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How Much Does Shipping a Car Cost?

What's in this article?
  1. Car Shipping Cost By The Numbers – What Does It Cost To Ship A Car?
  2. State To State & Same State Auto-Deliver
  3. Terminal Auto Transport Car Shipping Companies
  4. Rv Transport
  5. International Shipping
  6. What Affects The Price Of Vehicle Shipping Estimates? Use The Car Shipping Cost Calculator
  7. Type Of Vehicle
  8. Distance & Location
  9. Auto Transport Company Shipping Routes
  10. Vehicle Transport Type
  11. Season
  12. Auto Transport Pricing Resources
  13. Cost To Ship Various Vehicles
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Car Shipping Cost By The Numbers – What Does It Cost To Ship A Car?

We would love to provide our readers with accurate auto transport quotes of exactly what goes into the estimates of moving a car, truck, motorcycle or RV, and how much the car transport costs too. These car transport quote metrics are valuable when using an online car shipping calculator.

State to State & Same State Auto-Deliver

Shipping a vehicle within the same state is usually more affordable, though the distance is crucial. Here's an example: El Paso, TX to Houston, TX is about 750 miles and would likely cost between $500 and $700, depending on the car and vehicle transport type. By comparison using a shipping cost calculator, El Paso to Los Angeles, which 800 miles would be slightly more, probably in the $600 to $800 range.

Terminal Auto Transport Car Shipping Companies

Moving a car from one major city to another also increases the chances that you'll choose terminal auto transport, which is the most cost-effective way to have a vehicle shipped. Dallas, TX to Atlanta, GA is just under 800 miles, and the average car shipping cost, using a car shipping cost calculator would be in the same range as those mentioned above: between $600 and $700.

When auto transport companies consider smaller cities that are a similar distance apart but are not on a significant delivery route, the auto transport cost will be slightly higher. For example, if you need a vehicle shipped from College Station, TX to Athens, GA (also around 800 miles), the average auto transport cost would be slightly higher than the car shipping quote you'd be able to get by shipping directly from Dallas to Atlanta.

RV The Longer Transporter

RV Transport

Since recreation vehicles and motor homes come in various sizes and shapes, the auto transport cost will vary accordingly. For example, the typically larger class A motorhomes will cost more than class B or class C RV transport. The weight of an RV is also a factor in the car shipping cost calculator that can sometimes push the cost of shipping a motorhome above the $1 per mile figure mentioned below, particularly for RVs that are longer than 25 feet.

International Shipping

Shipping a car internationally is slightly different for each country due to the laws and taxes involved in moving any cargo between nations. Based on data from a car shipping quote calculator, the cost of shipping alone can be expensive: you can plan at least $2,000 to $3,000 in the average cost to ship alone from the United States to Europe, in addition to import taxes, which vary from country to country.

Visit our international auto transport page to learn more about the specific documents and paperwork required when shipping a vehicle overseas.

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What Affects The Price Of Vehicle Shipping Estimates? Use The Car Shipping Cost Calculator

Shipping Cost Estimator Of Vehicle Shipping

Deducing from a car shipping quote calculator, the cost of shipping a car will be between 50 cents and $1 per mile, depending on the vehicle transport type you opt for and how far the vehicle needs to be shipped. Here are some of the metrics used by a car shipping calculator.

Type of Vehicle

Obviously, it will cost more to ship a van, bus, boat or RV than it would to move a standard two or four-door car. This has almost everything to do with the vehicle's weight, which is essential when hauling cargo over a long distance. Motorcycles will be on the cheaper end of the spectrum, closer to 50 cents per mile.

If you use a car shipping calculator, you'll realize that shipping a motorcycle between Philadelphia, PA and Columbus, OH (about 470 miles) would cost around $300 compared to around $450 for a car. An RV like a class A motorhome would naturally cost more due to the size and weight of the vehicle.

Distance & Location

Distance and location are perhaps the two most important factors that affect the average car shipping cost. If you're hiring an auto transport company to move a car across the country or coast to coast, you start to see the impact of mileage. Seattle, WA to New York City, is nearly 3,000 miles and will generally cost over $2,000 even for standard shipping. San Diego, CA to Jacksonville, FL is a little over 2,000 miles and could be done for $2,000 or less.

Auto Transport Company Shipping Routes

Primary transport routes (between major U.S. metro areas) will usually be cheaper than moving a vehicle between suburbs and smaller cities. Shipping a car between New York and Florida can be done as cheaply as $700, even though it's over 1,000 miles (we're using New York City to Orlando for this example). The reason is that it's one of the main transport routes on the East Coast between the Northeast and the Southeast.

Vehicle Transport Type

The two primary methods of shipping a vehicle are open and enclosed carriers. Open-air car carriers often carry several vehicles at once that are loaded onto a trailer.

With an enclosed carrier, the vehicle is completely secured in an enclosed transport carrier that guards against any potential damage or curious eyes. Enclosed auto transport is a premium service that is ideal for high-value, performance and classic cars.

Season Varies The Cost Of Shipment

Season

Many people don't consider the season when shipping a car, but in all actuality, it is an essential factor in how car transport is priced. More people relocate for work and school or travel for vacations in the spring and summer, and the auto transport industry is booming with business during these hot months.

This means there is a great demand for pickup trucks, and with that demand often comes higher rates as car shipping companies have to work customers in on busy transport routes.

In the winter, which is considered the slow season for car transport, you can often find discounted car shipping rates, especially if you are shipping in a southern state or a Midwestern state. If your auto transport company needs to ship from the north, where there may be snow and ice-covered roads, you might see a slight increase in pricing due to the weather.

The best way to find out about a seasonal rate is to ask the agent if you can have a seasonal discount. In many instances, a friendly inquiry can go a long way.

Auto Transport Pricing Resources

Driving Distance Calculator – Get accurate mileage information for the driving distance between any two U.S. cities by using the car shipping cost calculator feature from Travelmath.com.

Vehicle Weight – Get an accurate estimate of the curb weight of different types of vehicles, as well as the precise numbers for specific makes and models of vehicles.

Cost to Ship Various Vehicles
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Frequently Asked 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
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435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
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45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
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1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
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