Shipping a Car from Florida to New Jersey Guide

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Shipping a car from Florida to New Jersey is never a hassle with Corsia. For a stress-free experience, take some time to understand the basics of auto transport. In this guide, we’ll share our expertise and go over the key points of vehicle shipping. Our experienced logistics agents will be happy to walk you through the steps of the car shipping process and help you select services that work best for you and your vehicle.

What are my options when shipping a car from Florida to New Jersey?

When you need to move a vehicle from one location to another your two main option – driving the car or shipping the car.

DRIVING
Driving could be a great option if you have plenty of free time, enjoy being behind the wheel, and want to see as much of the country as you possibly can. Road trips are also great because driving can be a sort of meditation. It takes your mind off everything else and forces you to focus on the activity of driving. Driving long distances, however, is not for everybody. When the distance is greater than 200 miles, we recommend shipping your car instead of driving it.
SHIPPING
Hiring an auto transport company saves you time and spares your car additional hundreds of miles of unnecessary wear and tear. Driving from Florida to New Jersey means adding hundreds of miles to the odometer, possible oil change, flat tires, and additional issues. Shipping, on the other hand, is often cheaper than driving, once you consider all the expenses a long road trip entails.

What types of services does an auto transport company offer?

In general, you’ll have a choice based on the type of carrier and on the time frame of delivery. Corsia Logistics provides the following car shipping services:

  • by carrier type: open and enclosed trailer
  • by time frame: standard and expedited delivery
OPEN OR ENCLOSED
Your choice of carrier should really be influenced by the type of vehicle you are shipping. Standard everyday sedans, such as your Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla usually go onto an open-air trailer. If you need to ship a high-end, sports, luxury or any classic vehicle you should choose enclosed trailer. Enclosed auto transport offers complete protection from weather and road elements.
STANDARD OR EXPEDITED
A standard car shipping service usually means that a carrier will pick up your vehicle within one to few days. Delivery, in this case, from Chicago to Miami would be 4-6 days. However, please keep in mind that all dates and times are only estimates. Carriers are picking up and dropping off shipments, hence, delays may happen, due to weather, traffic, or other customers’ postponements.

Expedited delivery could guarantee that your car is picked up or delivered on or by a specified date and time. This, however, requires the whole schedule of the truck to play around your schedule, which naturally increases the price.

How much does it cost to ship a car from Chicago to Miami?

The price from and to any destination is never a flat rate we can state right now. Several variables decide the final cost of shipping a vehicle. Vehicle make and model together with the distance set the base price for shipping. Then the choice of carrier type enters into the equation. Shipping a non-running car drives the price up due to additional equipment. Picking up and delivering a vehicle to and from a rural area is a logistical challenge that usually costs more. However, the deciding factor of all is the current supply and demand situation on a given route.

We track market fluctuations manually and quote realistic current market prices that will ship your vehicle in a professional and timely fashion. Learn more about the factors that affect the cost to ship a car anywhere in the country.

VEHICLE MAKE & MODEL
Smaller cars are always cheaper to ship, while bigger, heavier vehicles are more expensive. Auto transport carriers have a weight limit that they must observe when accepting vehicles. Thus, the make and model of your vehicle, as well as any modifications done to it, and whether there will be any personal items loaded inside, all matter for the total weight of the carrier. This then impacts your final shipping price.
TRANSPORT TYPE
The type of carrier you choose affects your rate as well. Open auto transport is the standard shipping method in the industry. It is used for all vehicle types, availability of open carriers is much higher and preces are cheaper. Enclosed auto transport is more expensive and often used for sports, luxury or classic automobiles.
DISTANCE
The distance always affects the price of shipping. The longer the distance the less it costs per mile, but that is never the decisive factor in the final cost. Shorter distances still consume gas and require the same amount of work, but in the end it is fewer miles traveled. This means that shorter distances often cost as much as shipping a car across the country.
LOCATION / POPULATION
Auto transport to and from rural areas could be more complex and challenging. Fewer auto haulers are willing to go to remote towns and villages to pick-up or deliver a single vehicle only. This often means higher prices and longer wait for pick-up, or delivery. The majority of the truck drivers prefer to travel to major metro areas where loads availability is higher.
VEHICLE CONDITION
To ship a non-running vehicle we need a truck that can winch it onto the trailer. This requires more work, more time and a special truck. A fitted carrier, and special skill set means a higher rate. In some cases, we may even need a forklift to load a fully inoperable vehicle, which additionally increases the price.
SUPPLY & DEMAND
The basics principles of supply and demand are known by most people, and they apply in the auto transport industry as well. When supply is higher than demand, prices drop, but when demand is higher prices go up. In auto logistics, when demand is high the truck space is limited and this means the prices increase. That is why a quote is good for one week only because demand changes on almost every route.

What documents do I need when shipping a car?

Domestic transport is easy and simple. You or someone on your behalf needs to release the vehicle to the carrier at pick-up. The person at pick-up will also need to sign a Bill of Lading (BOL). The BOL is not only a receipt but also an inspection report. When the carrier inspects the car you need to check with him that all existing damages are marked down before you sign the inspection report. Never sign a blank or incomplete document and don’t forget to get your copy before the driver leaves the site.

Is my car insured during transport?

Yes, it is. By law, every car carrier in operation must have cargo insurance. A car carrier cannot operate without an active insurance policy.

Every year, come March, we see droves of people making their way to New Jersey from Florida. Most of them are snowbirds going back home after wintering in the Sunshine State. 90 percent of snowbirds transport their cars to their summer homes. Hence, when the time comes to return to NJ, all those vehicles are shipped back to the Garden State. Naturally, it means auto transport prices on the route from Florida go up. Keep this in mind, if you need to send your car from Florida to the Garden State around March and April.

When it comes down to who you can really trust when shipping a car, the answer would probably be – friends and family. So, first-hand recommendations are usually the best way to find a reliable car shipper.

If none of your close peopel has ever shipped a car then you should turn to Google for help. A search for “car shipping from Florida to New Jersey” will return plenty of hits. Now, it’s time to pay attention. On your quest for auto transporter you will come across a three main entities – broker/carrier companies, lead generation websites and aucction websites.

Experienced and trustworthy brokers will find the right carrier that serves your route and matches your criteria. A broker will negotiate a car shipping price with a carrier on your behalf and make sure it’s acceptable to both you and the car hauler. They will verify the carrier’s licenses and insurance, as well as safety ratings at the national dispatch boards.

Whether you choose to work with a broker or carrier, make sure you select a reputable company. Check FMCSA hotline for company’s licensing and background information as well as safety ratings. Look at company’s consumer ratings and read online reviews, but take them with a grain of salt. Pick up the phone and call. Ask questions and trust your hunches. Good and honest companies will be transparent with you about their process. They understand that trust is important in growing new relationships and ensuring they last. This is how Corsia Logistics works.

Lead generation websites are not a licnesed auto transport broker or carrier. It is just a website that collects customers data and then sells it to licnesed carriers and brokers. So, this type of business, of a website brokers a job before it even gets to the real shipping broker. It is very unnesessary, but it exists so simply make sure you know who you are dealing with.

What services do auto transporters offer?

Open car carriers are suitable for all types of vehicles. For example, automakers and dealerships constantly haul new cars via open auto transport. It’s suitable for any car make and model unless a vehicle has significant modifications.The advantages of open car carriers are efficiency and availability. About 90 percent of all auto carriers on the road are open trucks, which makes them readily available as soon as you book. Most of the open car carriers can fit anywhere from 7 to 10 vehicles on their two levels. And that’s where the efficiency factor comes in.

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Keep in mind that shipping a car on an open carrier exposes it to weather elements such as sun, rain, snow, wind, and to the road elements such as dust and road debris. It means that there is a chance of a chip on the paint or anything else the weather or the road can cause.

Enclosed trailer transport is also called covered. High-end, sports, and classic car owners often prefer this type of car carrier. Enclosed auto transport protects from the weather and road elements. Hence, it is more expensive – often almost double the price than it would cost to book an open carrier.

In the U.S., only about ten percent of the entire auto shipping fleet are the enclosed carriers. Such limited availability is another reason why enclosed auto transport is more expensive, especially when the demand is high.

What are the steps to ship a car from Florida to New Jersey?

Auto transport is a straightforward process.

  1. Request a few car shipping quotes. You’ll have to provide the information about your vehicle: make, model, modifications, operability. Shippers will need to know the exact pick-up/drop off locations and your first available date. If you need your car on or by a specific date, make sure to mention it as well. Choose between open and enclosed carrier.
  2. When you and the shipper agree on all the details, it’s time to schedule your car shipment. You should receive an e-mail with dispatch notification confirmation with an estimated pick-up date.
    Usually, the carrier picks up your vehicle one to five business days from your first available date.
  3. Make sure your car is ready for shipping. Give it a good wash and make sure there are no leaks or mechanical issues.
  4. At pick-up, the driver completes an inspection report before loading. We encourage you to take detailed photos of your car before loading. In a very unlikely case of damages, they serve as proof of your vehicle’s pre-loading condition.
  5. Car transport from Florida to New Jersey takes about 3 to 5 days, although not guaranteed.  Unexpected delays when shipping a car might happen.
  6. At delivery, the carrier inspects the vehicle again and unloads it as close to your door as possible. Confirm that your vehicle has arrived intact, sign the Bill of Lading and pay any remaining balance. In case of damage, make sure the driver notes it all on the Bill of Lading, so you can start the claims process.

Away, away from the Sunshine State

The state’s economy today is fueled mainly by tourism, agriculture and fishing. The magnificent beaches and famous theme parks in Orlando bring millions of visitors every year and it is all great. The citrus fruits industry is prospering across the state. With a huge variety of fish and fishing spots, Florida has maintained its status as “The Fishing Capital of the World.” Electronics, construction, real estate, and international banking are among the newly-developing industries that expanded a number of jobs available to the state’s residents and new transplants.

However, many people choose to relocate, and many choose New Jersey. Today, home to 9 million people, New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the US. The state’s geographic location fueled its rapid growth through the process of suburbanization over the last century. This began reverting New Jersey’s culturally diverse population toward more urban settings. Small towns grew around commuter rail stations outpacing the population growth of more automobile-oriented suburbs. This, and much more is what makes thousands of people move there.

Shipping your car from Florida to New Jersey is a breeze with Corsia Logistics. We are a licensed and insured five-star auto transport company. We don’t employ any software to calculate car shipping prices. Our manual rates are custom-tailored to your particular case. Corsia Logistics’ logistics experts manually track daily price fluctuations to provide you with the most accurate car shipping rate that reflects current supply/demand situation on your specific route.

For additional information about car transport from New Jersey to Florida please call us! You can also visit our ‘Questions‘ page or our ‘How to Ship a Car’ web section. Another quick option is to chat with us online. We are here to discuss your auto transport needs and help you ship your vehicle with peace of mind. Thank you!