Shipping a car from Iowa to California

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

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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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 Iowa to California?

Shipping a car from Iowa to California 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 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. 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?

Domestic transport is easy. When shipping a car from Iowa to California, 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.

Moving from Hawkeye State to the Golden State

Iowa is the only state in the US that is completely bordered by rivers on its east and west borders. The state is bordered by the Mississippi River to the east and by Missouri River and Big Sioux River to the west. Besides having two natural borders, Iowa is also bordered by six states: Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota.

A look back into the history of Iowa

During the colonial times, Iowa was part of French Louisiana, an administrative district of New France that was under French control from 1682 to 1762 and from 1801 to 1803. Iowa was also part of Spanish Louisiana, which was an administrative district of the Viceroyalty, New Spain from 1763 to 1801.

Iowa became part of the USA after the “Louisiana Purchase” in 1803. The territory of Louisiana in 1803, besides Iowa, included land from 14 other US states such as Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska. Part of the Louisiana territory were also two Canadian provinces. The United States acquired the majority of the Louisiana Territory on December 1803 and France transferred all its authority to the US.

Iowa Economy

After this major purchase by the US, the foundation for an economy based on agriculture was laid in the heart of the Corn Belt region which has dominated the corn production in the US since the 1850s. During the 20th century, Iowa’s economy was not only based on agriculture, but also manufacturing, processing, information technology, green energy production, financial services, and biotechnology.

5 Interesting Facts About Iowa

1- The state has been listed several times as one of the safest states to live in the US.

2- Iowa’s nickname is the Hawkeye State.

3- Dubuque is Iowa’s oldest city.

4- West Okoboji is the deepest natural lake, Spirit Lake is the largest glacier-made lake, and East Okoboji is the longest natural lake in Iowa.

5- Iowa is home to Knoxville’s National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum, the only museum in the US that is dedicated to preserving the history of sprint car racing.

California is not among the safest places to live in the US, but it is not one of the most dangerous ones to live in either. The Golden State is home to so many wonderful cities where you can “build” a new home and start a new life. Palo Alto, San Jose, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, San Diego, Victorville, Sacramento, Oakland, Long Beach, and Santa Clara are among the best cities you can pick as soon as you make up your mind to move to California.

Here are some interesting facts about California:

1- The state is home to The General Grant Tree which was named the US national Christmas tree in 1925.

2- California will surpass its 40 million mark if its population continues to grow at the same rate.

3- California is the first state in the US that has reached a trillion dollar economy in GSP (gross state product).

4- The real name of Webster Lake is “Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg” and it is the world’s longest lake name according to the Guinness Book of Records.

Moving to California with a car

It is highly recommended to move to this spread-out state with a car and make your life easier before you even set foot in any Californian city. To register your car in California, make sure you prepare and submit all the required documents within 20 days after you establish your move. For more detailed info, check out the California DMV website.


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