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There are many reason you are considering shipping your vehicle to another state. You want to know: Is it going to be expensive?

That will be up to you and your budget. To answer this question right away , we provide you with instant access to rates, thanks to our online calculator

Below we will cover all the factors we use to determine what is costs to ship a car to another state.

It’s important to know it’s not all about what it costs per mile. That is just one of many factors used to determine the rate. In the following table, we show the rates for popular locations and how come change per area and per time of year.

New Jersey to / from Washington State$1125
California to / from Florida$900.00
California to/from New York$1025
New York to Florida (September to March)$800
New York to Florida (April to October)$450
New Jersey to Florida (September to March)$800
New Jersey to Florida (April to October)$450
Texas to/from California$700
New York to/from Texas$800
Washington State to/from Texas$1200
Georgia to/from California$825
California to/from Washington$700
Florida to/from DC$750

So, to understand why, further explanation is needed. So we welcome you to begin the process of understanding the way it’s all calculated.

Getting Started

As mentioned there are various factors considered in how rates are calculated. There’s locations, the type of shipping, time of year, and type of vehicle.

Understanding the Cost

The price you pay will be most probably the most important part of your decision. With us it’s all inclusive so pricing is door-door with all fees, taxes, insurance, tolls, and fuel included. So, the comparisons here are made with that in mind.

The Two Most Common Ways Cars Are Transported

Before going in to all the other details, it’s important to understand that there are mainly two different types of car shipping. The first is open carrier transport which is used by basically everyone. From dealerships to Timmy going to college. The second is Enclosed.

Open transport will be the most economical and popular way cars are shipped. This ranges from an average of  $0.40 to $0.60 cents a mile.

Going in an enclosed truck is like first class service for cars. This is usually for more valuable and sensitive vehicles.Or if you just want your vehicle to travel in a rolling garage where nothing from the outside will touch it. This can range from $0.90 to $1.25 a mile. Big Difference!

Is Shipping To and From Populated Areas Less Expensive?

The larger the population in your area, the higher the chance of other vehicles will need to be picked up or dropped off in your pickup and destination state. Auto transport is much bigger than you think and thousands of people are shipping their cars daily. Though a nice big road in an open area makes it really easy for the trucker to park and unload your vehicle, it’s the densest and most populated areas make the most money for them. This means there are plenty of vehicles for the carrier to pick from and this also means there are many carriers coming through the area. This competition will lower pricing. Prices are also lower because distances will be smaller between stops since so many vehicles are available for pickup or delivery in small radius or distance.

Do Rural Areas and States Mean I’ll Pay Much More?

The answer to that is, it depends. For example, if in your area where there just aren’t any cars being moved besides yours (usually 50 miles or more), then you will most likely pay much more per mile than the guy in the next big city. But in many cases, it could be minimal. Let’s say your small town is down the highway towards or from a major city, then you are just a stop along the way.  Our calculator is great at determining rates for tough areas.

What if I’m In A Hurry?

Shipping a car to another state takes some planning. But there are rush services available to get you a pickup right away. In a nutshell, truck drivers are looking for the smallest and the highest paying vehicles out there. Small means lighter and less fuel cost. Higher paying is obvious because it’s more for the carrier’s bottom line. If your vehicle is a midsized sedan and paying like and SUV, that carrier will select your vehicle because it’s paying more than the others that are averaging lower. That bumps you up in the line and means the first truck that hits the area will reserve your vehicle from the list first.  Keep in mind though, rush or expedited doesn’t mean faster arrival after pickup. There are rules and regulations determining how far and how fast a carrier can go for a certain period of time.

Getting Prices for Transporting Your Vehicle to Another State

Once you have your rate from us, you can begin to factor it in with the others you may be receiving. Most customers to get at least two or three more on average. Your decision should be based on not just cost, but the overall experience you have with each company you talk to. We also just wrote a very extensive post regarding the truth about this industry. There we also talk about all the ins and outs of getting car shipping rates from other companies. You not only want to pay the lowest cost to ship your car to another state, but also make sure it’s with an experienced carrier that will not damage your vehicle.