Shipping a car from Texas to Chicago Guide
What are my options when shipping a car from Texas to Chicago?
Long-distance vehicle transport boils down to making two main choices – driving or shipping your car. While both have merits, the right one depends on your situation and preferences.
For moves that are only 200-300 miles away, driving can be a suitable option. On the other hand, you will find it quite an inconvenience for longer distances. Not only can it be more expensive than shipping, but it also takes up a lot of your time. Ultimately, you will have to decide whether it is worth to waste time and money on a road trip.
Many people prefer the car shipping options. Choosing to ship frees your hands and you don’t have to worry about a thing. In the end, you will have saved yourself time and money that any road trip requires you to spend.
What services do auto transport companies offer?
Most people approach the shipping a car process with confusion. Here we break it down. Corsia Logistics offers auto transport services based on two main categories:
- Carrier type – You have to choose between open and enclosed car shipping trailers
- Delivery timeframe – Then you decide whether you want standard or expedited delivery
It is as easy as that. Just request a quote online or call our team now and ask all of your questions.
How much does shipping a car from Texas to Chicago cost?
Several factors play a role when we at Corsia Logistics calculate car shipping rates. To set the base price, we look at the make and model of your car, as well as the shipping distance and exact location. Then we factor in the carrier type. If you have chosen an enclosed trailer that raises the price. Aside from that, one of the biggest factors is the current supply and demand situation for the specific route. Truck availability changes constantly on any route and that is why we say that prices are valid for one week only.
Corsia Logistics agents manually track all shipping market fluctuations to give you a realistic quote.
What documents do I need to ship a car?
To ship a car domestically, you or someone on your behalf, has to sign the Bill of Lading (BOL) at pick up and delivery. The Bill of Lading is not only a receipt but also an inspection report. Hence, inspect your car thoroughly together with the carrier driver and note any irregularities on the BOL.
Moving from Texas to the Heart of America
Chicago ranks as the third largest city in the US with a population of over 2.7 million. Its nickname comes from the fact that it is a major transportation hub. Often called “The city by the Lake” (referring to the Lake Michigan), or the Windy City, Chicago is a busy, densely populated city, with arguably the most beautiful skyline not only in the United States but in the entire world.
Moving from Texas to Chicago brings changes in many aspects. If you come from Houston or Dallas, the big city scene will not surprise you. What may challenge you the most is the weather. There will be plenty of snow for you to tackle in Chicago.
Compared to the humid subtropical climate in most parts of Texas, Chicago weather gets very cold and snowy during the winter (especially in January and February). But once the cold season is over you get to enjoy warm blooming spring and hot summer.
Chicago housing and living costs
As far as cost of living goes, Chicago tends to be on the more expensive side. However, keep in mind that prices change dramatically depending on the neighborhood. Also, the difference in costs depends on which city in Texas you are moving from.
To give you concrete numbers, check the following examples. If you are moving from Dallas for example, you will find Chicago’s cost of living 16% more expensive, with housing over 40% more expensive. But if you are moving from Austin, Chicago will be 6% less expensive, with housing up to 30% cheaper.
Chicago’s neighborhoods differ a lot from one another, so we would recommend you to do your homework in advance and pick a neighborhood that best fits your lifestyle.
Top sights in Chicago
With a vibrant social scene, music festivals, great food and, of course, beer, Chicago will not disappoint you when it comes to leisure. The city boasts over 26 miles of shoreline, which means you will have plenty of fascinating beaches to choose from.
Among the top sights, you should visit are the Willis Tower, Millenium Park, Navy Pier, Cloud Gate, Shedd Aquarium, the Art Institute of Chicago, and its magnificent parks such as Millennium Park, Oz Park, Lincoln Park, Indian Boundary Park, Grant Park, and Jackson Park.
Moving to Chicago with a car
Being a driver in Chicago can be more expensive if you compare it to Texas. Gas, car insurance, car payments, as well as parking permits carry a heftier price tag in the Windy City. Once you settle in Chicago, you will have 30 days to apply for Illinois license plates. To register your vehicle in Chicago you will need to purchase your Illinois car insurance. If you are planning on keeping your car within the City of Chicago limits, you will need to purchase and display a City Vehicle Sticker.
At Corsia Logistics we go above and beyond to provide our customers and their cars with the best service and exceed all expectations. If this is your first time shipping a car, our logistics experts will walk you through the process and recommend the option that suits your particular situation best. Request an auto transport quote online now or call us with questions!