Shipping a Car from Florida to Wisconsin Guide
What options do I have when shipping a car?
When you need to move a vehicle, the first alternative is to hop in and drive. Driving may be a good cost-effective option, if the distance is no greater than 200 miles, your car is in an excellent condition, and you don’t mind embarking on a days-long road trip.
What if the distance is longer than 200 miles then? Or what if you have more than one vehicle? Do you own a collectible classic car or an expensive luxury vehicle that you would not want to expose to adverse road conditions? If any of these circumstances apply to you, then hiring an auto transport company would be the best option. In fact, private customers and businesses alike contract vehicle transport comapnies daily.
What to look for when choosing an auto transport company?
There is no company that is absolutely the best when it gets to transporting vehicles. Still, you need to choose carefully. Corsia Logistics is one of the best because we care and our customer reviews reflect that.
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 stay away from the last two. And whether you choose to work with a broker or carrier, make sure it is a reputable one. These two entities work together to move vehicles and to keep the industry in check. To keep prices competative and prevent monopolization of the market, small and medium size broker and carrier companies exist. Learn more about the difference between a carrier and a broker in the auto transport industry.
Look online at your potential shipper’s consumer ratings and read reviews to learn about other customers’ experience. However, do not choose solely based on what people say. Check FMCSA for the shipper’s licensing and background information and safety ratings. Pick up the phone, call and ask questions. A reliable auto transport company will be transparent with you about time frames and prices. They understand that in business, just as in life, all the successful relationships run on trust.
What services does an auto transport company offer?
You will have a choice between open and enclosed transport, standard and expedited shipping, all door-to-door deliveries. Additionally, you’ll be able to request a top-load for your vehicle for an extra fee. It all depends on your budget, timeframe, the level of protection for your vehicle.
Open auto transport is a standard shipping method and also the most affordable. Your car will be shipped via a double-deck trailer designed to carry up to 10 vehicles at a time. Small, open carrier for one or two cars are usually used for local and expedited deliveries.
If you are looking to add an extra layer of protection for your vehicle, you should choose enclosed auto transport. Enclosed trailers have soft or hard sides that protects vehicles from weather and road elements. Most of these trailers are designed to haul between 5 and 7 cars at a time. A single-vehicle enclosed trailer may be available upon request. Due to the extra protection it offers, enclosed auto transport is a pricier option.
If you are on a tight timeline and need your vehicle to be delivered on or by an exact date, request expedited shipping. Guaranteed delivery is a premium service that comes with a premium price.
How much does it cost to ship a car?
When it comes to cost of shipping a car from Florida to Wisconsin, we need to move beyond the figure. It is not a static, flat rate we can name right now. It is very important to understand the economics of a vehicle shipping quote. The cost to ship a car depends on a few factors we have listed below. For in depth details
- Make & model of vehicle
- Vehicle modifications
- Vehicle condition – running or not
- Distance – exact miles
- Pick-up and delivery locations
- Type of auto transport carrier
- Current supply and demand situation
For more in depth information about every factor please visit our ‘How much does it cost to ship a car?‘ guide.
Is my vehicle insured during transport?
Absolutely. Legally all carriers must carry a minimum amount of insurance. Carrier’s cargo insurance protects your vehicle against damages during loading, unloading, and transit and covers anything from theft, dents, and scratches to a total loss of a car. Liability limits, though, will vary from carrier to carrier. If your vehicle is especially valuable, you may want a specific insurance coverage.
What documents do I need to ship my vehicle?
We do not need any documents from you unless the car is being moved internationally. Domestic transport is easy and simple. You or someone else 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.
The Bill of Lading is an important document. It is not only a receipt but also an inspection report. When the carrier inspects the car you need to verify that all existing damages are marked down and then you sign and get a copy.
Are you really moving from sunny Florida to snowy Wisconsin?
Known as America’s Dairyland, Wisconsin is the 23rd largest state covering 56,154 sq miles. It is also the 20th most populated in the US with a continuously growing population that reached over 5.7 Million in 2017. With shores on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, Wisconsin is also bordered with Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, and the Mississippi River. Divided into 72 counties, Wisconsin is one of the centers of German American and Scandinavian American culture in the States.
Florida, on the contrary, has a population of over 20 Million people— almost 4 times the population of Wisconsin, and South Florida is one of the most diverse parts of the state. If you don’t want to miss the diversity Florida offers, we would suggest you move to Milwaukee, one of the most diverse cities in Wisconsin.
The weather will become a big issue if you are not ready to let go of Florida’s tropical and subtropical sunny days and warm waters, and wonderful climate and scenery. As a snowbird, you will soon start getting used to Wisconsin’s cold and snowy winters which are great for winter sports. Wisconsin warm summers bring thousands of vacationers every year, despite the thunderstorm phenomenon, which happens often during the summer time.
However, if you are a snowbird then you are ok because at least you get to spend the winters in Florida. Summers and springs in Wisconsin you know will be sunny and green. Fall is also a beautiful season there and this is enough for many people to prefer to live there. Let’s see now what other reasons people have to move to Wisconsin.
Housing in Wisconsin is good!
Housing costs in Wisconsin are way lower compared to Florida and almost 15% lower than the average housing costs in the whole of US. Compared to most US states, rents can be about $500 less and drop significantly in Wisconsin’s northern and central parts. If you are moving from Florida to find housing in Green Bay and Appleton, be ready to find a home for at least 20% less compared to the national average.
Public Transportation and Employment
The transportation network of Wisconsin consists of 81 Public transit and shared ride systems, 121 public airports, 29 commerce ports, as well as 36,000 miles of railroads, 11,800 miles of state and interstate highways, and 103,000 miles of country highways, local streets and roads, offering various transportation options for all its inhabitants. You can find more info on Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Wisconsin also offers job opportunities, if you will be looking for a job once you move there. Among the main contributors in the state’s economy are manufacturing, information technology, and tourism. With a thriving start-up culture, many Wisconsin cities such as Madison and La Crosse, are ranked among the best cities for entrepreneurs in the US. Milwaukee, for example, is among the 13 worldwide United Nations Global Compact Innovating Cities and is one of the only two North American cities that made it on the list.
What to do in Wisconsin? A lot you can do in Wisconsin!
No matter where you choose to live in Wisconsin, you will never run out of things to do. Home to Egg Harbor, one of the coolest small towns in America, Wisconsin offers several music and cheese-related festivals throughout the year, and freshly produced food straight from the farms. If you’ve considered yourself an outdoorsy person in Florida, you are about to continue your outdoorsy lifestyle in any Wisconsin city as well. With 13 state forests, 84,000 and 15,000 miles of river and lakes, 47 state parks, and 76 state wildlife areas, Wisconsin’s unique geography is waiting for you to explore it as soon as you settle.
The state is also considered the water park capital on the world as it has over 200 water park slides. Its largest water park Noah’s Ark, is also the largest one in America.
Moving from Florida to Wisconsin with a car
Once you move to Wisconsin, you will have to transfer your driver’s license at your local Wisconsin DMV office within the first 60 days after you become a resident. After you do that, you can proceed with registering your car with the DMV. If you own an off-road vehicle, moped, RV, or any other special vehicle, you need to register it with that local DMV as well. To pay the fees and submit all the needed documents, you will need to pay your local DMV office a visit.
We hope this was all helpful information and you are now even happier that you are moving to Wisconsin! Give us a call now if you have any questions. We are here to help you ship your car from Florida to Wisconsin with peace of mind.Thank you!