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Help with Moving

We are going to be moving one of my little brothers from Concord, California out here to Winston Salem, North Carolina. He is disabled and driving out would be much too rough on him. We are planning on coming out by train. I wonder if anyone can help answer some questions for me?

1. He has a 1990 Nissan Pathfinder that we want to ship out. Have you ever shipped a car? Can you recommend someone reliable and one that won’t charge an arm and a leg? Can he ship some boxes with the car or do boxes have to go separate?

2. He isn’t bringing furniture. He will just have personal things like clothes, books, models, etc. Would it be cheaper to ship those separately or find someone that would let him pack what he can in the car and the rest packed next to the car?

3. He has diabetes and MS and uses a walker. Would the train be the easiest way for him to go? I’m planning on going out there and making the trip with him.

Any experience and advice you have would be greatly appreciated.


  1. Avilyn

    Although once for an extended vacation we took the auto train (VA to FL).  Not sure if they run any other routes, but it may be possible to take the car on the train if they do.  

  2. 1864 House

    I hate to say this, but the cost of shipping is probably more than the 23-year-old car is worth. If he sold it in CA and added the money it would have to cost to ship it he may be able to buy a reliable used car in NC.

    He can find probably find a moving company that will load his boxes on a truck but it might take weeks for them to arrive. If he really has just a few boxes, try UPS or check with a shipping company that uses common carriers to see what putting them on a pallet and wrapping them would cost.

    And I love riding the train, but navigating on a multi-day cross-country train ride with a walker would be very hard on him. Moving between cars for dining, etc, would be difficult at best. Sitting that long would potentially be dangerous with the poor circulation that normally goes with diabetes. A plane ride would be much easier on him.  

  3. Jk2003

    Like this on car talk on NPR.  Click and clack thought the best thing to do is to pay a college aged kid or two to drive the car across country.  Much cheaper than shipping.  

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