Gift Icon Get a 20% discount from our partners! Discount code will get added automatically when you submit the form.
4.7 Star Rating4.7 (67,926 reviews)
How much does shipping your Vehicle cost?
Free Instant Online Calculator based on quotes from Trusted Auto Shipping Companies
Customer Images
7790 people shipped using A-1 Auto Transport last week

Joe brought me peace of mind. I can’t thank you enough for being so reliable and trustworthy

No risk, no contracts. Just calculate your quote first and choose your contractor later.

Globe
190+
Countries
Served
Car
2M+
Delivered
Services
Car
97%
Customer
Recommended
Dave loved the fast deliveryDave C.
★★★★★
Dave loved the fast delivery
My relocation to Chicago was fast, smooth and without any delay thanks to A1 Auto.
Courtney enjoyed the honest guidanceCourtney J.
★★★★★
Courtney enjoyed the honest guidance
Just what you need when trusting someone with your wheels! Kudos to this company!
Jeff enjoyed the fair priceJeff D.
★★★★★
Jeff enjoyed the fair price
Moved my ride hassle-free with these folks.Fair pricing, no surprises. Definitely recommend them!
Maria enjoyed the special care and safetyMaria L.
★★★★★
Maria enjoyed the special care and safety
Huge thanks to the movers – they were meticulous with my car. Love these guys.
Recently featured on USA Today

“A1 Auto Transport became synonymous with top-notch service delivery, unfailing punctuality and constantly preoccupied with customer satisfaction.

See Article— USA Today

Is auto shipping expensive?

Published by Joe Webster.

What's in this article?
  1. Factors Influencing the Cost of Auto Shipping
  2. The Impact of Distance on Auto Shipping Costs
  3. How Vehicle Size and Weight Affect Shipping Price
Is auto shipping expensive?

Auto shipping can range from moderately priced to expensive, typically varying between $500 to $1,700. This cost is influenced by many factors, including the distance of transport, the time of year, the type of carrier used, the size of the vehicle, and the pickup and delivery locations.

The expense of auto shipping is contingent on various factors, making it a service with a broad price range of $500 to $1,700. Factors like transport distance, seasonal demand, the type of transport carrier, vehicle size, and specific location significantly impact the overall cost. Understanding these elements is critical to gauging whether auto shipping fits your budget and finding the most cost-effective shipping solution.

Factors Influencing the Cost of Auto Shipping

Auto shipping costs vary due to several factors. Transport distance comes first. Companies charge by mileage between pick-up and drop-off. The longer the trip, the higher the fuel, wear, and driver costs, which raises consumer prices.

Auto Shipping Cost

Another critical factor is vehicle size and weight. Heavy vehicles take up more trailer space and weigh more. This can significantly affect costs because carriers may need to load fewer vehicles or use more fuel due to the extra weight. Luxury and vintage cars may require special handling or protection, which increases the cost.

The Impact of Distance on Auto Shipping Costs

Distance is a major factor in auto shipping costs. More transport miles mean higher prices. This is due to fuel costs and truck wear. A more extended trip may require the driver to work overtime, increasing labor costs.

Shorter shipments are sometimes cheaper. Many companies have a minimum shipping fee regardless of distance. Moving a car a few hundred miles may cost more per mile than shipping it cross-country. Long-distance shipments spread the fuel, labor, and other costs over more miles, lowering the cost per mile.

How Vehicle Size and Weight Affect Shipping Price

Size and weight are among the pivotal factors that contribute directly to the cost of auto shipping. Larger vehicles require more accommodations in terms of space on the transport carrier; hence, holding fewer cars implies a higher price to ship. Additionally, heavier vehicles place extra stress on the transport trailer, leading to increased fuel consumption, which trickles down to you, the owner, as part of the shipping cost.

Moreover, the total weight and the distribution of importance in the vehicle affect the cost. For a balanced allocation, carriers prefer the weight to be centrally located. Poor weight distribution sometimes forces the airline to ship fewer cars on the trailer to maintain a safety balance. Ultimately, these factors increase prices due to the inherent transportation and fuel costs associated with auto shipping.

Auto Shipping Service

Frequently Asked Questions

Share this content on social media for a chance to get up to 20% off your next shipment.
Copy link

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.

Email Me


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

...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.

Testimonial
Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!
★★★★★

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!

Testimonial by Cristine Benoit
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... Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport.

Testimonial
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.

Visit our social, and see what our clients are saying about us:

Ship Your Vehicle With A-1 Auto Today
Get an instant free Quote Now

Or Call Us Today and Speak Directly to Our Sales Team:

Call Us 1-888-230-9116

Our Partners:

Better Business Bureau Accredited
FMCSA Member
INC. 500 Member
VeriSign Secured
AMSA Member

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

CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
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
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
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
Copyright © 1988-2024, A-1 Auto Transport - All Rights Reserved.