As it was, I believe the car was “in transit” about eight days.
– Inspection on pickup and delivery. They made sure that we knew about any scratches or dings before they picked up the car. Coupled with the delivery inspection using the pickup inspection documents, it was easy to tell if the car had been damaged while in transit. It wasn’t, but if it had been, they would have paid for any repairs.
– A record of the mileage. Between pickup and delivery, there was only about one kilometer on the odometer. That would have been shunting it around rail yards and on and off truck trailers. Nice to know that it was actually shipped, and not driven by one of the shipper’s guys.
Sure, I guess they’re just covering themselves with the inspection and the mileage, but it was a good idea.
I guess it depends. We had a lot of stuff to move, and there were an number of things to think about/worry about/be concerned with. At least by shipping the car, we had no worries once it had been picked up and was on its way. The cost, in the opinion of my wife and I, was worth it.