Shipping a car from Arizona to Oregon Guide
For a smooth car shipping process take some time to understand the basics of how auto transport works. Auto transport industry has its own rules when it gets to delivering vehicles between destinations. Hence, to make educated choices, you need the right information.
What options do I have when shipping a car?
The two main choices when it comes to moving a vehicle are: driving it to the new destination and shipping it.
Having a choice is great. But what would be your best option when you need to move a car between Arizona and Oregon? The answer would vary based on your circumstances and personal preferences.
Driving the car to your new destination in Oregon would be a great choice. Keep in mind though that over 1200 miles separate Arizona and the Beaver State. And driving such long distances is not for everybody. Highways and interstates can be dangerous for the untrained eye. When the distance is more than 200 miles, we always recommend shipping instead of driving.
To hire an auto transport company means to free yourself from the responsibility of driving across thec ountry. It makes life easier when you are busy or simply do not wish to embark on that road trip. Moreover, it saves you time and it spares your car additional hundreds of miles of wear and tear.
Shipping a car from Arizona to Oregon with an auto transport company is also often cheaper than driving it yourself, once you consider all the expenses a long distance trip entails.
What services do auto transport companies offer?
Typical auto transport services vary by company. In general, you’ll have a choice based on the type of carrier and on the time frame of delivery. Corsia Logistics provides the following car shipping services:
- open and enclosed car carrier
- standard and expedited delivery
And in both cases, it is a door-to-door delivery. Very rarely we ship cars from and to a terminal. Individuals and businesses across the country almost always prefer door-to-door deliveries.
Your choice of the carrier type should really be influenced by the type of vehicle you need to ship. Standard everyday sedans, such as your Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla usually travel via an open-air multi-vehicle carrier. Enclosed auto transport is most often booked for sports, luxury and classic automobiles.
The other options you would need to consider is whether to pick a standard service or an expedited delivery. The distinction between the two lies in the time of delivery. A standard car shipping service usually means that a carrier will pick up your vehicle within five business days and deliver it, in this case from Arizona to Oregon, within 4 to 6 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. However, it means that the entire truck’s schedule will be planned around your dates to accommodate your particular situation.
How much does it cost to ship a car from Arizona to Oregon?
Beyond the figure, it’s important to understand the economics of a vehicle shipping quote. The cost to ship a car depends on a few factors: vehicle’s make and model, any added modifications, the operability of your vehicle, distance and pick up/drop off locations, type of service, and supply and demand fluctuations.
Make, model, and modifications
The bigger and heavier your vehicle is, the more it’ll cost to transport it. Vehicle make and model will set the base price for shipping. Also, don’t forget to mention any modifications done to your vehicle. For example, lower vehicle clearance or 4X4 lift kit will require additional assistance or special preparations that may add to the cost of shipping.
If your vehicle can not move under its own power, the carrier will need to engage some extra help (a winch or a forklift); therefore, you’ll have to pay extra.
Distance and pick up/drop off locations
The longer the distance the more expensive it’ll be to transport your vehicle. However, it’s also important to consider how far off the interstate and state highways the pick-up and delivery points are. If it’s somewhere off the main routes – in a rural or hard to get to area – where not that many people are looking to ship their vehicles, you will need to make it worth the trucker’s time, effort, and extra gas expense. It means a higher price. But if your car is traveling between popular destinations where truckers have more opportunities to pick up and deliver vehicles, you have a pretty good chance of getting a break on price.
Type of service
The most popular method of transporting vehicles is via open trailers. This type of transport is considered standard and more economical as well.
If you are shipping a luxury, classic, or collectible automobile we always recommend an enclosed trailer. It’s more expensive, but in return offers extra protection from road elements and hazards as well as inclement weather effects.
If you are on a tight timeline, you can request expedited delivery for an extra charge. If time is not an issue, go for standard delivery service.
Supply and demand fluctuations
Supply and demand fluctuations dictate prices on most routes. When the demand peaks, prices usually go up and this can often happen in a matter of hours.
Seasonal fluctuations also have an effect on vehicle shipping costs. 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.
What documents do I need when shipping a car?
We do not need any documents from you unless the car is traveling abroad. Domestic transport is simple. You or someone else will need to release the vehicle to the carrier at pick-up, hand over the keys, 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 make sure that all existing damages are marked down, and only then sign the document and get a copy.
Is my car insured during transport?
Yes, it is! The law requires every carrier to have cargo insurance. A car carrier cannot operate without an active insurance policy.
Moving to the Beaver State
After hitting the 4 million mark in 2016, Oregon’s population has continued to grow in the past two years for many different reasons. This beautiful state on the West Coast offers miles and miles of exquisite coastlines combined with breathtaking mountains and a wonderful climate that lets you enjoy life by the sea or up in the mountains. Whichever you prefer.
They say it rains a lot in Oregon, so as someone moving from Arizona, you must prepare yourself for a humid climate, especially during winter. Compared to Arizona’s desert climate with mild winters and hot summers as well as snowy winters in the Northern part, Oregon, in general, has a mild climate.
Depending on where in Oregon you will be moving, you should know that temperatures vary a lot within the state. Its western part has an oceanic climate, its southwestern has a Mediterranean climate, while its northeastern one has steppe climate. The eastern parts of the state that are mainly made of deserts have cold and snowy winters with dry summers. The summer temperatures in Oregon are generally cool, ranking the state in the fifth position for coolest summer temperatures in the US, after Maine, Idaho, Wyoming, and Alaska.
The Beaver State, the ninth largest state in the US and the 27th most populous one, continues to be among the three most popular states to relocate to after Arizona and Nevada.
Economy and employment
The state’s economy is mainly powered by agriculture and industry. Hydroelectric power, fishing, timber industry, and technology (thanks to the Silicon Forest), are also some important economic pillars. Oregon is home to Nike, Precision Castparts, FLIR Systems, StanCorp Financial Group, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Portland General Electric, Columbia Sportswear, and Northwest Natural Gas, which are are some of the largest public corporations with their headquarters in Oregon.
In 2017, the state had a GDP of $236.2 billion, the 24th largest in the nations. As per employment, the state offers plenty of job opportunities in various areas in the above-mentioned companies and many others.
Housing and Living Costs
Out of 36 counties and a mix of metropolitan areas that differ a lot from one another, one thing is guaranteed: you will have to pick carefully your new city once you decide to move to Oregon. Among the best cities to move to in this clean and friendly state are Portland, Salem, Bend, Eugene, Milwaukie, Ashland, West Slope, and Raleigh Hills.
Compared to Arizona, the living costs and housing in Oregon are more expensive in general. Portland, for example, is 41% more expensive than Phoenix with median home costs that can go up to 99% more expensive. If you want to opt for a less expensive place to live, Salem is also a good idea. Compared to Phoenix, Salem is 9% more expensive and median home costs are only 8% more expensive. Even though the cost of living is above the national average, Oregon doesn’t have a sales tax and living in one of Oregon’s cities is hopefully going to change your life for the better.
Oregon activities and top sights
Living in one of the most geographically diverse states in the US is perfect for activities like hiking, bicycling, rafting, kayaking, canoeing, and any other activities you enjoy. We recommend you to visit the highest point of Oregon, Mount Hood at 11,249 feet, Crater Lake National Park, which is the only national park in the state Oregon, as well as Crater Lake — the deepest lake in the US.
Its Pacific scenery, the Malheur National Forest, and a variety of volcanoes are also a must see. Make sure you go to at least one wine or beer tours and tastings while you are there. You won’t regret it!
Moving to Oregon with a car
Once you qualify as a resident of the Beaver State, you will have 30 days to register and title your car. Keep in mind that there is a mandatory auto insurance law in Oregon and in order to register your car, you will need to pass a VIN inspection when you visit your local DMV office. Before arriving in Oregon, we advise you to learn more about car registration and Oregon driver’s license requirements.