Shipping a car from Florida to Michigan
What option do I have when shipping a car from Florida to Michigan?
Moving a vehicle from one location to another can be done in two ways – driving the car yourself or shipping it with an auto transport company.
What is the best option you may ask? The answer would vary based on your circumstances and personal preferences. Driving the car yourself would be a great option if you want to spend time on the road. 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 driving only. Driving long distances, however, is not for everybody. Cross country roads can be dangerous for the untrained eye. When the distance is more than 200 miles, we recommend shipping the vehicle instead of driving.
To hire an auto transport company means to free yourself from the responsibility of driving. It saves you time and it spares your car 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. Transporting with a transport company means peace of mind.
What services does an auto transport company offer?
Typical auto transport services vary by company. Customers can choose based 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 trailer
- by time frame – standard or expedited
So, first you choose the type of carrier you prefer for your vehicle and then whether you want standard or expdited delivery. Corsia Logistics offers open car carrier transport and enclosed auto transport, and in both cases, this is a door-to-door delivery. Very rarely we ship cars from and to a terminal. Individuals and businesses from across the country always prefer door-to-door deliveries.
When it comes to time frame, 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. Expedited car shipping service, however, could guarantee that your car is picked up or delivered on or by a specified date. This naturally increases the price.
How much does it cost to ship a car from Florida to Michigan?
Several factors affect the final cost to ship a car anywhere in the country.
Vehicle make and model
Whether your vehicle is a small sedan or an SUV matters for the car carrier. Vehicle’s weight and dimensions usually define the base price for transporting it.
Any modification done to the outside of the vehicle could potentially affect the price. If the car is lifted or lowered it will certainly require special attention and most likely trailer.
The condition of the vehicle could affect the price of shipping as well. If your car does not run on it own power, it often adds about $150 to the final cost or shipping.
Type of service
The type of service you choose will certainly affect your rate. An open carrier is the standard service and it is widely available. Enclosed carriers are more expensive because they offer higher protection and there are fewer of them in the country.
Distance and location
These two factors play an important role in price calculation. However, the distance is not the most important factor. Generally, the further away the vehicle goes the higher the overall price. Still, the type of vehicle, and the other elements in the equation matter first and then comes the distance. The exact location also affects the price. Remote and rural locations could be a logistical challenge and often cost more.
Supply and demand
This is the most important variable in the equation. When we calculate prices, after all the other factors, comes current supply and demand situation. All routes in the US are affected by daily supply and demand fluctuatio. A current market price has to be verified with national dispatch boards and daily supply and demand fluctuations.
How long does it take to ship a car from Florida to Michigan?
The time to ship a car can be split into two time frames. One is the time frame for picking up your car, and the other is for delivery. The first frame is usually one to five business days. And the transit time from Florida to Michigan is 3-5 days.
What documents do I need when shipping a car?
We do not need any documents from you unless the car is going out of the country. You or someone else needs to release the vehicle on your behalf. 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 an inspection report. The carrier perfomrs an inspection at pick-up and then again at delivery. You need to check that all existing damages are marked down and then at delivery check again and sign the report.
Is my car insured during transport?
Yes, it is! The law requires every carrier to have cargo insurance. A car carrier cannot operate without an active insurance policy.
Moving from Florida to the Wolverine State
Often called the “Wolverine State” or the “Great Lakes State”, as of 2017, Michigan has a population of almost 10 million people and it has been steadily growing since 2010. Compared to southwestern Florida, which has a population of over 20 million people. The Midwestern state is made up of two peninsulas: the Upper Peninsula, which is well known for its natural beauty and the Lower Peninsula, which looks like a mitten-shaped peninsula on the map.
Florida is well-known for its sunny weather and astonishing coastlines, but it is also the capital of lightning bolts and often tarnished by wild hurricanes. Humidity also reaches high levels most of the days, so when you move to Michigan this will be the first thing you notices. It is true that Michigan winters are freezing but once the winter is over, you will have plenty of time to enjoy all the greenery it has to offer during spring and summer, and all the colors of the fall.
One thing you will not miss in Michigan is diversity. Just like the multicultural and diverse state of Florida, which is a melting pot of cuisines and people from all over the world, Michigan too, has a very diverse cuisine and culture. Its residents come from all corners of the world as well with different ethnic origins, so it won’t take you long to find yourself and where you belong.
Housing and cost of living in Michigan
Due to the state’s population decline from 2000 to 2010, and the foreclosure crisis in 2010, Michigan offers some of the most affordable houses in the country. Rent prices compared to Florida are lower as well. If we compare Detroit to Tampa, for example, rent prices in Detroit are over 16% lower. Monthly rent for a 900 square feet furnished accommodation can go from $1,163 -$1,717 in normal areas to expensive ones respectively.
The cost of living in Michigan is also lower compared to Florida. The cost of living in Detroit is 3% lower than the National Average and if we compare it to Miami, it is 15% lower.
Michigan’s Economy and Employment
The economy of Michigan is made of five main categories including the Food and Agriculture Industry, the Automobile Industry, Advanced Manufacturing, and Freshwater Technology and Services. Christmas Trees are also strong parts of Michigan’s economy. According to the University of Illinois, Michigan ranks third in the US for growing Christmas trees and cultivates the widest variety in the country
If you are moving to Michigan without a job, any of the main industries mentioned above offers plenty of job openings every year. The IT sector, like in most of the other states, is also thriving, so you are in luck if you are looking for a new job position in the Information Technology industry. According to Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, the annual unemployment rate of Michigan as of 2017 was 4.6%, 0.5% higher compared to the national current unemployment rate.
What to do in Michigan? Where to begin…
Once you move to Michigan you will be offered plenty of exploring opportunities, no matter where exactly in Michigan you decide to settle. Bordered by Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Minnesota (by water ), Michigan offers stunning landscapes from all sides, ski hills, state and county parks, and plenty of rivers and lakes such as Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Superior which are a must visit. It is one of the states that offers a high number of golf courses, so if you are a passionate golfer you already know what you will do most of your free time there.
Michigan is also perfect for skiing, hiking, running, biking, fishing, hunting and kayaking, just to mention a few. If you are an outdoorsy person you will never run out of things to see and do in Michigan. The state is home to some of the most popular craft beers in the country, so if you are a beer lover, maybe someday you will be able to just grab a beer and go see the Northern Lights over the Lake Superior whenever possible.
Moving to Michigan with a car
Once you move and settle, you will need to register your car with the MI SOS and submit all needed documents,including the mandatory car insurance, at your local Michigan SOS office in person. Besides registering your car you will also need to transfer your out-of-state driver’s license. Find more info at DMV.org.
Now, if you are a snowbird returning back home from Florida, you know very well why you prefer to live in Michigan. We help thousands of snowbirds every year, and we know they are certainly happy to go back home in the spring. If you are ready to move, and need to ship your automobile give us a call now or request a car shipping quote online. Thank you!