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Average Cost to Transport Vehicle State to State

Published by Joe Webster.

What's in this article?
  1. The distance of Transport
  2. Type of Vehicle
  3. Closed Container vs. Open Air Carrier
  4. Route and Timeline
  5. Seasonal Factors
  6. Related Information & FAQs
Budget Of Vehicle Shipping

There are so many contributing factors that determine the cost when transporting your vehicle from state to state that it is hard to give a quote without touching upon these different aspects.

The following are the main qualities that weigh in heavily that most, if not all, transport companies will use when creating a quote for your personal situation.

The distance of Transport.

This is probably the most obvious factor, so it definitely deserves recognition first. The cost of transporting a vehicle from California to Nevada will be much lower than the cost of transporting the same vehicle from Oregon to Florida. Obviously, distance being the main reason for this cost differential. Same goes if you are looking simply to do intrastate transport. The distance between the topmost part of Northern California and the bottommost part of Southern California will be more than the distance from one end of Rhode Island to the other (obviously) and will warrant a higher cost for transport. Crossing state lines is much less likely to impact the cost than the actual mileage between point A and point B.

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Type of Vehicle.

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Not only does this pertain to the year, make, and model of a standard sedan, SUV, or truck, but also to the actual type of a more customized or unique vehicle. For example, certain motorcycles or off-road vehicles could potentially cost less due to the size and requirements of your specific ride. Conversely, classic cars or antique vehicles could warrant a higher price tag, depending on the level of insurance required, not to mention specialty transport instructions needed (more information to follow).

Closed Container vs. Open Air Carrier.

The most common method of transport is via an open air carrier truck. This is much more affordable because of the ability to fit more vehicles on the truck, and the easier method of loading and offloading versus closed containers. Closed containers are usually a better option for someone deeply concerned about the aesthetic value of their vehicle, and those who just prefer the absolute safest (and justifiably most expensive) method of transport.

Route and Timeline.

If you are flexible with the timeline for pick-up, transport, and drop-off of your vehicle, you will be able to negotiate the best deal possible. This is because it allows the transport company more time to match you with a driver already along with your route, allowing them to offer the best rate as well. If you have a pick-up or drop-off location off the beaten path, you can expect a higher quote because detours can slow down the transport of all the vehicles entrusted to the driver. However, you may consider lowering your cost by offering to drop off your vehicle at a more convenient location for the auto transport company.

Seasonal Factors.

Because “snowbirds” or those who migrate south for winter and back up north for summer often utilize auto transport companies bi-annually, they hugely dictate the market during these particular seasons. This is entirely due to supply and demand. Transport companies recognize the need in shipping these vehicles and work to capitalize on the income available during that time. If you need transport the opposite direction during these seasonal rushes, you may be able to negotiate an amazing deal, because so often trucks are sent back the way they came with little to no cargo on board.

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While trying to figure out an average quote for vehicle transport from state to state is next to impossible without more specific information. All reputable auto transport companies will be able to provide you with free quotes, and after obtaining a handful of these based on your exact personal situation, you can calculate an average on your own.

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Joe Webster always knew the auto transport industry would be a great career option. And with decades of experience, Joe is now an established consultant for A1 Auto Transport.

Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

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45 Campus Drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd,
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
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NO. 013055NF
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Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
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1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
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