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Shipping a car from Sacramento to Los Angeles- how much does it cost?

Review the main factors that control the cost to ship a car. Please, keep in mind that prices change weekly and that is why a price quote is good for one week only. Several factors play a role and it is important to understand that. The price does not depend only on the type of car or the type of car carrier. The distance matter, but it is also not the only factor. Please, check below for all factors that affect the cost to ship a car. 

Vehicle make & model

Smaller cars are cheaper to ship, while bigger vehicles are more expensive. Hence, the make and model of your vehicle affect the price.

Transport Type

Open auto transport is the standard and most affordable way to ship a car. Enclosed carrier costs more. So the type of carrier also affects the price.


More miles means less per mile. Shorter distances still consume gas and require the same amount of work, but in the end it is fewer miles traveled, which increases the price per mile.


Whether the car is coming and going to a major metro area or rural place matters. Fewer carriers travel to remote areas to pick-up or deliver vehicles.

Vehicle Condition

A vehicle that is not moving on its own power may require a winch or a forklift to be loaded. This increases the price.

Supply / Demand

At the end of the equation, we add current supply and demand. When demand is high the truck space is limited and this means higher prices.

Type of car shipping service to choose
Enclosed Auto Transport Corsia Logistics Porsche

Open auto transport is the standard vehicle shipping solutions. It works for all types of vehicles, and all distances. It is the fastest and the most affordable car shipping service. 

Enclosed auto transport is usually booked for high-end automobiles. It is perfect for your classic car or sports vehicle that cost more than $50,000. It is a premium service that provides full protection from road and weather elements. 

You may need expedited transport when and if you need your vehicle picked-up or delivered on an exact or by an exact date. This type of service cost more. 

A correctly quoted rate is a current market price that will ship a car now.

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Shipping a car from Sacramento to Los Angeles

What documents do I need when shipping a car?

Domestic transport is easy. When shipping a car from Sacramento to Los Angeles, you or someone on your behalf must 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 a receipt and an inspection report. When the carrier inspects the car you need to check with that all existing damages are marked before you sign. Never sign a blank or incomplete document.

The distance between Sacramento and Los Angeles is 386 miles via I-5, which is an 8 hour trip with the stops. So, shipping a car between the two cities is usually a same day delivery. Yet, L.A. traffic could affect that depending on where exactly in the metro area we need to deliver. If you want to drive, you can certainly do that if you have the time. But driving is not always the most viable option.

You might be moving from Sacramento to Los Angeles with more vehicles than drivers in your household. Or maybe you are sending your antique or exotic sports car to a shop or a show in L.A., and that means it must get there without a scratch. Or if you are an auto dealer you probably buy cars from Sacramento area often and we can help you ship them safely to Los Angeles.

Corsia Logistics works with specialized dealerships in Sacramento and in Los Angeles helping them ship vehicles daily. We also work with many private collectors delivering their new purchases.

If you are pressed by time, and need your vehicle to be delivered on or by an exact date, you can request expedited vehicle shipping service. Guaranteed delivery is a premium service that comes at a premium price.

All of our services are door-to-door delivery and it means that a carrier will pick-up and drop-off as close to your door as legally possible.

From Sacramento to Los Angeles

Sacramento is the last affordable urban area in California that has been overlooked by many. Until recently. The city, which is also the state’s capital, has seen an influx of people in the recent years. In fact, in 2016 Sacramento was the fastest growing big city in the state, in large, thanks to migrants from the Bay Area. Affordability (combined with the welcoming attitude of Sacramento government officials) has been attracting Silicon Valley and Bay Area companies encouraging them to open offices in Sacramento. The city’s downtown, once dead, today boasts fancy condos and an emerging restaurant scene. But despite the population growth and all the changes it brings, Sacramento preserves its laid-back feel.

If you are leaving Sacramento for L.A., prepare yourself for the hustle and bustle of the big city, higher cost of living, and the infamous L.A. traffic jams. On the bright side, you’re moving to one of the most diverse cities in the country that welcomes new transplants with open arms. And it can’t be any other way. People from 180 different countries who speak 140 different languages call Los Angeles home.

Moving to L.A. with a car

If you are planning on driving in Los Angeles, there are few things you need to learn:

  • Traffic gets really bad between 4 and 7 pm. So, if there’s no way you can avoid driving during these hours, learn L.A.’s layout – it’ll help you maneuver around major traffic jams. Explore the 101, 405, and 10 highways as well as the main roads, such as Santa Monica Blvd, Olympic Blvd, Pico, Sepulveda, and Wilshire Blvd.
  • Parking. Los Angeles and its suburbs have some of the strictest parking regulations and hefty fines that start at around $60. There may be as many as 4 different parking signs on any given street. So, pay attention! Watch out for street cleaning and residential permit only parking signs.Within the city, there are various 15 min, one- and two-hour parking zones. Keep your eyes on the clock, because you won’t get away with staying longer. If you park on the street with parking lanes that close during rush hour, your car will be towed.Also, you must turn your wheels inward when parked facing a down heel, and outward when parked facing up a hill or you’ll get a ticket.

We hope our guide was helpful and you will call us if you have any questions. You can also browse our website for more information about how shipping a car works and moving in general. To ship your vehicle to L.A. get in touch with us now by phone or request a quote online. Thank you!

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