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The Best Car Shipping Services In Florida

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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.


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.


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.


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.


In 2019, Florida had a population of 21.5M people with a median age of 42.4 and a median household income of $59,227. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Florida grew from 21.3M to 21.5M, a 0.838% increase and its median household income grew from $55,462 to $59,227, a 6.79% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Florida are White (Non-Hispanic) (53%), White (Hispanic) (21.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (15.2%), Other (Hispanic) (2.97%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.73%). 30.3% of the households in Florida speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

91% of the residents in Florida are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Florida are University of Central Florida (17,314 degrees awarded in 2019), Miami Dade College (16,698 degrees), and University of Florida (16,668 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Florida was $245,100, and the homeownership rate was 66.2%. Most people in Florida drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 26.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Florida was 2 cars per household.

Florida vehicle transport services

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.

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