Shipping a Car from New Jersey to California

Shipping a Car from New Jersey to California Guide

Corsia Logistics California

Find answers to important auto shipping questions and request your car shipping quote online!

What are my options when I need to ship a car from New Jersey to California?

Moving a vehicle from one location to another can be done in two ways.

  • drive the car to the destination
  • hire an auto transport company

It is great that you have a choice when it comes to shipping a car to California from New Jersey. “But what is the best choice?” you could ask. The answer would vary based on your circumstances and personal preferences. 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. And this can be a bliss – to have the opportunity to only do one thing at a time. It is not easy though. Driving long distances is not for everybody. Cross country roads can be dangerous for the untrained eye, and a road trip can turn into a scary ride in an amusement park. When the distance is more than 200 miles, we always recommend shipping instead of driving.

To hire an auto transport company means to free yourself from the responsibility of moving your vehicle. It makes life easier when you are busy or simply do not wish to embark on a road trip. Moreover, it saves you time and it spares your car additional hundreds of miles. When you have to move a car across the country it often means adding at least a thousand miles to the odometer, oil change, flat tires and other possible issues. Shipping a car from New Jersey to California with a car shipping company is also often cheaper than driving it yourself. The final price will depend on a few factors we will discuss below. It is necessary to consider all the expenses a long distance trip entails.

Transporting with a professional car shipping company means peace of mind. You book your order and a carrier comes to your home to pick-up your vehicle within a specified time frame of a few days. Then you wait for your car at the destination.

What services does an auto transport company offer?

Typical auto transport services vary by company. Customers can choose based on the type of carrier and on the time frame of delivery. Corsia Logistics provides the following car shipping services:

  • open and enclosed car carrier
  • standard and expedited delivery

So, you should choose between the type of carrier and whether you want standard or expedited shipping. Corsia Logistics offers open car carrier transport and enclosed auto transport and in both cases provides a door-to-door delivery. Very rarely we ship cars from and to a terminal. Individuals and businesses from across the country always prefer door-to-door deliveries.

The other options customers need to consider is whether to pick a standard service or an expedited delivery. The distinction between the two is the time of delivery. A standard car shipping service usually means that a carrier will pick up your vehicle within five business days and deliver it, in this case from New Jersey to California within 7 to 10 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 service, however, requires the whole schedule of the truck to play around your schedule, which naturally increases the price. In some cases, when specific dates are requested, we need to involve a second or third company, a local carrier, to pick-up or deliver the vehicle on the specified date. So, expedited auto transport service is always more expensive.


Request a quote online or call us now to discuss your auto shipping options.

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

Another way to ask this is “How is car shipping cost calculated? Several factors play into the final cost.

Vehicle make and model

This is the first important factor that affects your 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

The condition of the vehicle could affect the price of shipping as well. If your vehicle has any modifications, such as being lowered or raised, it often means we would need a specialized truck to transport it. It could also simply mean that it 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 of shipping.

Type of service

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. Thus, think about what carrier you prefer for your vehicle and discuss with us.

Distance and location

These two factors play an important role in price calculation. However, the distance is not the most important factor that defines the cost to ship a car. Generally, the further away the vehicle goes the higher the overall price. Still, the type of vehicle, and the other elements in the equation matter first and then comes the distance. The exact location also affects the price. Remote and rural locations could be a logistical challenge and often cost more due to additional miles and work.


This is our favorite variable in the equation. 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, such as when ‘snowbirds’ season starts and ends. It is the time of the year when thousands of people flock to the southern states and then, when the winter is over, move back to the north.

During such peak seasons the demand is high and prices increase. But that does not mean that for other routes the prices will drop. In fact, many other routes get affected as well because carriers switch routes and choose to service ‘snowbirds routes’ because of the higher demand. This leaves shortage in supply for other routes and hence higher prices. In any case, the idea is that supply and demand usually determine the final cost to ship a car on a certain route. Fluctuations happen daily and thus only a current realistic market price can guarantee timely and professional service.

Our team provides manual tracking of daily supply and demand fluctuations. This enables us to quote a realistic current market price that will ship your vehicle in a professional and timely fashion.

How long does it take to ship a car from New Jersey to California?

The time to ship a car can be split into two time frames. One is the time frame for picking up your car, and the other is for delivery. The first frame is usually one to five business days. And the transit time from New Jersey to California takes about 7 days. It is important to keep in touch with the carrier at all times. When we dispatch your vehicle you receive the carrier’s name and phone number. You can always call them to get an update or call our office.

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 easy and simple. You or someone else 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 a really important document. It 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. If you need to ship a car internationally you should call us for a custom quote and information about how it works.

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.


Request a car shipping quote online or call us now to discuss your shipment!

Moving to the Golden State will make you happier!

From hundreds of miles of sunny beaches to Silicon Valley start-ups, the Golden Gate Bridge, Napa Valley Vineyards, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills California is one of the most exciting states. You will like the culture, the diversity, the beautiful nature, the positive energy, the endless opportunities, and most importantly – the spectacular weather, which for someone moving from New Jersey could be a drastic change.

Whether you love or hate New Jersey and its humid summers or freezing and snowy winters, it does not matter, be ready to never experience that kind of weather ever again! If you’ve never been to California before, you’ll feel like moving to a totally different continent. Moving from the east to the west coast, you will experience a culture shock. Compared to the busy and fast-paced lifestyle of most of the east coast states, you will find life in California to be more laid back and the mentality more easy-going. People even behave and dress differently.

The population of California constantly grows, and there is always an influx of people. In fact, ever since the World War II ended, California’s population has been growing exponentially and it is approaching the 40 million mark. And, according to the World Population Review, it is expected to reach 41 million by the year 2020, if the current growth rate will not slow down.

California dreaming is not all sunny days  …

California is known for its high-income taxes and expensive housing, which sometimes can become out of reach even for the upper-middle-class. But the property taxes are below average compared to some other states, which can somehow soften the blow.  Traffic and high cost of living aside, a decision to move to California should be well thought out. Before moving there, you need to choose between Northern and Southern California. Both parts have distinct weather, atmosphere, culture, and work and leisure opportunities. Regardless of which part you pick, California is a great place to start your own business, create a family, or find a  job. San Francisco bay area is still a tech hub and tech jobs are abundant.

If the tech is not your domain, you can turn to acting, but for this, you need to be in Los Angeles.  People also find many opportunities in farming and construction. These are all jobs that will allow you to spend time outside and work with your hands. In California, people respect that! The state of California is currently the world’s sixth-largest economy behind the United States, China, Japan, Germany, and the United Kingdom, so you will certainly find a job.

What to do in California?

The Golden State is perfect for nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Among the activities you can enjoy in California are skiing, surfing, camping, hiking, walking, swimming, and sunbathing. Visit national and state parks such as The Death Valley, Channel Islands, Kings Canyon, Yosemity and many others whenever you get the chance. All wine lovers are also welcome to dive in the wine paradise of Napa and Sonoma Valleys. California is the biggest producer of wine in the whole country – including some of the world’s best wines.

The state is perfect for foodies as well, offering a broad cuisine. From oyster bars, family bakeries, vegan bistros, and taquerias to frozen yogurt cafes – there’s something for everyone. Don’t be surprised to find good restaurants and cafes that serve fresh and organic products everywhere, as there is an abundance of fresh natural food year around. If you plan to stay healthy and fit you will have it easy in California.

Moving to California with a car!

In California, you will certainly need a car because public transportation options are limited. When it comes to registering your vehicle in California, make sure you do so within the first 20 days of establishing your move. Keep in mind that you will also need to hold a valid car insurance. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has very strict rules for all new residents.  Before you relocate, we encourage you to learn about California car registration and driver’s license requirements. Once you become a permanent resident, you will need to apply for a California driver’s license and obtain it within 10 days after you officially move.