Cross country move. Shipping stuff vs u-haul vs buying new things.
My girlfriend and I are moving from Oakland to Philadelphia for college. We are in a typical dilemma of shipping stuff vs uhaul vs buying new stuff. My mother has volunteered to pay for *one* of these methods, probably whatever is cheapest. I will also have to ship my car (or drive it) across the US.
Shipping stuff. Desks, speakers, tvs, mattresses/frame, clothes, etc.
My girlfriend just called and got a quote for POD and it's $3,600. 8x8 container. Most convenient because they come to/from your exact location
U-haul did an online quote of 1800 for 8x5 and 2500 for 16x10 (2 boxes effectively). For this, you load and unload it at your local u-haul location. They handle all of the driving. However, I've heard some bad things about uhaul being bad at meeting deadlines, confusing reservations, etc. It seems, though, that driving the uhaul yourself is more expensive and time consuming.
U-box is is $3,000 for a 6x7x8 box.
Issue 2: Getting a car from CA to Philly. I *could* drive it, but it's around 3k miles on the car which means an oil change included in the cost basically, as well as plenty of gas cost.
What services have you guys used to ship cars? How much were they?