We ship hundreds of vehicles each year from coast to coast. Our Florida to California car shipping path operates on a year-round basis. We work with carriers that have the latest machinery and well-maintained trailers. Plus, any transport from California to Florida is insured for safety and protection. The method of transporting your car between states has never been simpler with Ship a Car Direct. If you're considering shipping a car from California to Florida, the safest course of action is to recruit a specialist shipping expert.
Cost of Shipping
A number of variables determine the expense of shipping a car from California to Florida, including:
- Vehicle size: The heavier the vehicle, the more expensive it is to ship. Since smaller cars are easy to transport, they usually cost less to ship.
- Time frame: The sooner you want a car to be delivered, the more expensive it would be. Shipping firms would be forced to expand their capacity to accommodate you, thus affecting their normal supply chain.
- Planned route: Requesting freight firms to use easy roads (such as main highways and freeways) can help keep the cost of shipping the car minimal.
- Season: Some seasons are more favorable for shipping vehicles compared to others. Avoid busy seasons such as the winter, where many seniors go south for the winter. Traffic congestion is at an all-time high during this time frame, which can extend the time required to ship your car. The quicker it is to transport a car, the less expensive it would be.
- Your budget: Wherever feasible, buy the best shipping experience within your budget. If you choose to hold the price down, do not skimp on premiums or seek special treatment from the shipping firm for path logistics. As with travel, the more expensive the ticket, the more enjoyable the encounter.
Transporting a vehicle between Florida and California is a 2700-mile journey. There are other factors to remember, such as the shipping company involved. You do not want to spend more than you should to get the job done. On the other hand, there are also horror stories about how going for the lowest bidder cost the customer more than the lowest amount offered by other companies. Additionally, it may be challenging to shop around as certain businesses want to "lock you in" by requiring payment before providing the service.
When you choose Ship a Car Direct, we’ll give you fair rates for your budget with professional haulers that are guaranteed to get your car to your destination efficiently and in its original condition.
Transporting a car from Florida to California requires an average of 7–10 days. Normal car transporters usually travel 500 miles per day on average. Bear in mind that this is an estimate and the actual value varies due to factors such as weather, traffic, and any other unforeseen circumstances.
How Shipping Works
Automobile transportation and distribution firms can ship cars in either of two ways: open auto transport or closed auto transport. Both choices have their pros and cons, but the one you choose relies on specific requirements. As a general rule, most automobiles are transported via open auto transport, whereas more valuable vehicles are usually transported via closed auto transport.
Both shipment methods provide standard liability coverage for the duration of the transit. Comprehensive insurance options are available, and these include an additional layer of protection for shipments during transit. During the booking phase, you can pick a level of coverage.
- Open Car Transport: This is the less expensive of the two options. Your automobile is exposed to the environment since it would be one of many being pulled on a rack by a transport. While the "open-air" aspect of transportation may sound concerning, we assure you that our drivers are well-trained and your car will go through less wear and tear than it would when being driven across the country.
- Enclosed Car Transport: Your second shipping choice is closed auto transport. Rather than mounting the car on a stand, it is loaded onto a closed trailer, either alone or alongside other cars. A Big Rig tows the trailer to the location of your choice, where it is unloaded. This approach eliminates the risk of environmental damage, as well as car theft. This is also the more costly choice, and we recommend it for owners who have vintage or classic cars, especially when making a big move from Florida to California.
Before shipment, inspect and register the vehicle's current condition. You can document the vehicle's present condition for insurance compensation purposes and guarantee that the state in which it was delivered matches the state in which it arrives.
Remove the vehicle's contents. While several carriers enable you to load the trunk area with up to 100 pounds, it is safest to keep it empty. This is mostly for security reasons, as it guarantees that none of your things will be missing or stolen during the shipment. It is also for the transport company's assurance that fraud will not occur. If your car is filled with goods, a shipping company can decline to admit it.
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.