Is shipping a car worth it?

July 8, 2020
Dilyana Dobrinova
ship a pickup a 1000 miles

We are facing way too many choices these days. Where to go for summer vacation, or what career path to choose, are some of the big decisions. And what about the type of cereal you buy for breakfast? Or the kind of mineral water you drink?

Right there, somewhere between the big life choices, and the small daily dilemmas, the question of whether shipping a car is worth it may turn up.

Is shipping a car worth it?

To help you decide, we will guide you through the concepts that determine the worth of a process such as shipping a car.

Let us break down the topic of “worth” into several sub-categories. Today, something is worth it when:

  1. It saves time
  2. It saves money
  3. It saves nerves

So, here are the questions that will give you objective answers about the worth of shipping a car.

Is it worth your time?

Shipping your car is not as time-consuming as you may first think. Certainly, it requires some time to learn, organize and book your service. Most of it would go into the research phase.

First, you spend some time searching online to get an idea of what auto transport is and how it works. Then select a few auto transport companies and start comparing.

After you have selected the auto transport company, give yourself some time to plan. If you want your car on a specific date, you have to give enough time for the shipping company to find a car carrier.

Since auto shipping is dependent on the availability of trucks for any given route, time is of the essence. This means you need to decide and book your service at least one week in advance. Take a look at our transit times to get a general idea of how long it takes to deliver a vehicle based on distance only.

So, is it worth your time? It certainly is because shipping a car will save you time especially when transporting a vehicle more than 300 miles away.

How can auto transport save you time?

Driving more than 300 miles will take more than a day. A thousand miles might not seem so bad on the map, but once you hit the road there will be mountains, deserts, and maybe even seas to cross. This means days on the road. Moreover, when you start adding in the time for food and rest stops, a whole new time frame builds up. Let us not even mention the unfortunate likelihood of getting a flat tire. This will not only slow you down but will turn your road trip into a nightmare. The time will be your last concern in that case.

But as Benjamin Franklin once said, “Time is money”. And wasted time means wasted money. So, another important question follows.

Is shipping a car worth the money?

Just like all other important questions, this one gets the same important answer – it depends. Shipping a car may seem like a huge expense in some cases. If you want to travel downstate to visit relatives, but you do not feel like driving, auto transport might be a luxury. Yet, if you want to go down south for the summer, shipping a car from Florida to Massachusetts might be your cheapest option.

It also depends on what type of vehicle you ship.

Auto transport is the best solution when you are shipping a high-value automobile, such as a classic or a high-end sports car

In these cases, the cost of the shipping process is negligent in comparison to the total value of the car. If you do not transport such a car in an enclosed carrier, you risk having it damaged by weather or road elements. And repairing high-value cars may turn out to be much more expensive than investing in hiring a shipping company to avoid this.

In such cases, you should always ask yourself: Can I handle a scratch on this shiny surface? If you are okay dealing with the aftermath of such damage on your classy 1941 Lincoln or sporty McLaren, you can go without an auto transport company. Yet, if your vehicle holds high value for you, shipping it will always be worth it.

And keep in mind that auto transport companies can arrange for both open and enclosed trailers, to match your budget and desired level of security.


Is it worth the nerves?

If you are not in a hurry, and money is not a real issue, this is probably the most important question for you. We use it as the final criteria for whether you should do something yourself or have someone else do it for you. Our mantra is this – if it doesn’t bring pleasure or entertainment, leave it to the pros.

The process of transporting a car is hardly a passionate activity. Even if you are a racer who loves driving 24/7, moving your own vehicle long-distance may not be that exciting. Why? Because there are such things as traffic, weather, and other people on the road who do not like driving as much as you do. And they could really ruin the experience for you. Especially if you are on the road for more than a couple of hours.

If you are moving more than 300 miles away, then we highly recommend shipping your car. Driving is feasible for most people when it is around 300 miles at the most, and the car is relatively new. If the distance is long, or the vehicle is a bit older, then you are better off shipping it.

Understand the process of shipping a car

Researching and understanding the process and the company is key. This means to read and understood your contract, and you should be alright. The Bill of Lading is your most important document, so, do not ignore reading it. It is not only a receipt but a pick-up and delivery inspection report, which tracks the condition of your car prior and post shipping. Being conscious about it will guarantee you peace of mind. Corsia Logistics works only with vetted, experienced carriers to guarantee professional and timely car shipping.

In conclusion, shipping a car is worth it when you:

  • need to move across the country
  • need to traverse over 300 miles
  • dislike driving for days
  • consider your car high-value
  • need to transport a classic car
  • need to ship a sports car
  • don’t want to sell or leave it behind
Remember, partnering with the right company to ship your car is what makes the whole process worth it.

Consult and ask questions. Read other customers’ reviews to learn about their car shipping experience. We are a five-star rated company because, as family-owned and operated, we understand the value of each automobile. Dig deeper on our website to learn more or just call our team now to ask more questions, or book your shipment. Thank you!

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