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California is home to the highest and lowest points in the continental US and arguably the world's best climate. There's plenty to do in the Golden State, from skiing to surfing, star watching to stargazing, luxury living to rustic retreats, making it an ideal spot if you're looking to move from Texas. But the Lone Star State has its own wonders, whether that is its finger-licking BBQ, rodeos, and country music, or its important historical sites like the Alamo, countless art museums, and artists themselves.

Whether you're leaving Texas and headed to California or making the move from California to Texas, if you're looking to ship a car we'll take care of your vehicle as we transport it across the country, so you can concentrate on the other aspects of your adventure.

What can you expect when shipping cars from Texas to California, or vice versa?

  • Approximate distance: 1,600 miles
  • Estimated transit time: 3 - 5 days
  • Expedited shipping available

Choose your shipping service


We recommend door-to-door car shipping services to our clients as the most convenient option for transporting your vehicle from California to Texas or from Texas to California. With door-to-door auto transport services, we pick your car up directly from your home, unless you designate a different pickup location, and we drop it off at your door at your new destination. This popular shipping method is the easiest and most straightforward way to get your car from point A to point B.


Our standard car transport from California to Texas, and from Texas to California, is among the fastest and most direct in the industry, but even so, we understand if you need to have your car delivered within a specific time frame. For that, we offer expedited car shipping services. It costs more than standard shipping, but we'll get your vehicle to you in record time, always following stringent safety protocols.

Next, choose how your car will travel

Open auto transport

Our open auto transport services are a popular, safe, and affordable way to transport cars cross-country. With open transport, your car is securely strapped into the trailer by our expert drivers who treat every vehicle with the utmost care. Open transport is the industry standard, which means that you'll have access to the best rates available. We recommend our open vehicle transport services for any vehicle valued at less than $50,000, with a ground clearance greater than four inches.

Enclosed auto transport

For high-value, classic and rare cars, we recommend the extra protection of enclosed auto transport. For this vehicle mover service, your car is secured in one of our completely enclosed trailers, where it will be protected from dirt, debris, and any inclement weather that our driver could meet on the road. This service is more expensive than open shipping, but it's the best way to ensure your vehicle is fully protected.

How we work

AmeriFreight car transport services are the most convenient, quickest, and reliable in the industry. Our network includes trusted carriers from across the country, meaning you are always a party to the best rates and transport for your vehicle. To determine how much shipping your car from California to Texas or vice versa will cost, you can get started now with a free quote. We make it easy to instantly scan all of your options and compare carrier fees side-by-side. Once you've chosen the best carrier for your car and budget, you can book your car's trip and track its progress all from one convenient place.

  • Transparent pricing - We never have any hidden fees, so you always know what you're paying for upfront with our auto shipping services.
  • Vehicle pickup - Our drivers carefully load your vehicle onto the trailer and head out from your destination.
  • Vehicle delivery - Some 1,600 miles and 3 to 5 days later, your car will arrive at your new home, where our driver will conduct a final inspection, carefully unload it and deliver it once again into your care.

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Car shipping rates: Texas to California and California to Texas

Whether you're headed to the Lone Star State or the Golden State, AmeriFreight vehicle shipping services offer some of the industry's best rates, without ever compromising safety, quality, or efficiency.

Rates for shipping cars from California to Texas depends on the following variables:

  • Distance - Don't worry about breaking the bank with a cross-country move. The further you go, the less you have to pay. In-state car deliveries start at $3/mile, while coast-to-coast transport can cost as little as 50¢/mile.
  • Vehicle size - Larger vehicles often cost more to transport than smaller vehicles.
  • Vehicle weight - Carriers have to comply with weight maximums for each transport. That means that if you have a heavier vehicle, you may have to pay more to compensate.
  • Vehicle condition - Your rates will be higher if your vehicle isn't operable or requires a winch or forklift to load and unload.
  • Vehicle type - No matter the weight or size of a vehicle, if it is delicate or requires special care when loading, your rates will be higher.
  • Time Frame - Rates are higher for expedited shipping.
  • Open or Enclosed - Open shipping costs 80% less than enclosed shipping.
  • You may be subject to a penalty fee if you leave over 100 lbs of personal items in the trunk.
  • Gap protection - We provide coverage for damages reported up to 48 hours after vehicle delivery.
  • Weather - Winter transport is typically cheaper unless it's in an area with intense weather or a high risk of natural disasters.
  • Gas prices - Your shipping rate will depend on fluctuating gas prices.

If you're ready to find out your car shipping rates, you can use our free online rate calculator to get started with an instant quote. As you can see from the following steps, it's as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  • Select your route - Select your origin, destination, and vehicle type.
  • Calculate - Our price calculator delivers an instant cost estimate.
  • Call us - Confirm your quote by giving us a call at (770) 486-1010.

How to get your car ready for shipping from California to Texas

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A note about insurance

Our carriers always provide basic insurance coverage for any damage or loss during transport, and you are not responsible for covering those costs. This insurance doesn't cover your vehicle during parking, loading, and unloading or storage when shipping a car. If damage were to occur at those moments, your private auto insurance would need to pay. Depending on your deductible, you might have high out-of-pocket fees before your insurance kicks in. That's why we offer our signature AFta gap coverage plan, which covers up to $2,000 or your insurance deductible.

Getting your vehicle ready

It's important to properly prep your vehicle for car transport from California to Texas or vice versa to keep transport time and costs down. When preparing your car for auto transport, make sure to do the following:

  • Leave the gas tank ¼ full.
  • Clean and wash inside and outside the vehicle.
  • Check all fluids.
  • Let your transporter know about leaking fluids.
  • Check battery charge and tire pressure levels.
  • Take high-resolution photographs before and after transport.
  • Remove decorative items and accessories, like roof racks, antennas, and spoilers.
  • Remove toll tags, EZ passes, and other windshield stickers.
  • Remove personal belongings.
  • Leave behind a spare tire and jack

The AmeriFreight advantage

By shipping cars from California to Texas with AmeriFreight, you're choosing one of the most trusted car moving companies in the industry and the best way to ship a car across the country.

Keep reading to learn more about why you should transport your vehicle with AmeriFreight.

Nationwide door-to-door

We will pick up and drop off your car from your origin and destination, no matter where you are in the country. Our direct auto transport rates are competitive, and door-to-door pickup and drop-off mean minimal effort for customers.

AFta Gap Coverage

All AmeriFreight carriers offer basic cargo insurance for your vehicle. However, this insurance only covers damage or loss that occurs during transit. If something happens to your car during loading, unloading, parking, or storage, your private auto insurance will have to pay. That's why we offer our AFta gap coverage plan, which covers up to $2,000 of your private insurance deductible.

Gap Coverage

We are one of the only car transport companies in the country that offers 48-hour gap coverage. That means that we will cover any damage to your car reported within 48 hours of delivery, should you opt for this plan.


Our customers rate us one of the best vehicle transport companies in the country, and our excellent service has earned us accreditation by the Better Business Bureau.

Enterprise and transporter customers

We don't just offer services for private customers; we also help enterprise and transporter clients with our high-quality car shipping.


Enterprise clients can enjoy the same affordable rates, fast shipping, and strict safety protocols as our private auto transport customers. If you are an organization with customers or members who require vehicle shipping services, you can outsource them to us. We offer our enterprise customers their own dedicated agent who manages every aspect of your account, from shipping needs to customer service. Our enterprise clients include dealerships, auctions, and car clubs, all of who rely on us for fast, quality, and affordable car shipping.


We help transporters keep their trailers filled during every transit for maximum revenue. We offer both part and full-service options, including financial management, administrative services, and truck dispatch, so you can consistently provide quality shipping services.