THE ORIGINAL CAR SHIPPING COST CALCULATOR
Direct Express Auto Transport changed the car transport industry nearly twenty years ago with an original, innovative, instant car shipping cost calculator to safely transport vehicles. We do not ask for any personal information before providing a car shipping quote. We are one of the only car transport brokers in the business to do that. Your name, phone number and email address are not required to get a car shipping quote. When you want to know how much does it cost to ship a car, ours is the best in the business. Car shipping quotes have never been easier or more reliable than they are today. We are constantly learning and making our car shipping quote calculator more accurate. We were the first to do it in 2004, and we will argue we are still the best.
HOW CAR SHIPPING WORKS
The car shipping industry can be best separated into Auto Transport Brokers and Car Transport Carriers. The brokers book the vast majority of customer orders and rely heavily on carriers to move the vehicles. This very efficient system allows brokers and carriers, usually on CentralDispatch, but others as well, to collaborate and get the customer vehicles shipped.
CAR SHIPPING SERVICES IN California
There are almost 15,000 car shipping carriers available from which to choose. Finding the right one to trust with yours is a difficult and time consuming task. However, we keep score on the best car shipping companies for your route. As an auto transport broker with nearly twenty years of experience, it is our job to do. At Direct Express Auto Transport, we ship door-to-door. That is the fastest and most reliable kind of car shipping service. We are top rated on all the major auto transport review boards – Google reviews, BBB Reviews, TrustPilot Reviews, Facebook and more.
My Auto Transport Experience
I am so pleased with my decision to use Direct Express Auto Transport! Ashley was a knowledgeable and confidence inspiring representative and my driver was on time and my car was in perfect shape!
Car Shipping Service Well Done
Direct Express Auto Transport did an amazing job delivering my car. They were fast, professional and my car was delivered in excellent condition. They let me know ahead of time around what time the person would be there. They were very easy to use. I would use them again.
Excellent California Car Shipping Service
Jessica provided all the necessary information regarding pricing and schedules available to pick up and deliver my car, no issues, everything worked out great.
Great Auto Transport Service To Texas
Talked to Jessica on Wednesday to have 65 El Camino shipped from Calif to Texas. Was picked up on Thursday the 16th and delivered on Monday the 20th. Beautiful truck and great driver. Sebastian was the driver's name. Also it was awesome to see all the other great cars.
Enclosed Auto Transport
Fantastic experience all around, from the office people calling me back on a Sunday when a question popped up, to getting the car delivered very quickly, the whole process went perfectly. Will use them again for sure.
Great Service to Chicago
This is the third time I have used Direct Express Auto Transport. Each time moving a vehicle from or to the Midwest from the West Coast. Prompt at getting the arrangements made. Carrier was timely at making pick up and hitting the target day when delivering. Carrier also communicated well with me leading up to delivery.
Car Shipped Again From Florida
This is the second time that we used Direct Express Auto Transport and again, not a problem. We will use this company again next year or sooner. Both drivers were courteous and cars arrived exactly on time. Thank you!
My Car Arrived Sooner Than Expected!
Driver was very efficient and accommodating! Once he picked up the vehicle he stayed in contact with us all the way to delivery. Thank you very much for hauling this vehicle for us because we have no way of doing it ourselves.
Great Car Shipping Service To New York!
Direct Express Auto Transport exceeded my expectations. They were quick to schedule and very accommodating. I even made a mistake with my arrangements on my end and they rescheduled for me - no problem. My vehicle is brand new, shipped from out of state to me with perfection. Thank you very kindly, Direct Express! Highly recommended.
Vehicle Transport To Florida
My husband and I were very happy we chose this company to transport our son’s car. They were very professional and quick to pick up the car. They communicated well, arrived on time and the delivery driver was very courteous and polite.
Satisfied Customer In Las Vegas
I had a great experience with this company, the driver was very professional and also very prompt. My car was transports very upstate New York to Las Vegas and the driver called to tell me I would be getting my car 2 days earlier than expected.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SHIP A CAR FROM California
Whether an individual shipping a personal car, or a business organization relocating people or vehicles, you want to know that you can rely upon an experienced auto transportation company to get it done right. Sometimes you just want cheap car shipping and you are willing to be patient. Most people, however, are in more of a hurry and we offer two higher levels of car shipping service, Expedited and Rush tiers, that speed up the process considerably.
MORE ABOUT California
In 2019, California had a population of 39.5M people with a median age of 37 and a median household income of $80,440. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of California declined from 39.6M to 39.5M, a −0.113% decrease and its median household income grew from $75,277 to $80,440, a 6.86% increase.
The 5 largest ethnic groups in California are White (Non-Hispanic) (36.3%), White (Hispanic) (23.1%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (14.6%), Other (Hispanic) (13.5%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.5%). 44.5% of the households in California speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.
87.6% of the residents in California are U.S. citizens.
The largest universities in California are University of Southern California (17,922 degrees awarded in 2019), University of California-Berkeley (14,344 degrees), and University of California-Los Angeles (13,911 degrees).
In 2019, the median property value in California was $568,500, and the homeownership rate was 54.9%. Most people in California drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 28.7 minutes. The average car ownership in California was 2 cars per household.
Not as much as you would suppose. If only one thing goes wrong, a tire blowout or overheated radiator for instance, then it would be actually cheaper to ship a car across country. About 97% of all vehicle shipments are delivered in an Open-Air trailer. It’s proven to be a very safe method with statistically few problems. You may notice multiple vehicles being delivered to car dealerships near you in an Open-Air trailer, and that’s because it’s reliable. It is also cheap car shipping. If you have a collector car or really expensive automobile, however, then we recommend car shipping services with an Enclosed carrier. Expect to pay about 50% more for Enclosed transport. Our car shipping cost calculator automatically adds the extra amount to your auto transport quote.
We recommend scheduling your car transport service anywhere from two days to two weeks in advance. We are often able to assign your vehicle on the very same day, but providing us with longer lead times allows us to schedule your auto transportation easier. You want the most current car shipping cost, and you get that by staying within two weeks of your first available date to ship. Believe it or not, the auto transport service market can change quickly. It is seasonal. If the car shipping quote is too low, that can delay your order getting on the road. To avoid that, try not to book more than a month in advance and preferably within two weeks, because seasonal changes can impact the current pricing. Conversely, you should enjoy the savings if the rates were to go down, so having the most current pricing is always best. Our auto transport rate calculator on this page was the first one in the industry in 2004.
Making a nominal partial credit card payment to the broker is preferred by carriers but not essential. Carriers like getting paid with Cash or Money Order upon delivery, and who doesn’t? Services paid immediately for services rendered. But a full credit card payment upfront also works if the carrier trusts the auto transport broker. Carriers have known Direct Express Auto Transport for nearly twenty years and the trust is there. So either method works with us.
Over 90% of our car shipping orders are assigned and picked up within one week. Mostly because the overwhelming majority of the U.S. population lives nearby a major metropolitan area.
The vehicle transport delivery is the final step in the process, and also the simplest part. Once your vehicle has been assigned to a carrier and picked up, not too much can go wrong. It generally takes one day of transit time for every 500 miles of distance. The car transport driver will call ahead from the road to announce his estimated time of arrival.
Car Delivery Time Estimate
- 100-500 miles takes 1 or 2 days
- 500-1000 miles takes 2 or 3 days
- 1000-1500 miles takes 3 or 4 days
- 1500-2000 miles takes 4 or 5 days
- 2000-2500 miles takes 5 or 6 days
- 2500-3000 miles takes 6 or 7 days
Depending on the distance, weather conditions and population centers it could be a few days or weeks until a vehicle reaches its destination. The carriers usually estimate about 10 days on coast to coast trips, but they frequently arrive earlier.
Yes and no. The strict interpretation is no, you can’t ship items inside your vehicle. The reality is that almost all auto transport carriers look the other way on items that weigh less than 100 pounds, roughly the equivalent of 2 suitcases. We recommend placing any additional items in the trunk and out of sight. The U.S. Transportation Law states that a carrier can be fined $10,000 for hauling household items in the vehicle, but it is rarely enforced. Please know that car delivery drivers do estimate every vehicle’s weight that they carry and don’t want problems at weight scales. They must keep the personal items to a minimum to make it through the scales. Some drivers will accept a tip ($50-$250) for hauling extra stuff, and some won’t. Rule of thumb, don’t take advantage. The car transporter is there to ship a car, not move the owner’s personal belongings. Our car shipping calculator will not add a charge for extra items because it would be presumptuous to expect the driver to agree. If you want to include extra items in your vehicle, please discuss that first with the driver and come to a mutual agreement.