Process Factors

Car shipping cost also depends on things like:

  • Vehicle Condition

    Is your vehicle able to steer and brake? Is it in perfect condition or it is inoperable?

  • Open or enclosed

    Would you prefer that your vehicle be shipped inside an enclosed trailer, or is standart open transportation OK? Though the former may suffice for most cars, you’ll want enclosed vehicle transport for exotics, classics and other high-value vehicles. Most auto transport brokers and vehicle transport services providers offer both types of transportation.

  • Dimensions

    Height – Standart heights range from about 57 to 73 inches, depending on vehicle type like sedan, light truck or SUV.

    Length – Average length is about 190 inches, so longer vehicles may be more expensive, and shorter ones less so.

    Weight – Weight isn’t usually as big a factor as height and length, but it’s always more expensive to ship a Hummer than a Prius.

    Other items like aftermarket add-ons, ground clearence issues, and custom suspensions cause car shipping prices to increase as well.

  • Seasonality

    What time of year you’ll ship your vehicle is a big factor in overall cost. Auto transport is usually cheapest between September and May and more expensive in the winter.

  • Locations

    If you’re having your vehicle shipped from one high-traffic metropolitan area to another the car shipping cost may be less than if your origin and destination locations are in out-of-the-way rural areas.

  • Insurance Value

    Most auto transporters have a standard coverage option that applies to all the vehicles they ship, but they will offer upgraded protection for those who need more for luxury car brands like Lamborghini, Ferrari and Rolls Royce owners.