Shipping a car from Florida to Texas Guide

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Auto transport industry has its own rules when it gets to delivering vehicles between destinations. For a flawless car shipping experience, invest some time to understand the basics of vehicle transport. Review our guide and find answers to some importat questions.

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

If you need to move your car from Florida to Texas, the first thought that has probably crossed your mind is to top off the fuel tank and drive off. However, you should think it over, again. Driving may be a good, cost-effective option, if the distance is not greater than 300 miles, your car is in excellent driving condition, and you don’t mind embarking on a quick road trip. But going on a longer road adventure is not something you do on a whim. You may want to consider other alternatives. Traversing greater than 300 miles distances is not for everyone and does require a certain amount of planning and preparation.

And what if you have more than one vehicle to move? Do you own a collectible classic car or an expensive luxury vehicle that you wouldn’t want to expose to adverse road conditions? What if your car doesn’t run under its own power? Are you taking your off-roader to a race?

If any of these circumstances apply to you, then hiring a professional auto transport company would be your most affordable and convenient option. In fact, private customers and businesses alike contract vehicle transport companies like Corsia Logistics daily. Shipping is usually a better option than driving.

What to look for in a car shipping company?

On your quest for a vehicle shipping company you will come across the following entities: carriers, brokers, car shipping lead generator websites and auction websites. We recommend you to stay away from the last two. And whether you choose to work with a broker or carrier, make sure it’s a reputable one.

Look at your potential shipper’s consumer ratings and read online reviews to learn about other customers’ experience. Although, don’t choose solely based on what people say. Check FMCSA for the shipper’s licensing and background information as well as safety ratings. Pick up the phone and call. Ask questions.

The good companies will be transparent with you about their process. They understand that in business, as in life, all the successful relationships run on trust.

What services do auto transport companies offer?

Typical auto transport services vary by company. 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:

  • open and enclosed car carrier
  • standard and expedited delivery

Whichever service you choose, it’ll be a door-to-door delivery. Very rarely we ship cars from and to a terminal. Most individuals and businesses across the country prefer door-to-door deliveries.

The other options you’ll need to consider is whether to pick a standard service or an expedited shipping. The distinction between the two is the time of delivery. A standard car shipping service usually means that a carrier will pick up your vehicle within five business days and deliver it from Florida to Texas within a specified timeframe, which mainly depends on distance.

Expedited delivery could guarantee that your car is picked up or delivered on or by a specified date and time. However, to accommodate your request, the whole schedule of the truck will have to be planned around your schedule. In some cases, when specific dates are requested, we need to involve a second or third company, a local carrier, to pick-up or deliver the vehicle on the specified date. So, naturally expedited auto transport service is always more expensive.

Also, it’s important to keep in mind that all dates and times are only estimates. Given the nature of the shipping industry, delays may happen due to weather, traffic, unplanned breakdowns or other customers’ postponements.

How much does it cost to ship a car from Florida to Texas?

A few factors contribute to your vehicle’s shipping price. Let’s take a look at what they are:

Vehicle make and model

This is the first important factor that affects your rate. 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.

Vehicle condition

The condition of the vehicle could affect the price of shipping as well. If your vehicle has any modifications, such as being lowered or raised, it often means we would need a specialized truck to transport it. It could also simply mean that it will take up more space on the truck, which increases the rate. If your car is not running, it often adds about $150 to the cost of 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 extras such as hydraulic lift gate to hold a vehicle horizontal while loading. Also, transporting via expedited delivery will cost more than the standard shipping service.

Distance and location

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. Shipping between popular destinations (major cities) does not possess any challenges. Remote and rural locations could be a logistical challenge and often cost more.

Supply and demand

When we calculate prices, after all the factors described above comes current supply and demand on a given route. All routes in the US are affected by seasonal peaks and drops in workload, such as when ‘snowbirds’ season starts and ends.

During such peak seasons the demand is high and prices increase. But that does not mean that for other routes the prices will drop. In fact, many other routes get affected as well. Because of the higher demand, carriers prefer to service ‘snowbirds routes’. This leaves shortage in supply between all other destinations and, hence, prices spike.

In any case, the idea is that supply and demand usually determine the final cost to ship a car on a certain route. Fluctuations happen daily, and thus, only a current realistic market price can guarantee timely and professional service.

Our team provides manual tracking of daily supply and demand fluctuations. This enables us to quote a realistic current market price that will ship your vehicle in a professional and timely fashion.

Can I ship personal items in my car?

Yes, you can but a limited quantity. By law, carriers are not allowed to transport household items as they are not licensed to move such cargo. Moreover, the insurance does not cover such 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 cargo insurance. A car carrier cannot operate without an active insurance policy.

What documents do I need when shipping a car?

We won’t need any documents from you unless the car is traveling overseas. You or someone on your behalf will need to release the vehicle, together with the keys, to a carrier at pick up and sign the Bill of Lading (BOL). BOL is not only a receipt but also an inspection report. Before you sign the document, it’s extremely important to make sure that all the existing damages are marked down.


Moving to the Lone Star State

Due to its constant job growth, affordable housing, rich culture, and diverse cities, Texas has been attracting more and more people from all over the United States. Located in the South Central region, Texas is the second largest state in the US in terms of area as well as population which has reached over 28.3 million people. Thanks to its great size, the state offers diverse landscapes.

Although Texas is associated with the southern deserts, the latter only cover 10% of its land area. Its name comes from the word ‘taysha’ in Caddo language and means ‘friends’. And as a former independent republic, Texas is often called the “Lone Star” state.

As Texas is spread out it falls into multiple climate zones. Depending on where in Texas you will decide to move, the weather will vary to a great extent. The Panhandle, for example, is colder compared to the Northern part of Texas and faces snowfalls multiple times every winter. If you don’t want to face harsh winters, you should definitely choose the Gulf Coast part which is characterized by mild winters.

The state’s precipitation patterns also vary a lot from one part of Texas to another. Moreover, you will have to put up with the dry heat and high temperatures that characterize the state no matter which city you’ve chosen to call home.

Economy and employment

If Texas were a country, it would rank in the top 10 largest economies in the world. Thanks to its key industries cattle and bison, timber, cotton, and oil, which shaped the state’s economy before the World War II, Texas has managed to lead as the state with the highest export revenue since 2002. During the mid 20th century, the state invested heavily in universities and high technology and created a diversified economy. To this day, Texas has the US’ second-highest GSP (gross state product) which reached $1,599 trillion in 2016.

Home to 54 500 Fortune companies, the state is one of the leaders in several industries such as energy, aerospace, agriculture, computers and electronics, petrochemicals, and biomedical sciences. Leading in so many industries, this business-friendly state is also one of the strongest in terms of job growth. Between the year 2005 and 2013, it used to attract hundreds of people per day thanks to its great job creation. Its unemployment rate has also been going down in the past decades and reached 3.9% in December 2017, 0.2% lower than the national average.

Housing and Living Costs

Affordable housing is yet another reason why a lot of people are moving to Texas. Living costs will depend a lot on where in Florida you are currently living and where in Texas you will move. If we compare Dallas to Orlando for example, Dallas is 1% cheaper than Orlando, while median home costs are usually 6% cheaper in Dallas.

If you are living in Florida’s capital Tallahassee and want to move to Texas’ capital Austin, be prepared for a great increase in your living costs. Austin is 24% more expensive than Tallahassee and median home costs are  90% more expensive in Austin. If you still haven’t decided on which city to move to in Texas, we would highly suggest you pick between these eight fantastic cities: Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth. Frisco, Houston, Pearland, Plano, and San Antonio.

Things to see and do in Texas

The state of Texas is a paradise for barbecue and nature lovers. Take the chance to walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs at the Texas’ Dinosaur Valley State Park, see the sea turtles at the Padre Island National Seashore, enjoy its thriving live music scenes all over the state, its rich history, culture, and interesting people whenever you can. Texas cities are full of national parks as well and offer great opportunities for hiking, camping, cycling, and many other activities.

Moving to Texas with a car

Once you move to Texas with your car, you will have 30 days to register it. Before you proceed with any other documents, make sure you have proof of auto insurance and car inspection. Texas DMV does not issue driver’s licenses. To transfer your out-of-state license you’ll need to visit the Texas Department of Public Safety within 90 days of establishing your move.