Are you moving to a new state? Perhaps you’re buying a new car online – or maybe you’re selling one, and need a seamless transfer to the new owner. Whether you’re sending a car to your college kid or want to ship a car because you have a job transfer, searching for car transport quotes can bring up a lot of questions. One of them is, what to look for when choosing a transporter?

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

Woman accepting her car deliveryHow much does it cost to transport a car to another state?

Shipping your car to another state costs ~$1 per mile for 1-500 miles. So, a 350-mile trip would cost $350. The longer the distance, the lower the price: Moving a car ~1000 miles drops it to $.75 cents a mile, or $750. State-to-state car transport can be as little as $.40 cents per mile.

Shipping quotes can vary based on vehicle size, whether enclosed transport or express options, and seasonal demand. Enclosed auto transport state to state typically costs 40-60% more than standard open-carrier transport, and another option is express, which is usually about 30% more than standard delivery.

Different makes and models affect state to state car transport quotes also. If it’s a Hummer with special features vs. a Smart Car there is certainly a huge weight difference that is factored into the price. If you’re an exotic car dealer, you will probably prefer to send a McLaren in an enclosed 2-6 car trailer instead of an open carrier with 9 other cars. We also offer motorcycle shipping, on both open and enclosed carriers.

How long does shipping cars to another state take?Open transport truck on route

State to state car shipping takes 1-6 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 for shipping cars from state to state is typically 2-7 business days after an order is placed, and express vehicle transport to another state is usually available within 24-72 hours.

If you’re retiring to a more affordable state, chances are you have a long timeline and a fair amount of flexibility, so standard timing and best value take precedence. But if you absolutely need the vehicle there before a certain date -- for instance, when it’s a gift, or you need it to show up before you start your new job -- express can provide additional peace of mind. What we guarantee is pick-up within 1-3 days and either pick-up date or drop-off date or the shortest possible time-interval between pickup and drop-off.

Did you find that Cadillac Series 62 after years of searching online? You’re probably anxious to get it home so you can start your refurbishing project. If you choose the express option, you can speed up the process, for sure. There are some factors to be aware of, because they sometimes get in the way of standard estimated timing. If you’re shipping it to Ponca City, Oklahoma vs. Tulsa, it may take longer because there aren’t as many major arteries leading to that part of the state.

Are you sending your son a car at Oregon State’s Cascades campus? It may take longer if it’s winter, as going through the mountains can be slow. If there’s a seasonally high volume of traffic, too, it can slow down state to state car delivery. But whatever your timeframe, whether for a family move or a military transfer, we work with you to find options that work. If you have particular deadlines, a skillful Transport Coordinator can probably find a way to meet them.

Enclosed shipping because of bad weatherShould I consider enclosed car shipping when transporting cars from state to state?

When you ship a car to another state, you count on a safe transfer process. And that’s what you get on open car carriers, which do the vast majority of car transportation services from state to state. We send thousands of cars that way – stacked on trailers, often 7-10 at a time, which are safely delivered to their owners as swiftly as possible. 

About 20% of state to state auto moves and transport jobs are booked in enclosed carriers. These include cars, trucks and any other vehicle that has the highest value. Do you own a luxury car, such as a Jaguar XJ or a Rolls? Enclosed shipping is usually the best way to go when you transport a vehicle to another state that’s valued at $70,000 or higher.

The Enclosed shipping option is a way to give your vehicle that added white glove treatment. There are only 2-6 vehicles shipped at a time in enclosed carriers. It keeps your brand new Maserati from arriving with a coat of dirt or getting any sun exposure en route.

Can I pack items in my vehicle during state to state transport?Car transport to a city

You can only leave vehicle-related items in your car, says the FMCSA, the agency dictating national transportation regulations. Just as you depend on Easy Car Shipping to take care of details like insurance (which your car has, in full, when you contract with us), we are on top of any regulations related to shipping a car from state to state.

Our drivers are experts, not only in the loading, hauling and unloading of your vehicle, but they know the proper way to fill out paperwork such as the Bill of Lading. That’s the required documentation indicating the who, what and where about your shipping job.

In the same way that you want, and deserve, accurate paperwork, when you remove personal items from the car your driver can more easily record the condition of your car on the Bill of Lading. That’s essential so that you’re sure the vehicle is in as good a condition when received as it was when it was loaded.

Family moving state to stateWhy is Easy Car Shipping best for state-to-state car transport services?

We give you customized service in every way. Your job is our number one concern when you hire us to handle your shipping needs. We also custom design the best route for you when you transport a car to another state. From a Nissan Frontier to a Rolls-Royce, we ship all kinds of cars nationwide, door-to-door and door-to-dorm. Our clients count on safe, dependable service from us, which is what sets us apart from other companies.

We have 3 ½ decades in the car business, from buying and selling to transporting. Our network of >8,500 carriers is one of the largest and most experienced and professional in the business. This enables us to offer some of the most competitive car transport quotes for state to state shipping. Your quote is guaranteed for 14 days: twice the industry norm.

It’s easy to work with us: we handle everything starting with contacting your buyer or seller or auction house, or whoever you’re working with. We assign a dedicated Transport Coordinator and you’ll have a direct line to him or her – along with knowing the name and phone number of your driver, so you can reach him when your vehicle is in transit. How many companies that ship cars from state to state do that? It’s not an exact science – but because it’s not our first rodeo, we foresee all the usual roadblocks.

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