Shipping a car from Boston to San Francisco

Shipping a car from Boston to San Francisco Guide

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How do you move a car over a span of 3109 miles? Because this is exactly the distance between Boston and San Francisco. Should you drive? Should you hire a professional auto transporter to take care of the task? How much should you pay for the services? Will your vehicle be insured during transport? We will cover all these questions and more, so you can make educated desicion based on information and your personal preferences.

What options do I have when shipping a car from Boston to San Francisco?

Moving a vehicle from one location to another can usually be done in two different ways:

  • driving the car to the destination
  • shipping the car with an auto transport company

But what is the best option? The answer will vary based on your circumstances and personal preferences. Driving the car from Boston to San Francisco would be a great option if you want to go on a cross-country road trip. On the one hand, road trips are great because driving can be a sort of meditation. It takes your mind off everything else and forces you to focus on the activity of driving.

On the other hand, driving long distances is not a task suitable for everybody. Cross country roads can become dangerous for the untrained eye. When the distance is more than 200 miles, we recommend shipping instead of driving.

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 prefer someone else to take care of the logistics. Moreover, it saves you time and it spares your car wear and tear. When you drive a car across the country, it inevitably means adding at least a thousand miles to the odometer, oil changes, possible flat tires and other undesired for technical issues.

Shipping a car from Boston to San Francisco with a car shipping company is also usually cheaper than driving it yourself, once you consider all the expenses a long distance trip entails.

What to look for when choosing an auto transport company?

In the auto transport industry, there is no company that is absolutely the best. Many car shippers have a reputation of being reliable. Yet, it’s extremely important you choose carefully. If you are not vigilant enough, it’s easy to become a victim of a car shipping scam. 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 stay away from the last two. And whether you choose to work with a broker or carrier, make sure it’s a reputable company.

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. Check FMCSA for the shipper’s licensing and background information as well as safety ratings. Pick up the phone and call to ask your questions.

All good companies will be transparent with you about their process and prices. They understand that in business, as in life, all the successful relationships run on trust.

What services does an auto transport company offer?

Typical auto transport services often vary by company. Some companies may offer variety of solutions, while others could offer limited options. In general, you’ll be choosing based on the type of carrier and on the time frame of delivery.

Corsia Logistics provides the following car shipping services:

  • by type of carrier: open and enclosed car carrier
  • by type of delivery: standard and expedited delivery

All Corsia Logistics deliveries are door-to-door. Very rarely we ship cars from and to a terminal. Most individuals and businesses from across the country prefer door-to-door deliveries as the most convinient option.

Once you’ve selected the carrier type, you’ll need to pick between a standard service and an expedited delivery. The distinction between the two is the time frame 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 Boston to San Francisco within 7 to 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 or other customers’ postponements.

Expedited delivery could guarantee that a carrier picks up and/or delivers your vehicle on or by a specified date and time. However, when specific dates are requested, this means the carrier prioritizes your vehicle over the other and so this service is always more expensive.

How much does it cost to ship a car from Boston to San Francisco?

It’s important to understand how car shipping price is calculated because several variables decide the final cost.

Vehicle make and model

This is the first important factor that affects your rate. Vehicle’s weight and dimensions usually define the base price for transporting it.

Vehicle condition

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. If your car is not running, it often adds about $150 to the rate.

Type of service

The type of service you choose will certainly affect your rate. An open carrier is the standard service and it 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.

Distance and location

Generally, the further away the vehicle goes the higher the overall price. The exact location also affects the price. Shipping from Boston to San Francisco usually does not possess any challenges.

Supply and demand

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, for example, when ‘snowbirds’ season starts and ends.

During such peak seasons the demand is high and prices increase. Supply and demand usually determine the final cost to ship a car on a certain route. Fluctuations happen daily and thus only a current realistic market price can guarantee timely and professional service.

Is my vehicle insured during transport?

Yes, it is! 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.

What documents do I need when shipping a car?

We do not need any documents from you unless the car is traveling out of the country. The carrier will ask you to sign the Bill of Lading (BOL). The BOL is not only a receipt, but also an inspection report. Check that the carrier has marked all the existing damages during the pick up inspection. Never sign an incomplete or blank document, and make sure to receive a copy.

Moving to the City by the Bay

Ready to leave Boston behind, and join the new transplants crowd in San Francisco? The City by the Bay keeps attracting more and more people every day thanks to its amazing nature, great weather, and distint culture.

As of July 2017, San Francisco had an estimated population of 884,363 people, and its population is constantly growing. The city also has a relatively young population, with most of its residents aged between 25-44. Compared to Boston’s humid continental weather, San Francisco has a warm Mediterranean climate with mild winters and dry summers. Influenced by the cool currents of the Pacific Ocean, the city has constant temperature swings throughout the year.

It doesn’t matter whether you are going to buy or rent in San Francisco, its housing prices are very high compared to most cities in the US. In comparison to Boston, living costs in San Francisco according to Best Places is 60% more expensive, while median home costs are 124% more expensive. Monthly Rental Prices in San Francisco for 1 bedroom apartment can go over $2,000, and $2,500 outside the city center and in the city center respectively.

Economy and Employment

Home to Levi Strauss & Co, Fitbit,, Dropbox, Reddit, Dolby, Airbnb, Yelp, Pinterest, Twitter, Uber, Lyft, Mozilla, Craigslist, and many other big companies, San Francisco is among the cities with the highest income in the US. In 2016, the Golden Gate City was ranked 7th in the US with a personal income of $110,418 per capita.

Thanks to its diverse economy, the city offers plenty of opportunities in industries such as financial services, tourism, information technology, education, healthcare, trade, and transportation. Among the top employers in the city are the City Government, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and California Pacific Medical Center.

Things to do and see in San Francisco

Besides being called the City by the Bay and the Golden Gate City, San Francisco is also nicknamed, Frisco, San Fran, SF, the Fog City, The City that Knows How, The Paris of the West, and other creative names that perfectly fit this wonderful city.

Whether you love skiing, surfing, sailing, enjoying a picnic in the park, or drinking wine in the popular wine regions of Napa and Sonoma Valley, San Francisco can offer it all. The food is delicious and the landscape is breathtaking. The city has even been voted as one of the healthiest and happiest in the US many times.

With so many people moving from other US cities and all over the world, expect to hear over 110 different languages in this melting pot of different cultures and nationalities.

Moving to San Francisco with a car

When you move you will have to register your car within 20 days. In order to proceed with your car registration, you will also need to have a valid car insurance and obtain a California driver’s license within the first 10 days after moving to the state. For more information, visit the official website of the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles.