Transitioning from car-free East Coast existence to Southern California sprawl. What's the most efficient way to do this?
It's finally happening. I'm really going Hollywood
I'm in the planning and saving phase, looking to make the leap from Brooklyn to Los Angeles either right after the holidays or later in the spring, depending on certain job issues that are somewhat outside my control.
I can't figure out which the following scenarios is the best way to transition from public transit reliant East Coast urbanite to car commuting Angeleno.
A. Move out of my Brooklyn apartment, sell most of my stuff, ship the rest to SoCal*, fly across the country, sublet something, obtain a car.
B. Move out of apartment, ship stuff to my parents in New Orleans, fly to New Orleans, obtain a car, then load the stuff into the car and drive to California to get a place to live. One benefit of this is that it's possible
I could buy a car from a family member who is about to replace theirs. Also it gives me a convenient place to ship things. It would also be really easy to incorporate this into seeing my family for the holidays.
C. Buy a car in New York, move out of my apartment, sell most things, load the rest into said car and drive across the country.
Things I'd want to bring to Los Angeles include some large-ish somewhat heavy and/or delicate personal items and books. No furniture.
The car I'm hoping to buy in New Orleans would be the classic AskMe recommended 2005 Honda (a hybrid!), in good condition. Which I'm hoping said relative would give me a hefty discount on. Or even maybe just... give me? Is it worth detouring through a third city simply to get a great deal on a car like this? I am vaguely aware that driving cross country will be more expensive than shipping prices + flights and might negate any savings I could get on a vehicle. But I haven't actually done the math.
What's the best situation to be in if I decide to buy a car that would require financing? Is it important to have a well established permanent address in that case?
Please assume I have read lots of previous AskMes about what to look for in a used car.
This is NOT a question about finding an apartment or a job in Los Angeles. I have a general plan of attack for both things.
*How do you ship things cross-country to a strange city where you know very few people and don't have a home yet?