Let’s back up a little bit, because the idea of shipping a car is a new one for many of us. We think of new cars being shipped to dealerships but not of shipping our own cars. Why would we ship our car somewhere?
They are different reasons; if you are moving across country, you may want to fly and have your car delivered to your new home. Or if you have a second car that you want to give to your university-aged child – but you are in Boston and she is in Berkley, California, shipping it makes a good deal of sense. You get the idea. Let’s move to our question: How much does it cost to ship a car?
There are different factors that go into the calculation of the cost to ship a car:
Clearly, the distance that your car or vehicle will be shipped will affect the price of having it shipped. Shipping a car from Wolf Point, Montana to Jupiter, Florida will cost more than doing so from Lincoln, Massachusetts to Castle Rock, Washington.
Type of car or vehicle
The type of vehicle that you wish to ship will also affect the shipping fee you are charged. For example, it is safe to say that shipping two typical sedans the same distance will cost the car owner the same amount of money. But if we imagine that one of these customers is shipping a Cadillac Escalade, a full-size luxury SUV, we quickly understand that it is more difficult to ship the Cadillac Escalade and that this will be reflected in the shipping fee.
There are some vehicles that require special care which will add to the shipping fee. For example, shipping a vintage Jaguar across the country is a serious responsibility. The owner has likely put serious time and effort into restoring said vintage Jaguar and it must be cared for it a way that respects this.
Number of cars to be shipped
Auto Spies, an organization that collects data about cars and other vehicles, tells us that the average American family has 2.28 vehicles, and that almost thirty percent have three or more vehicles. So, if a family is moving house and home across the country, the likelihood is that there will be multiple vehicles to ship. The number of vehicles that are to be shipped will affect the shipping amount.
If a client requires that shipping his vehicles be done more quickly than usual, this request can be accommodated and will affect the shipping fee charged.
So, you can see that there are various factors that go into building the shipping fee for shipping cars. What, then, is the best way to answer the question posed here: How much does it cost to ship a car? Jot down the kind of vehicles that you want shipped, and where and when you want them shipped, and then telephone to ask for a free estimate. Or use the handy tool provided on our site.