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Tips for shipping a car across the country

Tips for shipping a car across the country

Did you just buy a car from across the country and need to bring it home? Or are you planning a move to another state and wonder how shipping a car works?


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Review our tips for shipping a car across the country and request a car shipping quote online or call our team now.

Research and plan

When you plan in advance you will save yourself rush and worry about expediting your  car shipping, which often involves premium costs. Check how auto transport works, watch some videos online and call a few companies. This is how you acquaint yourself with the process of shipping a car across the country. As soon as you choose a car shipping company, consult with your agent about the best time to transport your vehicle. Some seasonality trends affect the prices and if you are flexible you can receive discount on your rate.

Choose open car carrier

Open car carriers are the most popular and the standard solution in the industry. Such carriers are usually cheaper than enclosed auto transport carriers. Open-air carriers are readily available, and most customers prefer this service due to its availability and affordability. Unless you are shipping a collectible or high-end automobile, look no further than open auto transport for faster and less expensive shipping of your automobile.

Meet the driver

A great idea we always advice our customers on is to meet the driver at a nearby shopping plaza or truck stop. This is especially true when your destination is not on a mainstream route or your residential area has restrictions for big trucks. You can meet the truck driver and then drive your car from there. This way, you will not only save money but also time. However, this option will work only if the car is in a working condition.

Ship personal belongings inside your car

When moving most people utilize that option to ship personal items inside their vehicle. What carriers usually allow is a suitcase or a box inside the trunk. Most of the time you can even fill your car, up to window level, but that costs extra. However, keep in mind that shipping a few extra items with your car may not only turn out to be more expensive, but it can also go against the rules set by the Department of Transportation. Some reasons are: the car haulers do not have a license to ship certain cargo, other items may be considered illegal.

Moreover, having dangerous items in your car may damage its interior, and your insurance company will not cover these damages. Therefore, make sure to check your vehicle hauler’s policy on shipping personal items, in order to be in compliance with all terms and conditions.

How long does it take to ship a car across the country?

On average, shipping a car across the country takes about 7-10 days. However, the exact delivery time depends on the weather, traffic delays, or truck itinerary for other cars, among other variables.

Open auto transport is usually the fastest service due to high availability. Shipping via a single-car carrier may also yield faster delivery but at a higher cost. The important part is to choose a reliable auto transport company, where clear, honest, and timely communication is king, hence gives you easy access to your car shipping status.

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Simon Moore
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Looking for a logistics company, to ship my car, from California to Illinois,my first search, then Corsia showed up, skeptical. Call and a very friendly secretary: Elena. She guided me through, I scheduled and as she explained, all when smooth as scheduled Very happy I did the right choice. I'll recommend this great Company to anyone that is thinking to relocate a vehicle. Thanks Corsia logistics for your honesty and professionalism!
Elizabeth Woodward
High five's all around!
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Corsia was highly recommended by a friend in the automobile industry. We needed to transport a cargo van from Seattle to Florida. We contacted Corsia who quickly arranged transport within just a few days. Communication was outstanding! Just a few email confirmations and we were all set. Mike was great and arrived right on time and delivered to Florida on schedule. Tip-avoid the hornets nest of auto brokers on line and just contact Corsia for a truly great experience!
Carrol Tiffany
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Corsia has been amazing. Their prices are really competitive but more importantly their customer service has been 5-Star. Elena followed up with me every step of the way, making sure there was no miscommunication between me & the driver. We are using them to ship a 2nd vehicle & would not hesitate to use them again!
Tony Boyd
Definitely recommend
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I have recently used Corsia for long time family car with sentimental value that was moved I have recently used Corsia for shipment of my vehicle from Oregon to Arizona by recommendation from other family member who also used Corsia in the past. I am very pleased on the service and the communication throughout shipment. Ken was my direct contact and kept me informed along the move The car was picked up and delivered as communicated. I did use a enclosed mover and the driver was also clean cut professional and treated car as his own. I would definitely recommend Corsia again with the experience I have had. Thank you. T
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Top notch Transport - Porsche 997 Top notch! As easy and efficient as one could possibly imagine. Great customer service.. thank you Luke. Great prices. Check. Timely communications. Check. Clean transport trailer. Check. Supremely careful driver. Check. Timely arrival. Check. Don't mess around elsewhere, just call Corsica and feel confident your transports needs are going to be exceeded. My Porsche 911 rode like a Queen in her enclosed chariot. I've never needed a transport company before, and I surely will use them every time. Do yourself a favor, seriously. Call now.
Geet Mp Haryana
Reliable, efficient
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Corsia rep (Elena) was very proactive. Helped ship a car from CA to GA. She checked in with me via email quote and several phone calls to find me the best possible quote for the fastest available service. After several communications, Corsia was able to schedule a vehicle pickup the next day. The driver communicated well, and the vehicle arrived in final destination faster than we expected in perfect condition. I highly recommend using Corsia's reliable, efficient service.
Cay Liptak
Clean, efficient, wonderful
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Thanks, Corsia! Pickup was so clean, efficient, and wonderful -- my only recommendation is to make sure you schedule it during the day so you can fully review the car in the daylight. Drop off was equally wonderful, and the whole trip went down without a hitch (pun intended!). Seriously, Corsia delivered my Jeep from CT to California with no issues or bumps in the road!
Csaba Kovesdy
Truly positive experience
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Corsia Memphis to LA, mid-size SUV. I looked at 4 different companies amd Corsia was the most responsive of them. While being responsive, they were not unduly aggressive: when I indicated that I need to wait a month before making a decision they stopped contacting me and only came back with a reminder when I really needed it. Once I decided to engage Corsia they found me a transport within two days and the car was delivered (from Memphis to LA) in another two days. I had a truly positive experience.
Kelly Torres
Highly recommend
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Working with Corsia Logistics was a great experience. Working with Corsia Logistics was wonderful. They were able to find a driver right away to transport our car. They were in constant communication as to when the car was getting picked up and dropped off. The driver also communicated with me as to when he would arrive. I would highly recommend Corsia Logistics.
Amy Nelson
Excellent Organization
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Corsia was an excellent company to work with while I transferred my car across the US. A friend of mine suggested I use them as they had been very organized and trustworthy with her own car. I researched a few different place but decided to go with Corsia and I'm so glad I did! Any questions I had throughout the process they answered quickly and clearly. I would definitely use them again in the future and recommend them for others to use.