Shipping a Car New Jersey to Los Angeles Guide
What are my options when shipping a car from New Jersey to California?
Moving a vehicle from one state or city to another can be done in two ways.
- drive the car to the destination
- hire an auto transport company
It is great to have a choice when it comes to shipping a car to Los Angeles from New Jersey. What is the best choice however? The answer will 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. And road trips are great because driving could function as a sort of meditation. It takes your mind off everything else and forces you to focus on the activity of driving. It is not easy though. Driving long distances is not for everybody. Interstate roads can be dangerous for the untrained eye. When the distance is greater than 200 miles, we recommend shipping instead of driving.
To hire an auto transport company means to free yourself from the responsibility of moving your vehicle. It saves you time and it spares your car additional miles. However it does not spare it an oil change, possible flat tires and other probable issues. Shipping a car from New Jersey to Los Angeles with a car shipping company is often cheaper than driving it. The final price will depend on a few factors we will discuss below.
What services does an auto transport company offer?
Our customers can choose based on the type of carrier and based on the time frame of delivery. Corsia Logistics provides the following car shipping services for customer to choose:
- open and enclosed car carrier
- standard and expedited delivery
First, you should choose between the type of carrier and then whether you want a standard or an expedited shipping. Corsia Logistics offers open air car shipping carrier and enclosed auto transport. In both cases, this is a door-to-door delivery. Very rarely we ship cars from and to a terminal. Private customers 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 car shipping. The difference 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 Los Angeles within 7 to 10 days. However, keep in mind that dates and times are only estimates. Delays happen on the road often due to weather, traffic or other customers.
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 New Jersey to California?
So, how is car shipping cost calculated? Several factors play a role into the final cost.
Vehicle make and model
Whether your vehicle is a small sedan or an SUV it all matters to the car carrier. Vehicle’s weight and dimensions usually define the base price for transporting it a specific distance.
The condition of the vehicle could affect the price of shipping as well. If your vehicle has modifications, such as being lowered or raised, it often means we would need a specialized truck to transport it or that it would take up more space. Modifications usually increase the rate. If your car is not running, it often adds about $150 more 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.
Distance and location
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. 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.
When calculating the cost to ship a car, this is the most important variable in the equation. All routes in the US are affected by seasonal spikes 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 when the winter is over move back north. During such peak seasons the demand is high and prices increase. The idea is that supply and demand almost always determines the final cost to ship a car on a certain route.
How long does it take to ship a car from New Jersey to Los Angeles?
Total transit time can be split into two time frames. The first time frame is for picking up your car, and the second is for delivery. The first frame is usually one to five business days. And the transit frame from New Jersey to Los Angeles takes about 7 days. These time frames however are estimates only because unexpected delays can always happen. 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 also call our office.
What documents do I need when shipping a car?
We do not need any documents from you unless the car is being exported to another country. 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). When the carrier inspects the car you need to verify with him that all existing damages and then you sign and get a copy.
Can I ship personal items inside my car while on the carrier?
Yes, you can but only a small quantity in a box or a suitcase. By law, carriers are not allowed to transport 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.
Is my car insured during transport?
Yes, it is! The law requires every carrier to have cargo insurance. A car shipping carrier cannot operate without an active insurance policy.
From New Jersey to Los Angeles – are you ready for a change?
If we were to pick a city that defines the west coast, that city would definitely be Los Angeles. Seasons almost don’t exist there. You’ll soon witness a repeated pattern of warm days and cool nights throughout the year, except for a few rainy days in winter. It’s completely different than New Jersey’s rainy summers and cold winters. You will be moving from the east coast to the west coast, so, be prepared to experience a culture shock the minute you settle.
If you’re trying to get away from New Jersey’s traffic jams, you will not have it easy in L.A.. Los Angeles metro area is one of the biggest in the world – widely spread. Traffic for Angelenos is something they have to face daily. Not counting the surrounding counties, there are almost 4 million people living in the city. The majority of them have to commute to work every day, so you can imagine the traffic situation. If you can not imagine it, just check Google Maps in a peak hour.
According to a study by INRIX, which analyzed 1.360 cities in 38 countries and five continents, Los Angeles ranked number one for the worst traffic jams in 2017. The study also found that city commuters spend over 100 hours a year in traffic jams. It is kind of terrifying.
Don’t let traffic jams scare you off though. On the bright side, L.A.’s Metro rail system, which started working in 1990, has been expanded ever since and keeps on expanding. It is nothing compared to NYC or New Jersey’s metro stations, but there is definitely hope for the future.
The Los Angeles County is made up of 16 different regions that have a variety of cities and neighborhoods you can pick from. When looking for housing, make sure you do your homework and pick a good neighborhood that suits you. Housing in L.A. will be considerably higher compared to New Jersey, so be prepared. It would be ideal for you to find housing close to work so that you can avoid this whole traffic jams situation, but if you have no way out, apps like Google Maps and Waze will help you get real-time traffic information.
Hollywood and the entertainment industry is the first option for many people, but the doors don’t open easily there. So, besides being a part of the entertainment industry you can find many other opportunities. L.A. is actually the largest manufacturing center in the US so you’ll surely find plenty of manufacturing jobs. IT jobs are also on the rise, it is not only San Francisco that has them. The number of job openings in technology-related fields is expected to rise even more in the coming years. Cafes and restaurants are always an option and in need of good personnel. It all depends on what you want and what you are willing to do to get it. One thing is for sure, hard work always pays off.
What to do in the City of Angels
Since adjusting to a perfect weather will be a piece of cake, you won’t really have a problem adjusting to a diverse culture and the spectacular nature. If you’re an outdoorsy person, you will love it there as you will have plenty of things to explore if you’ve never been to L.A. before. Disneyland, Runyon Canyon Park, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood sign, Museum of Art, Dolby Theatre, Griffith Park, and Madame Tussauds, to mention a few that will keep you busy for a while.
Even if you are not an outdoorsy person, expect to become one within the first few weeks of moving there. Camping, cycling, rock climbing, backpacking, hiking, surfing, walking, barbecuing, visiting a farmer’s market and various flea markets, and plenty other activities and adventures, are waiting for you there. If you’re moving to the City of Angels with your dog, even better – you can go for a jog at the beach every day.
Moving to Los Angeles with a car
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, you need to register your car within the first 20 days you move there and apply for a California driver’s license within the first 10 days you establish your move. You also need to hold a valid car insurance, so keep that in mind as well. Now, you can call us and discuss your car moving options and price. Thank you!