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    Towing a second car?

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    Does anyone know the "rules" on this? DH just got a new car and mine is almost paid off. I have $500 left

    We were planning on selling my car before we left because it needs some work done (long story) and im not sure itd make the drive to San Diego. Also, we wanted to be able to drive in one car together since it's such a long drive. So now, we're toying with the idea of towing the car with us. But Im not sure if DHs car could handle it, or what laws are on that. He has a Cadillac SRX (its a crossover), and my car is an 06 altima.

    Do you think this is possible? I really hate to give my car up, but Im not sure what other options we have.
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    2500 lb tow limit for the cadi.
    Altima weighs over 3. You'll tear up the cadis motor, destroy the brakes, etc.
    So no, you don't want to tow it with that.
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    One of you can also fly back and drive it, or find a friend to drive it for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guynavywife View Post
    2500 lb tow limit for the cadi.
    Altima weighs over 3. You'll tear up the cadis motor, destroy the brakes, etc.
    So no, you don't want to tow it with that.
    yes. I wouldn't tow it. I would drive it.
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    You could ship it, but that's pretty expensive.

    I'd just drive it. DH and I have done two coast-to-coast PCS and we drove separate cars both times. My dad, someone who loves road trips, volunteered to make the drive with us both times so that made things a whole lot easier. Do you have a friend or family member who could join you for the trip to keep you company and to help with some of the driving? Just an idea.




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    I would just sell it, and buy something comparable (so you would break even financially) when you get to SD. I know people rationalize all sorts of other decisions, but financially, that makes the most sense, and it is also logistically the easiest. It sounds like towing isn't an option (and it isn't exactly cheap anyway, once you figure in gas and everything else), and it would be crazy to pay to ship a car that is so questionable that you don't think it can make a cross-country drive. So sell it now, and then use the money to buy a comparable 2006 Altima (or similar) and you will be out zero dollars, you won't have to deal with any of the headaches of shipping or towing, and you can drive together with DH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by villanelle View Post
    I would just sell it, and buy something comparable (so you would break even financially) when you get to SD. I know people rationalize all sorts of other decisions, but financially, that makes the most sense, and it is also logistically the easiest. It sounds like towing isn't an option (and it isn't exactly cheap anyway, once you figure in gas and everything else), and it would be crazy to pay to ship a car that is so questionable that you don't think it can make a cross-country drive. So sell it now, and then use the money to buy a comparable 2006 Altima (or similar) and you will be out zero dollars, you won't have to deal with any of the headaches of shipping or towing, and you can drive together with DH.


    Plus, an 06 car that's that questionable is harder to get rid of in California, there are rules about passing smog checks and stuff before you sell.
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    Thanks for all the input guys. I really appreciate it.

    Sounds like I'm going to have to sell it before we go.

    I'm almost tempted to drive it but if it doesn't make it then we're really screwed. I'm approved for a loan if I wanted to get a car now but I feel like that's asking for trouble right before we move. I don't want it to hurt our chances for getting a place and I also don't want to put all those miles on a newer car.
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