If you are planning to relocate from Michigan to California you might be wondering how to transport your vehicle such a long distance. At first thought, you might consider driving it yourself. However, there are several reasons why this might not be the best idea. For starters, a long distance drive puts a tremendous amount of wear and tear on your vehicle. It can also be quite expensive to make such a long trip. By the time you factor in the cost of gas, food, and lodging, you might find that it’s more affordable to have your car shipped. Furthermore, driving from Michigan to California is time consuming and exhausting. Shipping your car with a carrier is an easy and convenient way to get your car from Michigan to California. That said, there are several factors that go into determining the cost of shipment and it is important to be aware of these things.
Distance and Location
Of course, the exact distance your car must travel will impact the cost. In addition, the pick-up and drop-off points can be a factor. If you are in a remote location, for example, this will be more costly. While door-to-door delivery is a convenient option, it is also more expensive. You can save money by choosing terminal-to-terminal transport.
Another factor that can determine the cost is how quickly you need your car shipped. If you require expedited delivery, you can expect to pay more. If you can be flexible with your delivery date, this can save you some money.
Size and Weight
Auto transport carriers have weight and capacity limitations so the larger the vehicle, the more it will cost you. Trucks, SUV’s, and vans will be more expensive to ship than cars and sedans.
Type of Carrier
You will also have the option of choosing open or enclosed transport. If your car can be shipped on an open truck you will pay less than if you require covered shipping for a luxury or antique vehicle.
While the average price to have your vehicle shipped will range anywhere from $900-$1200, there are many factors that will determine the exact price. It’s important to do some research and request a free estimate prior to choosing a shipping company. Be sure to inquire about additional fees or surcharges so there are no surprises on your final bill. Also, be sure to read reviews and check for proper licensing and registration to ensure you are working with a reputable auto transport company.
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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