On average, it costs about $710 to ship a car, but there are a lot of variables in that average and the range is immense. We’ve found that standard auto transportation services can cost anywhere between $280 for short-distance shipments and $2,060 for cross-country shipments.
If you’re shipping internationally or you go with deluxe services like air freight, the sky (pun intended) is the limit for how much it can cost to ship your vehicle.
But like we said, there are a lot of factors going into these prices. In addition to your route, factors like time of year, type of auto transportation, which company you hire, and the make/model of your car can all greatly affect your price.
This is why you should always get quotes from multiple companies. You’ll know how much shipping your vehicle will cost after you get a few quotes.
To learn more, read our guide to car shipping prices.
For most auto transportation customers, open transport is the best option. When you ship a car using open transport, you’re shipping it on an unenclosed trailer with a lot of other cars. With open transport, your car travels in a trailer with four walls, a ceiling, and only a few other cars.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the key differences between the two shipment methods:
The extra protection makes enclosed transport perfect for treasured collector’s vehicles, but the high prices and slower delivery times make it a poor choice for shipping commuter vehicles.
If you’re shipping a car that you drive every day or a car that isn’t worth a lot of money, then open auto transportation will work just fine.
To learn more, read our comparison of open and enclosed auto transportation.
Car shipping isn’t cheap, but it certainly costs less than buying a new car. However, if your current ride is on its last legs and you’ll need a replacement soon anyway, you could save some money in the long run by selling your car and getting a new one after your move.
That said, there isn’t one right answer for everyone. To find the best option for your situation, read our guide about selling vs. shipping your car.