Car Transport New York to Florida Guide



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Shipping a car from New York to Florida is easy. For a stress-free experience, take some time to understand the basics of auto transport. In this guide, we will share our expertise and go over the key points of vehicle shipping. Our experienced logistics agents will be happy to walk you through the process and help you select your solution.

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

When you need to move a vehicle across the country your two main options are: driving the car or shipping the car.

DRIVING
Driving from New York to Florida would be a great option if you have plenty of free time, enjoy being behind the wheel, and want to see as much of the east coast as possible. Road trips are also great because they take your mind off everything else and force 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 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?

The standard is to choose 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 depends on the vehicle you need to ship. Standard everyday sedans, such as a Honda Civic, usually go on 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 New York to Florida would be 3-5 days. However, keep in mind that all dates and times are only estimated. Carriers are delivering multiple 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 New York to Florida?

The price from and to any destination changes weekly. Several variables decide the final cost of shipping a car. 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 current market prices that will ship your vehicle now. Learn more about all factors that affect the cost to ship a car.

VEHICLE MAKE & MODEL
Smaller cars are usually 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 prices 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 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.

Florida – hooray!

You will experience summer temperatures in the 80-90s on a daily basis. But you will also enjoy New Year’s Eve in shorts and T-shirt. If you are moving to Florida just for the heat and the sun, you might as well think twice. Sunny as we know it, Florida is also the capital of lightnings and storms. The state is also famous for the hurricanes. The areas most likely to endure a hurricane are the southern tip, the east coast and the gulf coast along the panhandle. Not to make it too traumatic, but let’s not forget humidity as well.

Meet the Floridians

In the past couple of years weather conditions triggered reactions from politicians in the state as well. They claim that South Florida experienced harsher climate change and sea-level issues than the north part of the states. The unfair advantage of the north makes it hard for the whole state to get support. This is why the mayor of Miami proposed a resolution to split the state in two. Might sound crazy to some, but it is true.

People who have visited Florida confirm that there are differences in the atmosphere in the two regions, too. Usually, the panhandle is considered socially conservative and more economically disadvantaged. The northwest Florida’s economy depends primarily on military bases, beach tourism, agriculture and fishing. By contrast, central and southern Florida has theme parks, NASA and a very strong defense contracting industry. Naturally, this defines the diversity in people. Their mentality and attitude towards life is rather different, so make sure you do your research in advance. Visit the two Floridas, meet locals before you settle.

Moving to the Sunshine State

Despite the hurricanes and high humidity weather, the population of Florida continues to grow. With almost 21 million inhabitants, the state is currently the third most populous in the nation. Compared to New York’s humid continental climate with freezing winters, Florida’s climate is mostly subtropical. Most parts of the state have a mild weather during the winter, and its summers are usually hot and humid. Its northern part experiences a subtropical climate, while tropical weather reigns in the southern part of the state.

Housing and Living Costs

They say South Florida and North Florida differ so much, be it in climate, culture, nightlife, atmosphere, it feels like they are not part of the same state. That is why you should do your research first and pick one side before deciding on buying a propery. These cities are among the most popular ones: Pensacola with Median Home Price (MHP) – $136,300, Jacksonville (MHP – $154,700), Tallahassee (MHP-$168,800), Orlando (MHP – $171,000), Clearwater (MHP – $208,400), St. Petersburg (MHP – $185,000), Tampa (MHP – $187,400), Fort Myers (MHP – $204,100), Sarasota (MHP – $272,800), Fort Lauderdale (MHP – $289,300), and last but not least, Miami with MHP – $303,000.

If you move to Florida’s capital Tallahassee, for example, expect the cost of living prices to drop by nearly 70% compared to New York.

Economy and Employment

According to a report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis on March 22, 2018, Florida had a GDP of $967.3 billion in 2017, ranking in the fourth position in the US. The state’s economy is mainly fueled by trade, financial services, manufacturing, construction, and transportation services. Its tourism keeps thriving and contributing to the economy and is also mixing Florida’s culture even more.

Job opportunities in the Sunshine State are also abundant with open job positions in various industries. If you are moving from Boston without a job and are going to look for one once you settle in, we would recommend you to look at Indeed jobs and Monster jobs as a start. In 2011, the state was named the third best state for business in the US. So if you plan to open your own business and be your own boss, Florida is one of the ideal states to do so.

Things to Do in Florida

Life in Florida is so much more than just living by the beach and practicing your swimming and surfing skills. Even though the state has the lowest high points in the US, it still offers great hiking opportunities, and other outdoor activities such as fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, bicycling, and many more.

As a golf state, it offers golf lovers the terrain they need to practice their favorite sport as well. Universal Orlando, Florida Keys, South Beach, Magic Kingdom, Everglades National Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are just a few things you need to add and hopefully cross off your bucket list as soon as you possibly can.

Moving to Florida with a car

Since Florida is too spread out, getting around in the Land of Flowers would be too hard without a car. Therefore, if you are moving there with your car, you will automatically make your life easier and save yourself the stress. Once you establish your move you will have up to 30 days to register and title your car with your local DHSMV. Keep in mind that you will have to register and title your car at the same time in order to legally drive it.

Car transport from New York to Florida is simple with Corsia Logistics. We serve this route regularly. When you contact us we will answer all of your questions and walk you through each step of the process. Call us at now or request an auto transport quote online. For more information and answers to more common questions please refer to our FAQ section. We are here to help you transport your vehicle. Thank you.

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