Ship a Car Across The Country

Anyone can transport a car across the country.

What is Cross Country Auto Transport?

Across country car shipping is a service that takes a car and moves it from side of the US to the other using a car carrier, either door to door or terminal to terminal. 

Quick Facts:

  • Cross-country car shipping usually ranges 2,000 or more from coast to coast, and 1400-1500 miles if crossing north or south.
  • The vehicle is picked up with a cross country car shipping carrier and delivered to the location of your choice when using door-to-door car shipping.
  • Professional grade cross-country car shipping services vary quite a bit in price depending on the company and shipping method you use.
  • 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 and fuel prices determine the cost.
  • The cheapest way to ship a car across country is with an open carrier that is terminal to terminal.
  • The most popular cheapest option is open carrier that offers doo-to-door shipping.
  • Full Cross country shipping can take up to 9-10 days.

Is My Vehicle Eligible for Cross Country Transport?

Restrictions may vary between car carriers, but vehicles that are not more than 7 feet wide and 8 feet tall fit on a typical open carrier. This means nearly all cars, trucks, and SUV's that are not produced or modified beyond this size can go on the carrier. 


How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car Across Country?

Most of what you pay to ship a car across the United States,  you will incur are determined by size, weight, distance, and locations. In brief, when working with an auto shipping company, it can cost anywhere from 40-56 cents a mile to ship a car across depending on distance. So, for coast to coast you will pay the least per mile.

Steps to Ship a Car Across the USA

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

Here are some variables that affect the cost of car shipping rates:

  1. Distance

    As you might expect, the longer the distance the car needs to be shipped, the higher the overall cost will be.

  2. Vehicle Size and Weight

    Larger and heavier vehicles often cost more to ship because they take up more space on the transport truck and add to the weight that the truck must carry.

  3. Transport Type

    There are generally two types of car shipping: open and enclosed transport. Open transport is less expensive, but your car is exposed to the elements. Enclosed offers more protection but usually costs more.

  4. Pickup and Delivery Location

    If the pickup or delivery is in a remote or hard-to-reach area, it could add to the cost. Shipping to and from major cities tends to be less expensive because of the availability of larger transport routes.

  5. Time of Year:

    During peak moving seasons, car shipping costs may increase due to higher demand. Similarly, harsh weather conditions can affect cost. If you are flexible, you can save money by avoiding these.

  6. Current Fuel Prices

    Like any shipping industry, the cost of fuel can affect the price of car shipping. If fuel prices are particularly high, this may be reflected in your quote.

  7. Insurance:

    While most shipping companies include some level of insurance in their quotes, you may choose to purchase additional coverage for peace of mind, which would add to your cost.

Remember, the cheapest price to ship a car across country isn't always best when it comes to moving your vehicle. Make sure to consider the reputation and reliability of the transporter as well as the price.

How Long Does it Take to Ship a Car Across Country?

There are various factors involved in calculating the time it takes. Shipping a car across nearby states can take 1-3 days. While coast to coast can an take up to 9 or 10 days. Ultimately, distance determines how long it takes to ship your car.

What is the Cheapest Way to Ship Car Across Country?

If you are looking for the cheapest method to ship a car across country without any compromise in insurance coverage or safety, you can opt for open carrier cross country auto transport. Terminal to terminal is the cheapest when combined with open carrier. Most customer pick open carrier with door-to-door shipping for the lowest price and the most convenience. 


What is the Safest Way to Ship Car Across Country?

If you are looking for the safest way to ship a car across country with an extra layer of  protection, higher insurance coverage, and safety, you can opt for enclosed cross country auto transport. However, the price to ship enclosed is usually 40-60% more.

Is it Door to Door?

The best cross country car shipping uses door to door delivery for both open and enclosed shipping. 

There are exceptions in cases where it is not safe, physically possible, or legally permissible. In those cases, there can be other arrangements made for convenient pick up and drop off locations nearby to pick from.

Customers can opt for terminal-to-terminal services if desired to save slightly more.

Does Need to Run or Drive?

No. You can move a car that does not run. Moving a project or inoperable car?  You can ship even if the vehicle condition is non running. And your vehicle does not have be covered by your insurance company or registered as it is cargo on carrier. We can provide both pickup and delivery as long as the vehicle rolls and steers (unless it is loaded and unloaded at both locations for the carrier).

Can You Ship Multiple Cars Cross Country?

Yes, multiple vehicle shipping is available a a discount. Transporting multiple cars across country is similar to other long auto distance transport, such as shipping a car across the country with an open trailer. We can schedule one or multiple car carriers (depending on all the amount of cars) These arrangements are made to pick-up your vehicles, load them onto the trailer, and deliver them to the location of your choice.

Do You Have First Responders Discount?

Are you on of our first responders?  Such as travel nurse, military, or government in need of cross country car shipping? Thank you for your dedication and hard work! Our auto shippers will provide you the best possible car transport service with a special discount just for you when you get a quote.