Shipping a car from Chicago to San Diego

How much does it cost to ship a car from Chicago to San Diego?

Several factors decide the final cost to ship a car. 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 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!

Simon Moore

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 Chicago to San Diego?

Shipping a car from Chicago to San Diego takes 5 to 7 days, on average. Various factors could affect the shipping times, which means that the 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 mainly 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 a few days. Delivery, in this case, would be 5-7 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, hence, efficient, which makes them a popular choice among 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?

Domestic transport is easy. When shipping a car from Chicago to San Diego, 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 that all existing damages are marked before you sign. Never sign a blank or incomplete document.


Welcome to Sunny California

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San Diego — the Birthplace of California, is one of the major cities in the Golden State. Spanish for Saint Didacus, San Diego has an estimated population of over 1.41M as of 2019. Due to perfect weather conditions and the endless opportunities, the city has seen an influx of new transplants. San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the United States and the second-largest in California.

Compared to Chicago’s humid continental climate with hot, humid summers and cold, snowy winters, San Diego has a perfect weather year-round. In fact, the city has one of the most perfect climates in the entire country with temperatures that range from 57°F during winter to 72°F during mostly dry summer season.

Housing and living costs

Overall, the housing and living costs in San Diego are higher compared to Chicago. San Diego’s cost of living is about 50% more expensive. However, if you decide to buy a home in San Diego, expect the prices to be much lower than some other cities in California such as San Jose and San Francisco. The average property cost in San Diego is $645,300. In case you’re looking to rent instead of buying a house, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is currently $1,800.

San Diego Neighborhoods

There are over 100 Neighborhoods in the City of San Diego. According to Redfin, the top ten neighborhoods in San Diego are Little Italy, Carmel Valley, Mission Hills, North Park, Balboa Park, Hillcrest, La Jolla, Ocean Beach, Mission Valley, and Pacific Beach.

Economy and Job Opportunities

With a diverse economy, San Diego offers plenty of job opportunities in various areas. The city is known as a  healthcare and biotechnology development/research center. Other lucrative economic sectors in San Diego are tourism, military and defense-related activities, manufacturing, and international trade. San Diego is one of the best cities in the US for launching a startup or opening a small business. The top employers in San Diego are the United States Navy, University of California, San Diego, Sharp HealthCare, County of San Diego, San Diego Unified School District, Qualcomm, Inc, Scripps Health, Kaiser Permanente, and San Diego Community College District.

Things to see and do in San Diego

Are you a fan of mountain views, intriguing caves, and sunny beaches? San Diego is the perfect place if you love kayaking, swimming, hiking, surfing, and any other activities that bring you closer to nature and fresh air. The local Farmers Markets are also a must visit. They offer fresh produce and high-quality fruits and vegetables. As the city is very close to Mexico, it offers a great opportunity for weekend getaways whenever you need a change of scenery.

Moving to San Diego with a car

When moving to San Diego with a car, all new residents have 20 days to register their vehicle and 10 days to obtain a California driver’s license. In order to register your car, you will also need to hold valid car insurance.

The state of California has very strict rules when it comes to registering an out-of-state vehicle, so we highly recommend you to familiarize yourself with all the requirements on the official State of California Department of Motor Vehicles website.

Shipping a car from Chicago to San Diego is simple with Corsia: we serve this route on a regular basis. Our vehicle relocation experts will go above and beyond to provide you and your vehicle with superb shipping experience. We encourage you to ask questions because no question is too small, and we’ll be happy to help you learn how car shipping works. Thanks for choosing Corsia Logistics!

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