Shipping a Car from New York to Boston

Shipping a car from New York to Boston Guide

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Learn how shipping a car from New York to Boston works. Request a quote online or call.

Shipping a vehicle is easy. And what makes it easy is working with the right company that shares all you need to know. In our shipping guide we will share with you how shipping a car works. We will answer some important questions you will ask when the time comes. After you review our guide, if you still have questions, please call us or browse our website for more helpful information.

What are my options when I need to move a car from New York to Boston?

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

  1. driving
  2. shipping

It is great to have a choice, but what is best depends ona few things. 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 turn it into a road trip. Road trips are great because driving takes your mind off everything else and forces you to focus on the road. It is not easy though. Driving long distances is not for everybody.

Cross country roads can be dangerous and a road trip can turn into a scary ride in an amuzment park. When the distance is more than 200 miles, we always recommend shipping insread of driving.

When you choose to ship your car, it means you free yourself from the responsibility of moving your vehicle. It makes life easier, when you are busy or simply do not wish to drive. Moreover, it saves you time and it spares your car additional hundreds of miles. Driving equals miles to the odometer, oil change, flat tires and other possible issues. Shipping a car from New York to Boston is also often cheaper than driving it yourself. The final price depends on a few factors discussed below. It is necessary to consider all the expenses a long distance trip entails and compare that to your estimate to ship.

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. Then you wait for your car at the destination.

What services does an auto transport company offer?

Auto transport services will often vary by company. Generally, customers have two choices to make – one is to choose the type of car carrier and on the second is to choose the time frame of delivery.

Corsia Logistics provides the following car shipping services:

  1. by carrier type: open and enclosed trailers
  2. by delivery time frame: standard and expedited shipping

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. Both solutions are a door-to-door delivery. Learn more about the differences between open and enclosed auto transport.

The other choice you have to make 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 York to Boston within 1-2 days. 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 means your vehicle will be prirotiezed over all others. So, expedited auto transport is always more expensive.

How much does it cost to ship a car from New York to Boston?

Several factors affect the final cost to ship a car.

Vehicle make and model

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 shipping.

Vehicle condition

The condition of your vehicle could affect the price for shipping. If your vehicle has been modified or it is not running, this often means we would need a specialized truck to transport it.

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. Expedited delivery also increases the price.

Distance and location

Distance is not the most important factor that defines the cost to ship a car. Generally, long distances cost more, but short trips can also be expensive. Remote and rural locations could be a logistical challenge and often cost more.

Supply and demand

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. Current supply and demand usually determine the final cost to ship a car. 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 manner.

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 not only a receipt, but also your inspection report. When the carrier inspects your car you need to check with him that all existing damages are marked down and then sign and get a copy.

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 anything else other than the car itself, and their insurance does not cover anything else. However, most companies allow customers to have 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 on the road without an active insurance policy.

Moving to The Walking City


Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States, which explains the city’s rich history and culture, and its European spirit. Among some of the Historical Outings are the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, Paul Revere’s House, and Longfellow’s Wayside Inn — the oldest inn in the States that is still operating.

With a population of 687,584 in 2017, Boston is the capital and most populous municipality of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. Boston’s humid continental climate is similar to New York with warm and humid summers and cold and stormy winters. July is the hottest month, while the coldest is January which is filled with snow most of the time.

Economy and living costs

Boston is one of the top 30 most powerful cities in the world in terms of economy. The Greater Boston metropolitan area is ranked in the sixth position in the United States, and in the 12th position worldwide. The city attracts over 350,000 college students from all over the world with its top colleges and universities which play a significant part in Boston’s booming economy.

Compared to the national average, living in Boston can be 47% more expensive. But since you are going to move from New York, you are already used to high costs of living, and moving to Boston will actually be a relieve.

Overall, Boston is 6% cheaper than New York with 14% cheaper housing. The average rent for a studio apartment in Boston is $2,318  while the median home value is $569,500. Among some of the key factors that define the cost of living in Boston are housing costs, healthcare, utilities, and transportation.

Housing and neighborhoods

Finding housing in Boston can be really tough given how short its supply of homes for sales is. Finding a good place to rent is no piece of cake either. Avoid looking for housing during the month of September as the real estate market in Boston is based on the school-year schedule and prices can go pretty high starting September 1st.

July and August are two of the best months if you want to find great apartment deals. Just make sure you find a great neighborhood that fits you first because that’s where you will spend most of your free time. Picking a neighborhood that is close to your work would be ideal, to avoid commuting altogether. Beacon Hill, South Boston, and Back Bay are some of the best neighborhoods you can pick from. Check out this great Boston neighborhood guide for more suggestions.

Job market and unemployment rate

Often called “The Hub”, Boston is literally a hub of job opportunities especially in higher education, technology, biotech, life sciences, finance, and the medical sector.  If you are moving to Boston and will soon be on the lookout for a new job, check out the Boston Career Center and Monster — some of the best sites to apply for jobs. There are plenty of startups offering job positions in different areas every day. It is after all the home of Harvard University, MIT, Boston University, Liberty Mutual, Massachusetts General Hospital and many more.

As of November 2017, Boston unemployment rate is only 3.0%, way lower compared to the national average, and 1% lower compared to New York.

Boston attractions

Looking very much like a European city, Boston is packed with things to see in almost every corner and offers plenty of opportunities for weekend getaways thanks to its favorable location. Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Cape Cod, and Newport are just some of the best spots you can pick for short weekend, trips preferably during the summer season.

Lakes and mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont, Boston Harbor Islands, and the rocky coastlines of Maine are also a must visit and easily accessible. Make sure not to miss Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Freedom Trail, Boston Public Garden, Quincy Market, and the Skywalk Observatory once you settle too.

Moving to Boston with a car

If you are going to move to Boston with your car, you need to register it with the RMV within 30 days after you become a resident. Depending on the type of vehicle you own, you may also need to transfer your certificate of title to Massachusetts. Just like in New York, the car insurance is mandatory in order to register your car, and it is attached to your licensed plate, so plan accordingly. As per your out-of-state driver’s license, you need to transfer it as soon as you can once you move to Boston, as well as visit your local Massachusetts RMV office in person to submit the needed documents and turn over your out-of-state license.

We hope our guide was helpful in walking you through the process of shipping your car from New York to Boston. And learning a bit about the beautiful city of Boston. If you still have question please call or email us. Thank you!