Shipping a car from Miami to New Jersey Guide
What are my options when shipping a car from New Jersey to California?
When you need to move a vehicle from one location to another your two main option are:
- driving the car
- shipping the 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 insread of driving it.
Hiring a 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 New Jersey is also often cheaper than driving it yourself.
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 or enclosed trailer
- by time frame: standard or expedited delivery
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 most often booked for sports, luxury and classic automobiles.
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 New Jersey?
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 modification
- Vehicle condition
- Type of carrier
- Distance and location
- Supply and demand
Learn all about how prices are calculated from our guide ‘how much does it cost to ship a car.‘
How long does it take to ship a car from New Jersey to California?
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.
What documents do I need when shipping a car?
Domestic transport is easy and simple. You or someone on your behalf needs to release the vehicle to the carrier at pick-up. The carrier needs the keys and for the person at pick-up to sign the Bill of Lading (BOL). The BOL is not only a receipt but also an inspection report. When the carrier inspects the car you need to check with him that all existing damages are marked down and then you sign and get a copy.
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 items as they are not licensed to move such cargo. Moreover, the insurance does not cover such items. However, most companies allow customers to have a box or a suitcase inside the trunk of their vehicle.
Is my car insured during transport?
Yes, it is.By law every car carrier in operation must have cargo insurance. A car carrier cannot operate without an active insurance policy.
Moving to the Garden State
Moving from the warm climate and laid-back lifestyle of vibrant Miami, to the diverse climate and busy New Jersey will surely be a big change in your life. If you’ve lived in Miami long enough, you must have had enough of Miami’s weather. Besides the warm climate and low humid periods from November to April, Miami also has a rainy and hurricane season which runs from June to November.
New Jersey too has hot and rainy summers for that matter, but they are not as bad as Miami’s summers. As a snowbird, you know all about New Jersey’s cold and snowly winters, and for that you go to Florida. But moderate temperatures during the fall and spring seasons will be totally worth it. The Southern, central, and northeastern parts have a humid subtropical climate, while the northwestern part of New Jersey has a humid continental climate where temperatures can get much lower. And that is when and why the snowbirds return back north.
Home to hundreds of gardens, 10,300 farms, and 730,000 acres of farmland, New Jersey is the fourth-smallest states by area (8,723 mi²) but the 11th most populated in the US with over 9 million residents as of 2017. New Jersey is also the most densely populated state in the US.
There is an influx of tourist from New York and Pennsylvania, driven by New Jersey’s natural and cultural attractions, throughout the year and especially during the summer as New Jersey offers amazing beaches. Even though New Jerseyans are not very thrilled about the crowds of tourists, the revenues coming from tourism directly increase the number of job openings and decrease the overall unemployment rate.
Housing and living Cost
If you haven’t yet decided where in New Jersey to relocate to, Hoboken, Princeton, Morristown, Trenton, Montclair, Pleasantville, South Brunswick, Madison, and Fair Lawn are some of the best places you can choose. We can’t really say if housing and other expenses will cost more or less compared to Miami because it really depends where in New Jersey you live and what you do.
For example, overall, Newark is 9% cheaper compared to Miami and its housing is 27% cheaper. But if you pick Hoboken you should know that it is 59% more expensive than Miami and housing in Hoboken is 138% more expensive. In general, the average cost of living is higher compared to most US states but at the same time, the average annual income is around $58,000, which is higher than the national average. Part of the Mid-Atlantic region, the New Jersey peninsula lies entirely within the New York and Philadelphia combined statistical areas which make it the third wealthiest state in the US by median household income as of 2016.
Employment and key Industries
Among the key industries in New Jersey are the pharmaceutical, the financial, food processing, electric equipment, chemical development, tourism, telecommunications, printing, and publishing industry. The state offers plenty of well-paid job opportunities and educational institutions no matter where in New Jersey you decide to settle.
Compared to many other states, in New Jersey you will have plenty of public transportation options. The New Jersey Transit Corporation, which operates extensive rail and bus service as well as light rail systems across the state will be your best friend. Nevertheless, you will still have to own at least one car that can take you places on your own schedule.
What to do in New Jersey?
You will certainly have a lot to do and see. Its diverse cuisine, fun bars, the Long Beach Island, bagels, the gardens and the farmland, fresh produce, pizza, and beautiful beaches like Cape May and Spring Lake are just some of the things you will fall in love with. Once you relocate to New Jersey you will find even more.
Among the top sights to see in New Jersey are the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Six Flags Great Adventure, the Liberty State Park, Cape May Lighthouse, Adventure Aquarium, Grounds for Sculpture, Absecon Lighthouse, Cape May County Park & Zoo, Turtle Back Zoo, Liberty Science Center, Casino Pier amusement park, Emlen Physick Estate, and of course the well-known Jersey Shore. And if you ever get bored in New Jersey, you can always make a short trip to Philadelphia or New York City. Everything is close there, on the east coast and the whole coast is connected by rail so you will have your opportunities to explore.
Registering your vehicle and getting your state driver’s license
Once you establish your move in New Jersey, you will have up to 60 days to register your vehicle with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC), transfer the title, and get your NJ driver’s license. Keep in mind that in order to register your vehicle liability insurance is mandatory. As a new resident in New Jersey, after you register, you will need to have your car inspected as well.