Shipping a car from Florida to California Guide
What are my options when shipping a car from Florida to California?
When you need to move a vehicle from one location to another, your two main option are:
- driving the vehicle
- shipping the vehicle
Driving the car to your destination would be a great option if a road trip sounds like a good plan. Road trips are great because driving can be a sort of meditation. It takes your mind off everything else and forces you to focus on the road. Driving long distances, however, is not a task everybody could be capable of handling. When the distance is greater than 200 miles, we recommend shipping the vehicle instead of driving it.
Shipping your car with an auto hauling company saves you time, and it spares your car’s odometer from additional hundreds of miles. When you have to move a car across the country this often means adding at least a thousand miles to the odometer, oil change, flat tires and other possible issues. Sp, shipping the car basically preserves your vehicle and extends its life. Not to mention that from it is also often cheaper than driving it yourself.
What types of services does an auto transport company offer?
The auto shipping services customers can usually choose from depend on two things – on the type of carrier and on the time frame of delivery.
Corsia Logistics provides the following car shipping services:
- by type of carrier: open or enclosed
- by delivery time frame: standard or 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 can easily be shipped via an open car carrier. Enclosed auto transport carriers are usually booked to transport sports, luxury and classic automobiles. This type of carrier is more expensive to reserve so, you should really think about the type of protection you prefer.
The next option you need to consider is the time frame of your shipment. A standard delivery service usually means that a carrier will pick up your vehicle within five business days and deliver it within 7-10 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 holdups.
Expedited car shippoing could guarantee that your car is picked up or delivered on or by a specified date. This, however, requires the carrier’s schedule to be arranged around your dates, which naturally increases the price.
How much does it cost to ship a car from Florida to California?
The price to ship a vehicle, anywhere in the country, is never a flat rate we can state right now. Several variables decide the final cost to ship a vehicle. Let us look at them.
- car make and model
- car modifications
- vehicle condition
- auto carrier type
- distance and location
- supply and demand
All of these factors affect the price to ship a vehicle. The first three set the base price, the following three add to the price accordingly. Learn all about how prices are calculated from our cost to ship a car guide. We have detailed information how and why each factor affects the price.
What documents do I need when shipping a car?
Domestic transport is easy and simple. You, or someone else has 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 your receipt, but also your inspection report and pick-up and delivery. When the carrier inspects the car, at pick-up, you need to check that all existing damages are marked down and then you sign and get a copy. At delivery, you need to do the same – check for any possible new dents and have the carrier mark them on the documnet and sign. You need to have a copy of the signed report.
Can I ship personal items inside my car?
Yes, you can but a limited quantity. By law, carriers are not allowed to transport household items because they are not licensed to move such cargo. Moreover, the insurance does not cover any items loaded inside the vehicle, nor damages done to the inside of the car from personal items. However, most companies allow customers to have a box or a suitcase inside the trunk of their vehicle.
Is my car insured during transport?
Yes, it is. By law every car carrier in operation must have a valid cargo insurance. A car carrier cannot operate without an active insurance policy. For more details please call us and ask. We will provide you with the carrier’s current insurance policy.
Moving from Florida to the Golden State
Home to 39.5 million people, almost twice as much as Florida, California is the most populous state. Los Angeles is the most populous city in California, and the second most populated in the US after New York City. According to the World Population Review, California’s population is expected to reach 41 million by 2020, if the current growth rate will not slow down.
Moving away from Florida’s sunny weather and mind-blowing coastlines will be hard at first. But keep in mind that you will also be moving away from the capital of lightning bolts and wild hurricanes.
Compared to Florida’s tropical and humid subtropical climate, most parts of California have a Mediterranean climate. Since California is very spread out, its northern part differs a lot from its southern part, with a climate ranging from polar to subtropical. The Northern parts also have more rainfall compared to the Southern parts of the state. Overall, a beautiful climate all around.
Economy and employment
Thanks to the recent boom in financial services and real estate, the state of California has managed to surpass The UK, and has become the world’s fifth-largest economy behind the United States, China, Japan, and Germany. With $2.75 trillion its economy is larger compared to any other state in the US.
Known for its high-income taxes and expensive housing, the state can be very expensive, especially for someone coming from Florida. But the state offers plenty of opportunities if you are an entrepreneur and want to start your own business, or software developer aiming at the next big opportunity. With an abundance of jobs in the financial sector, real estate, the entertainment industry, government, scientific and technical business services you will certainly have the chance to find your perfect placement.
The IT industry, in particular, offers great openings all the time. According to the Department of Finance of State of California, the unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent in December 2017.
Housing and Living Cost
California has the second most expensive cost of living in the US after Hawaii and is overall way more expensive than Florida. If we compare Los Angeles and Orlando, LA is 73% more expensive, while housing is 270% more expensive. And these are some crazy numbers, especially compared to Florida costs of living. On the bright side, property taxes in California are below the national average.
Depending on which part of California you will move to, you will be faced with a different culture, weather, atmosphere, and all the other good stuff such as fresh produce and food from around the world. So, you need to pick a side first (North or South) that best fits your lifestyle, and then look for rental or housing options.
Among the top ten places to live in California are San Francisco, Berkeley, Irvine, San Jose, Fresno, Santa Barbara, San Mateo County, and Sacramento. However, hundreds of small towns offer decent opportunities and a more peaceful lifestyle.
Activities in California
Just like the multicultural and diverse state of Florida, California is also one big melting pot of cuisines, culture, people, and languages.
Make time to visit miles of free sunny beaches, the Grand Canyon, the Golden Gate Bridge, Napa Valley Vineyards, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills, The Death Valley, Channel Islands, Kings Canyon, and the Redwood National and State parks whenever you can once you move it. Crazy traffic aside, California has a lot of positive energy to offer throughout the year. If you are a nature lover and love to be outdoors, there are plenty of outdoor activities you can enjoy such as skiing, surfing, camping, hiking, and swimming.
Moving to California with a car
Once you move to California, you will have to register your car within 20 days after you establish residency, and in order to do so, you will need to have a valid car insurance.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has quite strict rules for all new residents, so, make sure you get the information you need regarding your car registration. New residents also need to obtain a California driver’s license within the first 10 days after moving to the state.
We hope our guide was helpful. If you still have questions please call us now or browse our websites for more car shipping facts. If you would like to get a quote, request one on this page or by phone. Our agents are here to answer all of your questions and walk you through the process. Thank you!