Shipping a Car from Illinois to Florida Guide

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Shipping a car from Illinois to Florida is easy. In this guide, we’ll share our expertise and go over the key points of vehicle shipping. If you prefer a human touch, don’t hesitate to call us. 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 Illinois to Florida?

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 from Illinois to Florida would be a great option if you have free time and enjoy being behind the wheel. 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 Illinois to Florida means adding over a thousand miles to the odometer, oil change, flat tires, and other possible 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 type should really be influenced by the type of vehicle you need to ship. Standard everyday sedans usually go onto an open-air trailer. If you need to ship a high-end sports or luxury automobile, 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 Illinois to Florida 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 Illinois to Florida?

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
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. Smaller cars are always cheaper to ship, while bigger, heavier vehicles are more expensive.
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 prices are cheaper. Enclosed auto transport is more expensive and often used for sports, luxury or classic automobiles.
DISTANCE
The distance always determines the base price of shipping a vehicle. 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
Going to rural areas could be more complex and challenging for trucks. Fewer auto haulers are willing to go to remote towns for a single vehicle. 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 usually a specially equipped truck. A fitted carrier, and special skill set means a higher rate.
SUPPLY & DEMAND
The basics principles of supply and demand apply in the auto transport industry daily. When supply is higher prices drop, and when demand is higher prices go up. And this fluctuations happen daily on most routes. That is why a quote is good for one week.

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.

Moving to Florida. Yes, it is worth it.

 

The vibrant and energetic state of Florida is one of the most popular destinations for snowbirds, and all who prefer a warm climate and laid-back lifestyle. As someone moving from Illinois, you will be able to enjoy not only the year-round tropical weather and relaxed lifestyle, but also its delicious food and breathtaking beaches.

If you speak Spanish, you are in luck as the first language of over two-thirds of the population is Spanish speakers. The majority of Miami, for example, speak both Spanish and English, while overall, there are more than 80 different languages spoken. This major port city is the seventh most populous in the US, with over 2.7 million people living in Miami-Dade County, which makes it very colorful and interesting.

Climate

In Florida, get ready to put up with heat, humidity, and hurricanes. In contrast to Illinois’ cold and snowy winters, the state of Florida has a tropical monsoon climate with short winters that are mostly dry and warm. Its summers are hot and humid, while the hurricane season runs from the beginning of June until the end of November.

Economy and employment

For the last two decades, the Port of Miami has been widely known as the “Cruise Capital of the World.” It is the busiest port in the US for both passenger and cruise lines. The city is also a major commerce, finance, and international trade hub and an important center of culture, arts, media, and the entertainment industry. So, for those moving to Miami jobs are available! The Metropolitan Miami ranks second in the US for tourism. And Downtown Miami is home to some of the largest national and international companies, and it also has the largest concentration of international banks in the States, as well as many other companies. Tourism, of course, is one the major economical factors and well developed in most of Florida.

Moving to Miami with your car

As a new Florida resident, you will have to register your vehicle with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) within 30 days. Please keep in mind that before registering your vehicle, you will have to get a Florida driver’s license, purchase a Florida auto insurance, and complete a VIN inspection and odometer reading. Visit the official website of Florida DHSMV for more info.

Good luck to you and congratulations on your moving to the Sunshine State. If you still have any questions about shipping your car please call, text or email us now. Thank you!