California Car Shipping

Open & Enclosed Transport • Cars, Trucks, Vans, SUVs • Interstate & Nationwide

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Expert Auto Transport & Shipping in California

When it comes to car shipping in California, Nationwide United Auto Transport is your trusted solution. With over 20 years of experience, we specialize in efficiently transporting various types of vehicles, including cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, and more, all across the beautiful state of California and the continental USA.

Our highly skilled and experienced carriers are well-equipped to handle any vehicle transport request, whether it’s a standard open car transport, a luxury enclosed transport, or even oversized vehicle transport. Safety is our priority, as our drivers undergo extensive training to ensure preventive measures. We are fully licensed, insured, and bonded, and proud members of the BBB.

Whether you’re relocating your car within California or need reliable transport for your car to or from the Golden State, Nationwide United Auto Transport is your go-to partner for reliable and professional auto transport services in California.

California's Choice for Car Delivery Service

California Car Shipping Services

Open car transport is our most popular and cost-effective method for transporting vehicles. Cars are loaded onto open-air trailers, similar to the ones you see on the road carrying several cars.

enclosed auto transport

Enclosed car shipping provides extra protection for your luxury, exotic, antique and classic cars. Protect your vehicle against rain, dust, road debris and other weather hazards during car shipping. 

truck transport

Our experience in the car shipping industry has equipped us with the know-how’s for car shipping oversize vehicles. From small vans, lifted trucks, food trucks and all the way up to commercial buses and heavy equipment.

Vehicles We Move With California Car Transport

  • Cars
  • Sedans
  • SUVs
  • Crossovers
  • Hatchbacks
  • Coupes
  • Convertibles
  • Wagons
  • Minivans
  • Pickup Trucks
  • Muscle Cars
  • Sports Cars
  • Electric Cars
  • Hybrid Cars
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Rated Best Among Companies That Transport Cars in California

Personalized approach

We walk you through the entire process. Stress-free solutions no matter what your shipment needs are. 

Insurance coverage

Insurance coverage is included to your shipment as part of the FMCSA license and insurance regulations.

Expedited transport

Pickup and deliver your shipment as fast as possible. Same day-next day services when available. 

Help and support 24/7

Our hours extend a 9 to 5 transport company. We are always available to answer your transportation questions.

Suzane R.
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Chris handled our transport perfectly! Shipping a vintage collector VW bus from Southern California all the way to Key West Florida was no small task. He did EXACTLY what he said he was going to do, and was on time every time. Thanks Chris!
Saul M.
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Nothing but professional service from nationwide. Very easy to deal with and I look forward to using them in the future
Christine D.
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Excellent experience. Great customer service. Would definitely use again. Excellent communication. All went as promised. Great follow up. Reasonable price.
Marc C.
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Great experience!!! Andrew was transparent, responsive and thoughtful throughout the process. I've never transported a car across states and was naturally nervous. Andrew went above and beyond to make a the experience seamless.
Chad G.
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Fast easy reliable. Faster by a week than anyone else at the same rates. Incredible job everything went perfect.
Todd G.
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Very prompt. Very concerned. Nice enclosed two car trailer which is what you want. Not packed in with 6 others like the other transports use. Vehicle delivered to our residence amidst the rain & fog.Transporters were hard workers. Will use again.
KJ S.
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Great job moving two new cars across country during a snowy winter week. Both arrived early and damage free. Recommended his service to to others who had the same results. Will call Chris the next time I move across country next summer.
Tee C.
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This is the first time I’ve ever shipped a car the process could not of been easier from their website to calling them on the phone. I highly recommend nationwide and I would use them again.
Chris C.
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Great service! I would definitely recommend them to anyone needing to move a high end vehicle! Very professional, fast, and friendly service at very good rate!! Thanks Again!!
Linda
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Nationwide United Auto Transport Corp. has great pricing, Chris, the manager was very easy to work with, gave us updates through the process and delivered our car in perfect condition. I highly recommend this company and would use them again in the future.
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California Car Transportation Service: Understanding Your Costs

Similarly to other vehicle transport services, the cost of shipping a car in California can vary depending on the specifics of each move. California’s diverse landscape, which includes busy cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, along with scenic coastal drives, vast deserts, and towering mountain ranges, presents unique considerations for each auto transport.

Factor 1: Distance of Shipment
The distance of the shipment is one of the most significant factors that will determine the cost of car shipping. Longer distances will typically cost more than shorter ones. The farther the distance, the more fuel and labor will be required, and the higher the cost will be. 

Factor 2: Type of Vehicle
The type of vehicle you’re shipping will also affect the cost. Larger vehicles, such as SUVs and trucks, will cost more to ship than smaller cars. This is because they take up more space on a transport truck, and require more fuel and labor to move. 

Factor 3: Shipping Method
The shipping method you choose will also affect the cost of car shipping. Two methods for shipping a car are open car transport and enclosed transport. Open transport, where the vehicle is shipped on an open trailer with other vehicles, is the most affordable option. Enclosed transport, where the vehicle is shipped in a closed container, is more expensive but offers greater protection for the vehicle.

Factor 4: Seasonality
The season of the year can also affect the cost of car shipping. During the peak summer months, demand for car shipping is typically higher which can drive up prices. On the other hand, during the off-season, there may be less demand and therefore lower prices. Additionally, inclement weather during certain seasons, such as heavy snow during winter, can cause delays and increase costs.

 

Call for California car shipping estimate (800) 311-8305

Preparing Your Car for Transport: California Car Shipping Service

Record existing damage and take pictures

Noting all pre-existing damage on your auto will make it easier for you and carrier to identify new damage on your auto if it may occur.

Remove personal and aftermarket items

By law, auto transport companies are not authorized to transport any personal or household items in vehicles they’re shipping.

Perform mechanical inspection

All vehicles need to be in operable condition, unless noted at time of booking. We advice to perform a routine maintenance check to identify if any mechanical issues. 

Tips for Vehicle Moving in California

If you have plans to transport your vehicle, here are few things to keep in mind.

  • Book as far ahead as possible: The more in advance you can book your transport, the better chance you will have of accommodating moving schedule. Moreover, the more lead time you have in book car shipping, the more time you have to prepare other arrangements associated with your move.
  • Determine the type of service you’ll need: One of the main decisions you’ll make when shipping a vehicle is open or enclosed transport.  80% of vehicle transport are done with open carriers while enclosed trailers are the preferred option for high end, luxury vehicles.
  • Prepare your car or automobiles for transport: Notably if your vehicle is coming cross-country, check breaks, including emergency breaks, battery, ignition, tires and fluids. Minor leaks can cause major problems, especially if vehicle is travelling hundreds of miles.

For all of your vehicle transport needs, or even just get a shipping quote Nationwide United has you covered! To find out more about California please visit the California state government and the trip advisor page for California.

California Auto Shipping FAQs

The cost of shipping a car can vary widely based on several factors, including distance, vehicle type, shipping method, and time of year.

The time it takes to ship a car can vary based on several factors, including distance between pickup and delivery locations, vehicle type and time of year. Here is a general guideline:

Distance:

  • 0-200 miles: Typically 1-2 days.
  • 200-600 miles: Around 2-4 days.
  • 600-1000 miles: About 3-5 days.
  • 1000-1500 miles: Approximately 4-6 days.
  • 1500-2000 miles: Generally 5-7 days.
  • 2000-2400 miles: Around 6-8 days.
  • 2400+ miles: Typically 7-9 days.

Unlike many car shipping companies, Nationwide United Auto Transport can transport a wide range of vehicle types. Here are some of the common types of vehicles we ship:

Yes, we offer door-to-door car shipping services. This service provides the convenience of not having to travel to a terminal to drop off or pick up your vehicle. 

Yes, we’re a fully licensed, bonded, and insured car shipping company. Your car is fully insured during transport.

We offer several car shipping methods. Two of the most popular methods are Open Carrier Transport, which is the most common and cost-effective option ideal for standard vehicles, and Enclosed Carrier Transport, which provides enhanced protection for high-value, luxury, or classic cars.

To ensure a smooth shipping process, here are the steps you can follow to prepare your car:

  1. Clean Your Vehicle: Thoroughly wash your car to make it easier to identify any pre-existing damage during the inspection.
  2. Document Vehicle Condition: Take detailed photos of your car from all angles, including close-ups of any existing dents, scratches, or other damage. Note the date on the photos.
  3. Remove Personal Items: Clear out all personal belongings from the car, as these are not covered by insurance and can add unnecessary weight.
  4. Perform Mechanical Inspection: Check for any fluid leaks and ensure they are fixed before shipping. Ensure the battery is fully charged and leave only a quarter tank of gas.
  5. Disable Alarms: Turn off any alarms or anti-theft devices to prevent them from being triggered during transit.
  6. Remove Toll Tags and Passes: Remove or deactivate toll tags and parking passes to prevent any charges during transport.

Yes, you can track your car during transit. We have a dispatch team available 24/7 to provide updates on the status of your vehicle.

We offer several convenient payment options to accommodate your needs when using our car shipping services:

  1. Credit/Debit Cards: We accept all major credit and debit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

  2. Bank Transfers: For those who prefer direct payments, we offer the option to pay via bank transfer. Please contact our customer service team for our bank details and instructions.

  3. Certified Checks or Money Orders: You can also pay with a certified check or money order for the remaining balance upon delivery.

  4. Cash Payments: In most cases, cash payments are accepted at the time of delivery. Please confirm this option with our customer service team when booking your shipment.

Yes, there are specific items that you should not leave in your car during shipping for safety and insurance reasons. Here’s a list of items to avoid:

  • Personal Belongings

  • Valuables

  • Hazardous Materials

  • Household Goods

  • Loose Items

  • Toll Passes

Booking our car shipping services is very straightforward:

  1. Get a quote
  2. Schedule pickup
  3. Vehicle delivery

Yes, we offer expedited car shipping services designed for customers who need their vehicles transported quickly. Our expedited service prioritizes your shipment, ensuring it gets on the road as fast as possible, with options for same-day or next-day service.

In the event of delays or issues during transit, we prioritize transparent communication and prompt resolution. We work closely with our carriers to resolve them and quickly get back on the road.

Contact us for your California car shipping needs

Speak to a friendly transport specialist (800) 311-8305 for an instant quote