Shipping a Car from California to Massachusetts

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Learn how shipping a car from California to Massachusetts works. Review our guide below and contact us with more questions. Request a quote online or call!



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We will prepare you for the shipping process step by step. However, take some time to understand the basics of auto transport. In this guide, we share our expertise and go over key aspects.

What are my options when shipping a car from California to Massachusetts?

When you need to move a vehicle from one location to another, you have two main option – option one is driving the car and option two is shipping the car.

DRIVING
Driving from California to Massachusetts could be great, if you have enough free time for a cross country trip. Road trips are great because driving can be a sort of meditation. It takes your mind off of everything, and forces you to focus on the one activity of driving. Driving long distances, however, is not for everybody. When the distance is greater than 200 miles, we recommend shipping the car instead of driving.
SHIPPING
Shipping is always a great option. Once you book with us you do not need to worry about driving. Hiring an auto transport company saves you time and spares your car unnecessary wear and tear. Driving from west coast to east coast means adding nearly two 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, such as your Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla 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 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 cheaper to ship, while bigger, heavier vehicles are more expensive. Auto transport carriers have a weight limit 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 are personal items loaded inside, all matter for the total weight of the carrier, and ultimately the cost of shipping.
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 is often 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. 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 daily. 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 supply and demand changes daily 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.

Moving from California to the Bay State

Home to Harvard University and MIT, Massachusetts has been ranked as one of the best states to live in the US. Whether you’re moving to Massachusetts for its rich culture and history, great educational and job opportunities, the state will offer you all of that and much more.

Compared to the laid-back lifestyle of California, you will have to get used to the fast-paced life in the Bay State. Even though Massachusetts is the 44th largest state in the US, it is one of the most densely populated of all. Massachusetts population is ranked in the 14th position, with over 6.86 million people, and over 80% of the population lives in the Greater Boston metropolitan area.

Compared to California’s Mediterranean climate, most parts of Massachusetts have a humid continental climate with cold winters and warm summers. The coastal areas usually have a humid subtropical climate. The month of July is the warmest month, while January is the coldest with average temperatures that go below freezing.

Economy and Employment

According to the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2016, Massachusetts had an estimated Gross State Product (GSP) of US $505 billion. In 2013, Massachusetts had the sixth-largest number of millionaires per capita in the US, according to a study by Phoenix Marketing International. While in 2015, twelve Fortune 500 companies were headquartered in Massachusetts, including Liberty Mutual, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, TJX Companies, EMC Corporation, Raytheon, Staples Inc., Global Partners, Thermo Fisher Scientific, State Street Corporation, Biogen, Eversource Energy, and Boston Scientific. This says a lot about the state’s economy.

Nowadays, Massachusetts is among the world leaders in biotechnology, engineering, higher education, finance, information technology, trade, finance, healthcare, venture capital investment, high technology, and last but not least, tourism. This all has played a major role in the state’s economy during the last decades.

Housing and Living Costs

Housing and living costs in Massachusetts are significantly higher than the national average. If we compare Los Angeles to Boston, for example, the cost of living in Boston is 2% more expensive than Los Angeles, and the utilities are 35% more expensive. Housing, on the contrary, is less expensive in Boston. The median home cost is $670,200 in Los Angeles and $587,000 in Boston.

Massachusetts Cities and Towns

In the state of Massachusetts, there are 50 cities and 301 towns grouped into 14 counties: Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, Worcester, Middlesex, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket. Review this great blog post about helpful tips for choosing a city in Massachusetts.

Things to see and do

Home to major league professional sports teams, such as the Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, and New England Patriots, the state of Massachusetts might very easily turn you into a huge sports fan.

No matter which city you choose, rest assured that you will have plenty of time to enjoy various activities, top sights, and the perfect weather during the beautiful months of spring and fall. Boston, Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, Salem, Plymouth, Nantucket, and the Berkshires, are some of the most popular destinations for tourists, especially during the summer season.

Moving to Massachusetts with a ca

Now you have decided you are moving to Massachusetts, and this is great! You also have decided you are taking your car with you. This is absolutely normal. Keep in mind that within 30 days of settling you need to register your vehicle with Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. Depending on your vehicle type, you might need to transfer your certificate of title as well.

Keep in mind that having a car insurance in Massachusetts is mandatory. As soon as you become a resident, you need to visit your local RMV office to submit all required documents for transferring your out-of-state driver’s license.