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How to Ship a Car from Florida to California?

The process of shipping a car from Florida to California is simple. A lot of people automatically assume that it is difficult to ship a car domestically. While there are a lot of steps that go into the process, it is actually pretty easy.

Here is how you can do it too.

Just Follow These Simple Steps. It's Easier Than It Seems.

Oftentimes, the reaction to an event determines how we perceive it. Those same rules apply to shipping a car from Florida to California. The distance may be long, but with a qualified shipping expert, it really isn’t that big of a deal.

One Simple Caveat

Like everything in life, there is a right way, and a wrong way, to do things. It may seem easier just to get in your car and go, but the 2,700+ miles are unforgiving. If you do this, you will put mileage, as well as wear and tear on your vehicle.

Is it worth it?

As ironic as it may seem, simply driving the car yourself is the most stressful option. It is better to ship your car using proper procedures to save time, money, and effort. Driving the car on your own adds unnecessary expenses and stressors.

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Think about it

Gas, lodgings, food, time, additional maintenance for your vehicle, and much more all has to be accounted for. You can quickly go over budget. The cheaper option is to have your car shipped for you.

Automobile shipping and logistics companies can provide you with competitive rates. We ship many cars at once to keep costs down and to pass the savings onto you. This is how we stay competitive, and this is how we stay in business.

With new innovations in shipping, as well as logistics, prices have never been more competitive!

Common Questions Clients Have

  • What is the cost of shipping a vehicle?
  • When will my vehicle arrive in California?
  • How will you ship my vehicle?
  • Is there any more information I need regarding the shipping of my vehicle?

These are some great questions, so let’s answer them!

What is the cost of shipping a vehicle?

The cost of shipping a vehicle will depend on several factors. Some of these factors include:

  • Vehicle size - the larger the vehicle, the higher the cost (generally). It is easier to ship smaller vehicles, so they tend to cost less to ship.
  • Timeframe - the faster you need a vehicle shipped, the costlier it will be. Shipping companies will need to accommodate you more, which can disrupt their natural supply chain.
  • Planned route - requesting the use of convenient routes for shipping companies, like major highways and freeways, will keep the cost of shipping your vehicle low.
  • Additional costs like insurance - it is recommended that you purchase insurance to cover the cost of your car while it is being shipped, in the rare event of damage. More expensive vehicles will require more expensive insurance.
  • Time of the year - some seasons are better for shipping vehicles than others. Avoid high-traffic seasons like the winter, when many retirees drive south for the winter. Traffic congestion soars during this time, and may lengthen the time needed to ship your vehicle. The easier it is to ship a vehicle, the lower the cost will be.
  • Your price range - when possible, purchase the best shipping experience for your price range. Do not skimp on insurance, or request special favors from the shipping company in regards to route logistics, if you want to keep the price low. Just like with flying, the higher the price, the more relaxing the experience.

When will my vehicle arrive in California?

The average vehicle shipment from Florida to California will take approximately 7-10 business days. This includes both pickup (3 days) and delivery (6 days). Keep in mind that these are averages. Your vehicle shipment may be slightly longer or shorter, depending on a multitude of factors like traffic congestion, season, weather, and more.

How will you ship my vehicle?

When shipping vehicles, automobile shipping and logistics companies will use one of two methods: open auto transport, and closed auto transport.

Both options are available, but the one that you choose will depend on your needs.

As a general rule, most cars ship via the open auto transport method, while more valuable and rare cars are usually shipped using the closed auto transport method.

Open Auto Transport

This is the cheaper option of the two. However, your vehicle will be exposed to the elements, as your car will be one of many being pulled on a rack by a transport.

Although the “open air” part of transport may seem unsettling to you, as your car will be exposed to the elements, there is nothing to worry about. Practically every car manufactured in the United States, or shipped here from overseas, is transported to a dealer or a buyer using the same method. This is standard in the automobile shipping industry.

Enclosed Auto Transport

Your second option to ship your vehicle is via enclosed auto transport. Instead of putting your vehicle on a rack, your vehicle is put in a closed trailer, either alone or with other vehicles. A Big Rig pulls the trailer to your vehicle’s destination and your car is unloaded. With this method, you do not have to worry about the possibility of environmental damage, as rare as that may be.

This is the more expensive option as well, so we only recommend that owners of rare or exotic cars use this method.

Is there any more information I need regarding the shipping of my vehicle?

Before you can ship your vehicle from Florida to California, there are a few things you will need to do.

Here is a condensed version

  • Your driver’s license needs to be valid
  • Your vehicle needs to be properly registered and insured
  • Wash, inspect, and document the state of your vehicle before shipping
  • If you have concerns about your vehicle, let the shipping company know
  • Clean out your car. A shipping company may refuse your vehicle if it is not clean (due to liability purposes)
  • Consider purchasing additional insurance for your vehicle
  • Ensure you can retrieve your vehicle in California (you can have a proxy pick it up for you)
  • Compare quotes from different shipping companies before you decide

Shipping Your Vehicle is Easy

When done correctly, the process is straightforward and stress-free. Rates are competitive and low. The process is streamlined and fast.

The A-1 Advantage

A-1 Auto Transport has decades of experience shipping vehicles. We have delivered thousands of vehicles over this time period, so we know what works and what does not. We can provide you with the best rate to ship your vehicle from Florida to California. If you need your vehicle shipped, contact us for great delivery.


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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.

Email me - info@a1autotransport.com


Testimonial
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.

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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!

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.

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.

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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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Paramount, CA 90723
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