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Shipping a car from Sacramento to San Diego- 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 San Diego

What documents do I need when shipping a car from Sacramento to San Diego?

When shipping a car from Sacramento to San Diego, 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.

Moving away from Sacramento

Sacramento, California’s state capital, has seen an influx of population in the recent years. In fact, in 2016, it was the fastest-growing big city in the state, in large, thanks to migrants from the Bay Area. Affordability is one of the top reasons why people and businesses alike have been making their way to California’s capital. The welcoming attitude of the city’s government officials has encouraged various Silicon Valley and Bay Area companies to open offices in Sacramento.

But despite population growth and all changes it brings, Sacramento preserves its laid-back feel. And this one reason many young people decide to move away. This often requires people to either travel long distance or ship their car with a car shipping company like us. So, do you need to move a car from Sacramento all the way to San Diego. How do you handle this task? Let us help you understand the process.

Living in San Diego

San Diego is often referred to as the “birthplace of California” – it was the first site on the West Coast visited by Europeans. Since then the city grew to become the eighth largest in the United States. Today, a little over 1,400,000.00 people call San Diego home.

The city boasts one of the top ten best climates in America, picture-perfect beaches, scenic hikes and San Diego Bay – one of the best natural harbors on the west coast. Unlike in Sacramento, living in San Diego tends to be on the expensive side. The average cost of living in the city is 33% higher than the national average. And, according to some estimates, an average San Diego resident spends almost 65% of their income on housing, utilities, and commuting. On the bright side, you can get fresh, locally grown produce at competitive prices that won’t break your bank, all year round!

The city also cares for its environment. Recycling is enforced and water is strictly conserved in San Diego. Make sure to familiarize yourself with local rules and regulations regarding both. And if you are moving with a dog, you’ll have to make sure your pet is licensed and vaccinated within 30 days of establishing your move.

Driving in San Diego

If you are new to San Diego, make sure to learn the city’s layout – it’ll help you navigate through traffic jams. Remember that most even-numbered freeways run east-west and odd-numbered – north-south. Various neighborhoods follow the alphabetized city plan with streets in one area named according to some theme – birds, gems, authors, etc. – in alphabetical order.

San Diegans are not exactly the world’s best drivers, so you’ll have to brush up on those defensive driving skills. Unannounced lane changes, speeding, sudden stops and fender-benders are prevalent on the city’s roads. Don’t forget to familiarize yourself with San Diego parking regulations. Depending on where you go in the city, parking may be an issue, and parking citations – an untimely expense.

If you are looking to ship your car from Sacramento to San Diego, don’t forget to explore our How to Ship a Car and Services sections. If you prefer to discuss the shipping directly just call (818) 850-5258 and speak with one of our logistics experts. Happy car shipping!

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