How much does it cost to ship my car? The cost to ship a car depends on a few factors: Several factors determine the final cost of car transport. Not every shipment is the same, and it’s important to get a custom quote from an experienced car carrier. A reputable car shipper will give you a fair quote with transparent pricing so that you can understand what goes into determining your cost. Shipping Distance The further away the origin and destination are from each other, the more the car transport will cost. This is standard with any type of shipping you’re doing. Car carriers determine distance by the number of miles traveled, not a straight line measurement on a map. This is important to note since some locations are further away when measured by distance traveled instead of physical location. Vehicle Size & Weight The bigger and heavier your vehicle is, the more the car shipper will charge. Your large vehicle will take up more room on the truck and require more effort to carry. Car Condition The condition of your vehicle can directly affect how easy or difficult it is to move. Vehicles that are not in running condition require extra services because the engine doesn’t start. This additional service will reflect in the cost of your shipment. No matter what the condition of your car, we provide insurance coverage for every vehicle we ship. This is included in your quote for shipping. Transport Method There are two primary methods for shipping cars, either an open trailer or an enclosed truck. Both have their advantages; however, the enclosed truck will have a higher shipping cost. This increased cost brings with it protection and security. Our advisors can use their years of experience to advise you on the benefits of each method. Then you can determine which option is best for your vehicle and budget. Car Make & Model Some vehicle make and models are valued higher than others. These high-end vehicles may require special shipping services to increase the safety and security of the vehicle. This could include a dedicated enclosed truck, guaranteed delivery date, and locking. Additional services can increase the overall cost of your car transport. Other vehicles may not have a high stock value but require special care because you’ve added customizations. Examples of these modifications include lifted frames, lowered cars, oversized tires, extra roof racks, or a custom body kit. These customizations may prevent the car from fitting on a standard truck and instead require special treatment. Location The location of your pickup and drop off locations are considered. The more remote your locations are, the further the auto carrier must travel, which increases your shipment cost. Pickup and drop off locations that are close to major cities or at the carrier’s terminal greatly reduce the carrier’s travel distance and reduce the cost of the shipment. Our skilled shipment advisors can help you create a custom shipment plan for the best pickup and drop off locations that balance convenience and cost. Seasonality There are busy and slow seasons throughout the year for car transport. The most popular time to ship a car is during the warm summer months. The least popular time of year is during the coldest and harshest winter months. Shipping costs increase with the increase in demand. Seasonal trends are also geographic. Demand increases for car shipments heading south in the fall and then conversely increases in spring for shipments headed north. This same flow of shipments happens with east and west shipments throughout the year. Your Timeline Car shipping can take some time. Delivery dates are an estimate and can be affected by the weather, traffic volume, accidents blocking roads, and construction. If you need your vehicle shipped quickly or delivered by a specific day, then your quote will increase to accommodate your timeline. The Car Shipper or Carrier Some companies are the actual shipper and own the trucks. Others are a third party, called a broker or 3PL. There are advantages to working with both when it comes to securing a quote for your car transport. Large national carriers have trucks that travel all of the most shipped routes. They will have plenty of space to ship your vehicle. They are also more in-demand and can command higher rates. Smaller regional carriers have a higher concentration of trucks in a specific area of the country. They can offer more competitive pricing for a specific shipment area but will dramatically increase in cost outside of this territory. Finally, consider the reputation of the company. Less than reputable carriers will offer bargain basement pricing to secure your shipment. They may even require you to pay in full upfront. Reliable, reputable, and trustworthy car shippers won’t do this. There’s nothing wrong with comparing quotes and shopping around. But when it comes to choosing your carrier, look for one with a fair price that can provide you with a quality service.