Shipping a car from Miami to Los Angeles
What are my options when I need to ship a car from Miami to Los Angeles
Moving a vehicle between two points can be done in two main ways:
- driving your car
- shipping your car
Driving the car to your destination would be a great option if you want to go on 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. Driving long distances, however, is not for everybody. When the distance is greater than 200 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 this often means adding at least a thousand miles to the odometer, oil change, flat tires and other possible issues. Shipping a car from Miami to Los Angeles is almost certain to be cheaper than driving it.
Keep in mind that in the auto transport business, some shippers are more reputable than others, so it is extremely important to choose carefully. You can always check online reviews and consult the FMSCA website for your potential shipper’s background info, safety record, and licensing. And, of course, employ your intuition. Pick up the phone, call, and ask questions.
What types of services does an auto transport company offer?
Customers can usually choose based on the type of carrier and on the time frame of delivery. Corsia Logistics provides the following car shipping services:
- by carrier type: open and enclosed
- by timeframe: standard and expedited
Your choice of carrier type should really be influenced by the type of vehicle you need to ship. Standard every day sedans, such as your Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla usually go onto an open-air trailer. Enclosed auto transport is usually booked for sports, luxury and classic automobiles. Door-to-door delivery is a standard service among auto transporters. It means that the carrier will pick and deliver your vehicle as close to your door as legally possible.
The next option you need to consider is the time frame of your shipment. A standard car shipping service usually means that a carrier will pick up your vehicle within five business days. Delivery, in this case, would be 2-3 days. However, please keep in mind that all dates and times are only estimates. Delays happen on the road often due to weather, traffic or other customers’ postponements.
Expedited delivery could guarantee that your car is picked up or delivered on or by a specified date and time. This, however, requires the whole schedule of the truck to play around your schedule, which naturally increases the price.
How much does it cost to ship a car from Miami to Los Angeles?
The price from and to any destination is never a flat rate we can state right now. Several variables decide the final cost to ship a vehicle.
- vehicle make and model
- vehicle modifications
- vehicle condition
- type of car carrier
- distance and location
- supply and demand
Vehicle make and model is the first important factor that makes up the base of your auto transport rate. Whether your vehicle is a small sedan or an SUV matters for the car carrier. Vehicle’s weight and dimensions usually define the base price for transporting it.
Vehicle condition could affect the price of shipping. If your vehicle has any modifications, such as being lowered or raised, it often means we would need a specialized truck to transport it which costs more. It could also simply mean that the vehicle will take up more space or weight on the truck, which increases the rate. If your car is not running, it often adds about $150 to the cost or shipping.
The type of service you choose will certainly affect your rate. An open carrier is the standard service and it is widely available. Enclosed carriers are more expensive because they offer higher protection and extras such as hydraulic lift gate to hold a vehicle horizontal while loading.
Distance and location play an important role in price calculation. Generally, the further away the vehicle goes the higher the overall price. The exact location also affects the price. Shipping from Miami to Los Angeles usually does not possess any challenges.
Seasonality or supply and demand does affect the final rate. When we calculate prices, after all the factors described above, comes current supply and demand situation. All routes in the US are affected by seasonal peaks and drops in workload. Fluctuations happen daily, and thus only a current realistic market price can guarantee timely and professional service.
How long does it take to ship a car from Miami to Los Angeles?
The time to ship a car is split in two time frames. The first is the time frame for picking up a car, and the second is for delivery of the car. The first frame is usually one to five business days. We will call you once 12-24 hours in advance, and once more 2-3 hours in advance to let you know of exact pick-up day and time.
Usually, the carrier picks up your vehicle within five business days from your first available date. After the pick up, delivery from Miami to Los Angeles takes between 7 and 10 days.
What documents do I need when shipping a car?
We do not need any personal or car documents from you unless your vehicle is traveling abroad. You or someone else needs to release the vehicle to the carrier at pick-up, as well as hand over the car keys 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.
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 to the City of Angels
Los Angeles is one of the top cities in California that defines the west coast. Compared to Miami’s tropical climate with hot and humid summers and short, warm winters, L.A. doesn’t really have a defined climate, and seasons almost don’t exist. Once you move to Los Angeles, you will experience a repeated pattern of warm days and cool nights throughout the year, with the exception of a few rainy days.
With an estimated population of over 4 million people, Los Angeles is the second-most populous city in the US, and at the same time, it is one of the cities with the worst traffic jams in the world. For Angelenos, traffic has become an everyday ritual they have to deal with.
If you don’t want to get stuck in a bottleneck every time you go or return from work, you can use the L.A.’s Metro rail system that keeps on expanding every day. Or you can follow the example of many people who leave early for work and enjoy that free time to go to the gym or do any other activity they like.
Housing and Living Costs
Made up of 16 different regions, the Los Angeles County offers a great number of neighborhoods to pick from. Among the best neighborhoods you can choose to live in are: Atwater Village, Beverly Grove, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Culver City, Downtown, Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Westwood, Beverlywood, Cheviot Hills, and Carthay.
Just like Miami, Los Angeles, too, offers a laid-back lifestyle. But you still need to pick a neighborhood that best fits your own lifestyle, culture, and is ideally close to your work. Compared to Miami, Los Angeles is 7% more expensive, while housing can go up to 32% more expensive than Miami.
Economy and employment
L.A.’s economy is mainly driven by these industries: entertainment, technology, aerospace, tourism, international trade, law, fashion, finance, healthcare, telecommunications, and transportation. According to the Global Financial Centres Index, in 2017, Los Angeles managed to become the sixth most competitive financial center in the United States, after New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, and Washington D.C.
Home to Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox, Los Angeles is an important hub for the entertainment industry, and in 2014 was also home to six Fortune 500 companies.
Moreover, Los Angeles is the largest manufacturing center in the US. Also, the number of job openings in tech fields is expected to continue rising in the future. The city offers plenty of job opportunities in various industries. So no matter where in Los Angeles you decide to settle, you will be able to create your own business or find a job and have a few side gigs at the same time.
What to see and do in LA?
What do you do in a city where perfect weather dominates all year-round? You go visit all your favorite LA spots and make time to practice your favorite activities such as surfing, camping, rock climbing, or barbecuing.
Disneyland, Runyon Canyon Park, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood sign, Museum of Art, Dolby Theatre, Griffith Park, and Madame Tussauds Hollywood are just a few must-visit spots in LA. Once you check off all the must-sees from your list, you will be able to discover the true soul of the city and enjoy all it has to offer to the fullest!
Moving to Los Angeles with a car
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has very strict rules for anyone who is a newcomer in the state. So please, do your homework and get all the important information regarding car registration, title transfer, and driver’s license. As a new resident in Los Angeles, according to the California DMV, you will need to register your car within the first 20 days after you move to L.A., as well as obtain a California driver’s license within the first 10 days.
Corsia Logistics would be happy to help you transport your vehicle between Miami and Los Angeles. We travel this route daily. After all Los Angeles is our home! Our logistics experts go above and beyond to provide you with the best service and exceed all expectations. Committed to making every relocation easy and affordable, we take pride in offering very personalized service to every one of our customers. Request an auto transport quote online now or call us with questions. Thank you!