Shipping a car from east to west coast

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Shipping a car from the east to the west coast is easy. Car carriers run both directions daily. You can request a quote and book a service online, or call now.



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Nevertheless, the more you know about transporting a car, the better your shipping experience will be. Let us answer some important questions about shipping a car across the country.

Shipping a car from east to west coast?

The process starts with you deciding how you want to move the vehicle. Most people choose to hire an auto transport company. In this guide we will talk about the option of driving as well. When hiring a shipping company make sure you research well and choose wisely.

Vehicle transport is easy when you know how it works and what you need. Transporting a vehicle from the east coast to the west coast requires some organization in advance. Shipping your car with an auto transport company is the most efficient option when it comes to cross country shipping. This will spare wear and tear on your vehicle, and it will save you time and money.

Shipping a car with an auto transport company steps

  1. Request a car shipping quote online or by phone.
  2. Disclose details about your car – make/model, desired shipping date.
  3. A logistics consultant contacts a carrier and schedules your shipment.
  4. The carrier picks up your car one to few days from your first available date.
  5. The carrier completes an inspection report before loading your car.
  6. Transit time from east coast to west coast is estimated from 7 to 10 days.
  7. At delivery the carrier inspects the vehicle again and you pay any remaining balance.

Choose an auto shipping company

When you search online you will find hundreds of auto transport companies. The difficult part is to choose. Our advice is that you don’t base your decision solely on price. The lowest price does not guarantee reliable and timely service. It is actually a red flag if the price is too low than most other quotes you have received.

Many companies offer lower rates, but this means that they will not be able to find a car carrier to ship the car in a timely manner, and your car will stay on a dispatch board for a long time until a trucker decides to take it.

An unrealistically low rate complicates and slows down the shipping. That is why it is important to work with a company that will explain how the process works and will offer a realistic current market rate.

This is what we do – we offer realistic, current market rates and honest talk. We are a small, family owned company and our motto is ‘Above and Beyond Customer Service,’ which means realistic rates that ship your vehicle in a timely manner because we want our customers to return.

A current rate affects the shipping time

The time to ship a car from the east to the west coast depends on the exact location (major city vs. rural town). In addition to that, total time of shipping really depends on the price accepted. Only a current market rate can guarantee a timely shipping.

When you call Corsia Logistics to discuss your options and book your order, our agent will explain transit times in details.

In general, coast to coast shipping takes about 7 to 10 days. This is the exact time frame when shipping a car from New York to Los Angeles, for example. However, we always advise our customers to keep in mind that delivery times are always estimates. This is a long distance trip and weather conditions, truck failures or traffic can always slow down the truck hence delay the delivery.

How much does it cost to ship a car from east to west coast?

The price depends on a few factors such as vehicle make and model, car’s condition, type of transport (open or enclosed), distance, location, and current supply/demand situation.

Let’s say you are shipping a car from Los Angeles to New York or the other way around. The two rates might as well be very different. Rates vary daily, and that’s why we emphasize that supply/demand is often the most significant factor when it comes to auto transport prices.

Supply and demand works like this – customers competes with other customers for a spot on the car carrier daily. When the demand is high the truck space is limited. This means that vehicles priced higher on the national dispatch boards ship first. This is how the auto transport industry functions.

Supply and demand affects car shipping prices daily

Even when you book a month in advance, higher paying vehicles may show up on the board at any time, and they will be chosen by the carriers first. This is why current fair market pricing is important to ship a vehicle now. It is very similar to buying a plane ticket – if you need to fly now you pay the current market price; if you are wiling to postpone and wait for the prices to go down then you wait.

A good broker company works hard to offer an affordable rate to the customer, but also a fair pay to the truck driver. Hitting this golden middle equals knowledge and professionalism.

This is what we offer – the golden middle that works and moves vehicles in a timely and professional manner. This guarantees reliable auto transport service. Such rates are current market prices, not quotes calculated by a software.

Driving instead of shipping

Driving a car includes two options – driving yourself or hiring a drive-away company. Driving across the country is not for everybody. This means embarking on a long distance trip that will take at least one week. It all depends on your experience and desire to spend time on the road.

The next big question here is would you trust your car in the hands of someone else to drive it thousands of miles?

Someone else driving your car

It would be a great option if you do know someone you can trust, as sometimes this could be a cheaper and faster option. This person could be a friend or a family member. However, if you don’t have anyone, this is by no means the perfect way to move a car.

Another option that falls into this category is to use a drive-away services.

You will find companies that hire people to drive other people’s cars. These companies specialize in contracting with drivers following certain criteria. The bare minimum these companies follow is to screen the drivers for clean driving and criminal record, and impose an age requirement. You still want to read reviews and references for the driver.

For more information and please visit our Questions section and How to Ship a Car web library loaded with shipping guides. Still, the easiest thing to do is simply to call us and discuss your needs. Thank you.

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I am the co-owner and marketing director of Corsia Logistics. I believe in creating useful content for our customers and readers. If you would like to contact me please do so via our contact us form or any social media channel. Thank you.
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