Shipping a car from Chicago to Arizona

Shipping a car from Chicago to Arizona Guide

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Whether it’s your first time shipping a car, or you have done it a few times already, we are here to help you make this experience smooth for you. For a flawless vehicle transport process, take some time to go over the basics of the auto transport industry. Review our guide, here we will answer the following questions for you:

  1. What are my options when shipping a car from Chicago to Arizona?
  2. What services do auto transport companies offer?
  3. How much does it cost to ship a car from Chicago to Arizona?
  4. What documents do I need to ship a car
  5. Is my car insured during transport?

What are my options when shipping a car from Chicago to Arizona?

When you need to move a car from Chicago to Arizona, you have two main options:

  • drive your vehicle all the way to Arizona
  • hire a professional auto transport company

Driving would be a great option if you are up for a road trip. 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. However, traveling long distances by car is not the easiest, nor it is the cheapest way to go. When the distance is greater than 200 – 300 miles, we recommend shipping the car instead of driving it.

Hiring an auto shipping company saves you time and it spares your car additional hundreds of miles. When you have to move a car across the country (or almost), it often means adding at least a few hundred miles to the odometer, oil change, possible flat tires and other unplanned for issues. And when you compare all costs involved, shipping a car from Chicago to Arizona is also often cheaper than driving it yourself. All you have to do is find a reliable auto transporter and make sure your car is ready for shipping.

What services do auto transport companies offer?

You will have to choose the carrier type and the time frame of delivery. Additionally, you’ll be able to request a 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.

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 open carriers that load one or two vehcioes 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 walls that protects vehicles from 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 solution.

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 and need your vehicle to be delivered on or by an exact date, request expedited auto shipping. 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 vehicle will be picked up and delivered as close to your door as legally possible. Corsia Logistics offers door-to-door deliveries. Very rarely we ship to and from 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 Chicago to Arizona?

Beyond the final figure, it’s important to understand how vehicle shipping cost is calculated. The final cost to transport a vehicle depends on a few factors.

  • Vehicle make and model
  • Modifications
  • Vehicle condition
  • Type of service
  • Distance and locations
  • Supply and demand

Each and every factor is important when we determine the right cost to ship a vehicle from Chicago to Chicago. Vehicle’s make and model and the distance set the base price for shipping. However, they are not deciding factors. The type of carrier and the vehicle condition always affect the price. When an enclosed trailer is requested, it’s almost always more expensive. If a car is not running on its own power this increases the cost of shipping. When you are in a rush and need your vehicle delivered fast, you’ll have to pay more for expedited delivery.

However, usually, a deciding factor is the current supply and demand situation on a given route. Fluctuations happen daily and that is why it is very important to track supply and demand constantly on national dispatch boards.

Our team of logistics experts provides manual tracking of daily supply and demand fluctuations. This enables us to quote a realistic current market price that will ship your vehicle in a professional and timely fashion.

What documents do I need to ship a car from Chicago to Arizona?

Unless your vehicle is traveling abroad, we don’t need any documents from you. Domestic shipping is simple. You or someone on your behalf will need to release the car, together with the keys, to a carrier at pick up and sign the Bill of Lading (BOL). BOL is not only a receipt but also an important inspection report. Before signing the document, it’s important to make sure that the carrier driver marked down all the existing damages.

Is my car insured during transport?

Yes, it is. Legally all auto transporters 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.

Moving from Chicago to The Valley of the Sun


Cold weather during winter drives snowbirds away from their homes and in search of warmer climates. If you are a snowbird or have decided to permanently relocate from Chicago to Arizona, we applaud you for this bold move. The Grand Canyon State is one of the fastest growing states in the US and currently has a population of over 7 million people.

Located in the southwestern region, Arizona offers breathtaking landscapes and low cost of living, which in many cases can become one of the main reasons why more and more people are deciding to call the sixth largest state in the US their new home.

With so many sunny days, Arizona’s climate differs a lot from Chicago’s climate. Unlike Chicago’s cold and snowy weather during the winter season, Arizona has a desert climate with mild winters and hot summers. Don’t be fooled though! There are parts, especially in the North, where it also snows during winter, but it’s nothing compared to the freezing temperatures of the Windy City you’re probably used to.

Economy and Employment

With a diverse economy that is growing at a faster rate than the United States as a whole, Arizona offers plenty of job opportunities. The state’s economy historically used to rely mainly on copper, cotton, cattle, citrus, and tourism.

Nowadays, the 14th most populous state offers great job positions in industries like data mining, IT, Finance, Healthcare, Business administration, Transportation, Government sector, and other well-known industries. As of December 2017, the unemployment rate in Arizona dropped to 4.5%, which is 0.8% lower than Chicago and 0.4% higher than the national average.

Housing and Living Costs

As we have mentioned earlier, the living costs in Arizona including rent, utilities, transportation, and food are relatively low if we compare them to the national average. The state’s living costs are also much lower compared to Chicago.

The living costs will depend a lot on where in Arizona you decide to settle. Phoenix, for example, is 10% cheaper than Chicago and its median home costs are 8% less expensive. The living costs in some other cities in Arizona are even lower than in Phoenix. Another good example would be Tucson, which is 14% less expensive than Chicago, with median home costs up to 26% cheaper.

Arizona’s Attractions

From the Grand Canyon National Park and the Grand Canyon Village which are great for hiking, and rafting, to the Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley Grand Canyon, Skywalk Havasu Falls, Oak Creek Canyon, and Kaibab National Forest, Arizona has one of the most stunning natural landscapes in the country.

With a diverse lifestyle full of energy, the Valley of the Sun is a paradise for everyone who loves outdoor activities such as skiing, swimming, hiking, camping, barbecuing, and a lot more. All you have to do is make some time to get to know the real Arizona and its magnificent people.

Moving to Arizona with a car

Having a car in Arizona can be more of a necessity than a luxury. The first thing you should do once you move to the Grand Canyon State is to get your car registered. To do so, you will need to submit all the required documents to your local AZ MVD office in person. Keep in mind that in order to register your out-of-state car with the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD), you need to show proof of your car insurance which meets Arizona’s required coverage amounts.