Whether you want to move a car from Los Angeles to another state or just another part of the city, car shipping companies are always available to provide assistance. It is not always practical to drive a car to your new college, university, or home. When a vehicle is in no shape to run, it has to be moved some other way. Or maybe you have found that classic car you have been searching for in the L.A. area. Whatever the reasons, here are some tips for car shipping to or from the Los Angeles area.
Car Shipping Considerations:
First of all, what are you moving? Is it a classic car or a beater? The make, model, and condition of a vehicle all affect the price of transport because a reputable company insures all vehicles against damage. High-end and irreplaceable vehicles may cost a bit more to transport.
Where Are You Moving It To?
Our free online car shipping calculator will ask for a starting point and destination: from Los Angeles to Spokane Washington, Austin Texas, or maybe Phoenix in Arizona. Perhaps you are simply moving from Pico Rivera in the South East to Ladera Heights in the West. It's not far, but far enough to require professional help.
What Else Affects the Price?
Dates of travel, fuel prices, and carrier type will also affect your price. A covered trailer will add another layer of protection, but it will cost you more. Transport by open trailer is more common and less expensive.
How to Select a Company
There are lots of choices for car shipping in Los Angeles. Don't just look at the lowest quoted price, because more often than not, you will get what you pay for. Ask if they screen drivers? Find out if there is a no-damage guarantee plus full insurance coverage? Are they accredited with the Better Business Bureau?
Put a few companies to the test, reading what past clients have to say. Talk to a customer service agent by phone. Get a feel for who has your best interests at heart and who just wants your money.
You will not find any pushy salespeople at Ship A Car Direct, you'll only find tons of info and expert advice. Give us a call when you need car shipping to or from the L.A. area, and we'll be happy to help!
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.
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