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Do you need a way to transport cars from California to New York? Or vice versa? Moves can be difficult, but the good news is that your destination is a truly awesome place to live: New York has a population of nearly 8.5 million people, with most of them living in the Big Apple. California has a whopping 39.5 million residents, with nearly 95 percent living in urban areas. New York is known for national monuments like the Statue of Liberty, hot dog carts, and Jerry Seinfeld. The Golden State is the land of stars, and home to the lowest and highest points in the continental US. Sunny California also offers some of the best weather in the country and the world. There's a lot to love about both of these great states. No matter which is your final destination, you'll miss where you're from, but you'll soon find out that there's a lot to fall in love with where you're headed too. And with our auto transport services you can rest assured you've chosen the best way to ship a car across the country and can concentrate on your move.

What can you expect when you transport cars from California to New York and vice versa?

  • Approximate distance: 3,000 miles
  • Estimated transit time: 6 - 8 days
  • Expedited shipping available

Choose your shipping service


Door-to-door car transport services are the most convenient option for shipping a car from New York to California and vice versa. Our door to door shipping services mean we can pick up and deliver your car as close to home as possible. We recommend this to clients because it's the easy, stress-free way to get your vehicle from point A to point B.


If you want your car delivered as soon as possible, our expedited auto transport services are available at an additional cost. We'll get your vehicle to you in record time, without ever compromising any of our stringent safety procedures.

Next, choose how your car will travel

Open auto transport

Our open auto transport service is a safe and affordable way to transport cars from California to New York, or New York to California. Cars are secured using best practices, and our drivers are experts who treat your vehicle with optimal care. Open transport car shipping is the industry standard, meaning when you choose this option, you'll get the best rates available. We recommend open transport for most vehicles, including those valued at less than $50,000 and have a ground clearance of more than four inches.

Enclosed auto transport

If you have a luxury or classic car, you may want extra protection to keep it safe during transport or to maintain a certain privacy level for your prized possession. That's where our enclosed auto transport service comes in. The trailer that carries your vehicle is completely covered with enclosed transport, protecting your car from harsh weather conditions, dirt, debris, and anything else our rig might meet on the open highway. Enclosed shipping is more expensive but will ensure maximum protection for your vehicle.

How we work

Shipping a car from New York to California is easy with AmeriFreight. We work with a vast network of carriers from around the country, so you always have access to the best rates and the best transport option for your vehicle. You can get started with a free quote - we instantly scan all your options to compare prices side by side. Once you've chosen your carrier, you can effortlessly book and track your car's trip, all from the same place.

  • Transparent pricing - We let you know exactly what your car's transport will cost, so you never have to worry about any surprise fees or extras along the way.
  • Vehicle pickup - On the day of pickup, we load your vehicle with the utmost care and then head out to your destination.
  • Vehicle delivery - Once your car has arrived safely at your destination, we carefully unload it and conduct a final inspection to ensure that it's in tiptop shape.

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Car shipping rates: New York to California

Shipping a car from New York to California, or Cali to NY is fast, easy, and affordable with AmeriFreight. We keep our prices down without compromising the safety of your car or our trusted drivers.

Your auto shipping cost will depend on the following variables:

  • Distance - We charge by the mile, with cheaper rates the further you go. In-state deliveries start at $3/mile, while coast-to-coast is as little as just 50¢/mile.
  • Vehicle size - The cost of transport will depend on the size of your vehicle. Larger vehicles cost more and smaller vehicles cost less.
  • Vehicle weight - Carriers are allowed a maximum weight on their trailers, so the heavier your vehicle, the more they have to charge you to compensate.
  • Vehicle condition - Inoperable vehicles cost more than functioning vehicles due to the need for a forklift or a winch during loading and unloading.
  • Vehicle type - Vehicle type includes weight and size and considers whether a particular vehicle is more delicate than others. For example, a convertible may weigh less than a truck, but it also requires more care during loading.
  • Timeframe - Flexible timeframes will have lower rates, while expedited shipping can raise rates considerably.
  • Open or enclosed - Open transport costs approximately 80% less than enclosed transport.
  • You may be subject to a penalty fee if you leave more than 100 lbs of personal items in the trunk of your car.
  • Gap protection - This covers a vehicle for damage up to 48 hours after it is delivered.
  • Weather - Shipping rates are typically lower in the winter than in the summer. However, in areas with lots of snow, tornadoes, or hurricanes, rates can be higher.
  • Gas prices - Your price will also depend on the fluctuation of gas prices and could change daily.

You can use our free online rate calculator to get started with an instant quote and access the best auto transport rates. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Select your route - Select the origin and destination for your transport and choose your vehicle type. Then click submit.
  • Calculate - The cost calculator will give you an estimate of what your car's transport will cost.
  • Call us - Give us a call at (770) 486-1010 to confirm your quote.

How to get your car ready for shipping from New York to California

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A note about insurance

When you ship a car with AmeriFreight, your carrier will always provide basic insurance covering damage or loss of your vehicle, and you'll never have to pay anything towards these costs. However, the insurance provided by your carrier doesn't cover damage incurred during parking, storage, loading, or unloading. For damage occurring then, your private auto insurance will have to cover it. You can purchase our AFta gap coverage plan for greater peace of mind, which will cover your personal vehicle insurance deductible up to $2,000.

Getting your vehicle ready

Before shipping a car from New York to California, or California to New York, please take the following steps to prepare it for a smooth ride:

  • Leave the gas tank ¼ full.
  • Thoroughly wash and clean your car inside and out.
  • Check all fluids in your vehicle.
  • Alert your transporter to any leaking fluids.
  • Check your battery charge and tire pressure.
  • Take high-quality photographs at pickup and delivery.
  • Remove all ornaments, including roof racks, spoilers, antennas.
  • Remove things like toll tags and EZ passes from windshields.
  • Remove all personal belongings.
  • Leave a spare tire and jack.

The AmeriFreight advantage

When you choose to ship a car from New York to California with AmeriFreight, you can feel confident knowing you've chosen one of the most trusted vehicle transport companies in the industry.

Read on to learn more about the many advantages of shipping with AmeriFreight.

Nationwide door-to-door

We can ship a car directly between any residential or commercial locations in the US. Our direct car transport rates are competitive, and our pickup and dropoff services mean minimal effort and maximum convenience for our clients.

AFta Gap Coverage

Carriers provide basic cargo insurance for any damage that happens to your car during transport. However, if your vehicle is damaged or lost during parking, storage, loading, or unloading, it won't be covered by the carrier. That's why we offer our signature AFta gap coverage plan. This generous gap coverage plan covers up to $2,000 of your private auto insurance deductible.

Gap Coverage

We inspect your vehicle before and after transport to ensure that no damage has occurred. However, sometimes customers spot damage after the transport service has concluded. At AmeriFreight, we've got you covered. We are one of the only car moving companies that will cover any damage to your car reported up to 48 hours after delivery.

Highly rated

Our customers rate us as one of the best car moving companies in the industry, and we are accredited by the Better Business Bureau.

Enterprise and transporter customers

While most of our work is with private customers, we also provide services for our enterprise and transporter clients.


We offer our reliable auto transport services from New York to California for enterprise customers as well. Any organization with customers or members who need their vehicles shipped can outsource their shipping to us. Our enterprise customers include dealerships, car clubs, and auctions who rely on us for quality, fast, and affordable vehicle delivery. As an enterprise client, you will have your own dedicated agent who will handle every aspect of your account, including shipping needs and customer satisfaction.


We work with auto transport carriers to ensure that you can complete your routes as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our part or full-service options include truck dispatch, administrative services, and financial management. We'll make sure your trailers are filled to maximum capacity for each trip so you can make the most of every shipment.