How much does it cost to ship car?

The cost of shipping a car can vary significantly, from as low as $500 for a local move to potentially more than $3,000 for long-distance or cross-country shipping. Ultimately, the final cost is determined by factors specific to each individual transport.


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.
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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.
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!!
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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.

Factors that affect car shipping cost

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. 

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. 

Vehicle Condition
Does your car run and drive? Will it be able to get on and off our carrier on its own power? If not, we will require extra equipment and labor to safely transport your inoperable car. We’ll assign a truck equipped with a winch to load and unload your vehicle. Please keep in mind, vehicles must be able to steer and roll.

Type of Transport
The type of transport you choose will also affect the cost of car shipping. Two methods for shipping a car are open transport and enclosed car shipping. 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.

Time of Year
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. 

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Cost estimates for shipping a car cross country

We’ve put together the following list of average cost to ship a car cross country. Keep in mind these rates are estimates based on standard four-door sedans and is intended merely as a rough guide. 

West Coast to East Coast Estimate Car Shipping Cost:
Los Angeles, CA – Edison, NJ: $1,950
Los Angeles, CA – Boston, MA: $2,450
Los Angeles, CA – Atlanta, GA: $1,950
Los Angeles, CA – Miami, FL: $1,750
Los Angeles, CA – Dallas, TX: $1,550
Los Angeles, CA – Phoenix, AZ: $1,250
Seattle, WA – Edison, NJ: $2,450
Seattle, WA – Boston, MA: $2,750
Seattle, WA – Atlanta, GA: $2,250
Seattle, WA – Miami, FL: $2,250
Seattle, WA – Dallas, TX: $2,250
Seattle, WA – Phoenix, AZ: $1,950
East Coast to West Coast Estimate Car Shipping Cost:
Edison, NJ – Los Angeles, CA:  $1,950
Boston, MA – Los Angeles, CA: $2,450
Atlanta, GA – Los Angeles, CA:  $1,950
Miami, FL – Los Angeles, CA:    $1,750
Dallas, TX – Los Angeles, CA:    $1,550
Phoenix, AZ – Los Angeles, CA: $1,250
Edison, NJ – Seattle, WA: $2,450
Boston, MA – Seattle, WA: $2,750
Atlanta, GA – Seattle, WA:$2,250
Miami, FL – Seattle, WA: $2,250
Dallas, TX – Seattle, WA: $2,250
Phoenix, AZ – Seattle, WA: $1,950
Rates are just estimates that are preliminary, subject to change based on logistics, demand, market and other transport factors.

What is the cheapest way to ship a car?

Choose open transport: This is the industry’s standard method of shipping cars—and the most economic way.
Ship an operable car: Make sure your vehicle runs and drives. Carriers will add to the total costs if they’re handling inoperable cars.
Book in advance: Booking and reserving ahead of time will help you save the costs of expedite or last minute requests.
Be flexible with schedule: Having an open schedule will almost surely get you an affordable quote.
Transport during low-season: Shipping a car is typically cheaper in winter than in summer.
Ship to and from major cities: If you live in a rural area, arrange for your car pickup and delivery near a major city.
Transport multiple cars: Shipping more than (1) vehicle on the same truck will save you money.
Ask for discount: Are you an active military member, seasonal traveler, or repeat client? Ask for a discount.

Don't be fooled by online calculators

Shipping cost will vary from company to company. Keep in mind that online calculators and marketing companies (3rd parties) advertising for carriers are not interested in asking detailed- logistical questions involving your vehicle’s move. They are motivated by selling you the cheapest rates so you can buy low and at times inflate your quote upon delivery. That is the main reason why companies fail and have such poor reputations. You should be prepared with details regarding your vehicle and other factors prior to obtaining quotes and making a final decision.

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If you would like the actual cost to ship your car, truck, van or other vehicle we recommend speaking to one of our transport specialists at 800-311-8305 with the specifics about your transport.

Cost of Car Shipping: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Shipping your car is often more cost-effective than driving. It saves on fuel, accommodation, food, and reduces wear and tear on your vehicle. Plus, it’s more convenient and safer.

Shipping a car cross country typically costs between $1,000 and $2,000 depending on the type of vehicle and shipping method (open vs. enclosed transport). To get an actual cost, it’s best to call and speak with a transport specialist to discuss specifics of your move.

No, it’s generally not recommended to put items in your car when shipping because they are not insured and can increase the risk of damage and theft. Some carriers allow up to 75lbs pounds of personal belongings in the trunk.

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