Trade 2 Cars for 1 SUV for Move Across Country
The question is, do you think we should ship one of our cars or just trade in both cars for one SUV?
My wife had our baby in June and we've decided to move from San Diego to live with/by her parents in Massachusetts. Wife and baby will be flying there and I'll be driving a uhaul trailer hitched to one of our cars.
Neither of our cars now would be any good in the snow. Buying a 4 wheel drive vehicle would be great for the weather but also be good for extra space for packing clothes and whatnot for the big move. However, we'll both need cars once in Massachusetts. If we traded in both of our cars for one nice new SUV/van/family-truck, we'd have to buy another car, though it would likely be some old $5,000 in town type car.
Should we just stick with our current cars, weather-be-damned, and ship one for like, $1000-$1500? Or is it possible/reasonable to trade in both our cars for one weather-friendly big vehicle and buy another car at a later time?
My wife drives a 2010 Hundai Elantra with about 60,000 miles and $4,500 left owed to a local credit union. I drive a 2012 Chrysler 200 that I just bought in May with 40,000 miles and $12,000 owed to Capital One.
Thank you for your advice.