Shipping a car from Michigan to Florida Guide
What are my options when shipping a car from Chicago to Miami?
When you need to move a vehicle from one location to another your two main option – driving the car or shipping the car.
Driving from Michigan to Florida would be a great option if you have plenty of free time, enjoy being behind the wheel, and want to see as much of the country as you possibly can. Road trips are awesome because driving can be a sort of meditation. It takes your mind off everything. Driving long distances, however, is not for everybody. When the distance is greater than 200 miles, we recommend shipping your car instead of driving it.
Hiring an auto transport company saves you time and spares your car additional hundreds of miles of unnecessary wear and tear. Driving from Chicago to Miami means adding over a thousand miles to the odometer, oil change, flat tires, and other possible issues. Shipping, on the other hand, is often cheaper than driving, once you consider all the expenses a long road trip entails.
What types of services does an auto transport company offer?
You have to make two choices – based on the type of carrier and then to choose the preffered time frame of delivery. Corsia Logistics provides the following car shipping services:
- by carrier type: open and enclosed trailer
- by time frame: standard and expedited delivery
Your choice of carrier really depends on the type of vehicle you need to ship. Standard everyday sedans usually go on an open carrier. If you need to ship a high-end sports or luxury automobile, or any classic vehicle, you should choose an enclosed trailer. Enclosed auto transport offers complete protection from weather and road elements.
A standard car shipping service usually means that a carrier will pick up your vehicle within one to few days. Delivery from Michigan to Florida would be 2-3 days. However, please keep in mind that all dates and times are only estimates. Expedited delivery could guarantee that your car is picked up or delivered on or by a specified date and time. This, however, requires the whole schedule of the truck to play around your schedule, which naturally increases the price.
How much does it cost to ship a car from Michigan to Florida?
The price is never a constant. Several variables decide the final cost of shipping a vehicle. Vehicle make and model, together with the distance, set the base price. Then the choice of carrier type enters the equation. Shipping a non-running car drives the price up because a specially equipped truck is required, or an enclosed trailer with a lift gate. Moving a car to and from a rural area usually costs more. However, the deciding factor, after all other variables are accounted for, is the current supply and demand situation on the given route.
Smaller cars are always cheaper to ship, while bigger, heavier vehicles are more expensive. Auto transport carriers have a weight limit that they must observe when accepting vehicles. Thus, the make and model of your vehicle, as well as any modifications done to it, and whether there will be any personal items loaded inside, all matter for the total weight of the carrier. This then impacts your final shipping price.
The type of carrier you choose affects your rate too. Open auto transport is the standard shipping method in the industry. It is used for all vehicle types, availability of open carriers is higher and thus less expensive. Enclosed auto transport is almost always more expensive.
The longer the distance the less it costs per mile, but that is never the decisive factor in the final cost. Shorter distances still consume gas and require the same amount of work, but in the end it is fewer miles traveled. This means that shorter distances often could cost as much as shipping a car across the country.
Auto transport to and from rural areas could be more complex. Fewer auto haulers are willing to go to remote towns to pick-up or deliver a single vehicle. This often means higher prices and longer wait for pick-up, or delivery. The majority of the truck drivers prefer to travel to major metro areas where loads availability is higher.
To ship a non-running vehicle we need a truck that can winch it onto the trailer. This requires more work, more time and a special truck. A fitted carrier, and special skill set means a higher rate. In some cases, we may even need a forklift to load a fully inoperable vehicle, which additionally increases the price.
The basic principles of supply and demand are known by most people, and they apply in the auto transport industry as well. When supply is higher than demand, prices drop, but when demand is higher prices go up. In auto logistics, when demand is high the truck space is limited and this means higher prices. Supply and demand situation changes daily.
What documents do I need when shipping a car?
Domestic transport is simple. You or someone on your behalf needs to 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 not only a receipt, but also an inspection report. When the carrier inspects the car you need to check with him that all existing damages are marked down before you sign the inspection report. Never sign a blank or incomplete document and don’t forget to get your copy before the driver leaves the site.
What are the steps to ship a car?
Auto transport is a straightforward process. Below is how shipping a car with Corsia Logistics works.
- Request a quote online or call to speak with one of our logistics experts. To provide you with the most accurate manual quote we will need you to share your vehicle details with us and exact pick up and drop off locations. Our agent will also ask you for your first available date – a date when your car will be ready for loading.
- Once we agree on all the details, including the type of service, a logistics specialist schedules your shipment.
- When we assign a carrier, you will receive an e-mail with dispatch notification confirmation with an estimated pick up date and a trucker’s phone number. Usually, the carrier picks up your vehicle one to five business days from your first available date.
Note: An exact pick-up date is not guaranteed. Auto transport carriers do require a window of 1 to five days to pick-up a vehicle. In the auto transport industry, many factors can delay trucks on the road, such as late customers, traffic, inclement weather and sometimes truck failures. Cars are transported with big trucks that haul anywhere from seven to ten vehicles, and they all go to different customers which means that the carrier makes multiple stops, in different locations, to drop-off and pick up vehicles.
- Make sure your car is ready for shipping.
- At pick up, perform vehicle inspection alongside the carrier. We encourage you to take detailed photos of your car before loading. In a very unlikely case of damages, they serve as proof of your vehicle’s pre-loading condition.
- Delivery between Michigan to Florida usually takes between 5 and 7 days, although not guaranteed as unexpected delays might happen during transit. Learn more about transit times here.
- At delivery, another inspection is due. Confirm that your vehicle has arrived intact, sign the Bill of Lading and pay any remaining balance. In case of damage, make sure it’s all noted on the Bill of Lading, so you can start the claims process.
If you are looking to ship a vehicle from Michigan to Florida, chances are you are a snowbird. If you are not a joining the flock of seasonal migrants, we are sure you still have a good reason for moving to the Sunshine State. You may be tired of harsh and snowy winters, so the prospect of year-round sunshine beckons. Did you receive a lucrative job offer you couldn’t resist? Are you looking for a complete change of lifestyle? Whatever the reason is, congratulations are in order.
There are many perks to living in the Sunshine State. As a Floridian, you will not be paying income tax. The state is also not taxing pension income. Florida sales tax is only 6 percent. The housing market is pretty good, and you can find many affordable homes. Still, Florida’s biggest advantage is the year-round warm weather.
To learn more about Florida visit the Official Portal of the State of Florida or the Florida Wikipedia page. Additionally, you can find helpful information at the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.
How do I choose an auto transport company?
Of course, you can start by asking around to get first-hand recommendations. If that doesn’t yield results, turn to Google for help. Searching for auto transport companies will return plenty of hits. Just keep in mind that in the auto transport business, some shippers are more reputable than others, so it’s extremely important you choose carefully.
In your search for an auto shipper, you will come across the following entities: carriers, brokers, auction websites, and car shipping lead generating websites. We recommend you stay away from the last two.
Whether you choose to work with a broker or carrier, be sure to choose a reputable organization.You can always check online reviews, but take them with a pinch of salt. Don’t forget to consult the FMSCA hotline for companies’ licensing and background info and safety record. And, of course, employ your intuition. Pick up the phone and call the companies. Test their patience – ask questions. The good company will be transparent about the entire process. They understand that auto transport is a business built on trust and will do their best to win yours over.
Moving to Michigan? Why not!
While some people choose to move to Florida, others prefer the other way around! Michigan is one of those states with the most affordable housing, good job market and lots of things to do in your free time. Still, many knit their brows when they hear about someone’s plans to move to Michigan. But we would like them to know that Michigan is in fact amazing!
The state offers opportunities for both winter and summer fun. Because it borders with Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Erie, Michigan is an excellent spot for summer getaways. You can go hiking, biking, swimming, and fishing all while camping in one of the thousands of summer lake camp parks. In fact, one of the farthest northern points of Michigan, Mackinac Island, is a beautiful and unique place to visit and experience. You can get to the island only by boat. No cars are allowed there, only bikes and horse carts. Yes, you heard that right, no cars allowed. All Mackinac stores and restaurants only use horse carts to stock up on goods and run daily errands. This is quite an interesting thing to see considering the fact how dependent we have become on motor vehicles. It’s like you get to travel back in time.
We are not going to list all the top attractions in Michigan. We just wanted to give you a glimpse of how much more there is to Michigan than you might have thought.
Moving from Michigan to the Sunshine State
Often called the “Wolverine State”, there are actually no wolverines left in Michigan. According to an article by the Michigan State University, “the last known specimen is in the stuffed animal collection of Gary Kaberle of Traverse City; it was killed in the 1860s. As far as is known, there is no evidence that wolverines were ever commercially trapped in Michigan.”
Michigan is also known for its production of peat and magnesium compound (ranking first in the US), as well as its production of gypsum and iron ore (ranking second in the US). The state of Michigan is the only place in the entire world that has a floating post office which has been operating for over 125 years. If you didn’t know already, Michigan is also home to the first established university by a state in the US. Originally named Cathelepistemian, the University of Michigan was established in 1817 in Detroit, but in 1841 it moved to Ann Arbor.
Florida is also an interesting state with a rich history and over 1300 miles of coastline — the longest one in the US! In 1513, explorer Juan Ponce de León gave Florida its name which means “full of flowers” in Spanish. With a mix of cultures, languages, and people from all over the world, it won’t take long for you to be proud of calling Florida home.
A change of Climate
Unlike Michigan’s temperate climate with well-defined seasons, Florida has a warm climate year-round and offers lots of sunshine days throughout the year. If you move to the northern part of Florida, you will experience a subtropical climate. If you move to its southern part, a tropical climate will surround you. Nevertheless, no matter in which part of the state you move to, prepare to experience a well-defined rainy season from May to October and a hurricane “season” between mid-August and late October.
Population and Housing
There are over 21 million people living in Florida. The state has a lot of pre-contact Native communities such as the Seminole Tribe and early Spanish settlements like the one of St. Augustine. Since Southern Florida and Northern Florida differ a lot from one another in various aspects, it will be a good idea for you to pick a side well in advance. One city we wouldn’t recommend to you if you have Astraphobia is Clearwater. This particular city experiences the highest rate of lightning strikes per capita in the entire nation!
Things to do and see in Florida
Did you know that Florida is home to the oldest European Settlement in North America? According to The Vintage News, Saint Augustine was established “55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, 43 years before the Spanish settlement at Sante Fe, New Mexico and 42 years before the English established their colony at Jamestown, Virginia.”
The Land of Flowers is also home to 2 rivers that have the same name: Withlacoochee. Other attractions you can go visit are: The Universal Orlando, Florida Keys, South Beach, Magic Kingdom, Everglades National Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Saint John’s River, Key Largo, the Benwood, and last but not least: the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.
Moving to Florida with a car
Getting around in a state that has a total area of 65,755 square miles can be overwhelming, so having your own personal car at your disposal is highly recommended. Once you move to the Sunshine State with your car, you will have to register it with your local DHSMV within 30 days after you establish your move. Moreover, in order to legally drive your car, you should register and title it at the same time. For more info regarding the documents you need to prepare, go to the official website of DMV to read specific details about car registration.
If you are looking to move your car between Michigan and Florida, get in touch with us. Corsia Logistics is a small, family-owned company with over a decade of experience in the auto transport industry. When you call, you are connected with one of our agents, who will accompany you throughout the entire process, from pick up to delivery.
Our team takes pride in personalized service. Whether you are shipping a sedan, classic car, or motorcycle, our agents will explain the process and recommend the right auto transport service for your vehicle. We offer open and enclosed auto transport from and to Florida on a regular basis. We guarantee you the most accurate car shipping rates, which we manually track every day.
For additional information, please visit our Questions section or simply call us. Don’t forget that you can also request a car shipping quote online. We are here to discuss your auto transport needs and help you ship your vehicle. Thank you.