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The Cost of Shipping Your Car Across Country:
What You Need to Know

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If you're moving across the country, you may be wondering how to transport your car. Shipping your car can be a convenient option. Understanding the factors that affect the cost of shipping and knowing how to save money can help you make an informed decision.

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Distance and Location

The distance and location of your move are the biggest factors that affect the cost of shipping your car. The farther you need to transport your car, the more expensive it will be. Additionally, the location of your starting point and destination can also impact the price. Shipping to or from a major city or popular destination may be less expensive than shipping to a more remote location. It's important to consider these factors when planning your move and budgeting for car shipping costs.

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Type of Vehicle and Size

Another factor that affects the cost of shipping your car across the country is the type of vehicle and its size. Larger vehicles, such as SUVs and trucks, will cost more to ship than smaller cars. Additionally, if your vehicle is modified or has any special features, such as a lift kit or oversized tires, it may require special handling and increase the cost of shipping. Be sure to provide accurate information about your vehicle when getting quotes from car shipping companies to avoid any surprises in cost.

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Type of Transport and Delivery Options

The type of transport and delivery options you choose can also affect the cost of shipping your car across the country. Open transport, where your car is loaded onto a trailer with other vehicles, is typically less expensive than enclosed transport, which provides more protection but comes at a higher cost. Additionally, choosing door-to-door delivery, where the car is picked up and dropped off at your desired locations, will cost more than terminal-to-terminal delivery, where you drop off and pick up your car at designated terminals. Consider your budget and needs when choosing the type of transport and delivery options for your car shipment.

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Time of Year and Demand

Another factor that can affect the cost of shipping your car across the country is the time of year and demand. During peak seasons, such as summer and holidays, the demand for car shipping services increases, which can drive up prices. If you have flexibility in your schedule, consider shipping your car during off-peak seasons to save money. Additionally, booking your shipment in advance can help you secure a better price and avoid last-minute rush fees.

Shipping Services We Offer

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Everyone’s needs are different, which is why we offer fully customizable auto transport services. We can ship anything from non-running inoperable vehicles to Luxury Classics and Exotics. Automotive shipping is available in both Open and Enclosed Transport

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Are you searching for a dependable transport company to move your beloved two-wheeled machine across the country? We provide door-to-door motorcycle shipping that meets your needs. Enclosed motorcycle transport is available. It is the safest and most secure way to ship your motorcycle.

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Depending on your preference and budget, Freedom Transport Service LLC offers both Golf Cart Transportation and UTV Transportation in both enclosed transport and open transport options. For long haul moves or in circumstances where inclement weather needs to be considered – like in the peak of winter, the enclosed transport option is usually preferred

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Our most popular and cost-effective car transport service is open transport. With this shipping option, your car is securely attached to an open-air transport and is taken across the country. This is great for large vehicles such as tractors or large trucks and enables you to get your car to its destination quickly and efficiently

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Enclosed trailer transport is a method of transporting vehicles using an enclosed trailer. The trailer provides complete protection from weather elements, road debris, and other hazards that could damage the vehicle during transit. This method of shipping is commonly used for luxury, antique, or classic cars, as well as for high-end sports cars, as they require this extra layer of protection during transport.

Car shipping services that cater to your needs
Relocating, buying a car online, moving for college, and many other situations

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Snowbirds car shipping

Are you a snowbird planning to escape the harsh winter weather? At Freedom Transport Service LLC, we offer reliable snowbird car shipping services to transport your vehicle from your northern home to your southern destination safely. Our door-to-door shipping service provides you with flexibility to choose when and where to ship your car, so you can focus on enjoying your winter retreat.

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Dealership car shipping

We understand that dealerships require efficient and timely car shipping services to meet their clients' needs. That's why we offer dependable dealership car shipping services to transport your vehicles to your customers quickly and safely. Our door-to-door shipping service provides a hassle-free solution for transporting vehicles from one location to another, ensuring that your clients receive their vehicles on time.


Online car buyers

Are you considering buying a car online, but the car is located in a different state? We offer dependable online car shipping services to help you get your newly purchased car delivered to your doorstep. Our door-to-door shipping service provides a hassle-free solution to transport your car from the seller's location to your desired destination.

College Students

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Are you a college student looking to transport your car to your new school? At Freedom Transport Service LLC, we offer reliable college student car shipping services to transport your vehicle to your desired destination safely. Our door-to-door shipping service provides a convenient solution for transporting your car from your home to your college campus or vice versa.

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Classic & luxury car transport

Do you own or are purchasing a classic or luxury car that needs to be transported to a new location? We specialize in classic and luxury car transport services, providing reliable and secure transportation for your prized possession.

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Military car shipping PCS

Are you a member of the military looking for a reliable car shipping service for your PCS move? At Freedom Transport Service LLC, we understand the unique needs of military personnel and their families during a PCS move. That's why we offer dependable military PCS car shipping services to transport your vehicle to your new duty station safely and on-time.

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What Is Cross-Country Car Shipping?

Cross country car shipping is a popular way to transport a vehicle from one part of the country to another. There are many reasons why people might choose to ship their car, including moving to a new state, purchasing a car from another part of the country, or even selling a car to someone in another state.

There are two main types of cross country car shipping: open and enclosed. Open car shipping involves transporting the vehicle on an open trailer, which is more affordable but offers less protection. Enclosed car shipping, on the other hand, involves transporting the vehicle in an enclosed trailer, which is more expensive but offers greater protection from the elements.

When choosing a cross country car shipping company, it's important to do your research and find a reputable company that has a proven track record of delivering vehicles safely and on time. Look for companies that are licensed and insured, and that have a team of experienced professionals who know how to handle all types of vehicles.

It's also important to understand the different factors that can affect the cost of cross country car shipping, such as the distance between the pickup and delivery locations, the type of vehicle being transported, and the type of shipping service (open vs. enclosed).


Overall, cross country car shipping can be a convenient and cost-effective way to transport a vehicle over long distances. By choosing a reputable company and understanding the different options available, you can ensure that your vehicle arrives at its destination safely and on time.

How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Car Across the Country?

The  average cost to ship a car across country is $750 to $3,300 or so depending on your vehicle’s make, model, total shipping distance and the method of auto transport you choose.

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$750 to $1300 for open car hauling

$1100 to $1450 for open vehicle hauling

$1,600 to $4,100 for enclosed car hauling, special protection

Of course, these prices are only estimates. The cost of your auto shipment depends on multiple factors including the time of year, your scheduling flexibility, and driver availability.

A great way to get a more accurate picture of how much it will cost you to ship your car is to request a free instant quote. This will help you figure out the overall price to ship a vehicle based on your budget, schedule, and route.

How long does it take to ship a car across country?

If you’re wondering how long it takes to ship a car cross country or regionally, you’re in the right place. Transport time on the truck is contingent on several factors. For example, our car shipping delivery time estimates depend on how far the transporter is travelling and how heavily congested the area is. As a rule of thumb, we get any vehicle that is near a major city picked up in a day or two. Vehicles that are “off the beaten path” generally take a day or two longer to get picked up.

1 – 100 miles                   1 day

101 – 350 miles               1-2 days

351 – 500 miles               2-3 days

501 – 800 miles               2-4 days

801 – 1,200 miles            3-5 days

1,201 – 1,500 miles         4-7 days

1,501 – 1,800 miles         5-8 days

1,801 – 2,200 miles         6-9 days

2,201 – 2,800 miles         7-10 days

2,801 or more                  8-12 days

How our auto transport services work
(Ship your vehicle in 3 simple steps)

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1. Get a free quote and book your order

Our online quote calculator provides you with a free instant quote for auto transport. To receive a quote, enter some basic information about your vehicle, such as pick-up and delivery locations, make and model, condition, transport type, and first available shipping date. You can also contact our auto transport shipping advisors directly by phone at (951)458-2333, email, or Live Chat. Our quote includes full insurance coverage with no hidden fees, and you won't be required to pay anything upfront when making your booking. If you're not satisfied with the price, contact us and we'll do our best to meet your expectations. Once you book your order, we'll search for a trustworthy, reliable, and vetted carrier to meet your needs.

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2. Our carrier picks up your vehicle

A few hours before your scheduled pick-up time, the carrier will contact you. They need to confirm the pick-up location is accessible for large commercial vehicles. If you think it might be a problem, let them know and they can arrange an alternative. You could meet them in a wider street, where you work, or at a parking lot. Both you and the driver have to inspect your vehicle closely before it’s loaded. Record any dings, dents, scratches, or other existing damage on the Bill of Lading. This is a crucial document in the shipping process, and you must keep your copy safe. The carrier will then load your vehicle onto the transport trailer. You can track the progress of your shipment by checking in with the driver at any time. Alternatively, receive regular updates over the phone, by email, or Live Chat.

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3. Your vehicle is delivered to it's destination

A few hours before the carrier arrives, they’ll get in touch to let you know they’re almost there. It’s also a courtesy call to make sure you’re available. If you’re otherwise engaged, you can nominate a trusted friend, relative, neighbor, or colleague to accept delivery on your behalf. They do, however, have to be at least 18 years of age. Upon delivery of your vehicle, you have the opportunity to check its condition before signing the Bill of Lading.

Car shipping discounts offered by Freedom Transport Service LLC

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Student Discounts

We provide discounts in the summer and fall if you’re a student who is taking your car to or from college.


Return customers

Freedom Transport Service offers shipping discounts for return customers 

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Military discounts

To recognize your service and help you with frequent moves, we offer discounts to members of the military.


First responders

Similar to the military discount, first responders are also eligible for special discounts.

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Senior discounts

Many seniors live on a fixed income and need to stick to a strict budget, we offer shipping discounts to seniors.

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$0 upfront payment/booking deposit

When you ship your vehicle with Freedom Transport Service, you pay no upfront booking fees.

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Full insurance coverage

We include comprehensive insurance coverage in our prices. You know your vehicle is fully covered and secure throughout your auto transport service. There are no additional or hidden fees. Our car shipping prices are all-inclusive.

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Customizable services

At Freedom Transport Service LLC, we understand that each client has unique transportation needs. That's why we offer fully customizable vehicle transport services to meet your specific requirements. We collaborate with a vast network of reliable carriers, enabling us to provide flexible scheduling options for pick-up, shipping, and delivery. Whether you need open or enclosed transport, expedited or standard delivery, we have got you covered. We take pride in our ability to provide tailored solutions that meet the unique needs of our clients.

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Freedom Transport Service LLC is proud to be a Better Business Bureau (BBB) accredited business. This accreditation reflects our commitment to providing excellent customer service and meeting the highest ethical standards. Our BBB accreditation demonstrates our dedication to resolving any customer complaints promptly and professionally.

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Open 7 days per week

Freedom Transport Service LLC is open seven days a week to assist with sales, dispatch, and claims inquiries, ensuring prompt and efficient services for our clients.

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10k+ auto carriers

At Freedom Transport Service LLC, we work with a vast carrier network of over 10,000 reliable carriers to provide efficient and flexible auto transport services. Our carrier network comprises highly vetted haulers who meet our strict safety and quality standards.

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