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Car Shipping California- how much does it cost?

Review the main factors that control the cost to ship a car. Please, keep in mind that prices change weekly and that is why a price quote is good for one week only. Several factors play a role and it is important to understand that. The price does not depend only on the type of car or the type of car carrier. The distance matter, but it is also not the only factor. Please, check below for all factors that affect the cost to ship a car. 

Vehicle make & model

Smaller cars are cheaper to ship, while bigger vehicles are more expensive. Hence, the make and model of your vehicle affect the price.

Transport Type

Open auto transport is the standard and most affordable way to ship a car. Enclosed carrier costs more. So the type of carrier also affects the price.


More miles means less per mile. Shorter distances still consume gas and require the same amount of work, but in the end it is fewer miles traveled, which increases the price per mile.


Whether the car is coming and going to a major metro area or rural place matters. Fewer carriers travel to remote areas to pick-up or deliver vehicles.

Vehicle Condition

A vehicle that is not moving on its own power may require a winch or a forklift to be loaded. This increases the price.

Supply / Demand

At the end of the equation, we add current supply and demand. When demand is high the truck space is limited and this means higher prices.

Type of car shipping service to choose
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Open auto transport is the standard vehicle shipping solutions. It works for all types of vehicles, and all distances. It is the fastest and the most affordable car shipping service. 

Enclosed auto transport is usually booked for high-end automobiles. It is perfect for your classic car or sports vehicle that cost more than $50,000. It is a premium service that provides full protection from road and weather elements. 

You may need expedited transport when and if you need your vehicle picked-up or delivered on an exact or by an exact date. This type of service cost more. 

A correctly quoted rate is a current market price that will ship a car now.

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What are my California car shipping options?

Aside from hiring a professional auto transport company, there are a couple of other options to transport your vehicle. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of both.

If you don’t want a carrier to transport your vehicle, then you can get it driven to a destination. You can do that yourself, ask a friend or hire a professional.

If you have enough free time, transporting the car yourself can actually be seen as an adventure. However, if you value your time and resources, then you probably can’t do that. It also requires you to do proper research on motels, traveling routes and many other variables along the road.

If you resort to asking a friend, nothing really changes, aside from the fact that you won’t be driving. But it is still you, who has to do the research, pay for gas, etc.

Unsurprisingly, hiring a professional driver for the job is the only simple alternative. You pay, they deliver. Yet, the hidden costs of wear and tear on the vehicle are still there, as well as paying for gas, and mandatory maintenance checks and repairs.

In the end, a lot of people see that having the car driven somewhere, especially if the distance is more than 300 miles, is perhaps not a good idea. Auto transport via carrier remains the only stress-free alternative.

The benefits of open car carriers

Open carriers are your standard auto transport vehicles. You have certainly seen them, especially on highways, where they haul vehicles. They can be either small (with space for just a couple of cars) or big (with the option to carry 8-9 vehicles).

If you are simply moving your daily ride, an open carrier is the perfect option for you. It is the method that car dealerships prefer in general. Most clients also go for it since it is really affordable, often cheaper than driving the vehicle yourself.

When would you want enclosed carriers?

While open carriers are the most common and they do the job perfectly well, some of our clients prefer to go for a solution that offers a bit more protection.

In essence, enclosed carriers are built with the idea to keep the vehicles inside safe from outside dust, rubble, dirt and weather. This is extremely important for many vintage vehicles, luxury and sports cars.

However, enclosed transport is only about 20 percent of all auto transport carriers in the States. That is why it is usually more expensive and takes longer to share. After all, this kind of service is designed for special vehicles, rather than general transportation.

If you have a classic or luxury vehicle that you want to transport to or from California, make sure to schedule the pick up on time. Give us a call or contact our online support for more information.

Want a vehicle shipped fast? No problem!

When we say we tailor our services according to your needs, we mean it! Corsia Logistics understands the need for fast services. Sometimes you need the car transported as fast as possible. However, you can’t get that with a regular service. That is why we also provide expedited auto shipping.

While express shipping is a pricier alternative, it exists to satisfy the needs of many of our clients. If you need to ship a classic car for a show in California, you may want to choose this option. It is also great for when you are in a hurry and want your car to be prioritized when it comes to shipping schedules.

How much does auto transport cost?

Giving you an accurate estimate without knowing additional information is hard. There are several factors at play when it comes to figuring out the entire fee. For example, the cost to ship a car to California will vary based on where the vehicle is coming from as well as other things.

While coast to coast auto transport is often the most expensive, that still depends on location. Customers often think that the greater the distance the more expensive the service, but that is not always the case.

What factors affect the car shipping price?

The fact is though that the more miles the trucker travels the cheaper it is for him when he has a full load of 6, 7 or 10 cars. This leads to a cheaper price.

If the trucker has to deliver at a shorter distance this means spending more time loading and unloading, not driving (which is what brings him profit). Thus the longer the distance sometimes the cheaper the price.

What also matters is the size of your vehicles. Naturally, bigger vehicles are heavier and require more power to be transported. If your car is not in operation (engine cannot start), getting it on a carrier will require additional equipment, and this increases the price of the service as well.

Additionally, the rates depend on the supply and demand situation. It cannot always be predicted, but there are yearly trends and seasonal fluctuations, which usually drive the prices up or down.

For instance, during the snowbirds season the prices go up because thousands of snowbirds transport their vehicles and there are many cars for the carriers to choose from. Thus supply and demand play a major role in price formation.

That is why it is important to track the prices daily. Our agents do just that. Furthermore, all of our quotes are manual, which guarantees accurate and realistic rates. Corsia will make sure to ship your vehicle in a timely manner.

Why is Corsia the right auto transport provider?

Car shipping in California, or anywhere in the country for that matter, requires coordination between auto transport agents, dispatchers and carriers. Reliable auto transport service is a reasonable demand and Corsia Logistics works hard to provide it daily.

We work with our clients to figure out all the details of the shipping process. Our support team will explain what to do in order to get the vehicle ready for transportation, or you can read that in our guide on how to prepare your car for shipping.

When you are shipping a car for the first time it is normal to be a little nervous. It is important to ask all car shipping questions you may have and get the right answers. Corsia Logistics’ team has years of experience and will answer all your inquiries. We will explain the process and keep in touch with you from start to end. Our agents will arrange the shipping and track your vehicle from pick-up through delivery.

And onward To California now! Why? Let’s talk about that.

California is the biggest state by population and third by land area. Some find it a great place to settle down and have a family because of the great outdoors. Others see big opportunities for business. It currently draws in a lot of video production companies, as well as YouTube stars.

While not everyone agrees that California is the best place to move to permanently, studies have shown that people are more positive and happy when living in a place with plenty of sunlight. But whether moving to California will make you happier depends on what you want to do. And having a plan to follow that will help you achieve your goals, won’t hurt.

Just don’t listen to rumors, if you have decided to move to the Golden State. Some people are jealous, others are unfamiliar, and some are plain ignorant. Plan your steps, do research on your opportunities and always strive to be at your best. That’s the only way to achieve your goals.

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