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California Auto Transport

Need a vehicle delivered to or from California? With all the California auto transport companies online it can be a confusing task. But you have found the solution. Our partner carriers have hundreds of trucks in the Golden State, California. We specialize in providing you with the best options and lowest rates for shipping your car or truck. By completing the form on this page or calling 1-866-446-9143 you will receive 10 free quotes from different shipping companies to help you secure a low rate and a shipping schedule that works for you. All the transport companies we work with have trucks in all parts of California including Fremont, San Bernardino, East Los Angeles, Victorville, and Santa Rosa several times a week. We check every auto shipping company and verify they are fully insured, licensed and bonded through the US Department of Transportation. We also check their history to ensure they have safe driving records and the experience to make sure your auto arrives in good condition and on time. Below are some of the California auto transports recently completed by our shipping associates.

  • 1990 BMW 3-Series, M3, San Francisco, CA to Charlotte, NC
  • 1990 GMC Jimmy, Los Angeles, CA to Seattle, WA
  • 2012 Lexus LX, Oakland, CA to Phoenix, AZ
  • 2014 Hyundai Veloster, Fresno, CA to Houston, TX
  • 1999 Mercury Cougar, Sacramento, CA to Jacksonville, FL
  • 2010 Hummer H3, Bakersfield, CA to Las Vegas, NV
  • 2014 Ford Focus, San Diego, CA to Denver, CO
  • 2013 Honda Civic, Anaheim, CA to San Jose, CA
  • 2019 GMC Yukon XL, San Jose, CA to Columbus, OH
  • 2017 Cadillac CTS, Long Beach, CA to Austin, TX

California Auto Transport Rates

Your shipping requirements can greatly increase or decrease the cost of having your vehicle shipped. You can save a lot by choosing open transport rather than enclosed. Auto dealerships safely receive vehicles every day from open car carrier trailers. To save money we highly recommend this option unless of course you are shipping an irreplaceable luxury, high end sports car, or antique vehicle. Other important cost factors include the size, weight and type of car or truck. The body type such as convertible, pickup truck, hatchback, sports coupe, and off-road vehicle you are shipping can also impact your rate. Usually the larger the vehicle the higher the shipping cost. If your vehicle has any non-standard accessories that have altered the size of your vehicle they can also increase the cost of shipping. Below are some of the accessories that can increase cost.

  • Trailer hitch
  • Rear bumper guards
  • Running lights
  • Grill guards
  • Extended side mirrors

California auto transport rates are calculated per mile and these rates change depending on the cost of fuel. Often you can find a lower rate by driving your vehicle to a shipping terminal and picking the vehicle up at another shipping terminal near your delivery address. Terminal to terminal service can save you a lot of money but if you need or prefer the convenience of door to door service make sure that your pick-up and drop-off locations are both accessible by a full-sized semi-tractor trailer. If the car or truck you are transporting is not operational this will significantly increase your rate. You must inform the shipping company if your auto is inoperable. The time of year also affects the rates of the auto transport shipping carriers, summer is high season and the rates are increased. The method of payment you choose to use for your vehicle delivery can sometimes affect your rate and some companies prefer COD. Most carriers accept COD and credit cards. Please check with the company first if you desire to pay with a check.

Quick Auto Transport Rates Guide

  • Inoperable - Major Impact
  • Shipping Schedule - Moderate Impact
  • Open or Eclosed - Major Impact
  • Fuel Cost - Moderate Impact
  • Multiple Vehicles - Moderate Impact
  • Vehicle Size - Moderate Impact

Despite the above factors, our affiliated carriers will work diligently to get you the lowest possible price for your California auto shipping. Our associate partners always provide some of the best rates in the industry that will fulfill your requirements and remain within your budget. At no charge or obligation, you will receive 10 quotes from our trusted affiliated carriers. Give us the opportunity to exceed your expectations and get you your quotes today. Simply fill in the form and click on submit or call us at 1-866-446-9143 to get your California auto transport quotes right now.

 

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California Auto Shipping Process

Careful preparation is the most effective way to prevent any issues with your California auto transport. If your vehicle is inoperable or partially inoperable it can still be shipped although the extra logistics, time, and labor will be reflected in your rate. You MUST inform the carrier of any such defects BEFORE you arrange your shipping schedule. Typically a driver that arrives without prior knowledge that a vehicle is inoperative will refuse to take possession of that vehicle. Always verify that both your pickup and delivery addresses are accurate. Do not utilize your vehicle as a secondary shipping container. Weight is an important calculation in determining your rate and personal belongings are usually not insured. Also leave no more than a quarter tank of fuel in your vehicle.

When your car or truck is picked up you will be required to complete a bill of lading. It is very important to accurately complete this document. The driver and you will inspect your vehicle and document any damage to the vehicle, such as dents, broken windows, paint scratches, etc. Many drivers will take photos of any damage to protect themselves from false claims. When you or your authorized representative receives your auto at the drop-off location be sure that you, or they, carefully check the entire vehicle prior to signing the bill of lading. Failing to do this can make it very difficult if not impossible to receive compensation for any unfortunate damage. We carefully choose the best auto shipping carriers in the business but should any unexpected issue or problems come up you should definitely report them to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

To keep your vehicle shipping simple and hassle-free, the most important action you can take is to maintain open communication throughout the process. Our California auto transport partners will always attempt to remain in contact with you. Our affiliated auto transport services usually provide on-time pick-ups and deliveries, but occasionally unforeseeable situations can arise over the road. Inclement weather, road conditions, construction detours, traffic etc. occasionally impact scheduled pick-up and delivery times. Good communication with your carrier or driver can alleviate any stress should any unexpected delays or issues arise.

Shipping Impacts

When choosing door to door transport services, local road conditions can impact pickup and delivery times and locations. Traffic in larger cities such as Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area sometimes affect pick-up or delivery schedules. Most auto transports are accomplished via semi-trucks. These 18 wheelers are difficult to maneuver on narrow roads and streets. California has 394,608 miles of interstates, highways, and many rural roads and other road conditions that may prevent or limit access for semi-trailers. If the pickup and/or delivery locations have any obstructions that could prevent the truck from accessing the location we recommend you select a different location. This can easily be accomplished by coordinating with the driver. Selecting a mall or supermarket parking lot is usually best. Traffic can also impact pickup and/or drop-off schedules. We recommend you check road and traffic conditions for delays. Check here to find current traffic conditions in California. Following are some of the road conditions to consider when selecting a pickup or drop-off location.

California Auto Transport Delivery Impacts Guide

  • Low overpasses
  • Low hanging phone cables
  • Low overpasses
  • Limited Access Avenues
  • Road construction
  • Extreme grades
  • County road
  • Low hanging tree branches
  • Narrow streets

With an average of 290 sunny days per year, auto transport delivery schedules usually remain punctual in California. traffic in larger cities such as Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area sometimes affect pick-up or delivery schedules. The weather in California is typically very temperate but varies a lot between the northern and southern sections of the state. The central valley areas are hot in the summer but are quite foggy and often cold in the winter months. Temperatures in the central valley average in the 90’s with several days over 100 degrees each summer and although it does not snow winter lows often average in the 40’s. The western border of California is part of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and winter storms occasionally disrupt schedules of car delivery carriers. The Cascade, Sierra Nevada, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, and Mammoth areas all receive a lot of snow which can temporarily close roads during winter storms. The winter temperatures in the Sierra Mountains are often in the single digits at night and average about 30 degrees during daylight hours. Winters are much more temperate in Southern California with average temperatures remaining in the 70’s. Weather rarely interferes with auto delivery schedules in Southern California. In northern California coastal weather in the summer is unpredictable, it may be cold, humid, and foggy with a high of forty degrees but the next day it could be 73 degrees and sunny. The weather there, just like Southern California, rarely impacts vehicle delivery schedules. Inland areas in Southern California include Death Valley where some of the highest temperatures in the country often are seen in the summer. Check the current California weather for any possible car shipping delays.

It's your vehicle, we want to provide you the best shipping options at the lowest rates to ship your car or truck.  At autotransporterrates.com we continuously work to give you the service and respect you and your vehicle deserve. Complete the form on this page to receive free California Auto Transport quotes or call us at 1-866-446-91432. And see when great our service is.