How much does it cost to ship a car across the country?

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The cost of shipping a vehicle depends on several factors all described below. The rate could be anywhere from $200 to $2000, depending on many common factors defining the auto transport prices. Check some average auto transport rates below and understand the price formation process and then request a quote online or call us. Our guide will help you answer the main question “How much does it cost to ship a car?”

Rates of Recently Shipped Vehicles - Florida, California, New York and Other Popular Routes:

Rates: Pick-Up: Delivery:
$1,259 Los Angeles, CA New York, NY
$1,199 Naples, FL Portland, OR
$1,029 Sunnyvale, CA Orlando, FL
$859 Chicago, IL Los Angeles, CA
$959 Miami, FL Oceanside, CA
$1,029 San Jose, CA Washington, DC
$799 Baltimore, MD Houston, TX
$1,029 Cleveland, OH Sacramento, CA
$1,059 Boston, MA South Pasadena, CA
$659 Boulder, CO Austin, TX

NOTE: Please keep in mind that prices change based on all the factors we listed. Fluctuations happen daily. Vehicle type and transport type most directly affect the rates, as well as the demand and supply situation. The amounts listed in this table are for a standard small sedan, shipped via open auto transport carrier. Enclosed carrier is more expensive. Request your quote online or call. Thank you.


Factors Affecting Your Cost to Ship a Car









Smaller cars are cheaper to ship, while bigger, heavier vehicles are more expensive. Vehicle type matters. A heavy car means the carrier has to load less cars in total, so the price is usually higher when shipping a heavier vehicle. Auto transport carriers have a weight limit they must adhere to strictly and hence the total weight of the truck and the weight of every vehicle matters and impacts the price.

The type of carrier you choose will affect your cost. Open auto transport is the standard shipping method used for all types of vehicles. Enclosed is more expensive and most often used for sports, luxury or classic automobiles. It offers more protection from weather and road elements. Yet, open transport is completely safe – this is the method dealerships use most often to transport brand new automobiles. For a nice visual illustration of the difference between open and enclosed transport please check our infographic.

The distance plays an important role in price formation. Mileage and range affect the cost – shipping a car long distance will run less per mile. For example, if you are shipping a car from New York to California it will be cheaper than shipping from New York to Chicago. The longer the distance the less it costs per mile for the trucker. Shorter distances still consume gas and require same amount of work from the trucker, but in the end it is less miles traveled by the truck. A carrier makes its money based on mileage meaning the more he travels the more profitable the load. Proximity to major highways also impacts the price. To learn how long delivery takes, based on distance, please check this article.

Whether your car is running or not this will affect the car shipping cost. If your car does not move on its own power this means we need a truck that can winch it onto the trailer. This is usually extra work and requires additional equipment that not every truck has, which means we have to find a special truck hence the higher rate. In some cases we may even need a fork lift to load it, which additionally increases the price.

The pick up and delivery location also affects the price. Transporting to a major metropolitan area means more opportunities for the truckers to fully load their carriers. More truckers means faster service for the customer. This makes the auto transport process more efficient for both sides. More trucks also means lower rates. With small rural areas transport is more complex and expensive as less haulers are willing to go there for only one car and this means no choice for the customer, as well as longer wait for pick-up.

The customer competes against other customers for a spot on the car carrier. When the demand is high the truck space is limited, which means that vehicles priced higher ship first. If the demand is normal then the supply is normal and then every vehicle ships in a timely manner. The demand is high, for example, during snowbirds season when thousands of people move to the South. This is how the industry functions – it does not really matter how long in advance you booked your order, the higher paying vehicles will ship first. Even if you booked a month in advance a new, better paying load might become available to the trucker at any time and they would always prefer to take that load.

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How much does it cost to ship a car?

It is important to understand the realistic cost to ship a car. Many big companies charge more simply because they are big and because they use calculators, or software, that naturally increases the price. What many of those big companies lack though is not only the manual AA rates we provide, but also personal attention. Ask yourself, how much is transport of my vehicle worth? When things get big, people tend to start looking small and many companies forget that they are in the business of helping people. Shipping a car across country is easy and affordable with a small, family owned company like Corsia Logistics. Call us to discuss your auto transport options and price, or simply request a quote online now.


Main options when shipping a car

You have two main options when it comes to shipping a car across the country, or across the state. Whether you choose one or the other depends on the distance, your budget and of course your personal preference.

Professional auto transport service

This is the best option when it comes to transporting a vehicle. Thousands of automobiles are shipped across the country daily, many of them going in and out of auto dealerships, and various other businesses, but many also shipped by private customers. If you have bought a car online, from across the country, you will most likely need to ship it. This is where company like Corsia Logistics can help. We transport all types of vehicles daily. If you are moving to a new city or state you will most likely take your car with you, and if you don’t want to drive we can transport it for you. Customers can choose between open and enclosed carriers for any route in the US. Corsia Logistics provides manual pricing which allows for affordable rates – we do not employ a car shipping rates calculator that delivers automated quotes. The calculator is not only not providing the most current price, but sometimes it additionally increases the price. We call our rates the AA rates – affordable to the customer and acceptable for the carrier. This we achieve by manually tracking price fluctuations and quoting only current market prices. To discuss your options and price please give us a call at (818) 850-5250 or request a quote online.

Drive the car yourself or find someone to drive

This is a great option for those of you who would like to spend time on the road. Driving is certainly a pleasure when you are not stuck in traffic or let say in a storm across the country. Driving to your new home would be great in general if it is not more than 300 miles. Driving across the country is not for everybody and certainly not for snowbirds. Interstate highways are busy and if you have not traveled the route before it could prove unpleasant the least. Although driving yourself could in some cases save you some money, often it is not worth the time and the effort. The other sub-option is to find someone else to drive your car for you. This could be a friend or relative, or you can hire someone. It is often difficult to ask a friend or relative to do that for you and that is why you have the option of hiring a driver. Specialized companies can do that for you – they work with people willing to drive a vehicle for someone else for a pay. You can request a professional driver, but that will most likely cost more. These companies usually have basic requirements though – they check background and driving history. You can also certainly request to see references for the person whom they designate to drive your automobile.

Learn more – have peace of mind!

Corsia Logistics provides realistic rates that will ship your vehicle – this means rates that are acceptable by the carriers because as you know now demand and supply is what ultimately determines the prices. We call them the AA rates or the happy middle ground rates – affordable to the customer and acceptable by the trucker. In this industry the majority of the business is handled by brokers who work closely with carriers from across the US. The auto transport carriers are busy hauling vehicles and the brokers are the once talking to customers and arranging the service and then also talking to carriers, making the connection, so, the brokers need the carriers and the other way around. It is a very efficient system because a single company cannot service the entire country. Brokers work with dispatch boards to post their loads and carriers running this route call to inquire about the vehicle. A carrier always wants to fully load their trailer, but they are not going to take lower than a certain market price and that is why our AA rates always win.

Customers should also take into consideration that what we call our AA rate is the standard rate. Customers can also request an expedited service that usually costs more. The standard rate is perfectly fine for most customers as this means getting a carrier assigned between one and five days. The expedited rate will rush the service and for a higher price expedite the pick-up and delivery dates. A separate option to keep in mind is the guaranteed pick-up and delivery. The guaranteed service cost almost double the standard rate. It depends on all the other factors first and then on how fast and when exactly you need the car shipped. Please call us to inquire about your options.


My personal auto transport experience.

When I needed to ship a car fro the first time a few years ago, my first thought was to drive it myself, but then I quickly gave up on that idea. I decided on shipping with an auto transport company. I picked a cheap auto transporter – I just simply did not do my research to learn what a realistic price is. I was shipping the car from Chicago to Los Angeles and I simply picked the cheapest rate. It took about 9 days to get the car transported from the Midwest to Southern California and this was the standard transit time.

When the auto transport carrier finally called me to come meet him at a parking lot nearby, I couldn’t wait. When I saw the big truck pulling in I stopped breathing for a second. I made a few steps and I saw my car all covered in dirt, as it was coming from a war zone. The car was so dirty that I almost cried. The truck driver explained he was caught in a storm in the Colorado mountains and there was nothing he could do. I believed him because just a couple of weeks earlier I myself drove though the mountains and the weather was bad. I signed the Bill of Lading without checking for any other damages. Later, when I washed it, I think I saw a few scratches, but I wasn’t sure because my car was old and I knew there were many old scratches. I was sorry I did not pick a better company though, or an enclosed trailer, and instead I just picked the cheapest auto transport quote. Now I know that the cheapest price is often not the realistic price that will ship a car safely.

So, how much does it cost to ship a car across the country? Learn the real answer to this question before deciding to go for the cheapest rate. Find a reliable car shipping company like Corsia Logistics to transport your vehicle. Inquire about their FMSCA and USDOT license, ask for reference and check if they are five star rated company. This is what will give you peace of mind.


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If you would like to talk to our logistics experts to discuss the process and schedule your auto transport please call us at (818) 850-5258. To make a booking online please request a quote online and we will send you an email with a quote and more information how to reserve a spot on a truck online. Thank you!

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About the Author:

Vasilka Atanasova At Corsia Logistics we like to entertain and educate our customers while offering personal service, affordable rates and professional transport. I am the business development and marketing manager and I like to talk to people, and help them get to know us. I am also the content curator for this blog. I have been involved with the auto transport industry for several years and I enjoy it very much. If you would like to get in touch with me please do so via our contact us form or any social media channel. Thank you.
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