Did you get transferred to the West Coast – or the East? And it’s all the way on the opposite coast? If you’ve got a classic car you rebuilt, or a prized motorcycle, or just a vehicle you LOVE, you’re going to need some helpful moving tips – as well as coast to coast auto shipping. If you don’t know the first thing about it – no problem. We can help you with the entire process.

Transporation Comparison
  • Cost of Shipping

    Airline-Class Equivalent

    Pickup / Drop-off Date

    Fully Insured


    Recommended For

  • Open Transport

    Best $$$ Value

    "Coach" Class Service


    100% of Value; $0 Deductible


    Most vehicles

  • Enclosed Transport

    40% - 60% more than Open

    First-Class or Business Class


    100% of Value; $0 Deductible


    Unique, Sentimental or >$70,000

  • Express (Open or Enclosed)

    30% additional

    You choose: Coach or 1st Class


    100% of Value; $0 Deductible


    When urgent transport required

Man accepting his car after transportHow much does it cost to ship a car Coast to Coast?

Coast to coast auto transport costs ~$0.40 cents per mile, so a 2,500-mile trip costs about $1,000 on an open carrier. Shorter-distances cost less over all, but more per mile – because it takes the driver the same amount of time to load and unload, regardless of the distance he drives. For the first 1-500 miles, the rate is typically $1 per mile, so a 350-mile trip up the coast of California might cost $350. The longer the distance, the lower the price: Moving a car ~1000 miles drops it to $.75 cents a mile, or $750, while taking it 3,000 miles could cost $1200 or so.

Coast to coast shipping quotes can vary based on vehicle size and modifications, whether you choose enclosed car transport coast to coast or express shipping, and seasonal demand. 

In addition getting moving quotes on your household good, perhaps you’re looking for coast to coast car delivery for your convertible MINI – or you need to ship a truck coast to coast. The height and weight of a vehicle can have a bearing on the price. Were you the first one of your friends to plus-size your tires? Does your Dakota have a truck topper? We transport all of those, though you should mention modifications to your Transport Coordinator so we can be sure to send just the right carrier for pickup.

West Coast Mountains

Also, the value of the car you’re shipping makes a difference. Companies that transport cars coast to coast usually haul them on open carriers – roughly ¾ of the time. But if you’re a classic car collector, or if you have an exotic, like a McLaren or a Lamborghini, you’re better off with enclosed transport. Enclosed car shipping adds 40-60% to the cost of coast to coast vehicle transport, but if your car has value above $70,000 you don’t want to take any chances. It’ll be protected from wind, rain, snow, dirt – basically, exposure to the environment altogether.

Are you a luxury car dealer? The same is true for your high-end vehicles. The enclosed carrier is your best chance to ship a car coast to coast without too much risk.

Is your son headed to USC and your daughter to Cornell, so you need vehicle shipping coast to coast for 2 cars? Great! We offer a discount for the second vehicle.

How long does it take to ship a car nationwide?

Women enjoying her drive along the coast

Coast to Coast auto shipping takes 5-8 calendar days from the date a car is picked up to when it’s dropped off. A driver usually covers about 500 miles per day. The first available pickup date is for coast to coast transport is typically 2-7 business days after an order is placed, and express auto transport is usually available within 24-72 hours.

Express vehicle shipping is a service we offer when you need your car picked up quickly or a short time frame between pick-up and delivery or you need it to arrive on a pretty specific date. This is a coast to coast shipping service that offers you more control over timing and may cost about 30% more.

Some things can alter preferred timing, such as weather delays. If your coast to coast car transporter has to scale snow-covered mountains, then, just like you in your car, it’s slow going some of the time. Are you shipping over a holiday? Car transport coast to coast can be slowed by excessive traffic.

Another factor in length of time for auto shipping coast to coast is whether your car’s going to a remote town or a large hub. More carriers go to bigger cities, so they have a better shot at getting there quickly.

Should I consider enclosed car shipping for coast to coast car delivery?East Coast Transport

Open car carriers work successfully for 75% of auto transport coast to coast. So, for a family car or one that isn’t a top-of-the-line make or model, it’s the preferred method of transport. They carry 7-10 vehicles at a time and there are greater numbers of open car carriers available than enclosed carriers.

Do you collect classic or muscle cars? Enclosed transport offers your car more attention and protection. For sellers, it’s a way to be more confident the vehicle gets to the buyer looking exactly like it did when it left you.

Did you get a new job in L.A.? West Coast auto transport is easily arranged, and our transport coordinators can help you decide which carrier is best for your job. If you’re a Lexus dealer, there will probably be some models you think will travel best in an enclosed car transporter coast to coast.

For certain high-value coast to coast motorcycle shipping we recommend enclosed carriers also. Some lightweight vehicles such as golf carts travel more successfully that way, but if a standard model with quite a few years on it, you may do just as well to save the money using an open trailer.

Can I pack items in my vehicle during coast to coast car transport?

We’d love to say yes, but the government agency that oversees vehicle shipments, called the FMCSA, allows your driver to haul only vehicle-related items. Coast to coast auto transport companies, by law, can only get insurance for items that have something to do with the vehicle-related items. If you ship a pickup-truck coast to coast and it’s a work vehicle, you might be allowed to leave some tools, for instance. But for luggage or personal items, you’ll want a company that specializes in household moving and storage. Though there is a tiny bit of leeway, drivers may get fined if they just let it go. To see a more details, see our car shipping tips.

At Easy Car Shipping, we want to be sure your shipment doesn’t get entangled in any regulatory drama, so our drivers are always experienced with these kinds of issues. If you get confused at any time in the process, we are always available to help you.

Fleet of open transport trucksWhy is Easy Car Shipping one of the top coast to coast auto transport companies?

Simply put, we offer the best combination of service and value. Our 4.8 out of 5 star rating speaks for itself. We have experience, know-how, and we’re clear, concise. When you ship a car coast to coast with us, you get your own personal Transport Coordinator, so you can always get in touch. Getting your vehicle where it needs to go is our top priority, and you’ll also have the name and cell phone of the driver.

The value you get with us is well received, as well. We work with you to fit your budget, and we honor the price generated by our Quick Quote system for 2 weeks: twice the industry norm. If you’re under a lot of strain – moving the family or you need coast to coast vehicle shipping due to a loss – we’re sensitive to that.

If you’ve got a business needing a fleet of trucks in New York, we offer East Coast auto transport. As experts in vehicle relocations, we know how the paperwork must be handled and have a clear idea of what the challenges are, even before they happen. Our on-time record is better than most airlines, and our claims rate is less than 1 in 1,200 transports. Chances are your coast to coast auto transport experience is so smooth, your future recommendations will compel others to call us again and again.

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