Shipping a car from Florida to Ohio Guide
What options do I have when shipping my car from Florida to Ohio?
When you need to move a vehicle from A to B, the first alternative is to hop in and drive the car yourself. Driving may be an effcient option, if the distance is not greater than 200 miles, your car is in an excellent driving condition, and you don’t mind embarking on a long distance road trip.
What if the distance is longer than 300 miles? Do you have more than one vehicle and not enough drivers? Do you own a collectible classic car or an expensive luxury or sports vehicle that you wouldn’t want to expose to adverse road conditions? Your car doesn’t run under its own power? If any of these circumstances apply to you, then hiring a professional auto transport company would be your most affordable and convenient option. In fact, private customers and businesses alike contract vehicle transporters daily.
What to look for when choosing an auto transport company?
There is no company that is absolutely the best when it gets to transporting vehicles. 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 a carrier company, make sure it’s a reputable one.
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. Ask questions. 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. This is how we work. Check our Corsia Logistics reviews online and see for yourself.
What services does an auto transport company offer?
You will have a choice between open and enclosed transport, standard and expedited shipping that are all door-to-door delivery. Additionally, you’ll be able to request 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, and pick up/delivery locations.
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 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 covers that protect 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.
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 shipping. Guaranteed delivery is a premium service that comes with a premium price.
How much does it cost to ship a car from Florida to Ohio?
Beyond the figure, it’s important to understand the economics of a vehicle shipping quote. We can not give you a flat rate outright here. We need to collect some information from you and then verify with the national dispatch boards the current market situation. The cost to ship a car depends on a few factors: vehicle make and model, any modifications, operability of your vehicle, distance and pick up/drop off locations, type of transport, and supply and demand.
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 or equipment (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, dustance alone does not decide the price. 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.
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 auto transport 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 effect prices during certain times of the year. For example, car shipping may 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. Summer gets busy as many people move across the country, so it is really important to receive a current market price that reflects current supply and demand situation.
Is my vehicle insured during transport?
Absolutely. 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.
Can I ship personal items in my car?
Although most carriers allow you to include a box or suitcase in the trunk of your car, many would prefer to load an empty vehicle. If you decide to leave personal items in your vehicle, there are a few things you need to know. A carrier can refuse to ship a vehicle packed with personal items due to strict DOT weight limitations. And in certain situations, DOT may even confiscate your belongings without any reimbursement. Also, no carrier will accept responsibility for damages caused to your car interior by personal items you didn’t remove, nor for theft of the latter. Personal items left in your vehicle will not be protected by the carrier’s cargo insurance.
What documents do I need to ship my vehicle?
No specific documents are needed from you unless the car is being moved internationally. You or someone else needs to release the vehicle on your behalf. The carrier will need the keys and for the person at pick-up to sign the Bill of Lading (BOL). The BOL is not only your receipt, but also an inspection report. The carrier perfomrs an inspection at pick-up and then again at delivery. You need to verify that all existing damages are marked down and then at delivery check again and sign the document.
Moving to the Buckeye State – ‘pop’ not ‘soda’
With a beautiful scenery, diverse culture, art, and landscapes, as of 2017, Ohio is home to 11.66 million people. Its name comes from the Ohio River which means ‘large creek’ or ‘great river’. Part of the Great Lakes region in the US, Ohio ranks 7th most populous, 10th most populated, and 34th largest state by area. This Midwestern state does not have a warm weather and hot beaches but its inhabitants are happy to admit that they don’t have any hurricanes, earthquakes, or tornados like most of the other states have throughout the year.
Compared to Florida’s sunny and warm weather, you might have to prepare yourself to face the cold, snowy, and rainy Ohio. There are almost twice as many people living in Florida compared to Ohio, so you might have a culture shock during the first few weeks until you get used to Ohio’s diversity, unpatterned seasons, and rich culture. Did we mention that the state produces over 3 million gallons of wine every single year? Ohio ranks 7th as a wine producer in the US and is often called the Napa Valley of the Midwest. If you are a wine lover, you can easily add this one as yet another reason why Ohio is a perfect state to live in.
Employment and key industries
Ohio’s minimum wage is $8.10 per hour, $0.85 higher if we compare it to the national minimum wage. The state’s unemployment rate has been going down during the past decades and as of February 2018 it is 4.5%, 0.4% higher than the national average.
If you will move to Ohio without a job, these are the top key industries where you can find a job: Advanced Energy and Environmental Technologies, Aerospace and Aviation, Agriculture and Food Processing, Bioscience and Bioproducts, Corporate and Professional Services, Distribution and Logistics, Instruments, Controls and Electronics, and Manufacturing.
There are a lot of job vacancies in IT, and if your dream is to become a farmer one day, you have found the perfect place to move to. Ohio has thousands of farmland acres all over the state so you just need to pick and choose the one that fits you best.
Cost of living and housing
Since you will be moving from Florida to Ohio, your cost of living will drop significantly. In fact, Ohio’s cost of living is lower than the national average. Depending on which city in Florida to which city in Ohio you will decide to move, you can compare your cost of living for yourself here.
The median household income in Florida is $49,426 while in Ohio it is a bit higher than that: $51,075. The monthly average for one-bedroom apartments in Florida can go up to $1,150, which is $152 above the national average. In Ohio, you will find 1-2 bedroom apartments for almost half as much.
What to do in Ohio?
The state ranks 8th in the USA with an obesity rate of 29.5%. If you don’t want to increase that percentage, you better make up your mind to not fall a victim of obesity by being as active as possible. There are plenty of things to see and do in Ohio. Lake Erie, Hocking Hills State Park, Cedar Point amusement park, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame are just a few places that will keep you busy during the first few weeks you settle.
If you are a big museum fan you’re in luck because there are plenty of museums in Ohio such as the Ohio museum, Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Bicycle Museum of America, Cowan Pottery Museum, Medina Toy and Train Museum, and the Merry-Go-Round Museum.
Moving from Florida to Ohio with a car
Once you move to Ohio, you will have 30 days to register your car with Ohio’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and transfer your out-of-state driver’s license. Find more info here.
You will need to pay the fee and submit all needed documents at your local BMV office in person. Make sure you show proof of your car insurance as will need it too. Compared to Florida’s average car insurance of $1,098 per year, in Ohio you will only have to pay $926 per year, which is among the least expensive ones in the country.
If you still have questions, please give usa call now or request a car shipping quote online and we will contact you. Thank you!