There is such a thing as a basic auto transport quote. That is our Standard car shipping price. It is the closest you can get to cheap car shipping. Whether you realize it or not, however, you are actually competing against other customers for car transport trailer space when shipping cars. Choosing the Standard price means you understand that your car might not ship right away, but might be in a few days after the first date available pick up date or possibly longer if lots of competition or a lack of car transport companies. Obviously, nobody can guarantee what cannot be controlled but our brokers work tirelessly to get your vehicle on a truck in a timely manner at the cheapest price.
Rush car transport quotes are only about a couple hundred bucks more than the Standard pricing, this gets you to jump in front of vehicles currently listed on the route. Vehicle listings that are higher than the market tend to get assigned quicker, and since most orders get picked up within one or two days of assignment, the customer also receives his vehicle faster. But, we are still reliant on trucks making that route and one vehicle alone cannot make that happen. But those situations are the exception and not the rule. If you are limited on time, go with Rush car shipping cost.
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont are relatively easy shipping cars in and out of three of those six states regardless of the distance. Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut are easier to ship a car than Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Boston is the best big hub for auto transport companies in the North East.
Southern parts of New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont is pretty easy for vehicle shipping because of its proximity to Boston. But when you head to the more Northern parts of these states it becomes increasingly more difficult to ship cars in a timely fashion. The basic rule is the more desolate the location the more expensive and the longer the process.
Florida is probably the biggest vehicle shipping state in the country during “snowbird season”. Every year the snowbirds from the north flock to Florida in the winter, and then return home in the spring. A car transporter can’t go wrong following the I-95 corridor along Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Melbourne, Port St. Lucie, Boca Raton, Ft Lauderdale and Miami. It is the same thing on the Gulf of Mexico side following I-75 through Tampa, St. Petersburg, Fort Myers, Naples. But as we mentioned before, the further south you go, the more expensive it will get. Shipping a car to Key West is extremely difficult. The Florida pan handle is also a more difficult area to ship to and from.
Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia once you get outside the large cites, shipping and truck demand becomes difficult.
In Atlanta, Vehicle shipping traffic is usually good. The shipping car cost is usually most competitive there but as you get further outside the cities, time and cost increase
We consider the Midwest to be Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. It is not hard for any of the car shipping companies to piece a full load together in the Midwest. Just look at the big cities packed closely together: Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Saint Louis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Des Moines and Minneapolis. It makes it easier to determine the average cost to ship a car. The far northern halves of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan are difficult, we are there to make it easier for you.
The western side of Ohio is far easier to ship a car than the more rural eastern half of the state. It helps tremendously having I-75 and I-71 heading straight down the Buckeye State until they merge in Cincinnati, Queen City of the West. Actually, the freeway system throughout the Midwest is beautifully laid out. For that, we have President Dwight D. Eisenhower to thank.
Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. These states cover entire huge swaths of land covering so much of the central United States, only Oklahoma City is somewhat reliable to ship a car. Car shipping prices in these states are much more per mile due to the distance between shipping hubs and just large open land with limited demand
The Rocky Mountains stretch from Canada to New Mexico. The shipping car cost can vary wildly in Colorado. In the Winter its a little more difficult but during the rest of the year, transport services can ship in a timely fashion from Colorado. Car shipping to Colorado is a little more difficult and you can see cost differ significantly depending on if you coming or going to Colorado
Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Texas is really two very different states. The eastern part that includes Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and Houston is where most of the population resides and therefore most car transport shipments. Dallas is one of the four easiest places to ship your car, the others being Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta. The western part of Texas and along the Mexican border is so spread out that it becomes very difficult for car transport companies to get things done quickly. The closer you get to the southern border, the more shipping a car cost goes way up.
In New Mexico there is only one reliable place for car shipping and that’s Albuquerque. No other place can be counted on, including Santa Fe.
In Arizona, Phoenix is wonderful for auto transport services. Tucson has decent demand but the rest of the state is a little more difficult with reduced demand
The Pacific Northwest includes Washington, Oregon and Idaho. It is a huge chunk of territory with only two reliable cities for auto transport services, Seattle and Portland. Boise works fairly well if shipping a car in the western region, but otherwise is not big enough to attract fast service from the eastern half of the country. The average cost to ship a car fluctuates with the region and its seasons. In most of Idaho, however, cheap car shipping simply isn’t possible.
Car shipping from either Seattle or Portland usually goes fast almost year-round. However, shipping to Seattle or Portland is much slower from anywhere except the Pacific seaboard. The rest of Washington and Oregon is very much like Idaho when it comes to car shipping, it is extremely tough.
Everything we do is money order or cash upon delivery. That becomes an issue when shipping to either Alaska or Hawaii, because there is always a vehicle transfer between the continental USA auto transport carrier, and the port servicing Alaska or Hawaii. There is nobody at the port who will pay the stateside car mover their shipping fee. The ocean freight vehicle transport companies, such as Matson to Hawaii, also want compensated via credit card upfront. Another impediment. Which means the broker, such as AutoShipNow would have to directly compensate the car delivery service and the ocean shipper. That becomes a logistical problem. We choose not to do it.
The auto transport industry can be separated into three parts: Brokers, Auto Transport Carriers, and Lead Providers. Auto shipping brokers book the overwhelming majority of orders and need the auto haulers for their customer vehicles. The vehicle transport services are usually independent owner operators (tens of thousands of them) on the road and unable to fill their truck space themselves. Car transport service companies need the auto transport brokers to do that. It is actually a very efficient system. None of the car transport companies could even begin to service the entire country. It would be impossible.