Shipping a Car from Los Angeles to New York Guide

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Learn how to ship a car from Los Angeles to New York and how much it costs. Review our guide and request a quote online.

In our guide we will answer common questions people ask when shipping a car from Los Angeles to New York.

  1. How much does it cost to ship a car from Los Angeles to New York?
  2. What options do I have when I need to ship a car across the country?
  3. What services does an auto transport company offer?

How much does it cost to ship a car from Los Angeles to New York?

Driving a vehicle from Los Angeles to New York, means embarking on a cross country trip of more than 2000 miles. This can be a stressful and exhausting. Moreover, it will cost you quite a lot of money as well. Many people think that driving their vehicle would be cheaper than shipping it, but in most cases this is not true.

The price to ship a car from Los Angeles to New York depends on several factors – the vehicle make and model, modifications, the type of transport service, exact location and distance and mainly supply and demand fluctuations. All factors play a role in price formation, however, supply and demand disruptions affect the prices on all routes daily.

Think about all the rates you receive online. Do not be lured by the lowest price. Auto transport from L.A. to New York is not cheap and only a realistic current market price will ship your vehicle in a timely and professional manner.

Before choosing a company and booking your service, learn how it works. Make sure you collect several car shipping quotes and compare them. Then discuss the prices with the auto transport companies. This is the best way to see the spectrum of prices offerd and to try and define a middle ground, or a realistic market rate. Call and discuss your options and budget with our agents now.

What options do I have when I need to ship a car across the country?

When you need to move a car from Los Angeles to New York, there are two main options.

  1. hire an auto transport company
  2. drive your vehicle

Which is the best and most affordable solution depends mainly on the distance, your budget and your personal preferences.

Hiring an auto transport company

Hiring an auto transport company is often the most affordable and convenient option. Businesses and private customers hire auto transport companies daily. When you need to ship a car from Los Angeles to New York this is your best and most affordable option. You can calculate, roughly, how much it would cost to drive (in terms of time, gas and accommodation) and see for yourself that shipping is across the country is always better option than driving.

When you start searching for an auto transport company keep in mind that there will be three entities you will find online:

  • auto transport companies
  • auction websites
  • lead generator websites

An auto transport company

An auto transport company can be either a broker or a carrier, or both. And this is the company that will ship your vehcile. You can request a car shipping quote online or call. Also, you can directly choose between open and enclosed trailer, and standard or expedited delivery. Most auto transport companies you find online are brokers. Established and trustworthy brokers have a tight network of owner operated carriers and this guarantees fast and affordable service.

About 90 percent of the carriers in the country are small, single owner operated companies. Together with the small to mid size broker companies, they are the engine of the auto transport industry. They keep the industry in balance and protect it from monopolization by large corporations. This is how the auto transport industry in the US functions and stays efficient.

Auctions and lead provider websites

The other entity is auction websites. On such websites underbidding wars between auto transport companies drive the prices down to an unrealistically low rate. Then when you book the lowest price you usually end up waiting for days or weeks for a carrier to agree and come pick-up your vehicle. We always advice our customers to research more, and beyond the first page of Google Search. Please, do not be lured by low prices auction websites offer. The lowest price is usually not the current market price.

The third entity customers find online is car shipping lead provider websites. They are similar to auction websites, but the difference is that they often resemble an actual auto transport company site. In reality though, these websites are neither a carrier nor a broker. Brokers and carriers are licensed with the USDOT and FMCSA and have insurance. Lead provider websites only collect customers’ information and then sell it.

Drive or find someone to drive

This is not an option we recommend when it comes to transporting a vehicle from Los Angeles to New York. You can certainly drive, if you want to go on a road trip. It is a long distance that not everybody can handle though.

If you still want to go with driving the vehicle, but don’t want to do it yourself, you can turn for help to drive away companies. Such companies contract with people willing to drive other people’s vehicles across the country. All drivers are checked for good driving record and current driver’s license.

What services does an auto transport company offer?

Most companies that offer vehicle moving services from Los Angeles to New York provide several options. The services fall into two categories:

  1. choose the type of carrier – open or enclosed
  2. choose the time frame – standard or expedited

Once you have decided to book your shipment, you will have to choose whether you prefer open or enclosed trailer, and then choose between standard and expedited service.

Additional extra you can request is a top load for your vehicle. In most cases it all depends on your budget, and the type of protection you prefer. It is always bast to call and discuss your options

When you contact us we will answer all of your questions, and walk you through the process. Our agents have years of experience in the logistics industry, and understand the value of every vehicle. We work with private customers and businesses from across the country. Auto transport dealers ship vehicles with us from Los Angeles to New York daily.


Moving from Los Angeles to New York?

New York

New York is a city that defines the east coast, just as L.A. defins the west coast. The two cities are completely different, yet the two paramenter that are identical are their size and their traffic. The rest is different. The wheather, the people, the lifestyle. You will be moving from the west coast to the east coast, so, be prepared for a culture shock.


If you think you will get away from Los Angeles’s crazy traffic jams, be prepared that New York is not too different in that sense. Traffic is intense throughout the metro area, not only in Manhattan. The majority of New York City’s citizens take the trains and the subway, however, cars are still a major mode of transport.

Los Angeles usually ranks number one for the worst traffic jams, but New York is not too far behind. Some studies have found that city commuters spend over 100 hours a year in traffic jams. It is kind of terrifying, so where you live matter a lot.


Los Angeles and New York are both expensive cities. Unlike Los Angeles country, and California as a whole, New York metro area offers some less expesive options. You can find affordable housing outside of Manhattan easily.


Hollywood and the entertainment industry is the first option for many people in Los Angeles. This is not the case in New York. The city is a financial hub and you can find a job in this sector if you are qualified. Real estate or education is another good sector with plenty of opportunities. Cafes and restaurants are always an option when you need to start from somewhere. It all depends on your qualifications and goasl, and what you are willing to do to achieve them.

What to do in New York City and state?

Adjusting to four seasons may take some time, when coming from California especially, but it is not scary. All four seasons are beautiful and you will find what to do in the city or outside. Even if you are not an outdoorsy person, expect to become one within the first few weeks of moving to New York. Whether you want to spend your free time in downtown New York, or the great outdoors, you will certainly be satisfied with the range of choices.

To discuss your auto shipping option, please call our logistics experts. You can also request a quote online and we will call you shortly after. Congratulations on your moving to New York. We are here to help you ship your car with peace of mind! Thank you!