Shipping a car from Boston to Austin Guide
There is a gamut of reasons for shipping a vehicle from Boston to Austin. And whether it’s your first time moving a car, or you have done it a few times already, we are here to help you make this experience flawless. In this guide, we wanted to share our expertise to help you understand the basics or auto transport. For more detailed information, check our How to Ship a Car and Services sections or simply get in touch with us. Our knowledgeable agents will be happy to walk you through every step of the vehicle shipping process and select services that work best for you and your car.
What options do I have when shipping a car from Boston to Austin?
When you need to move a vehicle from Boston to Austin, the first alternative that comes to mind is to top off the fuel tank and drive. Think again. Driving between the two destinations implies traversing the distance of 1962 miles. It would be a great option if you are up for a road trip, and both you and your car are in excellent condition to endure the demands of an extended haul. Although, when the distance is more than 200 miles, we always recommend shipping instead of driving. Shipping a car from Boston to Austin with a car shipping company is also often cheaper than driving it yourself once you consider all the expenses a long distance trip entails.
To hire an auto transport company means to free yourself from the responsibility of moving your vehicle. It makes life easier when you are busy or simply do not wish to embark on a road trip. It also saves you time and spares your car additional hundreds of miles of unnecessary wear and tear.
Transporting with a car shipping company means peace of mind. Prepare your car for shipping and let professionals handle the delivery of your vehicle.
What to look for when choosing an auto transport company?
There are many good, reliable auto shippers. Yet, it’s extremely important you choose carefully. It’s easy to become a victim of a car shipping scam if you are not vigilant enough.
On your quest for a vehicle shipping company you will come across the following entities: carriers, brokers, car shipping lead generator websites and auction websites. We recommend you to stay away from the last two. And whether you choose to work with a broker or carrier, make sure it’s a reputable one.
Look at your potential shipper’s consumer ratings and read online reviews to learn about other customers’ experience. Although, don’t choose solely based on what people say. Consult FMCSA for the shipper’s licensing and background information as well as safety ratings. Pick up the phone and call. Ask questions.
What services do auto transport companies offer?
You will have a choice between open and enclosed transport and standard and expedited shipping. It all depends on your budget, timeframe, and the level of protection you want for your vehicle.
Corsia Logistics provides the following auto transport services:
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.
If you are on a tight timeline, request expedited shipping. Expedited delivery could guarantee that a carrier picks up and/or delivers your car on or by a specific date and time. However, it requires the whole schedule of the truck to play around your schedule. In some cases, when specific dates are requested, we need to involve a second or third company, a local carrier, to pick-up or deliver the vehicle on the specified date. So, expedited auto transport service is always more expensive.
All Corsia Logistics deliveries are door-to-door. It means that the carrier will pick up and deliver your vehicle as close to your door as legally possible. Very rarely we ship to and from a terminal. Most individuals and businesses from across the country prefer door-to-door deliveries.
How much does it cost to ship a car from Boston to Austin
When shipping a vehicle, it’s only natural you’d want to get the most for your money. But don’t chase after the cheapest price. The highest price doesn’t necessarily mean the highest quality of service either. Aim at the golden mean – the rate that reflects all factors that affect the cost to ship a car:
Vehicle make and model
This is the first important factor that affects your rate. Whether your vehicle is a small sedan or an SUV matters for the car carrier. Vehicle’s weight and dimensions usually define the base price for transporting it.
The condition of the vehicle could affect the price of shipping as well. If your vehicle has any modifications, such as being lowered or raised, it often means we would need a specialized truck to transport it. It could also simply mean that it will take up more space or weight on the truck, which increases the rate.
Type of service
An open carrier is the standard service and is widely available. Enclosed carriers are more expensive because they offer higher protection and extras such as hydraulic lift gate to hold a vehicle horizontal while loading. If you are in a hurry and need your vehicle to be delivered fast, expedited shipping is your answer. For an extra cost, get the advantage of speed and guaranteed delivery.
Distance and location
These two factors play an important role in price calculation. Generally, the further away the vehicle goes the higher the overall price. The exact location also affects the price.
When we calculate prices, after all the factors described above, comes current supply and demand situation. All routes in the US are affected by seasonal peaks and drops in workload, for example, when ‘snowbirds’ season starts and ends. During such peak seasons the demand is high and prices increase.
In general, the idea is that supply and demand usually determine the final cost to ship a car on every route. Fluctuations happen daily and, thus, only a current realistic market price can guarantee timely and professional service.
How long does it take to ship a car from Boston to Austin?
The time to ship a car consists of two timeframes. One is the time frame for picking up your car, and the other is for delivery. The first frame is usually one to five business days. And the transit time from Boston to Austin on average takes about 5-7 days. It is important to keep in touch with the carrier at all times. When we dispatch your vehicle you receive the carrier’s name and phone number. You can always call them to get an update or call our office.
What documents do I need when shipping a car?
Domestic transport is simple. You, or someone on your behalf, needs to release the vehicle, together with the keys, to the carrier at pick-up. The carrier will ask the person at pick-up to sign the Bill of Lading (BOL). The BOL 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 before you sign. Never sign a blank or incomplete document and make sure to get your copy before the carrier leaves the pick-up site.
Is my car insured during transport?
Yes, it is. By law, every car carrier in operation must have cargo insurance. A car carrier cannot operate without an active insurance policy.
Moving to the Bat City
Are you a techie, a foodie, a cat lover, a hippie, a taco fan, or anything in between? Where better to move than the very capital of the Lone Star state: Austin. Known as the Bat City, Austin is welcoming to all types of people and is truly a great place to live.
The U.S. News & World Report named the city as the number one place to live in the U.S. for the year 2017 and 2018. Forbes also ranked Austin first on its Next Biggest Boom Town in the U.S. list in 2017. In 2012, the FBI ranked Austin as the second safest major city in the US. With a population of 950,715, as of July 2017, Austin is the fourth most populous city in the state of Texas and the 11th most populous in the United States.
Compared to Boston’s humid continental climate with freezing and snowy winters and moderate temperatures the rest of the year, Austin has a humid subtropical climate due to its location in between the American Southwest deserts and the American Southeast humid regions. Its climate is characterized by long, hot summers and short, mild winters.
Housing and living costs
Austin has been one of the most affordable places to live in the US for several years now. According to the ACCRA Cost of Living Index, in 2016 Austin had an average housing score of 96.3, which is below the U.S. housing average score of 100. In terms of overall living costs, Austin is 31% cheaper than Boston. The median home cost is also less expensive. Expect to find housing options in Austin that are 40% cheaper than in Boston.
All neighborhoods in Austin are unique in their own way. You just need to pick the one that better fits your lifestyle, taking into consideration the price range, traffic, distance from the city center, and other factors. Among the top neighborhoods we would recommend are Clarksville, Bouldin, East Cesar Chavez, Holly, Travis Heights, South Congress (SoCo), and Zilker.
Economy and employment
After the Great Depression, Austin managed to become, once again, a major city and a technology and business center. There are many worldwide known, Fortune 500 companies that have their headquarters or regional offices in Austin such as Amazon.com, Apple Inc., Dell, Cisco, eBay, General Motors, Google, IBM, Intel, Oracle Corporation, and Paypal.
The city is also a tech hub and offers plenty of job opportunities in all the companies mentioned above and others like Facebook, AMD, ARM Holdings, Bigcommerce, BioWare, Blizzard Entertainment, Buffalo Technology, Dropbox, Hewlett-Packard, Hoover’s, Rackspace, and Xerox.
Things to see and do in your free time
Home to Lady Bird Lake, Barton Springs, the Colorado River, Lake Travis, and Lake Walter E. Long, McKinney Falls, and so many other lakes, rivers, and waterfalls, Austin is always ready to show off its beautiful nature when you least expect it. That is why we encourage you to keep on discovering all of its natural beauty and hidden gems.
One of the city’s nicknames is “Live Music Capital of the World”, due to its connection to so many musicians as well as live music events. As an Austinite, you will have a lot of cultural events you can pick from throughout the year. Among the ones that you shouldn’t miss are the O. Henry House Museum, Spamarama, the Austin Reggae Festival, Texas Craft Brewers Festival, Carnaval Brasileiro, and the Pecan Street Festival.
Moving to Austin with a car
As soon as you move to the state capital of Texas, you will have 30 days to register your car and at the same time transfer your out-of-state driver’s license. In order to get your car registered, you have to show proof of auto insurance and get your car inspected before you submit the required documents at your local County Tax Office. For Texas driver’s license requirements, visit the Texas Department of Public Safety online.