Given the fact that so many people transfer from Texas to California and vice versa for work, it comes as no surprise that there are so many people in need of shipping a vehicle between these two states. While it may seem easy enough to drive your car yourself, it’s important to consider the toll this drive takes on both you and your car. Not only is there roughly 1,200 miles separating these two states (and even more depending on your location), but you have to drive through two mountain ranges to reach your destination. This equates to a lot of unnecessary mileage and wear and tear on your vehicle. Not to mention the exhaustion of driving such a long distance combined with your travel expenses. For this reason, choosing to have your car shipped will save you time, money, and a tremendous hassle.
How to Determine the Cost of Shipping Your Car from Texas to California
The cost of shipping your car from Texas to California depends on a few factors:
Distance between pick-up and drop-off- One of the main factors that will determine the price of your auto transport is the distance. There is typically a cost per mile shipping charge that is factored into your final cost.
Mode of delivery- Is your car being shipped from terminal to terminal or door-to-door? This can have a significant impact on your overall cost. Terminal to terminal shipping is generally cheaper, as this is a way for carriers to cut down on costs.
Route and Seasonality- If your vehicle is able to be shipped using a popular transport route, this can generally save you money. You will typically find that shipping rates are lower between major cities. The season can also affect pricing. Summer tends to be the busiest shipping time so rates are usually higher while the winter is typically the cheapest time to ship your car.
Size of your vehicle- The weight and size of your vehicle can impact your shipping quote. Since vehicle carriers have limited space and capacity, larger vehicles equal higher fees.
Finding the Right Auto Transport Company
In order to determine a price for shipping your car, you need to contact an auto transport company to request a free quote. Any reputable company should be able to provide you with a quote and this can help you get a better idea of the cost. It is important to shop around to find the best rate and the most reliable and reputable auto shipping 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.