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What's in this article?
  1. Transporting Your Truck In The United States
  2. Cost Of Shipping A Truck
  3. Size/Type Of Truck
  4. Shipping Distance/Location
  5. Equipment Needed By The Auto Transport Company
  6. Pickup And Delivery Locations
  7. Should I Ship My Truck Or Drive It Myself?
  8. Keeps The Truck In Better Shape
  9. Avoids Health Complications
  10. Transporting Multiple Cars Or Trucks
  11. Previous Prices For Shipping Trucks (In The U.s)
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Transporting Your Truck in the United States

With A-1 Auto Transport, you will not have to worry about your truck transport shipping cost. We transport trucks to all 50 states in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. Truck transport and car shipping service is not an easy task, but after operating for 25 years, we have mastered it. We have skilled vehicle transport professionals to ship the truck for you within the cities in the United States.

Our auto transport company will determine the best trailer to transport your truck at the most affordable price. Transporting trucks requires a special permit by the auto transport companies to ascertain safe shipping, but we take care of it all for you.

Take a quick look at the types of large-size vehicles we can transport even in the peak car shipping season:

  • Classic truck
  • Old, antique, and vintage trucks
  • Tow trucks or heavy-duty dump trucks
  • Garbage trucks or fire engines
  • Box or platform vehicles
  • Tank truck and dump truck
  • Work trucks
  • Heavy duty trucks
  • Commercial and semi-truck vehicle

Cost of Shipping a Truck

Shipping a truck is not much different from shipping a car, although it can cost more depending on the size and dimensions of the truck. The weight of the truck is also an important factor since heavier vehicles are more costly to transport.

At the bottom of this page, you’ll find some prices to give you a more firm idea of what you’ll be facing when shipping a truck. Several factors affect the cost to ship a truck. Let's have a look at them.

Size/Type of Truck

Smaller trucks like pickups are pretty much in line with the cost of shipping a basic sedan. A pickup or midsize car generally weighs in the neighborhood of 3,500 pounds, whereas a larger truck can weigh between 4,000 and 6,000 pounds. Going beyond this, semi trucks and heavy equipment can weigh several times as much.

Car shipping company determine the average car shipping cost by the amount of space the truck requires as it plays a pivotal role in auto transport. So, you have to pay attention to the weight and size to understand the cost to ship a truck. There is no one size fits all solution as the weight and size vary from one truck to the other. Transporting a cement mixer is much different than transporting a pickup.

Shipping Distance/Location

Just like the size of the truck, the cost of transporting is always contingent on the distance being shipped. It’s an industry wide standard that more shipping distance equates with a lower per-mile cost, but the overall car shipping costs will still be higher.

Another consideration is the specific destination the truck is being transported to. For example, any destination that does not lie along a major highway or artery, isn’t accessible by direct routes, or requires other types of special services will cost slightly more.

Equipment Needed by the Auto Transport Company

Shipping of trucks requires different tools and equipment. However, the tools needed vary with the truck’s dimensions. Different types of trailers are used in the auto transport industry for the purpose of transportation, such as single-drop, double-drop, flatbed, etc. The approximate cost depends on the type of truck you are transporting.

Pickup and Delivery Locations

Like any other car transport, the pick-up and drop-off locations play a significant role in determining the average cost to ship a truck. Carrier's gas mileage, fuel costs, and type of shipping services can influence how much truck shipping will cost.

But what many don’t know is that the route can also determine the cost of transport. Some delivery routes are less expensive than others. You need to pay attention to this to save money, especially when you want to transport truck cross-country or long-distance.

Many auto transport companies provide car shipping quotes so that you can check the average price to get your car delivered to the destination.

Cost Of Truck Shipping

Should I Ship My Truck or Drive It Myself?

Sure, shipping your truck involves a lot of steps and causes stress. One of the primary reasons behind this is there are very few shipping companies that ship trucks across the country or outside the border.

You must have bought a new truck and need to get it immediately to some other location, shipping the truck makes more sense than driving it all by yourself. Not only can driving the truck be tiring but can also lead to tedious navigating. All these can add to your stress as a truck driver.

Still, wondering if you should ask a car carrier or drive it yourself? Take a look at the benefits of using open transport carriers.

Keeps the Truck in Better Shape

Driving from one location to other in your truck might sound like a lot of fun, but it is not. Not only will you have to drive your truck across many jurisdictions but cover the whole distance driving all by yourself.

Moreover, you will not be able to reverse the miles raked in the truck. Apart from leading to wear and tear, it can add more mileage to the truck. So, if you try to resell it after it reaches the destination, the resale value will drop.

If you want your truck to be in better shape, you should go with a truck shipping company like A-1 Auto Transport. By doing so, you can cut down on the maintenance cost and keep the truck in better shape. The cost ranges differently for enclosed transport and open carrier transport.

Avoids Health Complications

When you are driving long distances, you will have to drive the truck for over 8-10 hours a day. This can exhaust you and will take a toll on your health. Driving continuosly for long duration results in backaches, hand strains, or headaches. If you suffer neck or back strains, it might lead to long-term complications.

By hiring a shipping company to ship your truck for you, you can save yourself such troubles and get your car arrived in the cheapest way. Door to door service will make sure you don't have any health problems due to exhaustive driving.

Transporting Multiple Cars or Trucks

If you have to ship more than one truck, driving is not an option. Our company can transport several trucks at once in an enclosed carrier. With enclosed shipping, you can rest assured that your trucks will be transported to their destination safely. The total cost to ship a car using enclosed trailers depends on the vehicle size.

Previous Prices For Shipping Trucks (In the U.S.)

Trucks don’t really cost more than shipping a car if you’re talking a midsize, something like a Toyota Tacoma, Ford Escape, or Nissan Frontier, for example. However, if you’re shipping a larger truck or large SUV like a Toyota Tundra or GMC Sierra, the added weight will cost more. The prices below reflect shipping costs for a midsize truck so you should adjust according if you’re shipping a smaller or larger truck in an enclosed trailer.

  • Los Angeles, CA to Bismarck, ND - $874
  • Philadelphia, PA to Denver, CO - $1,043
  • Seattle, WA to Dallas, TX - $1,078
  • Chicago, IL to Albuquerque, NM - $832
  • Atlanta, GA to Sacramento, CA - $1,250
  • Minneapolis, MN to Columbus, OH - $631
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One last thing to consider is the final cost of shipping internationally. (To some extent, this also applies to shipping to Alaska and Hawaii as well.) Naturally, it costs more to ship a truck on a boat and there’s usually more mileage involved. There are also other shipping options which are specific to overseas transport and custom vehicles, which you can learn more about in our international shipping guide here.

Contact With Us To Transport A Truck

If you’re considering shipping a truck, either in the U.S. or internationally, give us a call today at the number at the top of the page! Our prices are consistently among the lowest in the industry and we are happy to offer FREE estimates & answer your questions!

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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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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
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6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
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