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April 18, 2020

Ship Car Across the Country

Are you in a situation where you’ll need to ship car across the country? Perhaps you’re wondering what to do and where to find a car shipping company. Then you’re on the right page, because we will give you a few tips for transporting your car from one state to another.

#1 Finding Reliable Car Transport Companies 

 What to look for in a Car Transport Company  

  •  First sets a company apart from the mediocre ones. Hiring an inexperienced company can be very risky for your prized car. 
  • Second, you have to make sure that the company can be trusted with the safety of your car. You can read about the certain company’s online reviews to somehow have an idea about the trustworthiness of the car shipping company. 
  •  Third, you should look for a company that offers their car shipping services in a reasonable price. We won’t want to hurt our wallet for some mediocre services, won’t we? 

Tips

: to narrow down your options for car shipping companies, you can go to Google Reviews. If you still can’t decide, then you can go to Trustpilot to see what real customers who experienced their services firsthand, can tell about their services.

It all depends on where you’re living. If you’re residing in one of the major metropolitan areas, then you’re in great luck, because you’ll have plentiful of options to choose from.

However, if you’re currently residing in a rural area, then you might have a fewer choices of companies that offers a car transport services.

#2 Calculating Your Ship Car Across the Country

The same as with buying a car, you should first do a research of what the average cost of your car transport would be.

Tip #1:

 be financially and mentally ready for the final bill for your car transportation.

Tip #2:

 compare the prices among different car transport companies, to come up with the best one that offers professional services in an affordable price.

Luckily, some of the leading car transport companies have an online quote calculator that you can use to see how much your car transport would cost. These online calculators give fast and accurate results in just a few seconds.

However, if your prospect company doesn’t provide an online calculator on their website, you can directly go to their physical store, then personally check how much it would cost you to transport your car from one state to another.

For example, transporting SUV vans would cost around $200 more, compared to transporting cars likes sedan on the same distance. 

Here is a list of the cost of some average car transport:

  • East Coast to West Coast or vise versa – $1,100 for the sedan, $1,300 for SUV or pick-up truck
  • East Coast to Midwest or vise versa – $700 for the sedan, $800 for SUV or pick-up truck
  • West Coast to Midwest or vise versa – $900 for the sedan, $1,100 for SUV or pick-up truck
  • North to south or vise versa – $700 for the sedan, $800 for SUV or pick-up truck

#3 Schedule Your Shipment Ahead of Time 

Just like shipping your order from an online store, shipping your car could also take a long time. It might take you days, or even weeks.

So, it is important to keep in mind to schedule and plan out your car shipment ahead of time to prevent problems from arising and stress on your part.

Here is the general time frame for the shipment of cars:

  • 100-500 miles will take you around 1-2 days
  • 500-1000 miles will take you around 2-3 days
  • 1000-1500 miles will take you around 3-4 days
  • 1500-2000 miles will take you around 4-5 days
  • 2000-2500 miles will take you around 5-6 days
  • 2500-3000 miles will take you around 6-7 days

Some Helpful Tips:

  • Make sure to have all your important documents (title, registration, and insurance) when you’re planning to transport your car.
  • Before transporting, make sure that you empty your car to avoid excess weight as you ship it.
  • Check your battery, tire, and make sure your gasoline is about a quarter-full.
  • Check your emergency break, make sure it is in good working order.
  • Disable or completely remove your car’s alarm system