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Shipping a car from Arizona to 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
Enclosed Auto Transport Corsia Logistics Porsche

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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Shipping a car from Arizona to California

Moving to the Golden State is worth it

Moving to the most populated state in the USA will be an adventure on its own. There are so many things you will love about California. From its sunny beaches and beautiful nature to warm energy and great weather, the state is considered one of the best to live in the US. With a population of over 39.81 million as of January 1, 2018, California is steadily approaching the 40 million mark and is expected to become the home of over 41 million people by 2020.

In contrast to Arizona, the Golden State has a more diverse population and culture, even though the two states are so close to one another. Since both Arizona and California are very spread out, their climate varies a lot from one region to another within each state. Arizona has mainly desert climate with mild winters and hot summers, with temperatures that sometimes exceed 125 °F. In California, most parts of the state have a Mediterranean climate that ranges from polar to subtropical.

Economy and employment

In June 2018, the state of California surpassed the United Kingdom and moved one position up from the sixth place, becoming the world’s fifth-largest economy after the United States, China, Japan, and Germany. Its $2.75 trillion economy, thanks to the recent boom in financial services and real estate, is the largest in the US.

California is very expensive. The state is also infamous for its high-income taxes. On the bright side, you’ll find plenty of job positions in finance, real estate, farming, construction, the entertainment industry, government, scientific and technical business services, and IT. If you are looking for business opportunities, California is also the right place for you.

Housing and Living Costs

After Hawaii, California has the most expensive cost of living in the nation. Its housing costs are also some of the most expensive in the US. On the other hand, if you buy a house in California, the property taxes are below the national average.

If you haven’t yet decided where in California to settle – Northern part or Southern part, make sure you pick one as soon as you can. Both are very different from each other in terms of climate, culture, and overall atmosphere. That is why you should decide ahead which part fits you best. San Francisco, Berkeley, Irvine, San Jose, Fresno, Santa Barbara, San Mateo County, and Sacramento are some of the best places to live in California.

How to pass your free time in California?

Where should we start? The home of Hollywood, Golden Gate Bridge, Napa Valley Vineyards, and Beverly Hills is so much more than these usual touristy spots. Sure, you will have to put up with all the traffic jams from time to time, or almost every day if you’re unlucky. But no matter where you’ll live in California, be ready to have the time of your life.

Thanks to its spectacular weather, you will be able to do a lot of outdoor activities, visit all your favorite places, and walk your dog more often than you’re used to in Arizona or any other state. And when the summer time comes, you will see the true face of this multicultural state full of positive vibes.

Moving to California with a car

Having a car in California is very important. As we’ve mentioned in the beginning, the state is quite spread out. Hence, moving to California with a car will make your life easier in different ways. Keep in mind though, that the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has very strict rules about car registration and driver’s license, especially for new residents.

Once you move to California, you will have 20 days to register your car and 10 days to obtain a California driver’s license. Visit California DMW online to find a more information on car registration and driver’s license in California.

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