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Average Car Shipping Rates

Average Car Shipping Rates
Average Car Shipping Rates

What Is the Average Rate For Car Shipping Services?

The cost of shipping a car involves a lot of different elements. For example, a larger vehicle, or a longer shipping distance can both increase the cost of shipping, while choosing a certain type of carrier and method transport can increase or reduce the amount you can expect to pay. The bottom line is that there is no simple answer to the question, “What is the average cost of car shipping?”. There are so many different factors at play, that there’s no way to put a hard number on the average cost. But if we are take the industry as a whole, and incorporate all types of shipments, vehicle types, and distances, the most common range tends to be $700 to $2,000. Naturally, if you only need a car shipped 200-300 miles, you can expect a lower rate, but most vehicles shipped are longer distances, which gives us the $700 to $2,000 price range. 

As you might expect, the vehicle shipments that cost closer to the $2,000 range tend to be those being shipped all the way across the country, or coast to coast auto transport as we call it. In some cases, it may cost even slightly higher than that figure, but it largely depends on the mileage and type of vehicle. For those cars being shipped to a neighboring state and less than 1,000 miles, you’re more likely to be quoted a price in the $500 to $700 dollar range. Keep in mind that there’s not a flat per mile rate for auto transport services, but a sliding scale that’s used by most companies. In simple terms, this means that the per mile cost goes down as the distance of the shipment increases. 

A-1 Auto Transport ships worldwide and throughout the U.S., including Hawaii and Alaska. We have 20+ years of experience safely transporting cars all over the world and are happy to offer our readers a FREE price quote for any shipment they need! Simply Click Here or call 1-800-452-2880 for a FREE estimate today! No payment or commitment is required, just call our helpful staff and you’ll get a quote in minutes!

What Affects The Cost of Auto Transport?

We’ve already discussed the fact that distance is the major determining factor in how much you’ll pay to have a vehicle shipped, but let’s take a look at some of the finer points. Here’s a general breakdown of what determines car shipping rates.

  • Distance & location:  Sometimes it’s not simply the miles between where your car is located and where you want it shipped. If your car is in a location that’s difficult to access, typically in more rural areas, that can also increase the price. Vehicles closer to larger cities tend to be less expensive to ship.
  • Vehicle type: Size and weight are the main things to consider here, but vehicles with nonstandard dimensions can also cost more to ship. For most pickups, sedans, and coupes, you can expect them to fall into the general price range mentioned above.
  • Nonoperational vehicles: Cars that are not in running condition typically carry a small additional fee since they’re not able to be loaded as easily and may require a winch to get them onto the carrier.
  • Fuel costs: Just like everyone else, the price of gas affects car shipping companies. Depending on the cost of fuel at the time, you may see higher or lower prices from a shipper you contact.
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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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