In our guide, you will find answers to main questions about shipping a car to Alaska.
- What transport options do I have when shipping a vehicle to Alaska?
- How long does it take to ship a car to Alaska?
- How much does it cost to ship a car to Alaska?
- What are the liability limits when shipping a car to Alaska?
- How to prepare to a vehicle for shipping?
Alaska auto transport options
Transportation to Alaska can be arranged from any city in the US. First, a car carrier will pick up your vehicle from a specified address you have provided and deliver it to a port in Washington state. Then, from the port we can ship to Alaska via another car carrier or via a water vessel.
Depending on where your vehicle is traveling from, there will be two main options when transporting a car to Alaska.
- Standard land services via a car carrier all the way to Alaska, door-to-door.
- Shipping via a vessel from a port in Washington to the port in Anchorage, AK; you have to pick up your vehicle from the port.
Both options are frequently used by customers, it is a matter of personal preferences and budget. Standard ground shipping usually costs more because it is a door to door service that involves more than one carrier. One carrier will pick-up the vehicle from your door and deliver it to Anchorage, AK. From there a local carrier will take it and deliver to your address in Alaska.
Shipping via a vessel means we will deliver your car to a port in Washington state, most often from the port of Seattle. The marine shipping company will load it onto the vessel. Delivery is to Anchorage and from there you can go and pick-up your vehicle. This is the distance you will pay for at booking. Later, should you decide to have another carrier take it to your door in Alaska, we can help you arrange that and book a separate local carrier.
When shipping a car to Alaska, our transport specialists advise customers to schedule their shipment as early as possible, or about at least two weeks in advance. This would be the ideal, however, people often book more than month in advance. We always the early birds that prices may change in the span of 30 days. Booking early does not mean you will get a lower rate. Demand and supply dictates the prices in the auto transport transport industry, along with other factors, and fluctuations usually happen on daily basis.
How long does it take to ship a car to Alaska?
The time to transport a car from or to Alaska depends. From the Midwest (Chicago for example) to the port takes about 5 to 7 days. Then from the port it takes another 6 – 7 days to deliver to Anchorage or Fairbanks. Thus, it very much depends on your vehicle’s exact location. If it is a remote town that would take longer to schedule a carrier to take it to the port because fewer trucks are willing to go off the main road to pick-up a car. In some cases it could take about a month to deliver a car to Alaska. It is always best to call our logistics experts to discuss your options and shipping time.
How much does it cost to ship a car to Alaska?
The cost to ship a car depends on several factors. Many people often think that car shipping rates depend on distance only, or maybe on the type of vehicle. However, this is not the case. Prices are very much affected by the fluctuations of the market. The cost could go up or down based on supply/demand situation, seasonality, vehicle make and model, type of carrier you choose, whether the car is running or not and of course the total distance.
For an accurate car shipping quote to Alaska please request one on our website or call our logistics team. Below you will find some prices for shipping a vehicle from some major US cities to Alaska.
- Los Angeles to Alaska – $2900
- Chicago to Alaska- $2900
- Boston to Alaska – $3400
- New York to Alaska – $3500
- Seattle to Alaska – $1800
- Miami to Alaska – $3400
- Houston to Alaska – $2100
- Atlanta to Alaska – $2100
NOTE: Prices listed here are for a small sedan, shipped via an open carrier. These prices are estimates subject to change. For a current market price please, call or request a quote online.
What are the liability limits when shipping a car to Alaska?
Your vehicle will be fully insured while on the truck. Every carrier has a mandatory cargo insurance we always check before reserving a truck. We only work with the highest safety rated carriers.
During the water transport, while your vehicle is on the vessel, a limited liability is in effect. This type of policy protects against damages from the time the cargo leaves the port until it reaches the port in Alaska. The limited liability insurance will cover any damages sustained to your vehicle during transport, not to exceed the market value of the car.
How to prepare your car for shipping?
If you are shipping your vehicle with personal items in it, please have an inventory list prepared with complete description. Our agents will send you a form you can use to take inventory. You are allowed to load personal items in the car up to 100 lbs free of charge.
Now be sure to do the following:
- Prepare your car for winter conditions before loading.
- Have all necessary fluids – antifreeze with protection to -40`. Corsia and the carriers are not liable for damages resulting from low temperatures.
- Your car must have ¼ of a tank of gas. If you are shipping a car running on alternate fuel, please contact us for specific instructions.
- Vehicles with propane tanks must be delivered for shipment with the tanks empty. The tank must be marked / certified as gas free by an authorized dealer or company.
- Your vehicle must be in proper running condition and have working brakes. We will inspect it at pick-up.
- Check your ground clearance – all vehicles must have six inches of ground clearance.
- If your vehicle is larger and has any modifications this might contribute to a higher rate. Make sure you discuss this with us in advance.
- Always have a photo ID at pick-up and delivery of your car when shipping to Alaska so agents can release the vehicle.