Shipping a car from Texas to New York Guide
Whether it’s your first time shipping a car or you have done it a number of times already, we are here to help you make this experience flawless. In this guide, we wanted to share our expertise to help you understand the basics of auto transport. For more detailed information, check our How to Ship a Car and Services sections or simply get in touch with us. Our knowledgeable agents will be happy to walk you through every step of the vehicle shipping process and select services that work best for you and your car.
What are my options when shipping a car from Texas to New York?
The first choice that immediately comes to mind is to top off your fuel tank and drive. Let’s think for a moment. About 1700 miles, give or take, separate Texas and New York City. Unless you have been planning a road adventure for a while, driving from the Lone Star State all the way to the Big Apple is not for the faint at heart. A trip like this requires a good deal of preparation. Besides mapping out how much you’ll spend on gas, food, and lodging, you’ll need to make sure you and your car are prepared to handle the endurance demands of such a long-haul.
Speaking from experience, when the distance is more than 200-300 miles, shipping your car with a professional auto transporter may be your best option.
When you hire an auto transport company, you free yourself from the responsibility of moving your vehicle. It makes life easier when you are busy or simply do not wish to embark on a road trip. Besides saving you time, it spares your car additional hundreds of miles of wear and tear. Driving a car across the country means adding at least a thousand miles to the odometer, oil change, possible flat tires, and other unplanned for issues.
Do you have more than one vehicle and not enough drivers? Do you own a collectible classic car or an expensive luxury vehicle that you wouldn’t want to expose to adverse road conditions? Your car doesn’t run under its own power? 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 transporters daily.
What services do auto transporters offer?
In general, you will have a choice between open and enclosed transport and standard and expedited shipping. Additionally, you may have a choice between door-to-door and terminal-to-terminal delivery. And for an extra fee, you’ll be able to request top-load for your vehicle. It all depends on your budget, timeframe, the level of protection you want for your vehicle, and pick up/delivery locations.
Open auto transport is a standard shipping method and also the most affordable. Your car will be shipped on a double-deck trailer designed to carry up to 10 vehicles at a time. Small one- or two-car open carriers are used for local, less than 300 miles, and expedited deliveries.
If you are looking to add an extra layer of protection for your vehicle, you can choose to ship it via enclosed auto transport. Enclosed trailers have soft or hard side cover that protects vehicles from destructive weather and road elements. Most of these trailers are designed to haul between 5 and 7 cars at a time. Although a single-vehicle enclosed trailer may be available upon request. Due to the extra protection it offers, enclosed auto transport is a pricier option.
Whether you are shipping via open or enclosed auto transport, you can request a top-load for your vehicle. For an extra fee, your car will travel on a top-deck of a trailer, which ensures against possible leaks from other vehicles.
If you are on a tight timeline and need your vehicle on or by an exact date, request expedited shipping. Guaranteed delivery is a premium service that comes with a premium price.
Door-to-door delivery is a standard service among auto transporters. It means that the vehicle will be picked up and delivered as close to your door as legally possible.
Terminal-to-terminal delivery means your vehicle will be picked up and/or dropped off at a terminal. Depending on your particular circumstances, this service may or may not be the most beneficial and cost-effective.
How much does it cost to ship a car from Texas to New York?
Beyond the figure, it’s important to understand the economics of a vehicle shipping quote. We also recommend requesting multiple car shipping quotes before you settle for the services of a particular auto transporter.
The final cost to ship a car depends on a few factors: vehicle’s make and model, any added modifications, the operability of your vehicle, distance and pick up/drop off locations, type of transport, and supply and demand fluctuations.
Make, model, and modifications
The bigger and heavier your vehicle is, the more it’ll cost to transport it. Also, don’t forget to mention any modifications done to your vehicle. For example, lower vehicle clearance or 4X4 lift kit will require additional assistance or special preparations that may add to the cost of shipping.
If your vehicle can not move under its own power, the carrier will need to engage some extra help (a winch or a forklift); therefore, you’ll have to pay extra.
Distance and pick up/drop off locations
The longer the distance the more expensive it’ll be to transport your vehicle. However, it’s also important to consider how far off the interstate and state highways the pick-up and delivery points are. If it’s somewhere off the main routes – in a rural or hard to get to area,- where not that many people are looking to ship their vehicles, you will need to make it worth the trucker’s time, effort, and extra gas expense. It means a higher price. But if your car is traveling between popular destinations where truckers have more opportunities to pick up and deliver vehicles, you have a pretty good chance of getting a break on price.
Type of transport
The most popular method of transporting vehicles is via open trailers. This type of transport is considered standard and more economical as well.
If you are shipping a luxury, classic, or collectible automobile we always recommend an enclosed trailer. It’s more expensive, but in return offers extra protection from road elements and hazards as well as inclement weather effects.
Supply and demand fluctuations
Supply and demand fluctuations dictate prices on most routes. When the demand peaks, prices usually go up and this can often happen in a matter of hours.
Seasonal fluctuations also have an effect on vehicle shipping costs. For example, between May and September, the most popular months for moving and traveling, as well as during the snowbirds season, prepare to pay a higher price due to an increased demand. Car shipping may also get a bit complicated during winter holidays (end of December through the beginning of January) when a lot of transporters take time off. The supply of trucks on the market decreases, and as a result, car shipping rates go up.
Due to the fickle nature of supply and demand in the auto transport industry, it’s extremely important to track daily price fluctuations on national dispatch boards.
Additional factors that may affect your vehicle transport cost include expedited shipping, top load for your vehicle, and terminal-to-terminal delivery.
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. Domestic transport is simple. You or someone on your behalf needs to release the vehicle to the carrier at pick-up. The carrier will ask for the keys and a signature on the Bill of Lading (BOL). The BOL is a really important document. It is not only a receipt but also an inspection report. When the carrier inspects the car, make sure that all the existing damages are marked down. Never sign a blank or incomplete document and don’t forget to request your copy before the carrier leaves the pick-up site.
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 to the City that Never Sleeps
Moving to The Big Apple can become a life-changing experience, no matter where you’re currently living. But when moving from Texas to New York, expect that experience to be much more intense. You’ll be moving to the Big Apple, after all! So get ready to experience a mix of feelings like fear, excitement, and doubt while settling into your new life in this fabulous city.
As a cultural, media, and financial capital of the world, New York knows how to attract droves of people and make its citizens’ life feel wonderful and miserable at the same time. No worries though! Once you get used to the city’s fast pace, you will be able to fully enjoy all its greatness, atmosphere, and glamour. Home to more than 8.6 million people as of 2017, New York is one of the most densely populated cities in the US.
Moving from the South Central region of the country to the northeastern part of the US means the climate will be one of the major differences. Compared to Texas’ arid (west) and humid (east) weather, New York has a humid subtropical climate and a humid continental climate in its northern and western suburbs respectively. Its winters can get freezing cold, and the city receives plenty of snowfalls during this season. New York receives plenty of rainfall throughout the year as well, so carrying an umbrella with you just in case, won’t be a bad idea.
Housing and Living Costs
Housing and Living Costs in New York are much more expensive than in Texas. Nevertheless, you should expect your salary to be much higher in The Big Apple, no matter your profession. Overall, the living cost in New York is 76% more expensive than in Houston, for example. Housing costs are even more expensive. The median home cost in New York is 276% more expensive than in Houston, TX.
All that is due to NY’s high population density we mentioned earlier. Housing in New York is not only way more expensive, but it’s very hard to find. No matter which of New York’s five boroughs you pick (Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island), we would recommend you to sign a short-term lease at first. This way you will give yourself time to get familiar with the city, its neighborhoods, and properly search for a place that fits your lifestyle.
Economy and employment
The global hub of business and commerce has the highest number of billionaires in the world. Mainly built on Manhattan, Long Island, and Staten Island, New York has grown as a trading port throughout the years, mostly due to its location near the Hudson River and the Atlantic Ocean.
When it gets to employment, you’ll find plenty of job opportunities in trade, retail, finance, transportation, banking, real estate, fashion, advertising, and many other industries. A large number of Fortune 500 corporations have their headquarters in this wonderful city. So who knows, you might get lucky and land a job in one of them.
Staying awake at all times in New York is not hard to do. There’s so much going on all day every day, and the city truly never sleeps. Your lifestyle will become busier. You’ll make new friends, meet new people. So do your best to keep your originality as well as enjoy the moment at the same time.
Besides all the touristy spots in NY, you can also visit the not-so-popular gems such as the Panorama of the City of New York, the Met Breuer, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island and other lesser-known attractions.
Moving to NY with a car
If you move to New York with a car, you will have up to 30 days to register it with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV) from the moment you establish your residency. At the same time, you will have to transfer your out-of-state driver’s license. Keep in mind that you are required to have a New York car insurance as NY doesn’t accept an out-of-state insurance. For more information visit the official NYSDMV website.