Shipping a car from California to Maryland

How much does it cost to ship a car from California to Maryland?

Several variables decide the final cost. Vehicle make and model, together with the distance set the base price for shipping. Then the choice of carrier type enters the equation. Shipping a non-running car drives the price up due to additional equipment. Remote areas of the country also cost more. However, current supply and demand decides the final price.

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Corsia Logistics - A Five Star Rated Company


Corsia rep (Elena) was very proactive. Helped ship a car from CA to GA. She checked in with me via email quote and several phone calls to find me the best possible quote for the fastest available service. After several communications, Corsia was able to schedule a vehicle pickup the next day. The driver communicated well, and the vehicle arrived in final destination faster than we expected in perfect condition. I highly recommend using Corsia's reliable, efficient service.

Geet Mp Haryana

Thanks, Corsia! Pickup was so clean, efficient, and wonderful -- my only recommendation is to make sure you schedule it during the day so you can fully review the car in the daylight. Drop off was equally wonderful, and the whole trip went down without a hitch (pun intended!). Seriously, Corsia delivered my Jeep from CT to California with no issues or bumps in the road!

Cay Liptak

High five's all around! Corsia was highly recommended by a friend in the automobile industry. We needed to transport a cargo van from Seattle to Florida. We contacted Corsia who quickly arranged transport within just a few days. Communication was outstanding! Just a few email confirmations and we were all set. Mike was great and arrived right on time and delivered to Florida on schedule. Tip-avoid the hornets nest of auto brokers on line and just contact Corsia for a truly great experience!

Elizabeth Woodward

Corsia Memphis to LA, mid-size SUV. I looked at 4 different companies amd Corsia was the most responsive of them. While being responsive, they were not unduly aggressive: when I indicated that I need to wait a month before making a decision they stopped contacting me and only came back with a reminder when I really needed it. Once I decided to engage Corsia they found me a transport within two days and the car was delivered (from Memphis to LA) in another two days. I had a truly positive experience.

Csaba Kovesdy

Working with Corsia Logistics was a great experience. Working with Corsia Logistics was wonderful. They were able to find a driver right away to transport our car. They were in constant communication as to when the car was getting picked up and dropped off. The driver also communicated with me as to when he would arrive. I would highly recommend Corsia Logistics.

Kelly Torres

Excellent Organization Corsia was an excellent company to work with while I transferred my car across the US. A friend of mine suggested I use them as they had been very organized and trustworthy with her own car. I researched a few different place but decided to go with Corsia and I'm so glad I did! Any questions I had throughout the process they answered quickly and clearly. I would definitely use them again in the future and recommend them for others to use.

Amy Nelson

Looking for a logistics company, to ship my car, from California to Illinois,my first search, then Corsia showed up, skeptical. Call and a very friendly secretary: Elena. She guided me through, I scheduled and as she explained, all when smooth as scheduled Very happy I did the right choice. I'll recommend this great Company to anyone that is thinking to relocate a vehicle. Thanks Corsia logistics for your honesty and professionalism!

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Top notch Transport - Porsche 997 Top notch! As easy and efficient as one could possibly imagine. Great customer service.. thank you Luke. Great prices. Check. Timely communications. Check. Clean transport trailer. Check. Supremely careful driver. Check. Timely arrival. Check. Don't mess around elsewhere, just call Corsica and feel confident your transports needs are going to be exceeded. My Porsche 911 rode like a Queen in her enclosed chariot. I've never needed a transport company before, and I surely will use them every time. Do yourself a favor, seriously. Call now.


Corsia has been amazing. Their prices are really competitive but more importantly their customer service has been 5-Star. Elena followed up with me every step of the way, making sure there was no miscommunication between me & the driver. We are using them to ship a 2nd vehicle & would not hesitate to use them again!

Carroll Tiffany

I have recently used Corsia for long time family car with sentimental value that was moved I have recently used Corsia for shipment of my vehicle from Oregon to Arizona by recommendation from other family member who also used Corsia in the past. I am very pleased on the service and the communication throughout shipment. Ken was my direct contact and kept me informed along the move The car was picked up and delivered as communicated. I did use a enclosed mover and the driver was also clean cut professional and treated car as his own. I would definitely recommend Corsia again with the experience I have had. Thank you. T

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How long does it take to ship a car from California to Maryland?

Shipping a car from California to Maryland takes about 5 to 7 days. Various factors could affect the shipping times and this means that shipping time is always an estimate. Open auto transport is usually faster and cheaper due to high availability.

What services does CORSIA offer?

Corsia Logistics provides the following car shipping services:

  • by carrier type: open and enclosed trailer
  • by time frame: standard and expedited delivery

Choosing a carrier type really depends on the type of vehicle you need to ship. Standard everyday sedans, such as your Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla usually go on an open-air trailer. If you need to ship a high-end sports or luxury automobile, or any classic vehicle you should choose enclosed trailer.

Standard car shipping means that a carrier will pick up your vehicle within few 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.

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Open auto transport is the standard solution. It is faster and cheaper. Open carriers are readily available and this makes them efficient and preferred by private customers and businesses alike.

Enclosed auto transport is a preferred solution for sports and high-end automobiles. It offers complete protection from weather and road elements. However, it could take a bit longer to book and schedule. It is more expensive as well.

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What documents do I need when shipping a car?

When shipping a car from California to Maryland, you or someone on your behalf must release the vehicle to the carrier at pick-up.

The person at pick-up will also need to sign a Bill of Lading (BOL). The BOL is a receipt and an inspection report. When the carrier inspects the car you need to check with that all existing damages are marked before you sign. Never sign a blank or incomplete document.


Moving to the Chesapeake Bay State

The Old Line state is a great choice for everyone looking forward to leaving California’s laid-back lifestyle behind. Even though Maryland is the 9th smallest state in the US, it has the 5th highest population density with 594 people per square mile. Currently, the state is home to over 6 million people.

Named after the English Queen Henrietta Maria of France, Maryland is situated in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Compared to California’s Mediterranean climate that ranges from polar to subtropical, Maryland has a mid-Atlantic mild weather with hot and humid summers and short mild to cool winters. Due to its location near the Atlantic Coast, the state is often vulnerable to tropical cyclones.

Housing and Living Costs

The cost of living in Maryland is usually higher than in other parts of the US, but the salaries in Maryland are usually higher as well. If you are among the people that have landed a job in D.C. but are planning to live in Maryland, you will be able to enjoy all the perks of the United States capital without having to actually live in D.C., which is one of the most expensive places in the nation.

Eldersburg, Odenton, Ellicott City, Towson, Severna Park, Catonsville, and Annapolis are some of the most affordable cities in the state. Compared to Los Angeles, the living costs in Maryland capital are 21.2% less expensive, while housing in Annapolis is 47.7% less expensive. You can compare more cities in Maryland with Californian cities on Best Places to get a general idea about various expenses.

Economy and employment

Home to the highest median household income in the country, Maryland also has one of the most diverse and rich economies. In 2015, the state ranked first in the US with a median household income of $75,847.

As a leader in manufacturing services, biotechnology, information technology, telecommunications, aerospace and defense, Maryland is the perfect place to find a job in any of these fields. You can also find plenty of employment opportunities in technology and trade industries, science, engineering, and mathematics.

Things to do once you move to the Free State

While California is known for its uniqueness, especially for its food specialties, atmosphere, and sunny beaches, Maryland offers a bit of everything and is often nicknamed “America in Miniature.” Once you get the chance, visit the iconic landmark of the National Aquarium, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Assateague Island National Seashore, Antietam National Battlefield, the Blue Ridge Mountains, U.S. Naval Academy, Six Flags America amusement park, Burnside’s Bridge, Port Discovery, American Visionary Art Museum, and B&O Railroad Museum.

The state offers many opportunities to enjoy its beautiful nature too, especially since it has four well defined seasons where you can enjoy its mountains, beaches, farms, music festivals, and more.

Moving to Maryland with a car

As soon as you establish your move in MD, you will have 60 days to register your car with the MVA and transfer your out-of-state driver’s license. Keep in mind that in Maryland, you are required to have the appropriate auto insurance coverage in order to register your car. If you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you will need to transfer your license within the first 30 days after you become a Maryland resident. To learn more about car registration and how to transfer your driver’s license visit the official website of the Maryland Department of Transportation.

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