The Original Car Shipping Quote Calculator

Our car shipping quote calculator requires No Personal Information to get a price. Find out why Direct Express Auto Transport is the highest rated and most reliable car transporter!

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6 Easy Steps to Having Your Car Shipped

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1. Get Your Car Shipping Quote

Simply enter your origination and destination zip codes. The city, town or area will usually auto-populate. Then choose the year, make and model of the vehicle(s) you are shipping. Select whether it is running or non-running? And then finally, choose whether you wish to go Open or Enclosed transport? That’s it. You should see your car shipping cost in 5 seconds or less!

Direct Express does not ask for any personal information before providing you with a car shipping quote. We are one of the only car transport brokers in the business to do this! Your name, phone number and email address are not required to get a quote.

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2. Select From Three Car Transport Tiers

At Direct Express Auto Transport, we offer three tiers of pricing based upon how much of a hurry you are in? Most customers don’t realize it, but they are actually competing against other customers for space on a car transport trailer. Obviously, a carrier will want to select the best paying orders. We are very good at figuring that out. Our car shipping cost calculator determines the most basic rate (Standard Tier), that works well on popular routes with little competition. But in remote locations at either end, or in stiff competition on popular routes, we recommend selecting the Expedited Tier. If in an even bigger hurry, choose the Rush Tier.

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Standard Tier

There is such a thing as a basic auto transport quote and this is it. You are competing against other customers for car transport trailer space. Standard tier only works well when there is little competition and the route is popular. Otherwise, go to a higher tier to avoid being frustrated.

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Expedited Tier

If there is a logjam of similar vehicles on a popular route, a little bit more can go a long way. All of a sudden, your vehicle is more appealing to car transport carriers. Expedited tier also should be used for remote locations to lure a carrier. We highly recommend it.

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Rush Tier

Some people are in a big hurry. Maybe in a bind or very anxious. The higher paying Rush tier vehicles always ship first. Of course, there still needs to be a car carrier making that run and one vehicle alone cannot make that happen. But that is the exception. Rush tier usually works like a charm.

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3. Order Your Car Shipment

Once you’ve decided the best car transport cost tier for you, please proceed online to easily place your vehicle shipment order in just minutes. Or call a Direct Express Auto Transport customer service representative during normal business hours at 800-600-3750.

Either the online form or customer service representative will ask you to provide pertinent information such as your pickup and destination contacts, and the first date that your vehicle is available for pickup. Upon checkout, please enter your credit or debit card information so that your order is officially entered. Your credit card will only be charged upon assignment. Isn’t that nice? No deposit is required to place an order.

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4. Assignment to a Car Transport Carrier

Upon booking, you will instantly receive an Order Confirmation email. Look for that in your email inbox or drag it over from another folder. Direct Express Auto Transport will notify you via email regarding your carrier assignment, which will contain the name of the driver, his phone number, and the estimated dates for pickup and delivery.

The earliest you may see the Carrier Assignment email is a few days prior to your first available date to ship. But it may also be a number of days after your first date available before a carrier calls to lay claim to your order. It is generally not every day that a carrier is leaving one town with a full load for another. The first available date is simply the starting date and might take longer. Talk to our customer service team about how to hasten the car shipping process.

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5. Your Contact is Notified and the Vehicle is Picked Up

At the same time that Direct Express notifies you via email of the Carrier Assignment, we also send the carrier your pickup and destination information, including contacts. Please be sure your contacts make themselves available to speak with the carrier. Your pickup contact needs to be vigilant and react quickly. You don’t want to miss the car transport carrier because it might be awhile before another is ready to go.

The carrier driver will not just show up unannounced. He or she will call your pickup contact first to coordinate time and place to meet, and also verify information. Most times it is necessary to meet the carrier close by your neighborhood at a place the driver can safely maneuver his or her big truck. That is still in the spirit of door-to-door service. Keep in mind no money changes hands at pickup. Simply fill out a vehicle condition report authorizing the car shipment and hand over the keys. No other paperwork is necessary. It’s actually very easy.

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6. The Car Transporter Delivers Your Vehicle

The vehicle transporter, or carrier, is once again not supposed to just show up unannounced. The driver ideally should call the day before to alert your destination contact of his pending arrival, and will give a rough estimation of what time of day to expect. They almost always miss the target time, so please be patient and understanding. Other customers may delay him. Traffic conditions might slow him. Mechanical difficulties or inclement weather might throw a monkey-wrench into his plans. He wants to deliver your car as fast and as badly as you do. Time is money and delays frustrate him too.

When the car transport carrier does arrive, you should thoroughly inspect your vehicle for any damage, which rarely happens. That is your opportunity to speak up, make proper notes on the vehicle condition report and even take digital photos. Any issues will be addressed later. Regardless of the condition, industry rules state that you are to pay the carrier the balance owed with Cash or Money Order before receiving your vehicle. There you have it. Direct Express Auto Transport usually makes this six-step process a breeze and you can drive off with your vehicle.

How Are Car Shipping Quotes Calculated?

The first factor used to calculate car shipping cost is the transport distance. Next are the length, height and weight of the vehicle, followed by running condition and type of trailer (Open or Enclosed). Finally, seasonal fluctuations may impact the overall cost.

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The Car Shipping Route

The distance between origination and destination is probably the main factor determining how much it costs to ship a car. Kind of obvious, right? Philadelphia to Boston is going to cost a lot less than Philadelphia to Los Angeles. The price per mile typically goes down the farther the distance, but the overall cost goes up none the less. The higher the number of miles on the route, the higher the car shipping cost.

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Vehicle Length Matters A Great Deal

The length of a vehicle affects the car transport quote. The average sedan is about 192 inches long. Longer vehicles, especially over 196 inches, start to squeeze an auto transport trailer. Vehicles over 200 inches are more costly to ship because they may inhibit space for another vehicle. Instead of able to carry ten vehicles, a car mover might only be able to accommodate nine. So the longer vehicles need to pay for intruding on that space. These are things that the average customer doesn’t think about, but are a major concern for car shipping companies.

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Vehicle Height May Affect The Shipping Price

The vehicle height also matters. It works the same way as length. Most sedans are about 57 inches high, midsize SUVs 67 inches, and the larger SUVs are about 73 inches. By and large, all those work fine in most situations. However, the extra tall SUVs, Pickup trucks, and Vans ranging from 75 to 79 inches, are pushing the limits of an auto transporter. What happens is that vehicles 80 inches or higher basically eliminate the option to fit even a small car above it. So the vehicles over 80 inches must pay for two spots.

 

For a car transport company, every trip is a puzzle piece to be put together just right. It is a combination of mathematics, spatial awareness, creativity, common sense and skill.

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Very Low Vehicle Ground Clearance Should Go Enclosed

The lower the vehicle ground clearance, the more prone to scrapping the bottom or damaging the bumper, especially when shipping Open carrier. Enclosed car transporters are better equipped to safely handle low ground clearance vehicles. As a general rule, vehicles with above 5 inches of ground clearance are probably safe to go Open car transport. Anything with a ground clearance of 4 inches or less, however, should probably ship Enclosed. If your vehicle is between 4 to 5 inches ground clearance, it’s a judgement call. Most every Open car transport service will think twice about hauling a vehicle with only 4.5 inches ground clearance. That is why it may take longer.

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Vehicle Weight Makes A Difference To Shipping Cost

Auto transporters must get through the weight scales like every other freight company. The maximum weight for a truck on a U.S. interstate is 80,000 pounds. Subtracting the weight of the truck and empty trailer, that leaves approximately 45,000 lbs. for cargo, in this case vehicles. Assuming ten vehicles will fit on such a big car hauler, the average weight for each can be no more than 4,500 lbs.. It becomes a puzzle piece on weight too. The lighter vehicles will allow for more heavier vehicles.

Over the decades, Americans especially have gravitated to heavier SUV’s and Pickup trucks. Car shipping cost has risen as a result. It is also for this reason that auto transporters limit extra items placed in the vehicle. It is due to a concern for overall weight.

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Non-Running Vehicles Cost More

Maneuvering non-operational vehicles on and off a car transport trailer is a big challenge. Car shipping companies much prefer operational (running) vehicles because it gives them an easier option to reposition their entire load. Non-running vehicles take considerably more time to get on and off the trailer. So the car shipping quote must reflect the higher cost. Many auto transporters don’t have a winch and cannot accommodate non-running vehicles. That is one reason it takes longer on average to ship non-operational vehicles. Fewer do it. If at all possible, fixing your vehicle before trying to ship it will save on the non-running car transport cost, and make the process go faster.

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Why Enclosed Car Transport Costs More Than Open Transport

Open car transport means the vehicle will be exposed to the elements, such as weather and the road. Enclosed car shipping is the opposite, as the vehicle is protected from the elements. The average auto transport cost is about 50% higher for Enclosed over Open carrier. That is partly because Enclosed carriers can fit about 50% fewer vehicles while incurring about the same expense, but also because of the extra care and protection.

It should be noted that roughly 97% of all car shipments are Open carrier, which is more cost effective, and also very safe. In either choice, Open or Enclosed carrier, damage complaints are less than 1% of all shipments, and those incidents are relatively innocuous. Enclosed auto shipping is often the choice for high priced, luxury, or collector cars.

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How Seasonal Fluctuations Affect Car Shipping Quotes

The economic laws of supply and demand are at work in the auto transport industry too. Seasonal fluctuations have a major affect on car shipping cost. Summer time is easier and less costly than winter time in the north. Some regions like Florida have seasonal spikes in traffic that make one direction far more expensive, and the reverse direction far cheaper. Even the possibility of inclement weather can greatly affect both the transport cost and service.

A typical year will start with a backlog of vehicles in January, as the number waiting to ship nearly doubles, because car transport carriers stay home for about ten days over the Christmas and New Years holidays. Auto transport quotes rise significantly in a classic over demand vs. under supply equation.

It takes three weeks, or until late January, for equilibrium to return. The vehicle shipping market stays soft in February and March, until April, when the Florida Snowbirds return to the northern states. The same thing happens in other warm weather states, such as California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico, which continues busy through all of May.

The Summer is exceptionally strong everywhere. It reaches a fever pitch for about two weeks surrounding the 4th of July, as again many carriers stay home, and car transport costs rise. It takes until late July to settle down. August and September are moderately busy with college students shipping their cars. Then October, November and early December tend to be much slower. Auto transport quotes go down.

But come late December the holidays return, the Snowbirds head south to the warmer states, and the ensuing backlog causes auto transport pricing to spike again. And so it goes …

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Big Cities Are Faster Shipping Locations Than Rural

Location also has a big affect on how quickly a vehicle will be shipped. If either the origination or destination are remote or have small populations, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that there is less truck traffic and car shipments may take longer and cost more to attract a carrier. Conversely, according to the 2020 United States Census, roughly 80% of the U.S. population lives in major urban areas, which makes it much easier for car transporters to amalgamate full loads and get on the road quicker. Urban areas typically cost less than remote locations.

 

A good example is in Michigan. Car shipping to San Francisco from Detroit might take just a few days to assign a carrier. But from somewhat remote Grand Rapids, it could be twice as long. Harder still would be from very remote Traverse City, where up north it could be many weeks before a carrier is heading to San Francisco. Depending on location, a customer should have realistic expectations and plan ahead. Going with the Expedited or Rush tiers help enormously to speed things up.

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Car Transport Quotes From The New England States

New England consists of six states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. It is relatively easy vehicle shipping in and out of three of those six states regardless of the distance. Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut are far easier for car shipping across country than Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Boston is the best big hub for auto transport companies in New England. Like Rome, seemingly all roads lead to Boston.

Southern New Hampshire, for example, is fine for vehicle shipping because of its proximity to Boston. But once a car transporter ventures north into upper New Hampshire, Vermont and certainly Maine, it becomes increasingly more difficult to ship vehicles in a timely fashion. How much does it cost to ship a car to Vermont and Maine? More than New Hampshire. Keep all that in mind when using the best car shipping quote calculator to move from New England to other states.

Connecticut (CT) | Maine (ME) | Massachusetts (MA) | New Hampshire (NH) | Rhode Island (RI) | Vermont (VT) |

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Car Shipping Cost To The Eastern Atlantic Seaboard States

The Eastern Seaboard states are generally considered to be New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Nearly one third of the country lives in the states bordering the Atlantic, which obviously means a lot of car shipping traffic.

New York

New York is like a tale of two cities. The Big Apple is America’s largest city and its positive effect on car shipping extends into northern New Jersey, southern Connecticut and eastern Pennsylvania. Upstate New York has far more in common with New England, a mixed bag when it comes to vehicle shipping quotes.

New Jersey & More

Almost all of New Jersey is accessible except south of Atlantic City. In Delaware, it is Wilmington or bust, as southeast of there is exceedingly difficult for car shipping services. How much to ship a car across country there depends on exactly where? Most transportation services cringe at the prospect of southern Delaware. In Maryland, the DC corridor that runs from Baltimore to Washington is great for car shipping. However, the far western and eastern regions of Maryland (next to Delaware) are very problematic.

Pennsylvania

Southeastern Pennsylvania, in the Philadelphia area, is fantastic for car shipping services. Venture inland, however, to every other region of Pennsylvania and it gets dicey transporting cars. Pennsylvania is both an Atlantic Eastern Seaboard state (think Philly) and a Midwest state (think Pittsburgh).

Virginia & The Carolinas

Following I-95 straight down and we run into Virginia, which is wonderful for car transport services in the Arlington and Alexandria areas, and okay into Richmond and Norfolk. It gets slow in the western part of Virginia near Lynchburg, and southwestern part as well. North Carolina is actually easier for vehicle transport companies from Charlotte to Greensboro to Raleigh-Durham. However, those cute towns hugging the coastline from Elizabeth City to Wilmington are tough for auto transport carriers. The same holds true in South Carolina from Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head, with the possible exception of Charleston. By far Columbia is the best place for shipping a car in South Carolina. We will discuss Georgia as part of the South, which is the only way they would have it.

Delaware (DE) | Washington D.C. | Maryland (MD) | New Jersey (NJ) | New York (NY) | North Carolina (NC) | Pennsylvania (PA) | South Carolina (SC) | Virginia (VA) |

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Auto Transport Cost Calculator From Florida

Florida is probably the biggest car shipping state in the country during “snowbird season”. Every year the snowbirds from the north flock to Florida in the winter, and then return home in the spring. A car transporter can’t go wrong following the I-95 corridor along Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Melbourne, Port St. Lucie, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

 

Car shipping across country and state to state from Florida is sometimes frenzied. It is the same thing on the Gulf of Mexico side following I-75 through Tampa, St. Petersburg, Fort Myers, Naples. How much does it cost to ship a car from Florida depends mainly on the time of year. It is so very seasonal for every auto transport company.

 

Go south of Homestead, into the Florida Keys, however, and all car transport service bets are off. Vehicle shipping across country from or to Key West is requires patience. After that … more patience. No auto transport company is just passing through. The best way is to meet a car transport service in either Key Largo or Homestead. In advance, sorry for the inconvenience.

 

The Florida Panhandle is like nearby Mobile, Alabama, which is tough going for any auto transport company. Our car shipping quote calculator adjusts for any situation.

 

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Car Shipping Across Country To The Southern States

We already discussed Virginia, the Carolinas and Florida as part of the Eastern Atlantic Seaboard. We omit them here and speak instead of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. That is basically Dixie. If you can’t follow a clever metaphor, you probably shouldn’t bother shipping a car here. There isn’t a thing you say or do that isn’t like something else. We love it!

Georgia, Alabama & Cajuns

Vehicle shipping traffic is usually very good in Atlanta. The car shipping cost is the most competitive in Atlanta. The rest of Georgia, however, is difficult car shipping across country fast. That largely holds true for the rest of the southern states. The big cities work very well, but the rural areas and small towns tend to be much slower state to state. In Alabama, it is Birmingham that hums and everywhere else … well … not so much. Almost all of Mississippi is slow, save Jackson, which is only moderately better. In Louisiana, New Orleans is the ideal place for car shipping quotes, but because the Big Easy is at the end of the distribution line and the population has diminished post Katrina, it also presents problems. Hang in there cajuns!

Tennessee, Kentucky & Arkansas

Arkansas has Little Rock and not much else to speed things along. Tennessee is much easier because of Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville. Kentucky has the triangle of Louisville, Lexington and Covington (Cincinnati), which is by far the best place for car shipping companies. But get up into the hills in the Blue Grass state and forget about it – you are probably waiting. There is no such thing as cheap car transport in the Kentucky hills.

Take Me Home West Virginia

West Virginia is the most frustrating state east of the Mississippi River because of the Appalachian Mountains and sparse population. In the south, dear friends, look for a big city to meet a driver for faster car shipping state to state. Otherwise please be patient. Our original car transport quote calculator should help with that.

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Car Transport Quotes From The Midwest States

The Midwest is generally considered to be Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. It is not hard for any of the car shipping companies to piece a full load together in the Midwest. Just look at the big cities packed so closely together: Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Saint Louis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Des Moines and Minneapolis. As a result, figuring out how much it costs to ship a car in the Midwest becomes easier to do. The far northern halves of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan are extremely difficult, however. Our auto transport quote calculator reflects that reality.

The western side of Ohio is far easier to ship a car than the more rural eastern half of the state. It helps tremendously having I-75 and I-71 heading straight down the Buckeye State until they merge in Cincinnati, the Queen City of the West. Actually, the freeway system throughout the Midwest is beautifully laid out. For that, we have President Dwight D. Eisenhower to thank. Way to go Ike! Use our car shipping quote calculator to determine your cost in the Midwest.

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How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Car To The Great Plains States?

The Great Plain states are mainly Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. Amazingly, in that entire huge swath of land covering so much of the central United States, only Oklahoma City is reliable for auto transport companies. Isn’t that something? 

So you may wonder then, how much is it to ship my car across country from the Great Plains? It usually costs more per mile than just about any other region. That is due to the sparse population and how spread out the cities are in comparison to every other region. Imagine trying to amalgamate a full load of ten vehicles going to any state, much less city? The auto transport cost goes up as car shipping companies struggle to connect the small cities and towns in the Great Plains with enough vehicles to get on the road.

Kansas (KS) | Montana (MT) | Nebraska (NE) | North Dakota (ND) | Oklahoma (OK) | South Dakota (SD) | Wyoming (WY)

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Auto Transport Quotes From The Rocky Mountain States

Colorado is synonymous with the Rocky Mountains, which actually stretches from Canada to New Mexico. The cost for car shipping across country and state to state can vary wildly in Colorado. Most of the year, car transport services work in a timely manner from Colorado. But once the snow falls in late autumn, and until it melts in early spring, car shipping companies struggle to make deliveries in Colorado.

In the harsh winter months, the best place in Colorado is Denver, which still is fast from there. However, not many car shipping companies want to go even to Denver in the winter. Orders will back up and everybody’s patience tested. That reality is reflected in our original auto transport quote calculator.

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Car Moving Quotes To Texas & The Southwest States

The southwestern states are Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Texas sure seems like two very different states. The eastern part that includes Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and Houston, is where most of the Texan population resides, and therefore, most car transport shipments happen there. In fact, Dallas is one of the five easiest places for car shipping services in the country.

The western part of Texas and along the Mexican border, however, is so spread out that it becomes very difficult for car transport companies to get things done quickly. Car shipping across country is harder along the Texas border towns and to places like Lubbock, Midland and El Paso.

New Mexico, on the other hand, has only one reliable place for car shipping service and you guessed it – that’s Albuquerque. No other place can be counted on, including Santa Fe.

In Arizona, the huge Phoenix metropolitan area is wonderful for auto transport companies. Tucson is just okay. Flagstaff much less so. Use our original car transport quote calculator to see the difference.

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Car Shipping Quote Calculator From California & The Western States

California is home to nearly one out of every eight Americans. If it were its own country, California’s economy would rank sixth worldwide. No surprise that California is bustling with car transporters. Some have suggested splitting California into six states, or at least four. The power of California is enormous.

Los Angeles Basin

The Los Angeles basin in particular is a fantastic place for car shipping companies. From the north side Simi Valley, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Pasadena, to the farther south Orange County communities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Lake Forest, and Mission Viejo, greater Los Angeles has almost 20 million people. Incredible. Interstate 10 ends in Santa Monica. Nearby the south bay communities of Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach lead into Torrance, Long Beach and stretch east to Covina, Fontana, Pomona, Riverside and San Bernardino. Our car transport cost calculator gets quite a workout in L.A..

San Diego is a good place for car shipping services. Encinitas, Poway, Escondido, Carlsbad and Oceanside are okay too.

Once over The Los Angeles Grapevine, which traverses the San Gabriel Mountains, all of a sudden the road turns to desert. Auto transport service get tough in the desert even for towns like Bakersfield and Fresno. The price goes way up to attract car transport carriers. You gotta make it worth their while to head into the desert.

The Sierra Nevada Mountain range is very hard for car shipping companies. It sometimes feels impossible to amalgamate a full load. The same holds true in northern California near Mendocino, Eureka and Redding. A car shipper needs luck there.

San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area, which includes Oakland, San Jose and maybe even Sacramento, is wonderful again for auto transport companies. Silicon Valley is teaming with Tesla’s car shipping across country.

Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo and even Santa Barbara are actually touch-and-go for car transporters. It happens, but not as fast as you would hope.

Nevada & Utah

In Nevada, Las Vegas is a very popular destination for car transport companies. Everywhere else in Nevada, however, is slow, including Reno. You just are not likely to find cheap car transport service in the Nevada desert. You are more likely to run into a horse with no name.

The same holds true for Utah, where things go very well in Salt Lake City, but seemingly no place else. In that way, SLC and Vegas are similar.

Direct Express Auto Transport is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We know it especially well. Have confidence in our car shipping quotes calculator.

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How Much Is It To Ship A Car From The Pacific Northwest States?

The Pacific Northwest includes Washington, Oregon and Idaho. It is a huge chunk of territory with two main reliable cities for auto transport services, Seattle and Portland.

The biggest northwest car shipping service hub is Seattle, which has nearly 4 million people. Year round the car transport cost from Seattle is cheaper than to Seattle. That is unlike Florida, where the shipping cost reverses depending on the season. But not in Seattle, where it is seemingly always cheaper shipping a car from Seattle year round.

The  Portland metropolitan area has about 2.5 million people, so there is a tad less car shipping activity than Seattle. But the same phenomenon persists in Portland, Oregon as does Seattle, where it is always cheaper shipping a car from Portland across country.

The Boise, Idaho metropolitan population is about 750,000, which is one third of Portland and one sixth of Seattle. Boise works fairly well if vehicle shipping just in the western region, but otherwise, it is not big enough to attract fast service from the eastern half of the country. For the rest of Idaho, cheap car shipping service simply isn’t likely. In that way, it is much more like Montana and Wyoming.

The Direct Express Auto Transport quote calculator will provide a reliable quote to ship your vehicle in any of those places.

Idaho (ID) | Oregon (OR) | Washington (WA)

 

Alaska & Hawaii

Everything we do is money order or cash upon delivery. That becomes an issue when shipping to either Alaska or Hawaii, because there is always a vehicle transfer between the continental USA auto transport carrier, and the port servicing Alaska or Hawaii. There is nobody at the port who will pay the stateside car mover their shipping fee.

The ocean freight vehicle transport companies to and from Hawaii, such as Matson or Pasha, also want compensated in advance via credit card, which is another impediment. That means car shipping brokers, such as Direct Express Auto Transport, would have to directly compensate the car delivery service and the ocean shipper. That becomes a logistical problem, which we choose not to do.

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How Car Shipping Works

The car shipping industry can be best separated into Brokers and Carriers. The Brokers book the vast majority of customer orders and rely heavily on car transport Carriers to move the vehicles. This very efficient system allows Brokers and Carriers, usually on CentralDispatch, to collaborate and get the vehicles shipped. The Brokers absolutely need Carriers. The reverse is also true as the Carriers, too busy on the road, depend on the Brokers to fill their truck space.

When Do You Need Auto Transport Services?

People turn to auto transport services when they are buying a vehicle hundreds or thousands of miles away, and they need it shipped to their home. Or they are moving to another city or state and don’t want to drive their vehicle themselves. So they ship it instead. College students and military personnel commonly use car shipping services for the same reason. Retirees, often called snowbirds, will use car transport companies to save the hassle of driving. Auto transport services are usually very affordable because carriers use the same trucks that also deliver new vehicles to dealerships. 

Why Door-to-Door Auto Transport Service Is Much Better Than Terminals

Car transport carriers will ship in the spirit of door to door, getting as close as possible to the customer location. Most people consider door-to-door shipping better because it is usually far more convenient and much faster than using terminals.

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We have an experienced staff of customer service professionals ready to give the best advice for car shipping across country. Call us now at 800-600-3750.

The Car Shipping Carrier Network

We have at our disposal a network of over ten thousand auto transport companies. We pride ourselves on having established solid professional relationships with car transport companies in every continental state.

Car Shipping Reviews for Direct Express Auto Transport

Direct Express Auto Transport consistently earns high car shipping reviews, usually five stars on TransportReviews, TrustPilot, FaceBook, the BBB and Google. Some reviewers are later offered a small rebate on their deposit, which is not tied to their rating score nor price, as an incentive to share their experience. We have shipped over 300,000 new and used vehicles and while not perfect, ours is an amazing track record of success.

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Our car transport quote calculator does the best job of providing free and accurate car shipping quotes, so we have a much higher percentage of satisfied customers. It also helps that Direct Express Auto Transport has an experienced staff of customer service representatives. We care and it shows. Call us today at 800-600-3750!

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