If you are planning a move from California to Georgia, you might be wondering how to get your vehicle from point A to point B. Not everyone has the time to spend on a cross-country road trip and many people prefer not to put the wear and tear on their vehicle. That’s where auto shipping comes in handy. If you are moving from California to Georgia, you need a car shipping expert you can rely on. Ship-a-Car Direct offers convenient, affordable, and reliable cross-country transportation for your vehicle. No matter where you are located in California, we can pick up your vehicle and have it delivered directly to your new location in Georgia. The first thing on your mind is probably, “How much will it cost to ship my car from California to Georgia?” The answer to this question depends on a number of factors. Since there is no fixed cost for auto shipping, here are a few important factors that will determine the cost of shipping your car from California to Georgia.
Size of the Vehicle
The size of your car will impact the cost of shipment. Since carriers are limited by the weight and number of vehicles they can carry, your car will cost more or less depending on the size. Large trucks and SUV’s will be more expensive than smaller sedans and compact cars.
Condition of the Vehicle
It will cost you significantly more to ship an inoperable vehicle. Since these vehicles require special equipment to lift the car on and off the carrier, you could expect to pay several hundred dollars more to ship a car that is not in running condition.
Pickup and Delivery Locations
Another major factor in determining the cost of shipment will be your pickup and delivery locations. It is cheaper to ship a car between two major cities than between two rural locations. Depending on how far you are located from a major interstate, you could expect to play close to twice as much for a remote location. You can save money by choosing terminal-to-terminal transport as opposed to door-to-door shipping.
Time of Year
Like many other industries, there is a peak season for auto shipping. May-September are the most popular months for auto transport so you can expect to pay a higher rate due to carrier demand during these months. Winter months are generally the cheapest, though there could be delays due to winter weather.
Most shipping companies will give you the option to select pickup and delivery dates, but if you require expedited delivery, this can drive up the price. You can also save some money if you are flexible with your pickup and delivery dates. If the carrier can schedule your delivery according to their schedule, this can save you quite a bit of money.
Moving your car across the country from California to Georgia can seem like a stressful experience. That’s why it’s so important to choose a trusted and reputable shipping company like Ship-a-Car Direct. We handle every car with the greatest care to ensure it arrives safely at its destination. Call us today for a free shipping estimate.
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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