Shipping a car from Texas to Maryland
What options do I have when shipping a car from Texas to Maryland?
There are two main options when it comes to moving a vehicle from one location to another:
- driving it to the new destination
- shipping it with an auto transport company
Driving the car to your final destination in Maryland would be a great option if you are up for a road trip and your car is in adequate condition to make the trek. The distance between Texas and the Old Line State is close to 1600 miles – a journey not for the faint of heart. Cross country roads can be dangerous for the untrained eye and a road trip can turn into a scary ride in an amusement park. When the distance is more than 200 miles, we always recommend shipping instead of driving.
Hiring an auto transport company makes life easier when you are busy, or simply do not wish to embark on a lengthy road trip. Moreover, it saves you time and it spares your car additional hundreds of miles of wear and tear. And, contrary to popular belief that auto transport is an expensive service, hiring a professional auto hauler may often cost you less than driving your vehicle to the final destination.
What services do auto transport companies offer?
You will have a choice between open and enclosed transport, standard and expedited shipping, and door-to-door and terminal-to-terminal delivery. Additionally, you’ll be able to request top-load for your vehicle for an extra fee. It all depends on your budget, timeframe, the level of protection you prefer, and the pick-up/delivery locations.
Open auto transport is a standard shipping method and also the most affordable. Your car will be shipped on a double-deck trailer that usually carrier up to 10 vehicles.
If you are looking to add an extra layer of protection for your vehicle, you can choose to ship it via an enclosed auto transport. Enclosed trailers have soft or hard sides that protect vehicles from weather and road elements. Most of these trailers are designed to haul between 5 and 7 cars at a time. Although a single-vehicle enclosed trailer may be available upon request.
Whether you are shipping via open or enclosed auto transport, you can request a top-load for your vehicle. For an extra fee, your car will travel on a top-deck of a trailer, which ensures against possible leaks from other vehicles.
If you are on a tight timeline and need your vehicle to be delivered on or by an exact date, you can request expedited shipping. Guaranteed delivery is a premium service that comes with a premium price.
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 Texas to Maryland within 4 to 6 days. However, please keep in mind that all dates and times are only estimates. Delays happen on the road often due to weather, traffic or other customers’ postponements.
Door-to-door delivery is a standard service among auto transporters, and it is what we offer to all of our customers. It means that the carrier driver will pick up and deliver your vehicle as close to your door as legally possible.
How much does it cost to ship a car from Texas to Maryland?
Another way to ask this is “How is car shipping cost calculated?” Several factors play a part in the final cost of transporting a vehicle. It is always good to understand how shipping prices are calculated.
Vehicle make and model
This is the first important factor that affects your rate. Whether your vehicle is a small sedan or an SUV matters for the car carrier. Vehicle’s weight and dimensions define the base price for transporting it.
If your vehicle has any modifications, such as being lowered or raised, it often means we would need a specialized truck to transport it. It could also simply mean that the vehicle will take up more space or weight on the truck, which increases the rate. If your car is not running, it often adds about $150 to the final rate.
Type of transport
The type of transport 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.
Distance and location
These two factors play an important role in price calculation. However, the distance is not the most important factor that defines the cost to ship a car. Generally, the further away the vehicle goes the higher the overall price. The exact location also affects the price. Shipping between popular destinations (any major cities) doesn’t possess any challenges. Remote and rural locations could be a logistical challenge and often cost more due to additional miles and work.
This is our favorite variable in the equation. 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 peak seasons, on the snowbirds routes, the demand is high and prices increase. This often leads to supply shortage in areas and hence, prices go up for almost all routes. Supply and demand is what determines the final cost to ship a car. Fluctuations happen daily and only a current market price can guarantee timely and professional service.
Is my vehicle insured during transport?
Yes, it is. Carrier’s cargo insurance protects your vehicle against damages during loading, unloading, and transit and covers anything from theft, dents, and scratches to a total loss of a car. Liability limits, though, will vary from carrier to carrier. If your vehicle is especially valuable, make sure to discuss the insurance coverage you prefer.
Moving to the Old Line State
Situated in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US, Maryland was named after the English Queen Henrietta Maria of France. It is often called the Old Line State due to its Mount Clare Station, the first railroad station in the US that was built in Baltimore in 1830. Also called the Free State and the Chesapeake Bay State, Maryland is the 9th smallest state in the US in terms of area but with a population of over 6 million people, it also has the 5th highest population density. Home to arguably the best crabs in the world, Maryland is well known for its great seafood. But that is not the only reason why you should move there!
Economy and employment
Maryland boasts the highest median household income in the nation as well as diverse, booming economy that continues to outperform every year. According to maryland.gov, in 2015, Maryland ranked first in the US with a median household income of $75,847, 2.4% higher compared to 2014.
The State is a noted leader in manufacturing services, biotechnology, information technology, telecommunications, as well as aerospace and defense. It offers plenty of jobs in technology and trade industries as well as in science, engineering, and mathematics. As of February, Maryland has an unemployment rate of 4.2% and the lowest poverty rate in the country at 7.8%.
Housing and living costs
Maryland’s housing and living costs are considerably higher than those of Texas. Comparing housing and living costs of Austin, TX and Annapolis, MD, the latter is 17% more expensive with housing up to 32% more expensive than Austin. If you want to take a job in D.C. but prefer to commute every day in order to avoid living in the US expensive capital, Maryland offers plenty of affordable cities for you to settle: Eldersburg, Odenton, Ellicott City, Towson, Severna Park, Catonsville, and Annapolis.
Located right next to Washington D.C., Maryland allows its residents to enjoy all the perks of the nation’s capital without having to carry all the expenses of living in D.C. No wonder why a lot of people decide to move to Maryland each year.
Texas climate VS Maryland climate
Texas has a humid subtropical mixed with the cold semi-arid climate. Maryland, in turn, has a variety of climates based on which part of the state you will relocate. If you want to move from Texas to get away from all its humidity and hot summers, Maryland may not be the perfect place for you. The summer season in the state is also hot and humid, not as extreme as in Texas though. The East Coast in Maryland has an annual rainfall of 35-45 inches, and whichever part of Maryland you pick, you will get at least 3.5–4.5 inches of rain every month.
What to do once you move to the Free State?
Maryland is often nicknamed as “America in Miniature.” For such a small state, it has a lot to offer. Among the things that are a must-see in Maryland are the iconic National Aquarium with over 17,000 specimens, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Assateague Island National Seashore, Antietam National Battlefield, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Six Flags America amusement park, Port Discovery, American Visionary Art Museum, and B&O Railroad Museum, just to mention a few.
If you love to be out in nature, Maryland is the perfect spot in the States. With 4 seasons, plenty of mountains, farms, big cities, and lovely beaches, Maryland will surely keep you busy year around.
Moving to MD with your car
Once you establish your move in Maryland, you will have 60 days to register your vehicle with the MVA and transfer your out-of-state driver’s license. To register your car, you are also required to get the appropriate auto insurance coverage. In case you own a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you will have only 30 days to transfer your license.
Corsia Logistics agents will be happy to help you ship your vehicle from Texas to Maryland. For more information on how auto transport works, explore our extensive guides in How To Ship a Car section of our website. If you prefer to ask questions right away call (818) 850-5258 and speak with one of our logistics experts. Thank you!