How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Car

January 27, 2012

The cost to ship a car can vary depending on where you need to send it to and the size of the vehicle. Smaller, compact cars are generally cheaper to ship than large trucks and sport utility vehicles. While it is impossible to give an exact price for shipping your vehicle here, we can break down the average costs to give you a general idea of what to expect. All prices are estimates and customers should contact a local company to get specific, and exact, car shipping rates.

Auto transport costs for a 4 door compact car, from one coast to the other (New York to California) starts anywhere from $600 to $1,000, depending on the provider you use. Small vans, SUVs and pick-ups can range from $900 to $1200. Shipping in the peak summer months will usually increase the cost of shipping anywhere from $200 to $500. Shipping to Hawaii is typically about double the cost, or around $1000 if you can get the car to California yourself. The same holds true for shipping to Alaska, though from Seattle the cost is about $1000 as well. Shipping via a closed container can increase the cost by 25% to 50%, depending on the provider. Classic or antique cars are typically shipped in specialized containers and can cost an additional $1000 to $3000 dollars.

Some transporters provide discounts if you are shipping multiple vehicles and more than likely all cars that will be shipped will have to be dropped off and picked up at a terminal location. Interested parties should get several quotes from local shippers as prices can vary depending on several factors such as weather, time of the year and even how busy the company is at the time.

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