Shipping a car from Chicago to San Francisco Guide

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What options do I have when shipping a car from Chicago to San Francisco?

When you need to move a vehicle from point A to point B you have two main option:

  1. driving your vehicle
  2. shipping your vehicle

Driving the car to your destination would be a great option if your preference is to go on a road trip across the country. Road trips are great because they take your mind off of everything else and forces you to focus on the activity of driving. Driving long distance, however, is not something everybody can manage. When the distance is more than 200 miles, we recommend to our customers to ship the car instead of driving it.

Hiring an auto shipping company saves you time and it spares your car additional hundreds, or thousands, of miles. You can save those miles for the dream road trip, or for your daily commuting when you move. When you have to move a car across the country this also often means oil change, flat tires and other possible issues. Shipping very often is also a cheaper option than driving.

What types of services does an auto transport company offer?

Customers usually choose based on the type of carrier and on the time frame of delivery. Many companies do not explain that very clearly and we would like to make it easy to understand. Corsia Logistics provides the following car shipping services:

  1. by carrier type: open and enclosed
  2. by time frame: standard and expedited

Your choice of carrier type should really be influenced by the type of vehicle you need to ship. Standard every day sedans, such as your Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla usually go onto an open-air trailer. Enclosed auto transport is most often booked for sports, luxury and classic automobiles.

The next option you need to consider is the time frame of your shipment. A standard car shipping service usually means that a carrier will pick up your vehicle within five business days. Delivery, in this case, would be 5-7 days. However, please keep in mind that all dates and times are only estimates. Delays happen on the road often 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 means you will be prioritized and the truck’s schedule will be rearranged to suit your preferences, which naturally increases the price.

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

The price from and to any destination is never a flat rate we can state right now. Several variables decide the final cost to ship a vehicle.

  • vehicle make and model
  • vehicle modifications
  • vehicle condition
  • type of carrier
  • distance and location
  • supply and demand
We track prices manually and quote realistic current market prices that will ship your vehicle in a professional and timely fashion. Call us now to discuss your shipment.

How long does it take to ship a car from Chicago to San Francisco?

The time to ship a car is split in two time frames. The first is the time frame for picking up a car, and the second is for delivery of the car. The first frame is usually one to five business days. We will call you once 12-24 hours in advance, and once more 2-3 hours in advance to let you know of exact pick-up day and time. If the driver does not call, you can always call the office for updates.

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 carrier needs the keys and for the person at pick-up to sign the 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, and then you sign and get a copy.

Is my car insured during transport?

Yes, it is. By law every car carrier in operation must have cargo insurance. A car carrier cannot drive on interstate and intrastate roads without an active insurance policy. You can always request a certificate of insurance in advance.

 

Moving to the Golden Gate City

San Francisco

Spanish for Saint Francis, San Francisco is often called the City by the Bay, Frisco, the Fog City, The City that Knows How, The Paris of the West, and other creative names that perfectly describe it. Nevertheless, no matter what you end up calling this beautiful city, you are in for a thrilling adventure as soon as you begin your new life there. In 2017, the city of San Francisco was ranked as America’s most liveable city. It is no wonder why so many people are choosing the global tech industry hub for launching their own startup, opening a small business, starting a new family, or applying for that dream job at Google or Apple.

With a population of over 880,000 people, San Francisco is ranked as the fourth-most populated city in California and the thirteenth in the US. Compared to Chicago’s humid continental climate with cold winters and hot, humid summers, San Francisco has a warm Mediterranean climate with mild winters and dry summers. As the city is constantly influenced by the Pacific Ocean’s cool currents, expect the temperatures to constantly swing year-round.

Housing and Living Costs

Just like your monthly salary is expected to double or triple once you move to San Francisco, expect the housing and living costs to be much higher than Chicago as well. Overall, the living costs in San Francisco are 146% higher than in Chicago, while the median home cost is 490% more expensive.

Monthly rental prices for a one-bedroom apartment outside the city center can go over $2,000 while the same size apartment in the city center can cost you over $2,500. In case you are wondering about buying a house instead of renting a place, the price per square feet is $12,000 in the city center and $8,250 outside the center. You can always find cheaper options far away from the center and touristy spots, so do a little research before you pick your neighborhood.

Economy and Employment

In 2016, the San Francisco County had the seventh-highest personal income in the US with $110,418 per capita. Apple, Google, Facebook, Levi Strauss & Co, Fitbit, Salesforce, Dropbox, Reddit, Dolby, Airbnb, Yelp, Pinterest, Twitter, Uber, Lyft, Mozilla, Craigslist, and many other big companies have their headquarters in San Francisco and the neighboring cities.

The city’s rich economy is mainly fueled by key industries such as financial services, tourism, information technology, education, and healthcare. Finding a job in San Francisco is not an easy task, but rest assured that there are endless job opportunities in various types of industries. The City Government, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and California Pacific Medical Center are among the top employers in the city.

Things to do and see in San Francisco

It won’t take long for you to notice how great it is to live in a city such as San Francisco, where the weather is perfect, the people are nice and full of energy, and where festivals, live music shows, and other entertaining gigs take place throughout the year.

Visit the Golden Gate Bridge, the Alcatraz Island, Lombard Street, Coit Tower, the San Francisco Dungeon, Pier 39 Festival Marketplace, San Francisco Zoo, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco Botanical Garden, and museums like de Young Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the Beat Museum, and Legion of Honor Museum whenever you get the chance.

Moving to San Francisco with a car

After you officially make your move to San Francisco and become a new resident, you will have up to 20 days to get your vehicle registered. In order to register it, you also need to have your car insured. Keep in mind that once you become a resident of California, you will also need to obtain a California driver’s license within the first 10 days after your move. Go to the official website of DMV California to read about all the detailed information on car registration and more.