Shipping a car from Connecticut to Florida
The reasons to move your car from Connecticut to Florida are plentiful. You bought a car out state and need to bring it home. The cold season is coming, you are joining the flock of snowbirds and taking your vehicle with you. Are you moving to the Sunshine State, chasing your dream job, and don’t want to part ways with your automobile?
Whatever your reasons are, in this guide, we’ll share our expertise on the basics of auto transport. Your car is an important investment, so it’s important you make educated choices about vehicle relocation. Besides this post, we encourage you to visit How To Ship a Car and Services sections at the top of this page. And if you still have questions or looking to get a car shipping quote, our logistics experts will be happy to help!
What are my options when shipping a car from Connecticut to Florida?
Over a thousand miles separate Connecticut and Florida. If you need to move a car between any two destinations in these states, a valid concern is how. The most logical options that come to mind are:
- driving the car
- shipping the car
Driving the car to Florida would be a great option if you want to go on a road trip. If you enjoy driving, want to see as much of the country as possible, and can take time off work, – driving is your answer. Besides, you can use a road trip as bonding time with your partner or family. But driving long distances, however, is not for everybody. It requires a great deal of planning and preparation. And you need to make sure that you and your car can handle the endurance demands of an extended haul.
Hiring an auto shipping company saves you time and spares your car additional hundreds of miles of wear and tear. You get to skip traffic jams, untimely oil change, flat tires and other possible issues. Also, shipping a car from Connecticut to Florida is often more economical than driving, once you consider all the expenses a long distance trip entails.
Transporting your vehicle with the professional auto shipper would be your best solution if you have a luxury or collectible car that you don’t want to expose to adverse road conditions, your vehicle doesn’t run under its own power, or you have more vehicles than available drivers.
What to look for when choosing an auto transport company?
There’re many reliable auto transport companies out there. 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 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’ experiences. 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.
Your car is an important investment, and you don’t have time for nonsense. So pick up the phone and call. Ask questions, trust your hunches. The good companies will be transparent with you about their process. 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 vary by company. In general, you will have a choice between open and enclosed transport, standard and expedited shipping, and door-to-door and terminal-to-terminal delivery. It all depends on your budget, timeframe, the level of protection you want for your vehicle, and pick up/delivery locations. At Corsia Logistics, we offer the following services:
Open auto transport: a standard shipping method, 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 adverse road conditions. Most of these trailers can 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 always 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 shipping. Guaranteed delivery is a premium service that comes with a premium price.
All Corsia Logistics deliveries are door-to-door. It means that the vehicle will be picked up and delivered as close to your door as legally possible. Very rarely we ship to and from a terminal. Most private and business customers across the nation prefer door-to-door deliveries. Terminal-to-terminal delivery means your vehicle will be picked up and/or dropped off at 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?
Beyond the figure, it’s important to understand the economics of a vehicle shipping quote. The cheapest quote isn’t always your optimal choice. On the other hand, the most expensive bid doesn’t guarantee the top service. Request multiple shipping quotes and look for the golden mean – a realistic price that reflects the current market conditions.
In general, the cost to ship a car depends on a few factors: vehicle’s make and model, any added modifications, the operability of your vehicle, distance and pick up/drop off locations, type of transport, and supply and demand fluctuations.
Make, model, and modifications
The bigger and heavier your vehicle is, the more it’ll cost to transport it. Also, don’t forget to mention any modifications done to your vehicle. For example, lower vehicle clearance or 4X4 lift kit will require additional assistance or special preparations that may add to the cost of shipping.
If your vehicle can not move under its own power, the carrier will need to engage some extra help (a winch or a forklift); therefore, you’ll have to pay extra.
Distance and pick up/drop off locations
The longer the distance the more expensive it’ll be to transport your vehicle. However, it’s also important to consider how far off the interstate and state highways the pick-up and delivery points are. If it’s somewhere off the main routes – in a rural or hard to get to area, where not that many people are looking to ship their vehicles, you will need to make it worth the trucker’s time, effort, and extra gas expense. It means a higher price. But if your car is traveling between popular destinations where truckers have more opportunities to pick up and deliver vehicles, you have a pretty good chance of getting a break on price.
Type of transport
The most popular method of transporting vehicles is via open trailers. This type of transport is considered standard and more economical as well.
If you are shipping a luxury, classic, or collectible automobile we always recommend an enclosed trailer. It’s more expensive, but in return offers extra protection from road elements and hazards as well as inclement weather effects.
Supply and demand fluctuations
Supply and demand fluctuations dictate prices on most routes. When the demand peaks, prices usually go up and this can often happen in a matter of hours.
Seasonal fluctuations also have an effect on vehicle shipping costs. For example, between May and September, the most popular months for moving and traveling, as well as during the snowbirds season, prepare to pay a higher price due to an increased demand. Car shipping may also get a bit complicated during winter holidays (end of December through the beginning of January) when a lot of transporters take time off. The supply of trucks on the market decreases, and as a result, car shipping rates go up.
Due to the fickle nature of supply and demand in the auto transport industry, it’s extremely important to track daily price fluctuations on national dispatch boards.
Additional factors that may affect your vehicle transport cost include expedited shipping, top load for your vehicle, and terminal-to-terminal delivery.
What documents do I need when shipping a car?
We do not need any documents from you unless the car is going out of the country. Domestic transport is simple. You or someone on your behalf needs to release the vehicle, together with a set of keys, to the carrier at pick-up and sign the Bill of Lading (BOL). The BOL is a really important document. It is not only a receipt but also an inspection report. When the carrier inspects the car make sure that all existing damages are marked down. Never sign a blank or incomplete copy. Also, don’t forget to get your copy of the BOL before the driver leaves the pick up site.
Can I ship personal items inside my car while on the carrier?
Yes, you can but a limited quantity. By law, carriers are not allowed to transport household (personal) items inside the vehicle. They are not licensed to move personal items and their insurance does not cover any personal belongings inside the vehicle. However, most companies allow customers to have a box or a suitcase in the trunk of their vehicle.
Is my car insured during transport?
Yes, it is! The law requires every carrier to have cargo insurance. A car carrier cannot operate without an active insurance policy.
Moving from Connecticut to the Sunshine State
Known as the Constitution State and the Land of Steady Habits, Connecticut is part of the New England region even though some of its areas are also part of the Tri-State area together with New York and New Jersey. As one of the most influential states in the development of the US federal government, Connecticut has a long and rich history. Nevertheless, in the recent years, many people have decided to move from quiet and peaceful Connecticut to the Sunshine State thanks to the great weather, low housing costs, beautiful nature, and lack of state income tax.
Compared to Connecticut’s humid continental climate with cold winters, infrequent snow and mild, humid summers, Florida has a subtropical climate with mild winters and hot and humid summers in most parts of the state, while its southern part has a tropical climate. Even though Florida is well known as the Sunshine State, don’t expect to experience sunny days year-round. As a snowbird, you will manage to “keep away” from snow, but get ready to experience Florida’s hurricane period from mid-August to late October.
Housing and Living Costs
Florida is currently the third most populous state in the US, with over 21 million people. As we’ve already mentioned, the housing costs are usually lower in Florida than in Connecticut. Although, in some Florida cities, the housing costs can be much higher. If we compare both capitals of Florida and Connecticut, overall, the living cost in Tallahassee is 2% less expensive than Hartford, while utilities are 23% cheaper. Housing costs, on the contrary, are much higher in Tallahassee. The median home cost in Hartford is $125,100, while in Tallahassee is $172,400.
We suggest you pick between South Florida and North Florida before you start looking for a place to rent or buy. Both parts differ a lot from one another in terms of climate, atmosphere, and culture. Nevertheless, you can never go wrong with picking among these cities in Florida: Pensacola, Jacksonville, Orlando, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Fort Myers, Sarasota, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and of course its capital – Tallahassee.
Economy and Employment
According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis report in March 2018, Florida had a GDP of $967.3 billion in 2017 and currently ranks fourth in the United States. Its economy is mainly based on trade, financial services, manufacturing, construction, transportation services, and tourism.
There are plenty of job opportunities you can take advantage of in various industries. Indeed jobs and Monster jobs are two of the best websites where you can look for a job and build a successful career.
What to see and do in Florida?
The Universal Orlando, Epcot, Florida Keys, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, South Beach, SeaWorld Orlando, Sanibel Island, Magic Kingdom, and Everglades National Park are just a few attractions you have to visit whenever you have some free time.
If you like to surf, swim, hike, or just spend time outdoors, Florida is your perfect place. Thanks to its warm weather year-round, there will be plenty of opportunities to practice your favorite activities.
Moving to Florida with a car
Getting around in the spread out Land of Flowers may be hard without a vehicle. So if you are moving to the Sunshine State, make sure to bring your car along.
As long as you register and title your vehicle with your local DHSMV within the first 30 days after you establish your move, you’ll be able to legally drive it. To read about what documents you have to prepare, check out the official Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.