Ship a Car to Another State

Transport a car from state to state quickly, reliably, safely, and best of all, affordably!

The number of cars on the road is increasing every day. The use of vehicles has grown increasingly popular since the ability to get a vehicle on a modest budget has made it more accessible than it ever was.

Additionally, people are encouraged to migrate from one location to another to create better opportunities for themselves. That's where we come in. There's nobody better than National Express.

Quick Facts:

  • Shipping a car state to state can be to a close neighboring state or span across several.
  • A vehicle can be delivered to the location of your choice when using door-to-door car shipping or can be sent via terminal-to-terminal shipping.
  • Car shipping quotes can vary depending on the selected service. A car carrier can be open or enclosed, depending on your needs.
  • Factors like distance, vehicle, transport type. pickup and delivery location, time of year, fuel prices, and insurance determine the cost.
  • The cheapest way to ship a car to another state would be with an open carrier that is going terminal to terminal.
  • The most popular and cheapest option is going to be open carrier that offers doo-to-door shipping.
  • Shipping a car through a few states can take 2-3 days. If going to a neighboring state, around 1-2 days.

 

How Does Shipping a Car to Another State Work?

 A vehicle can be shipped from one state to another using an auto transport company, having it driven by a professional driver, towing it yourself, sending it by plane, or transporting by train. The most common way to ship a car is with open carrier transport. 

How Much Does Shipping a Car to Another State Cost?

Answering the question "How much does it cost?" is the first step in deciding if shipping a car is the right option for you. Your expected cost to transport a vehicle across state lines varies based on numerous factors including the average cost per mile

 

Sample State to State Pricing:

New Jersey to / from Washington State$1125
California to / from Florida$900
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

The cost of should be anywhere from $450 to $1500 on average  nationally for open transport (open air method) which is the cheapest way to transport car state to state. 

Price Range Per Mile to Ship a Car From State to State with Enclosed Transport

How much does it cost to ship a car enclosed? For a vehicle going state to state can average of $1.25 or less per mile, depending on distance. This can also be as high as $2.00 mile for in demand routes, and as low as $.60 depending for cross country if picking up and dropping off in major cities or hubs.

An easy way to look at it will be that it's about 40-60% more than open transport. This would be the same if it's a classic car or exotic. However the value may necessitate higher insurance policy coverage which could push the enclosed cost to ship at the higher end of the spectrum.

Factors That Affect the Cost to Transport a Car to Another State:

Steps to Ship a Car Across State Lines

1.Get a Quote and Book

Use our car shipping calculator, or call our knowledgeable staff to get your price to ship and arrange for your vehicle to get picked up. We help customers ship cars across country to or from anywhere in the U.S. Remember to disclose anything about your vehicle we should know about to get the most accurate price and service.

2.Prepare your Vehicle and Have it Picked Up

Prepare your vehicle to be picked up. Make sure all items are removed from inside the vehicle, and it helps to have it clean allow for a thorough inspection that will be noted on the bill of lading . If your car does not run, it needs to be winched so make sure it's on a flat surface that is easily accessible. Your vehicle will now be loaded and underway.

3. Receive Vehicle at Delivery

Carriers travel where it is legally permissible and physically possible. If the carrier cannot reach your doorstep, they will speak with you ahead of arrival to coordinate delivery in a large parking lot or more open area. Upon arrival, carefully inspect the vehicle with the carrier and take note if any damage occurred with the pickup bill of lading in hand.  If new damage is found, the driver must sign off on it for it to be claimed. Once the inspection is done, you will pay the driver the remainder balance  or if prepaid, the carrier will release the vehicle and the delivery is complete. 

Get your quote and book online or by calling
Delivery - Your vehicle arrives and you receive it

Distance of Your Car Transport and Overall Cost

Already we touched a little on distance. The overall cost is typically greater as the distance increases, but the per-mile cost is generally lower for both open transport and enclosed. This is pretty standard in the car shipping industry. However, not all auto transport routes are created equal. Demand for car transport services as well as seasonal transport can alter costs.

Expected Pick Up Date for your Vehicle Shipping

How fast you need pick up and time of year has an influence on auto shipping costs. In general, car shipping between states that have a steady flow of car transport throughout the year will have a consistent shipping cost.

Size and Weight of The Vehicle

The larger and heavier, the more space a car will take. Vehicle transport companies use the make and model to know the size and weight. The bigger a vehicle is, the less the auto shipper can take on their truck. The heaver it is will result in higher fuel costs incurred for car shipping companies. Most vehicles we see are SUVs and sedans. 

Make and Model of  The Car 

The make and model along with weight go hand in hand as they will both affect the cost to ship your car. With the make and model will also help assure there is enough insurance coverage to have the vehicle shipped. The carrier's insurance has to be sufficient for your vehicle's value. We not change the shipping cost because of your vehicles make or model.

Modified Vehicles

If your vehicle is modified, this may affect how an auto transport company will price you out. With National Express, we will find the cheapest way possible for you. Where other auto transport companies may try to overcharge for modified vehicles such as lifted trucks, lowered sports cars, or oversized vehicles, we do not. Also, certain enclosed auto transport carriers may not ultra large trucks or custom modified vehicles.

Season (Time of Year)

The cost of transporting a car from one state to another varies greatly depending on the season. The best car shipping companies will account holidays which due to scarcity carriers, for example. A great example of seasonal shippers are snowbirds. They come down in early fall and leave late spring. They will spike the demand and the cost of transport. Times like these will usually be expensive to transport a vehicle to a new state. Ask your advisor about being able to take advantage of cheap car transport by choosing to ship your car when seasonality is low.

Condition of the Vehicle Being Shipped

Vehicle transport companies take into account the condition when they ship your car. If your automobile is running and operating, you'll get a better shipping rate to move it from one state to another. Inoperable vehicles need a winch and other equipment, adding to the overall auto shipping costs. The average is $150-200 more.

If you need salvage vehicle shipping which are usually inoperable vehicles does not roll or steer, be sure to talk to one of our advisors do determine exactly what options are available to you in your area for those situations.

Special Auto Transport Discounts 

Car shipping costs can be reduced for certain clients who want to transport a car from one state to another. Members of the military (both active and inactive/ retired), snowbirds, and students are among those that get discounts on car shipping in the United States.

Check with our shipping consultants to see whether you qualify. Have multiple vehicles? Ask about vehicle shipping for more than one car to and from the same delivery locations. We have discounts other auto transport companies do not.

Type of Auto Transport Carrier / Transport Method

As mentioned, there are two common types of methods that are consider the best ways to ship a car. Open transport carriers as the most common as well as the cheap car shipping method, followed by enclosed transport (also known as covered transport) that is safer but costs more. Your selection will vary depending on your needs.

Open Transport from One State to Another

If you are looking to find the cheapest way to ship a car, open transport is the best choice. Since there are so many of these, you have the best chance to get as close to your preferred pick up date as possible. You can do so almost anywhere quickly and affordably, due to their abundant availability all over the country. They are not only the cheapest method but reliable and safe car transport as well.

Open transport that travels from one state to another will usually be the two story multi car carriers, as as state to state shipping usually consists of several cars on the same route. 

Price Range Per Mile to Ship Cars State to State Open Transport

The cost for a car shipment going state to state can average of $0.70 or less per mile, depending on the distance.  In general, the cost to ship a car is a $1 a mile for up the the first 500 miles, $0.75 a mile if taking a vehicle at least 1000 miles and as low as $0.45 per mile if using cross country auto transport options. These are calculated on an open transport type of truck. Enclosed transport is more than open transport, regardless of distance.

Enclosed Transport to Another State

The next method is enclosed or covered transport.  For those that want to keep their car safe,  this is the way to go as it offers the most protection with the highest insurance policy.  Your vehicle will be better protected using enclosed carriers from hazards such as road debris than any other kind of state to state towing. It will make more sense to ship a classic car, exotic car, or high end luxury vehicle on enclosed.

We have the absolute best enclosed auto transport carriers in our vast network.   Have peace of mind knowing your vehicle t will ride safely inside a container truck that keeps it from the outside world.

With an enclosed carrier, you get the ultimate in protection. If you need the safest way to ship a car from an auto transport service that specializes in quality and safety, National Express is here to help. And just like our open car carriers, are service is always door to door. 

Getting Quotes for Shipping a Car to Another State

The state to state car shipping quote you will receive will vary based on different variables such as vehicle size and other factors when going with a carrier or an auto transport broker.

  • Shipping that involves inoperable vehicles can cost up to $200 more.
  • Selecting an expedited service for those that need express vehicle transport may cost from 30-35% more than the standard rates. 
  • Choosing enclosed car transportion state to state may cost up to 40-60% more.

Finding Cheap Car Shipping State to State

By no means is trying to find cheap car shipping bad. However, when looking to save money, be sure to do research check licensing and check reviews. Don't get distracted with gimmicks like a free car wash or free rental car. 

For the most up-do-date information, please use our car shipping calculator.

How Long Will My Car Shipping Take?

The time it takes to ship a car is determined by several factors. Just like distance increases the price, so does it increase the time the car delivery service will take to complete. For example, if a there's a car picked up traveling 1000 miles, it can take 2-3 days as a car shipping company's drivers travel up to 500 miles in a day.

So for this example it means a 1,500 mile trip can take a truck driver 3-4 days, and so-on. 

The miles a transport driver can travel depends on road conditions, inclement weather, detours, stops along the way,  and a variety of other factors. For more information and detailed specifics see how long it takes to ship a car.

 

Car Shipping States + Popular Cities

Alabama

Birmingham
Huntsville
Mobile
Montgomery
Selma
Tuscaloosa

Alaska

Anchorage
Fairbanks
Juneau

Arizona

Flagstaff
Phoenix
Tucson

Arkansas

Fayetteville
Fort Smith
Jonesboro
Little Rock
Texarkana

California

Anaheim
Bakersfield
Fresno
Long Beach
Los Angeles
Modesto
Oakland
Sacramento
San Diego
San Francisco
San Jose
San Luis Obispo
San Rafael
Santa Ana
Santa Barbara
Santa Rosa

Colorado

Aurora
Boulder
Colorado Springs
Denver
Fort Collins

Connecticut

Danbury
Hartford
New Haven

Delaware

Dover
Wilmington

Florida

Boca Raton
Clearwater
Daytona Beach
Fort Lauderdale
Fort Myers
Gainesville
Jacksonville
Kissimmee
Miami
Melbourne
Naples
Ocala
Orlando
Panama City
Pensacola
Port St. Lucie
Sarasota
St. Petersburg
Tallahassee
Tampa

Georgia

Athens
Atlanta
Macon
Marietta

Missouri

Columbia
Independence
Kansas City-MO
Saint Louis
Springfield

Hawaii

Honolulu
Maui

Idaho

Boise

Illinois

Champaign
Chicago
Davenport
East St. Louis
Naperville
Peoria
Rockford
Springfield

Indiana

Bloomington
Fort Wayne
Gary
Indianapolis
Lafayette
Muncie

Iowa

Cedar Rapids
Des Moines
Iowa City
Sioux City

Kansas

Kansas City
Lawrence
Wichita

Kentucky

Covington
Lexington
Louisville

Louisiana

Baton Rouge
Metairie
New Orleans
Shreveport

Maine

Bangor
Portland

Maryland

Annapolis
Baltimore
Towson

Massachusetts

Boston
Brookline
Cambridge
Cape Cod
Plymouth
Salem
Springfield
Worcester

Michigan

Ann Arbor
Auburn Hills
Cadillac
Dearborn
Detroit
Flint
Grand Rapids
Kalamazoo
Lansing
Southfield
Troy
Warren

Minnesota

Bloomington
Minneapolis
Rochester
Saint Paul

Mississippi

Biloxi
Jackson
Olive Branch
Vicksburg

Montana

Butte
Billing
Bozeman
Great Falls
Missoula

Nebraska

Lincoln
Omaha

Nevada

Henderson
Las Vegas
Reno
Sparks

New Hampshire

Concord
Manchester

New Jersey

Asbury Park
Atlantic City
Camden
Cherry Hill
Freehold
Long Branch
Newark
Princeton
Toms River
Trenton

New Mexico

Albuquerque
Santa Fe

New York

Albany
Bronx
Brooklyn
Buffalo
Manhattan
New York City
Queens
Staten Island
Yonkers

North Carolina

Charlotte
Durham
Fayetteville
Greensboro
Raleigh
Winston-Salem

North Dakota

Fargo
Minot

Ohio

Akron
Canton
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Columbus
Dayton
Sandusky
Toledo
Warren
Youngstown

Oklahoma

Norman
Oklahoma City
Tulsa

Oregon

Beaverton
Eugene
Medford
Portland
Salem

 

Pennsylvania

Allentown
Harrisburg
Lancaster
Pittsburgh
Philadelphia
Reading
Scranton

Rhode Island

Providence

South Carolina

Charleston
Columbia
Rock Hill

South Dakota

Rapid City
Sioux Falls

Tennessee

Chattanooga
Clarksville
Franklin
Jackson
Knoxville
Memphis
Nashville

Texas

Amarillo
Arlington-TX
Austin
Abilene
Beaumont
Brownsville
College Station
Corpus Christi
Dallas
Fort Worth
Galveston
Houston
Katy
Laredo
Lubbock
McAllen
Midland
San Antonio
Waco

Utah

Logan
Ogden
Park City
Provo
Salt Lake City
Sandy

Vermont

Burlington
Montpelier

Virginia

Alexandria
Arlington
Chesapeake
Lynchburg
Newport News
Richmond
Virginia Beach

Washington

Everett
Olympia
Seattle
Tacoma
Vancouver

Washington D.C.

West Virginia

Charleston
Huntington
Morgantown
Parkersburg

Wisconsin

Appleton
Eau Claire
Green Bay
Janesville
Madison
Milwaukee
Racine

Wyoming

Casper
Cheyenne
Jackson Hole
Laramie

Alabama Shipping Routes

Alabama to Montana
Alabama to California

Alaska Shipping Routes

Alaska to California
Alaska to Washington

Arizona Shipping Routes

Arizona to California
Arizona to Florida
Arizona to Idaho
Arizona to Illinois
Arizona to Minnesota
Arizona to Montana
Arizona to North Carolina
Arizona to South Carolina
Arizona to Utah
Arizona to Washington

California Shipping Routes

California to Alaska
California to Arizona
California to Colorado
California to Florida
California to Georgia
California to Hawaii
California to Idaho
California to Illinois
California to Michigan
California to Minnesota
California to Montana
California to Nevada
California to New Jersey
California to New York
California to North Carolina
California to Ohio
California to Oregon
California to Pennsylvania
California to South Carolina
California to Tennessee
California to Texas
California to Utah
California to Washington

Colorado Shipping Routes

Colorado to California
Colorado to Florida
Colorado to Illinois
Colorado to Montana
Colorado to Tennessee
Colorado to Texas
Colorado to Washington

Connecticut Shipping Routes

Connecticut to Florida
Connecticut to Washington

Florida Shipping Routes

Florida to Arizona
Florida to California
Florida to Colorado
Florida to Connecticut
Florida to Idaho
Florida to Illinois
Florida to Massachusetts
Florida to Michigan
Florida to Montana
Florida to New Jersey
Florida to New York
Florida to North Carolina
Florida to Ohio
Florida to Pennsylvania
Florida to Texas
Florida to Utah
Florida to Virginia
Florida to Washington

Georgia Shipping Routes

Georgia to California
California to Georgia

Idaho Shipping Routes

Idaho to Arizona
Idaho to California
Idaho to Florida
Idaho to Minnesota
Idaho to Montana
Idaho to Oregon
Idaho to Tennessee
Idaho to Utah
Idaho to Washington

Illinois Shipping Routes

Illinois to Arizona
Illinois to California
Illinois to Colorado
Illinois to Florida
Illinois to Montana
Illinois to New Jersey
Illinois to New York
Illinois to North Carolina
Illinois to Tennessee
Illinois to Texas
Illinois to Washington

Indiana Shipping Routes

Indiana to California

Iowa Shipping Routes

Iowa to FLorida
Iowa to California

Kansas Shipping Routes

Kansas to Colorado
Kansas to California
Kansas to New York

Kentucky Shipping Routes

Florida to Kentucky

Louisiana Shipping Routes

Louisiana to Texas
Louisiana to North Carolina

Maine Shipping Routes

Maine to Massachusetts

Maryland Shipping Routes

Maryland to Florida
Maryland to Texas

Massachusetts Shipping Routes

Massachusetts to Florida
Massachusetts to Montana
Massachusetts to Washington

Michigan Shipping Routes

Michigan to California
Michigan to Montana
Michigan to Tennessee
Michigan to Texas
Michigan to Washington

Minnesota Shipping Routes

Minnesota to Arizona
Minnesota to California
Minnesota to Idaho
Minnesota to Montana
Minnesota to North Carolina
Minnesota to Tennessee
Minnesota to Texas

Mississippi Shipping Routes

Mississippi to Florida

Missouri Shipping Routes

Washington to Missouri

Montana Shipping Routes

Montana to Florida
Montana to Alabama

Nebraska Shipping Routes

Nebraska to California

Nevada Shipping Routes

Nevada to California
Nevada to Montana
Nevada to Utah

New Hampshire Shipping Routes

New Hampshire to Florida

New Jersey Shipping Routes

New Jersey to California
New Jersey to Florida
New Jersey to Illinois
New Jersey to Montana
New Jersey to North Carolina
New Jersey to South Carolina
New Jersey to Tennessee
New Jersey to Texas
New Jersey to Washington

New Mexico Shipping Routes

Colorado to New Mexico
Arizona to New Mexico

New Mexico to Colorado

New York Shipping Routes

New York to California
New York to Florida
New York to Illinois
New York to Montana
New York to North Carolina
New York to South Carolina
New York to Tennessee
New York to Texas
New York to Washington

North Carolina Shipping Routes

North Carolina to Arizona
North Carolina to California
North Carolina to Florida
North Carolina to Illinois
North Carolina to Minnesota
North Carolina to Montana
North Carolina to New Jersey
North Carolina to New York
North Carolina to Oregon
North Carolina to Texas
North Carolina to Washington

North Dakota Shipping Routes

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Ohio Shipping Routes

Ohio to California
Ohio to Florida
Ohio to Tennessee

Oklahoma Shipping Routes

Oklahoma to Florida

Oregon Shipping Routes

Oregon to California
Oregon to Idaho
Oregon to Montana
Oregon to North Carolina
Oregon to Tennessee
Oregon to Texas
Oregon to Utah

Pennsylvania Shipping Routes

Pennsylvania to California
Pennsylvania to Florida
Pennsylvania to Texas
Pennsylvania to Washington

Rhode Island Shipping Routes

Rhode Island to New Jersey

South Carolina Shipping Routes

South Carolina to California
South Carolina to Florida

South Dakota Shipping Routes

South Dakota to Georgia
South Dakota to Washington

Tennessee Shipping Routes Shipping Routes

Tennessee to Colorado
Tennessee to Idaho
Tennessee to Illinois
Tennessee to Michigan
Tennessee to Minnesota
Tennessee to Montana
Tennessee to New Jersey
Tennessee to New York
Tennessee to Ohio
Tennessee to Oregon
Tennessee to Washington

Texas Shipping Routes

Texas to California
Texas to Colorado
Texas to Florida
Texas to Illinois
Texas to Michigan
Texas to Minnesota
Texas to Montana
Texas to New Jersey
Texas to New York
Texas to North Carolina
Texas to Oregon
Texas to Pennsylvania
Texas to Utah
Texas to Washington

Utah Shipping Routes

Utah to Arizona
Utah to California
Utah to Florida
Utah to Idaho
Utah to Montana
Utah to Nevada
Utah to Oregon
Utah to Texas
Utah to Washington
Utah Vehicle Shipping

Vermont Shipping Routes

Vermont to New Hampshire

Virginia Shipping Routes

Virginia to Washington 

Washington Shipping Routes

Washington to Alaska
Washington to Arizona
Washington to California
Washington to Colorado
Washington to Connecticut
Washington to Florida
Washington to Idaho
Washington to Illinois
Washington to Massachusetts
Washington to Michigan
Washington to Montana
Washington to New Jersey
Washington to New York
Washington to North Carolina
Washington to Pennsylvania
Washington to Tennessee
Washington to Texas
Washington to Utah
Washington Vehicle Shipping

West Virginia Shipping Routes

West Virginia to Delaware

Wisconsin Shipping Routes

Wisconsin to Washington

Wyoming Shipping Routes

Wyoming to Montana