Shipping a car from Alabama to California

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

Several variables decide the final cost. 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 Logistics - A Five Star Rated 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

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

Shipping a car from Alabama to California takes about 5 to 7 days. Various factors could affect the shipping times and this means that shipping time is always an estimate. Open auto transport is usually faster and cheaper due to high 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, such as your Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla 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?

Domestic transport is easy. When shipping a car from Alabama to California, 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.

Moving to the Golden State

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Getting ready to leave the Yellowhammer State behind and head to California’s sunny beaches? You are not the only one. Every single day, California welcomes newcomers full of dreams, ideas, and positive energy. Compared to Alabama’s population of fewer than 5 million, California is home to 39,77 million people (currently the most populated state in the US). And according to various surveys, California is one of the best states to live in the US.

Since the state is very spread out, its climate ranges from polar to subtropical, depending on which part of California you decide to move to. Compared to the Heart of Dixie, which has a humid subtropical climate, the Golden State has a Mediterranean climate.

Economy and employment

The state of California is known for its rich and diverse economy as well as its recent boom in financial services and real estate. Moreover, the state is also known for its high taxes, expensive housing and living costs, especially for someone moving from Alabama. On the bright side, salaries in California are much higher than the national average. Once you move to the Golden State, you will be able to have a full-time job and a few gigs on the side if you need to earn some extra money.

You can find plenty of job opportunities in finance, real estate, the entertainment industry, government, scientific and technical business services, IT, and so on. Following your dream as an entrepreneur or starting your own business is also possible in California. You just need to be persistent and give your best to succeed in everything that you set your mind to.

Housing and Living Costs

Besides Hawaii, California is one of the states with the most expensive housing and cost of living in the US. If we compare Los Angeles to Huntsville, for example, the cost of living in L.A. is 82% more expensive. Its median home costs are also way more expensive — 350% more expensive to be exact.

Don’t despair though. There are plenty of other cities in California that are not as expensive as Los Angeles. Among the top places to live in California are Sacramento, San Francisco, Berkeley, Santa Barbara, Irvine, San Jose, Fresno, and San Mateo County.

Things to do in California

With such a perfect weather and so many breathtaking landscapes, sunny beaches, as well as yummy food, and diverse culture get ready to have your schedule crazy busy once you move to the Golden State. Among the top things we recommend you to visit, as soon as you have free time, are the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Napa Valley Vineyards, Hollywood hills and Beverly Hills, The Death Valley, Channel Islands, Kings Canyon, and the Redwoods National and State parks.

All nature lovers are welcome. California is perfect for anyone who loves to practice outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, surfing, barbecuing, swimming, and skiing. There is a great number of music festivals and events happening throughout the year as well, so all you need to do is just pick your favorite activities and events, and just enjoy your time and have fun.

Moving to California with a car

Moving to California with a car is already a great start. As the state is very spread out, having one or two cars per family is almost a necessity. Once you become a resident of California, you will have 20 days to get your car registered and 10 days to obtain a California driver’s license. Keep in mind that in order to do so, you need to hold a valid car insurance as well. For more information visit the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles online. Enjoy the new journey!

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