Shipping a car from Arizona to Michigan Guide
What are my options when shipping a car from Arizona to Michigan?
If you need to move your car from Arizona to Michigan, the first thought that has probably crossed your mind is to top off the fuel tank and drive. Think again. Driving may be a good, cost-effective option, if the distance is no greater than 300 miles, your car is in excellent driving condition, and you don’t mind going on a day-long road trip.
But embarking on a close to 2000 miles road adventure is not something you do on a whim. You may want to consider other alternatives. Traversing such long distances is not for everyone and does require a certain amount of preparation.
And what if you have more than one vehicle to move? Do you own a collectible classic car or an expensive luxury vehicle that you wouldn’t want to expose to adverse road conditions? Your car doesn’t run under its own power?
If any of these circumstances apply to you, then hiring a professional auto transport company would be your most affordable and convenient option. In fact, private customers and businesses alike contract vehicle transport companies like Corsia Logistics daily.
What services does an auto transport company offer?
You will have a choice between open and enclosed transport, standard and expedited shipping, and door-to-door and terminal-to-terminal delivery. Additionally, you’ll be able to request top-load for your vehicle for an extra fee. It all depends on your budget, timeframe, the level of protection you want for your vehicle, and pick up/delivery locations.
Open auto transport is a standard shipping method and also the most affordable. Your car will be shipped on a double-deck trailer designed to carry up to 10 vehicles at a time. Small one- or two-car open carriers are used for local, less than 300 miles, and expedited deliveries.
If you are looking to add an extra layer of protection for your vehicle, you can choose to ship it via enclosed auto transport. Enclosed trailers have soft or hard side cover that protects vehicles from destructive weather and road elements. Most of these trailers are designed to haul between 5 and 7 cars at a time. Although a single-vehicle enclosed trailer may be available upon request. Due to the extra protection it offers, enclosed auto transport is a pricier option.
Whether you are shipping via open or enclosed auto transport, you can request a top-load for your vehicle. For an extra fee, your car will travel on a top-deck of a trailer, which ensures against possible leaks from other vehicles.
A standard car shipping service usually means that a carrier will pick up your vehicle within five business days. Delivery, in this case from Arizona to Michigan, would take 6-10 days. However, please keep in mind that all dates and times are only estimates. Delays happen on the road often due to weather, traffic, unexpected mechanical breakdowns or other customers’ postponements.
If you are on a tight timeline and need your vehicle to be delivered on or by an exact date, request expedited shipping. To accommodate your particular circumstance, the whole truck’s schedule will be planned around your requirements. Guaranteed delivery is a premium service that comes with a premium price.
Door-to-door delivery is a standard service among auto transporters. It means that the driver will pick up and deliver your vehicle as close to your door as legally possible.
Terminal-to-terminal delivery means your vehicle will be picked up and/or dropped off at a terminal. Depending on your particular circumstances, this service may or may not be the most beneficial and cost-effective.
How much does it cost to ship a car from Arizona to Michigan?
The price from and to any destination is never a flat rate we can state right away. Several variables decide the final cost to ship a vehicle:
- Vehicle make, model, and modifications
- Vehicle condition
- Type of car carrier
- Distance and location
- Supply and demand
All of these factors are important when determining the right cost to transport a vehicle from Arizona to Michigan. Vehicle’s make and model and the distance set the base price for shipping. However, they are not the deciding factors. The type of carrier and the vehicle condition always affect the price. If a car is not running under its own power, the cost of shipping increases. Enclosed auto transport is almost always more expensive.
However, usually, the deciding cost factor is the current supply and demand situation on a given route. For example, between May and September, the most popular months for moving and traveling, as well as during the snowbirds season, prepare to pay a higher price due to an increased demand. Car shipping may also get a bit complicated during winter holidays (end of December through the beginning of January) when a lot of transporters take time off. The supply of trucks on the market decreases, and as a result, car shipping rates go up. But in general, supply and demand fluctuations happen daily.
Is my vehicle insured during transport?
Absolutely. Legally all carriers must carry a minimum amount of insurance. Carrier’s cargo insurance protects your vehicle against damages during loading, unloading, and transit and covers anything from theft, dents, and scratches to a total loss of a car. Liability limits, though, will vary from carrier to carrier. If your vehicle is especially valuable, make sure to discuss the insurance information with your potential shipper.
Can I ship personal items in my car?
Although most carriers will allow you to include a box or suitcase in the trunk of your car, many would prefer to load an empty vehicle.
If you decide to leave personal items in your vehicle, there are a few things you need to know. A carrier can refuse to ship a vehicle packed with personal items due to strict DOT weight limitations. And in certain situations, DOT may even confiscate your belongings without any reimbursement. Also, no carrier will accept responsibility for damages caused to your car interior by personal items you didn’t remove, nor for theft of the latter. The carrier’s cargo insurance will not protect personal items you leave in your vehicle.
What documents do I need when shipping a car?
We do not need any documents from you unless the car is going out of the country. Domestic transport is simple. You or someone else needs to release the vehicle together with the keys to the carrier at pick-up and sign the Bill of Lading (BOL). The BOL is a really important document. It 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 and then you sign and get a copy. For international car shipping requirements and to ship your car overseas, get in touch with us directly.
Moving to the Great Lakes State
Home to 64,980 inland lakes and ponds, no wonder Michigan is called the ‘Great Lakes State’. This Midwestern state is the only one that is made up of two peninsulas: the Lower Peninsula (LP) which looks like an oven mitt on a map, and the Upper Peninsula (UP) which is well known for its natural beauty and is separated from the LP by the Straits of Mackinac. The state’s name comes from the word ‘Ojibwe’ which means ‘large water’ or “large lake”.
Compared to Arizona’s population of over 7 million people, Michigan has a population of almost 10 million people which makes it the 10th most populous state in the US. If you’re worried that you will miss the diversity of Arizona once you move, don’t sweat it! Michigan is also a melting pot of different cultures, people, and cuisines from all over the world.
Moving from a southwestern region to Midwest means that you will have to prepare yourself for a drastic climate change. Arizona has a desert climate with hot summers and mild winters in the southern part, and moderate temperatures during the summer with snow falls during the winter in the Northern part.
Michigan has a continental climate which differs depending on which part of Michigan you decide to relocate. The southern and central parts of the Lower Peninsula have a warm climate with hot summers and mild winter which is similar to the southern part of Arizona. While the northern part of the Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula as a whole have a more extreme climate with short and warm summers and long and cold winters.
Michigan is well known for its freezing and snowy winters and once temperatures even dropped to -51°F in 1934. Furthermore, be ready to experience tornadoes as well. Every year, around 17 tornadoes give Michigan a visit. And so do the northern lights sometimes, which you can see in the northern part of Michigan during the night.
Housing and living costs
Michigan offers some of the most affordable houses in the United States, mainly due to the state’s population decline from the year 2000 until 2010 (including the foreclosure crisis eight years ago).
In general, if we compare both capitals, Lansing is 27% less expensive than Phoenix, while housing may be up to 186% cheaper. Living costs are also lower in Detroit as well — 27% less expensive to be exact. If you are lucky enough, you may even buy a house in Detroit for less than a $1,000!
Michigan’s Economy and Employment
Widely known for its automotive industry, Michigan has a diverse economy that is also made up of other industries such as the Food and Agriculture, Advanced Manufacturing, Freshwater Technology and Services. The Upper Peninsula is very important to Michigan’s economy for its tourism, while the LP, for its manufacturing, services, and the high-tech industry.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2016 Michigan had a gross state product of $490.238 billion, 13th largest in the nation. As of 2017, the annual unemployment rate of Michigan is 4.6% and a lot of job positions are offered in any of the industries we mentioned above.
Things to see and do in Michigan?
Before we mention any other sights, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Superior are the very first things you need to explore once you move to Michigan. But Michigan has much more than just a large number of lakes, rivers, public golf courses, and lighthouses.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the Isle Royale National Park, Henry Ford museum, Renaissance Center, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, and Detroit Institute of Arts are just some of the things you need to add to your ‘To-See’ list. It doesn’t matter where in Michigan you relocate; you will always have plenty of chances for skiing, hiking, running, hunting, kayaking, biking, fishing, and of course, drinking beer from Michigan’s best craft breweries.
Moving to Michigan with a car
Before moving to your new home, you should know that Michigan has one of the most informed population when it comes to car knowledge. Since the automotive industry is one of the key industries for Michigan’s economy, there is a good chance, some of your neighbors have even assembled the very car you are bringing into their neighborhood!
After you establish your move, you will need to register your car with the MI SOS and submit the documents including the car insurance (which is mandatory in Michigan) at your local SOS office in person. Besides registering your car you will also need to transfer your out-of-state driver’s license. For a more detailed list of documents visit Michigan Secretary of State online.