Shipping a car from New York to Chicago

Shipping a car from New York to Chicago Guide

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Shipping a car from New York to Chicago should not be a hassle. Simply take time to explore your options and understand the basics of auto transport. In this guide, we’ll share our expertise and go over the key points of vehicle shipping. If you prefer a human touch, don’t hesitate to call us. Our experienced logistics agents will be happy to walk you through the steps of the car shipping process and help you select services that work best for you and your vehicle.

What are my options when shipping a car from New York to Chicago?

You’ll have two main options to move your vehicle between New York and Chicago: driving your vehicle to its final destination or shipping it with a professional auto transporter.

Driving from New York to Chicago would be a great option if you have plenty of free time, enjoy being behind the wheel, and want to see as much of the country as you possibly can. Road trips are also 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 your car instead of driving it.

Shipping your car with a professional auto transporter saves you time and spares your vehicle additional hundreds of miles of unnecessary wear and tear. Moving a car over a long distance implies taking time off work, visits to the mechanic’s, oil change, extra miles on the odometer, flat tires and other possible issues. Shipping your car from New York to Chicago is also often easier on your wallet than driving. And sometimes, shipping becomes your only option – in case you have more cars than drivers in your household or when you need to ship a non-running vehicle or a classic or luxury car that you wouldn’t want to expose to adverse road conditions.

What services do auto transport companies offer?

Usually, your options will be 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 delivery time frame: standard or expedited shipping

Your choice of carrier will depend on 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. Due to extra protection it offers, the enclosed carrier is a pricier option.

A standard car shipping service usually means that a carrier will pick up your vehicle within five business days. Transit time, in this case, from New York to Chicago, would take 3-5 days. However, it’s important to keep in mind that all dates and times are only estimates. Delays may happen on the road due to weather, traffic, mechanical breakdowns, 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 type of arrangement, however, requires the whole itinerary of the truck to play around your schedule, which naturally increases the price.

How much does it cost to ship a car?

The price to ship a car between any two locations is never a flat rate. There’s a number of factors that affect the cost of transport. Vehicle make and model together with the distance set the base price for shipping. Then the choice of carrier type enters into the equation. Shipping a non-running car drives the price up due to additional equipment and driver’s skill. Picking up and delivering a vehicle from and to a rural area is a logistical challenge that usually costs more. However, the deciding factor of all is the current supply and demand situation on a given route.

Corsia Logistics agents manually track market fluctuations, so we can quote realistic current market prices that will ship your vehicle in a professional and timely manner. Learn more about the factors that affect the cost to ship a vehicle anywhere in the country

Shipping a smaller and lighter car is always less expensive than shipping a bigger and heavier vehicle. All auto transport carriers must observe legal weight restrictions when accepting vehicles for shipping. Hence, the make and model of your car, as well as any added modifications or personal items, stored inside, matter when determining the total weight of the load.

An open carrier is the standard service and it is widely available. It’s the standard shipping method in the industry. The availability of open trailers is much higher, and the price is cheaper. Enclosed carriers are more expensive because they offer higher protection and extras such as hydraulic lift gate to hold a vehicle horizontal while loading. They are often requested to ship classic, luxury, or sports cars.

On the one hand, the further the vehicle travels, the higher the overall price. On the other hand, The longer the distance the less it costs per mile. But it is never the decisive factor in the final cost. Shorter distances still consume gas and require the same amount of work, but in the end, it is fewer miles traveled. Hence, shorter distances often cost as much as shipping a car across the country.

It’s important to consider how far off the interstate and state highways the pick-up and delivery points are. Most carrier drivers prefer to travel between major metro areas where loads availability is higher. So if your vehicle is going to/from somewhere off the main routes, in a rural or hard to get to area, where not that many people are looking to ship their vehicles, you will need to make it worth the trucker’s time, effort, and extra gas expense. It means a higher price.

If your vehicle can not move under its own power, the carrier will need to engage some extra help (a winch or a forklift). Special driver’s skill and extra equipment translate into a higher rate.

The basic principles of supply and demand are known by most people. These principles apply to the auto transport industry as well. When supply is higher than demand, prices drop, but when demand is higher prices go up. In auto logistics, when demand is high the truck space is limited which means the prices increase. Supply and demand fluctuations affect almost every shipping route, that is why any car shipping quote is good for one week only.

What documents do I need when shipping a car?

Domestic transport is simple. You or someone on your behalf needs to 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 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 before you sign the inspection report. Never sign a blank or incomplete document and don’t forget to get your copy before the driver leaves the site.

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 from the Big Apple to the Windy City

Chicago skyline

Chicago — the Windy City sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan that keeps stealing people’s hearts every year. There are various reasons why one would prefer to make Chicago their new home. With its warm atmosphere, great job opportunities, a mix of home construction styles, and breathtaking landscapes, the Windy City is ready to welcome anyone with open arms.

Currently, the city is home to over 2.7 million people, while the Chicago Metropolitan area has a population of over 9.5 million. Even though the city is the third largest in the US, its population is quite dense.

As you’re already used to New York’s humid subtropical climate with hot, humid summers, and freezing cold winters with snowfalls, prepare to experience a similar climate in Chicago. The city has a humid continental climate with hot and humid summers and cold and snowy winters as well as worth-waiting climate during the spring and summer seasons.

Housing and Living Costs

Compared to New York City, housing and living costs in Chicago are less expensive. Consumer prices are around 23% lower, rent prices 44.52% lower, and restaurant prices 22.54% lower.

Depending on which area of Chicago you will relocate to, the housing cost and rent will vary a lot. The median price for a one-bedroom house anywhere in the heart of the city can range between $700 a $2000. If you rent an apartment or decide to buy a house away from the city center, expect prices to be less expensive.

Besides focusing you housing research on prices, you should also carefully pick a Chicago neighborhood, as they differ tremendously from one another. To give you a head start, Downtown, the Loop, River North, and the New East Side are some of the most preferred areas to live in Chicago.

Economy and Employment

With one of the most balanced economies, Chicago and its suburbs have currently the third-largest GMP in the US. There are also 29 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the city. These top companies among others, offer plenty of job opportunities for people trained in various industries.

Manufacturing, government, real estate, publishing, insurance, healthcare, food processing, and healthcare are the best industries at the moment that constantly have open job vacancies for people who have the skills and experience to work for them.

Things to see and do while in Chicago

Moving from a busy city like New York to yet another busy city like Chicago will give you one more reason to continue to work hard and play hard. Chicago blooms with fresh energy and has the ability to empower you and amaze you with its rich artistic life, great food, vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches, and last but not least, its music festivals.

With over 26 miles of shoreline, you will have lots of beach options to explore and enjoy during the summer, such as the 31st Street Beach, Rainbow Beach, Montrose Beach, North Avenue Beach, and Oak Street Beach.

Moving to Chicago with a car

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), the second-largest public transportation system in the US, serves not only the city of Chicago but all its 40 neighboring communities. Nevertheless, owning a car is always great if you live far away from work and don’t want to rely on public transport everytime you need to go somewhere, be it for work, a night out, or a simple getaway weekend every once in a while.

As soon as you move to Chicago, you will have 30 days to register your car and obtain an Illinois auto insurance. For more info, check the DMV official website.