Car Shipping California

How much does it cost to ship a car to California?

Several variables decide the cost to ship a car. Vehicle make and model, together with the distance set the base price for shipping. Then the choice of carrier type enters the equation. Shipping a non-running car drives the price up due to additional equipment. Remote areas of the country also cost more. However, current supply and demand decides the final price.

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CORSIA is 5-star rated car shipping company


Corsia rep (Elena) was very proactive. Helped ship a car from CA to GA. She checked in with me via email quote and several phone calls to find me the best possible quote for the fastest available service. After several communications, Corsia was able to schedule a vehicle pickup the next day. The driver communicated well, and the vehicle arrived in final destination faster than we expected in perfect condition. I highly recommend using Corsia's reliable, efficient service.

Geet Mp Haryana

Thanks, Corsia! Pickup was so clean, efficient, and wonderful -- my only recommendation is to make sure you schedule it during the day so you can fully review the car in the daylight. Drop off was equally wonderful, and the whole trip went down without a hitch (pun intended!). Seriously, Corsia delivered my Jeep from CT to California with no issues or bumps in the road!

Cay Liptak

High five's all around! Corsia was highly recommended by a friend in the automobile industry. We needed to transport a cargo van from Seattle to Florida. We contacted Corsia who quickly arranged transport within just a few days. Communication was outstanding! Just a few email confirmations and we were all set. Mike was great and arrived right on time and delivered to Florida on schedule. Tip-avoid the hornets nest of auto brokers on line and just contact Corsia for a truly great experience!

Elizabeth Woodward

Corsia Memphis to LA, mid-size SUV. I looked at 4 different companies amd Corsia was the most responsive of them. While being responsive, they were not unduly aggressive: when I indicated that I need to wait a month before making a decision they stopped contacting me and only came back with a reminder when I really needed it. Once I decided to engage Corsia they found me a transport within two days and the car was delivered (from Memphis to LA) in another two days. I had a truly positive experience.

Csaba Kovesdy

Working with Corsia Logistics was a great experience. Working with Corsia Logistics was wonderful. They were able to find a driver right away to transport our car. They were in constant communication as to when the car was getting picked up and dropped off. The driver also communicated with me as to when he would arrive. I would highly recommend Corsia Logistics.

Kelly Torres

Excellent Organization Corsia was an excellent company to work with while I transferred my car across the US. A friend of mine suggested I use them as they had been very organized and trustworthy with her own car. I researched a few different place but decided to go with Corsia and I'm so glad I did! Any questions I had throughout the process they answered quickly and clearly. I would definitely use them again in the future and recommend them for others to use.

Amy Nelson

Looking for a logistics company, to ship my car, from California to Illinois,my first search, then Corsia showed up, skeptical. Call and a very friendly secretary: Elena. She guided me through, I scheduled and as she explained, all when smooth as scheduled Very happy I did the right choice. I'll recommend this great Company to anyone that is thinking to relocate a vehicle. Thanks Corsia logistics for your honesty and professionalism!

Simon Moore

Top notch Transport - Porsche 997 Top notch! As easy and efficient as one could possibly imagine. Great customer service.. thank you Luke. Great prices. Check. Timely communications. Check. Clean transport trailer. Check. Supremely careful driver. Check. Timely arrival. Check. Don't mess around elsewhere, just call Corsica and feel confident your transports needs are going to be exceeded. My Porsche 911 rode like a Queen in her enclosed chariot. I've never needed a transport company before, and I surely will use them every time. Do yourself a favor, seriously. Call now.


Corsia has been amazing. Their prices are really competitive but more importantly their customer service has been 5-Star. Elena followed up with me every step of the way, making sure there was no miscommunication between me & the driver. We are using them to ship a 2nd vehicle & would not hesitate to use them again!

Carroll Tiffany

I have recently used Corsia for long time family car with sentimental value that was moved I have recently used Corsia for shipment of my vehicle from Oregon to Arizona by recommendation from other family member who also used Corsia in the past. I am very pleased on the service and the communication throughout shipment. Ken was my direct contact and kept me informed along the move The car was picked up and delivered as communicated. I did use a enclosed mover and the driver was also clean cut professional and treated car as his own. I would definitely recommend Corsia again with the experience I have had. Thank you. T

Tony Boyd

How long does it take to ship a car to California?

Shipping a car to California from neighboring states could take 1 to 2 days. From the Midwest it takes about 5 to 7 days, while from the East coast it is about 7 to 10 days. Various factors affect the shipping times and this means that shipping time is always an estimate. Open auto transport is usually faster due to higher availability.

What services does CORSIA offer?

Corsia Logistics provides the following car shipping services:

by carrier type: open and enclosed trailer

by time frame: standard and expedited delivery

Choosing a carrier type really depends on the type of vehicle you need to ship. Standard everyday sedans usually go on an open-air trailer. If you need to ship a high-end sports or luxury automobile, or any classic vehicle you should choose enclosed trailer.

Standard car shipping means that a carrier will pick up your vehicle within few days.

Expedited delivery could guarantee that your car is picked up or delivered on or by a specified date and time.

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Open auto transport is the standard solution. It is faster and cheaper. Open carriers are readily available and this makes them efficient and preferred by private customers and businesses alike.

Enclosed auto transport is a preferred solution for sports and high-end automobiles. It offers complete protection from weather and road elements. However, it could take a bit longer to book and schedule. It is more expensive as well.

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What documents do I need when shipping a car?

When shipping a car you or someone on your behalf must release the vehicle to the carrier at pick-up.

The person at pick-up will also need to sign a Bill of Lading (BOL). The BOL is a receipt and an inspection report. When the carrier inspects the car you need to check that all existing damages are marked before you sign. Never sign a blank or incomplete document.

Car Shipping California Guide

Choosing to hire an auto transport company means more or less choosing freedom. It saves you from the responsibility of driving it yourself or searching for someone else to take it to the destination you want.

Whether you want to ship your vehicle to or from California, Corsia Logistics is the right company. We listen to our customers and work hard to accommodate their needs. We provide transport for all types of vehicles – from standard sedans to tanks. Refer to our classic vehicle shipping service section for more information on specialized services.

By now you probably have some things on your mind that you want to ask. Be sure to check the guide below!

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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