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How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car?

The right quote is not always completely predictable. That is a simple truth.

The cost ranges from around $495 to $1,300 on average to ship a sedan in running condition on an open carrier. Factors that may affect the cost includes the distance, vehicle’s condition as operable or non-operable, size and weight, weather, how soon you want it shipped and how soon you need it delivered.

Distance: There are many conditions here. The obvious condition is that it is too far to drive for many reasons. In this situation we will see a loading point and an unloading point. We arrange car shipping from point-to-point and the distance is the greatest factor in your rate.

Vehicle Condition: Auto shipping usually requires the ability to drive the car onto the transport. In cases where the vehicle cannot be driven specific care needs to be taken involving loading and unloading of cars traveling with you. The transport of vehicles not in running condition can be accomplished usually with a small rate factor.

Size & Weight: Obviously the transport is designed for most vehicles. A standard or compact car transport is not an issue but very large or high vehicles (some vans) may be an issue. Also, very heavy vehicles may also require special care in mounting to the car transport. It is also the case that vehicle weight impacts transport costs, especially fuel, so this is also in the car shipping rate.

Weather: The expected transport time is based upon expected weather delays or re-routing. Snow storms close highways, and if known there may be a different rate calculation. Yes, weather is often nobody’s fault, but when shipping cars the costs do depend upon the ability to travel without issue.

Pickup & Delivery: Obviously the transports will do their best to arrive on time. Sometimes there are schedules to be met that cause conflicts and we all need to do our best under these circumstances. We have a great record transporting cars during the holidays (this links to Given the distance to travel, expected road conditions and your schedule the rate can be calculated. Obviously rush is different from deliver when you can needs, but the delivery of your shipped car needs to be discussed. It may impact the rate. Also, be aware that this is a complex task where even the greatest car shipping experts can encounter unforeseen delays. This requires patience, care and your car will arrive safe and sound.

We know of the conditions that meet your needs and will be happy to explain them – no obligation so you cannot go wrong by asking. If you want to do some online price estimations then try our auto shipping rate calculator (link to