Auto shipment has become increasingly popular, and for good reason. It’s a convenient way to get your vehicle from one state to another without the hassle of driving a long distance. If you are in need of transporting your car from Oregon to California, you might be wondering how much it will cost. There is no way to get an exact price without considering several factors. Here are some of the main factors that will determine your shipping cost as well as tips for saving money.
Type of Vehicle
Auto carriers have to follow strict guidelines regarding the weight of their freight. Since larger vehicles are heavier, the carrier will be able to transport fewer vehicles, resulting in a higher price. You can expect to pay more for large trucks, vans, and SUV’s than sedans and compact cars.
Mode of Transport
Most auto shipping companies will give you the choice between shipping your car on an open or enclosed carrier. While there are pros and cons to each, the price will be higher for an enclosed carrier. That said, enclosed carriers provide more protection and are an ideal choice for luxury or antique vehicles.
Pickup and Delivery Locations
As one might expect, it is cheaper to ship a car between two major cities than it is to ship to remote locations. While door-to-door delivery is certainly a convenient option, you can expect to pay more for this service. You can save money by choosing terminal-to-terminal shipping, whereas you drop off and pick up your vehicle at a terminal along the carrier’s route.
Condition of the Car
A running vehicle is always more affordable to ship than a car that is not in running condition. Since an inoperable vehicle requires special equipment for lifting it on and off the carrier, it can increase your shipping cost significantly. Your best bet is to visit a mechanic and make sure your car is running properly prior to shipment.
Timeline of Delivery
If you need your car picked up and delivered in a short period of time, the cost will increase significantly. Expedited delivery is more expensive because the carrier might have to make changes to their schedule in order to deliver your vehicle. If you aren’t in a hurry, you can save money by having a flexible timeline for delivery.
As you can see, there are several factors that go into determining the cost of shipping your car. While there are some factors that are out of your control, there are still several things you can do to save money on auto shipping. The most important thing you can do, however, is research shipping companies to find an auto carrier that is trusted and reliable. After all, your car is a valuable asset so you want to make sure it is in good hands as it is transported from Oregon to California.
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.