If you are planning a move from California to Georgia, you might be wondering how to get your vehicle from point A to point B. Not everyone has the time to spend on a cross-country road trip and many people prefer not to put the wear and tear on their vehicle. That’s where auto shipping comes in handy. If you are moving from California to Georgia, you need a car shipping expert you can rely on. Ship-a-Car Direct offers convenient, affordable, and reliable cross-country transportation for your vehicle. No matter where you are located in California, we can pick up your vehicle and have it delivered directly to your new location in Georgia. The first thing on your mind is probably, “How much will it cost to ship my car from California to Georgia?” The answer to this question depends on a number of factors. Since there is no fixed cost for auto shipping, here are a few important factors that will determine the cost of shipping your car from California to Georgia.
Size of the Vehicle
The size of your car will impact the cost of shipment. Since carriers are limited by the weight and number of vehicles they can carry, your car will cost more or less depending on the size. Large trucks and SUV’s will be more expensive than smaller sedans and compact cars.
Condition of the Vehicle
It will cost you significantly more to ship an inoperable vehicle. Since these vehicles require special equipment to lift the car on and off the carrier, you could expect to pay several hundred dollars more to ship a car that is not in running condition.
Pickup and Delivery Locations
Another major factor in determining the cost of shipment will be your pickup and delivery locations. It is cheaper to ship a car between two major cities than between two rural locations. Depending on how far you are located from a major interstate, you could expect to play close to twice as much for a remote location. You can save money by choosing terminal-to-terminal transport as opposed to door-to-door shipping.
Time of Year
Like many other industries, there is a peak season for auto shipping. May-September are the most popular months for auto transport so you can expect to pay a higher rate due to carrier demand during these months. Winter months are generally the cheapest, though there could be delays due to winter weather.
Most shipping companies will give you the option to select pickup and delivery dates, but if you require expedited delivery, this can drive up the price. You can also save some money if you are flexible with your pickup and delivery dates. If the carrier can schedule your delivery according to their schedule, this can save you quite a bit of money.
Moving your car across the country from California to Georgia can seem like a stressful experience. That’s why it’s so important to choose a trusted and reputable shipping company like Ship-a-Car Direct. We handle every car with the greatest care to ensure it arrives safely at its destination. Call us today for a free shipping estimate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Your Car Moving Questions
The hardest thing for people researching car moving companies to understand is that the prices they are getting are not hard and fast gaurantees, but rather ESTIMATES of what one company thinks it will take to get a vehicle moved promptly versus another company's opinion of what it will take. Don't be fooled, there are not carriers committed to take your vehicle at these quoted prices, the company you choose will still have to get to work getting a carrier to commit to move it at the price they quote you.
Your total price breaks down into two parts, the broker's fee (or 'deposit' as everyone calls it) and the carriers fee (your COD amount) Make no mistake about this, EVERYONE YOU ARE GETTING SALES CALLS FROM IS GOING TO BROKER YOUR MOVE. In this industry, there are brokers who try to fool you into thinking that they are the actual carriers and there are an equal amount of carriers who sell themselves on the fact that they have a truck or two but are not being honest about the fact that they broker out 90% of the orders they book. Here is a quick easy way to tell, if a company takes an up front fee, whether they call it a deposit or any other name, they are a broker. Carriers do not take any payment until the vehicle is delivered.
In our opinion, you are crazy to do so. Have you ever been paid up front for the work that you perform for your employer? Why would you pay a fee up front when there are reliable and trustworthy companies like ours that won't ask for it until we provide you with your carriers details?
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will be between one and two weeks. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.