Shipping a Car from Los Angeles to Boston Guide

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Shipping a car from Los Angeles to Boston is easy. Take some time to understand the basics of auto transport, review our guide now. We will share our expertise and go over the key points of vehicle shipping. Our experienced logistics agents will be happy to walk you through the process and help you select a service.

What are my options when shipping a car from Los Angeles to Boston?

When you need to move a vehicle from one location to another your two main option – driving the car or shipping the car.

Driving from Los Angeles to Boston would be an amazing thing to do, if you have plenty of free time, enjoy being behind the wheel, and want to see as much of the country as you possibly can. Road trips are also great because driving can be a sort of meditation. It takes your mind off everything else and forces you to focus on the one activity of driving. Driving long distances, however, is not for everybody. Think about whether you are ready for that cross country road trip!
Hiring an auto transport company saves you time and spares your car additional hundreds of miles of unnecessary wear and tear. Driving from Chicago to Miami means adding over a thousand miles to the odometer, oil change, flat tires, and other possible issues. Shipping, on the other hand, is often cheaper than driving, once you consider all the expenses a long road trip entails.

What types of services does an auto transport company offer?

The auto transport services are chosen based on two aspects –  on the type of carrier and on the time frame of delivery. Corsia Logistics provides the following car shipping services:

  • by carrier type: open and enclosed trailer
  • by time frame: standard and expedited delivery
Your choice of car carrier type should be influenced by the type of vehicle being shipped. Standard everyday sedans usually go onto an open-air trailer. If you need to ship a high-end automobile, or any classic vehicle you should choose enclosed trailer. Enclosed auto transport offers complete protection from weather and road elements.
A standard car shipping service usually means that a carrier will pick up your vehicle within one to few days. Delivery, in this case, from Los Angeles to Boston would be 7-10 days. However, please keep in mind that all dates and times are only estimates. Expedited delivery could guarantee that your car is picked up or delivered on or by a specified date and time. This, however, requires the whole schedule of the truck to play around your schedule, which naturally increases the price.

How much does it cost to ship a car from Los Angeles to Boston?

Several variables decide the final cost of shipping a car. Vehicle make and model, together with the distance, set the base price for auto shipping. Then the choice of carrier type enters the equation. Picking up, and delivering a vehicle, to and from a rural area is a logistical challenge that usually costs more. However, the deciding factor of all is the current supply and demand situation on a given route.

We track supply and demand daily, and quote current market prices that will ship your vehicle in a professional and timely fashion. Learn more about the factors that affect the cost to ship a car.

Smaller cars are cheaper to ship, while bigger, heavier vehicles are more expensive. Auto transport carriers have a weight limit that they must observe when accepting vehicles. Thus, the make and model of your vehicle, as well as any modifications done to it, and whether there will be any personal items loaded inside, all matter for the total weight of the carrier.
The type of carrier you choose affects your rate as well. Open auto transport is the standard shipping method in the industry and such carriers are readily available, thus it is more affordable. It is used for all vehicle types. Enclosed auto transport is more expensive and often used for sports, luxury or classic automobiles.
The distance always affects the price of shipping. The longer the distance the less it costs per mile, but that is never the decisive factor in the final cost. Shorter distances still consume gas and require the same amount of work, but in the end it is fewer miles traveled. This means that shorter distances often cost as much as shipping a car across the country.
Auto transport to and from rural areas could be more complex and challenging. Fewer auto haulers are willing to go to remote towns and villages, to pick-up or deliver a single vehicle only. This often means higher prices and longer wait. The majority of the truck drivers prefer to travel to major metro areas, where loads availability is higher.
To ship a non-running vehicle we need a truck that can winch it onto the trailer. This requires more work, and more time. A fitted carrier, and special skill set means a higher rate. In some cases, we may even need a forklift to load a fully inoperable vehicle, which additionally increases the price.
When supply is higher than demand, prices drop, but when demand is higher prices go up. In auto logistics, when demand is high the truck space is limited and this means the prices increase. That is why a quote is good for one week only because demand changes on almost every route.

What documents do I need when shipping a car?

Domestic transport is easy and simple. You, or someone on your behalf, has to release the vehicle to the carrier at pick-up. The person at pick-up will also need to sign a Bill of Lading (BOL). The BOL is not only a receipt but also an inspection report. When the carrier inspects the car you need to check with him that all existing damages are marked down before you sign. Never sign a blank or incomplete document and don’t forget to get your copy before the driver leaves the site.

Is my car insured during transport?

Yes, it is. By law, every car carrier in on the road, must have a full cargo insurance. A car carrier cannot operate without an active insurance policy.

Moving to the City of Neighborhoods


The capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is also the most populous one with an estimated population of over 680,000 people. The population of Boston has been constantly growing throughout the past decades, but it doesn’t even come close to Los Angeles’ population of over 4 million.

Founded in 1630, Boston is not only one of the oldest cities in the US, but it is also an international center of higher education with universities such as Harvard, Emerson College, Boston University, Northwestern University, MIT and more. Moving from sunny Los Angeles, to a city like Boston, with such rich culture and history, will be an adventure that is certainly worth undertaking.

L.A. and Boston differ in many ways. Compared to Los Angeles’ year-round, mild-to-hot, dry climate, Boston has a humid continental climate. July is usually the hottest, while January the coldest month. If you’ve never seen snow before, you will have your chance in Boston during winter, so, add warm clothes to your packing list as well.

Economy, housing, and cost of living

As one of the top 30 most powerful cities in the World, living costs in Boston can be up to 47% more expensive than the national average. Los Angeles is well known for its expensiveness, but it is not more expensive than Boston. Expect your living costs to increase by 2% at least, and utilities by 35%, once you move to Boston. Housing, on the contrary, can be less expensive in Boston, but it will depend immensely on where in Boston you move to. In L.A., the median home cost is $583,600, while in Boston it drops to $499,400.

Boston neighborhoods

Thanks to its diverse subsections, Boston is often called the city of neighborhoods. Among the 23 designated neighborhoods you can choose from, Beacon Hill, Charlestown, North End, South Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Back Bay are just some of the most preferred neighborhoods in Boston.

Whether you are looking to buy a house, or rent an apartment, make sure you avoid the month of September if you want to stay away from high prices. The best deals you can find usually are available during the month of July and August. To learn more, please visit our Moving to Boston Guide!

Job market and unemployment rate

As of November 2017, the unemployment rate in Boston is only 3.0%, 1.1% lower than the national average and 1.4% lower than Los Angeles’ unemployment rate. With an abundance of job opportunities in higher education, technology, medical sector, biotech, life sciences, and finance, “The Hub” also is home to a great number of startups that are on the lookout for new talent every day.

What to do in Boston

This European-looking city has a lot to offer. From numerous lakes and mountains, to must-see attractions such as the Freedom Trail, Museum of Fine Arts, Faneuil Hall, Boston Public Garden, North End, Boston Harbor, Quincy Market, the Skywalk Observatory, and Old State House, you will have a lot of things to do that will keep you busy and amused for several weeks, or even months.

Its location is also very favorable and allows its inhabitants to easily travel to Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Newport whenever they need a weekend getaway.

Moving to Boston with a car

Once you move to Boston, you will need to register your car with the RMV within the first 30 days you become a resident. Keep in mind that the car insurance is mandatory for registering your car. You will also need to transfer your out-of-state driver’s license, and submit all the required documents at your local MA RMV office in person.