Car Shipping in California
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What You Need to Know When Shipping a Car in California
When you’re shipping a car in California, there are a few things you should keep in mind to ensure a smooth and stress-free process.
Ship a Car Direct has the experience and know-how to get your car where it needs to go, no matter the distance or terrain. Here are 3 things to know before booking auto shipping in California:
1. Choosing the right car shipping companies in California is key. Ship a Car Direct only hires car shipping companies that are reputable, trusted, and licensed. We do our due diligence in ensuring positive reviews, good ratings, and a clean track record, every single time.
2. Preparing your car for shipment will help protect it. Remove all personal belongings and valuables from the car, as they are not covered by insurance.
Next, clean your car and inspect it for any pre-existing damages, and take pictures or videos to document them. Make sure the car has less than a quarter tank of gas and is working well, with no leaks or mechanical issues. Be sure your car alarm is turned off.
3. Choosing the right type of auto transport in California is important.
There are two main types of car transport in California: open and closed. Open transport is more affordable but exposes your car to the elements. Enclosed transport provides more protection but is more expensive. Choose the type of transport that best fits your budget and your car’s value and needs.
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How much does it cost to ship a car from California?
With so many people moving out of California to states with a lower cost of living shipping a car from California to states like Florida and Texas has become very competitive. When the number of cars to be shipped is larger than the amount of available truck space, that will drive the price up. Luckily, Ship a Car Direct has an easy online calculator that you can use without having to give your personal info to quickly get a price to ship a a car from California to another state. Access it here.
How much does it cost to ship a car to California?
California is one of the most popular states in the USA to ship a car into. Depending on where you are shipping your car from, the move can either get a little pricey or be surprisingly cheap. Many people are moving from places like the northeast to sunny southern California, making those routes more competitive and bringing the price up. On the flip side, shipping a car from Texas to California is one of the cheapest routes in the country. Use our free online calculator to get a price to ship a car to California, no personal info is required.
How much does it cost to ship a car from Los Angeles to Texas?
The average cost to ship a car from Los Angeles to Texas is around $800. Prices will vary with the seasons, so sometimes it may be more, and sometimes less. It's best to get a few different Car Shipping Quotes from different companies and also to get them close to the time period that you will actually be shipping your car, to get the most accurate price.
How long does it take to transport a car from California to Texas?
It will normally take anywhere from 3 to 5 days to ship a car from California to Texas. Car carriers will average approximately 250 to 300 miles a day once they are out on the road delivering their vehicles.
How do I ship a car to California?
To ship a car to California you need to start by doing your research. First, get at least 3 price quotes from different companies to compare costs and find the customer service team that you feel is best suited to walk you through the process. Next, read reviews of the companies that you are looking into; paying close attention to Yelp and the BBB as those are the ahrdest for a company to fake. Lastly, give yourself a good cushion of time with some flexibility built in to your plans, as many things can throw a car carrier off their schedules. The good news is, California is the most popular state to ship a car into and out of, so you will have plenty of carrier options.
Can I ship my car to California?
California is the most popular state to ship a car to or from so, yes, you can absolutely ship a car to California. Some cities in California will be easier to ship a car to than others. For example, San Francisco, especially the downtown area, is very tricky for a multicar carrier to navigate. That doesn't mean you can't ship a car to San Francisco, but the driver will probably ask you to meet them in an area that's easy for them to access.
What cities are easiest (and cheapest) to ship a car to or from in California?
Major cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland and Sacramento will be the easiest and cheapest cities to ship a car to or from in California. Being on the outskirts of major metro areas is still okay and doesn't add to the cost, but the further you are from major cities and moajor highways the more difficult (and expensive) your move will get.
How do I transfer my out of state car to California?
Shipping your car to California is the easy part, just contact us and we can get it from almost anywhere in the USA and ship it direct to California. Transferring your registration is another story. You'll have a grace period when you arrive but you'll need to contact the California DMV and pay particular attention to the smog test requirements. California is much more stringent in the smog requirements than many other states.
How much is it to deliver a car from New York to California?
As of this writing it cost around $1000 to ship a regular sized car from NY to CA. You can easily find out the current cost to ship a car from New York to California by using our Free Car Shipping Calculator. No personal info is required.
Can you ship a car from Texas to California?
Not only can you easily ship a car from Texas to California but it's hands down one of the cheapest and fastest car shipments you can do. So many cars (and their owners) are moving from CA to TX that there are multiple full truckloads of cars being shipped from California to Texas on a daily basis, and these trucks are going back to CA from TX almost empty; which means low prices and a ton of available space on trucks for you!
How long does it take to ship a car from NY to CA?
The average time to ship a car from NY to CA is 7 to 10 days. It often makes the journey across the US in less time than that, but 7-10 days is the best transit time to give yourself when you are making your plans. And remember, your car is not always picked up on the first day you make it available, sometimes it takes a day or two, so leave a cushion for that as well to avoid frustration.
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.