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    by Jessica Render ConsumerAffairs Research Team

    Auto transporters make it easy to get your car from point A to point B. Our research team vetted 24 car shipping companies rated by more than 14,390 customers. To help you choose the best auto transporter for you, we compare the different ways to ship a car, delivery options, costs, tracking ability, customer satisfaction ratings and more.

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      Our picks for car shipping companies

      The ConsumerAffairs editorial staff chose the five best auto moving companies after ranking multiple shippers by cost, insurance protection, shipping experience, customer service, quote process and overall transparency. Our top five car shipping companies are brokers that are experienced in transporting cars and offer insurance and other assurances. Brokers are skilled at finding the best car carriers for you. If you find an auto transport company elsewhere, make sure it’s registered with the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) and has an MC (Motor Carrier) docket number. This means it’s a legitimate and certified car transportation company.

      Our pick for cross-country car transport
      Sherpa

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      • Average cost: $910; offers multiple discounts
      • Standout feature: Price Lock Promise
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      Sherpa provides top-notch customer service, transparent pricing and a thorough carrier vetting process for all types of transports, from cross-country moves to snowbird routes. Its "Price Lock Promise" ensures your quote is the amount you pay when your vehicle is delivered. Sherpa includes insurance and door-to-door delivery with every transport, and it lets you further customize your shipment by choosing an open or closed carrier. The business is licensed, bonded and insured.

      Sherpa’s Clean Car Guarantee lets you spend up to $20 for a car wash after delivery. The company transports cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, classic cars and non-operational vehicles. Sherpa offers multiple discounts, including deals for military personel, students, repeat customers, snowbirds, seniors and multicar transports.

      Our pick for enclosed car transport
      eShip

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      • Average cost: $500
      • Standout feature: Platinum Protection Plan
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      eShip is licensed, bonded and insured. The company transports nationally, including to Hawaii and Alaska, so it can take your car wherever you need it within the U.S. The company also offers open transport and door-to-door delivery. eShip moves cars, motorcycles, inoperable vehicles, boats and tractors.

      eShip’s Platinum Protection Plan provides several safeguards if your vehicle arrives late or damaged. The company offers rental reimbursement up to $300 if your car arrives more than 48 hours after the delivery date, and it provides up to $300 in gap insurance for any minor damage a carrier’s deductible doesn't cover.

      Our pick for price comparison
      uShip

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      • Average cost: $750
      • Standout feature: uShip mobile app
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      uShip is an open marketplace that lets you easily compare shipping options across a long list of carriers. This puts the power and choice in your hands and makes for a much more transparent booking process. uShip transports vehicles including classic cars, boats, motorcycles, ATVs and trailers. It also moves RVs, which is fairly rare among auto transport companies. It offers shipment tracking online and through push notifications from the uShip mobile app.

      When we asked for a quote from New York City to Orlando for an operating sedan, we received a range of rates — from $575 to $912. Customers who sign up for an account with uShip receive discounted rates, and the company offers insurance for those who want added protection.

      Our pick for expedited shipping
      Ship a Car Direct

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      • Average cost: $550 to $1,100, depending on distance
      • Standout feature: $500 built-in insurance
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      Ship a Car Direct is an auto transport broker that facilitates car shipping across the U.S. It offers door-to-door services, open and enclosed carriers and expedited shipping options if you need to arrange last-minute shipping.

      The cost to ship your car with Ship a Car Direct varies depending on your car, distance of travel and method of transport. Enclosed carriers, which are often recommended for the highest level of protection, cost significantly more than open transport carriers. For a typical sedan, you can expect to pay $400 to $700 to move across a few states or at least $900 to move farther across the country.

      Our pick for online quote experience
      Montway

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      • Average cost: $900 for a 1,500-mile trip
      • Standout feature: No upfront payment required
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      Montway is another highly-rated auto transport broker service. The company works with over 40,000 insured carriers and tries to match you with the right carrier for the shipping job. It includes insurance coverage in the price of the transport and offers 24/7 support so you can stay updated throughout the process. Door-to-door shipping means the shipper can pick up and drop off your car at your front door for an even smoother experience.

      The company provides instant quotes online so you can easily get an idea of what it costs to ship your car. A sample quote we got to transport a sedan from Atlanta to Denver was just shy of $900.

      Car shipping questions

      What affects the cost of shipping a car?

      Auto transport prices range from $500 to $1,500. Several factors affect the cost of shipping a car. If you’re looking to lower your costs, consider optimizing every aspect of your auto transport:

      • Delivery and pickup dates: The more flexible you are with your pickup and drop-off dates, the less you pay. Rush shipping costs more than regular shipping, so plan ahead if you want to save.
      • The size and condition of the vehicle: Smaller, lighter vehicles are cheaper to ship than larger vehicles. An inoperable vehicle costs more to ship than an operable one.
      • Trip distance: It should come as no surprise that the farther your car needs to be hauled, the more you pay.
      • Drop-off and pickup locations: Urban hubs are easier and cheaper to ship to, while remote or rural destinations cost more. International shipping also tacks on additional charges.
      • Open or enclosed shipping: Enclosed shipping, which protects your car from weather conditions and road debris, costs more.
      • Time of year: The auto transport industry has peak seasons and off-seasons. Summer is the peak season because many move before the school year starts. Expect to pay more in summer and less in winter.
      How long does it take to ship a car?
      Expect anywhere from one to 10 days for pickup and one to 10 days for shipping domestically. International shipping takes more time. Inclement weather, poor road conditions, heavy traffic and rural pickup or drop-off locations can also extend the duration of the transport. As a rule of thumb, estimate your driver will travel about 500 miles a day.
      What are common auto shipment routes in the U.S.?
      Some of the most common car shipment routes exist between Florida, Texas, California and New York. Because so many vehicles take these routes, car shipping service to and from these locations is often cheaper. Sometimes the demand for snowbird routes creates higher prices, however.
      What are the top auto transport hubs?
      The top destinations or hubs for auto transport are easy to get to and therefore cost less money. Some of these destinations include Los Angeles, New York City, Houston, Chicago, Miami and Washington, D.C. You might be able to save money by having your vehicle picked up or dropped off in one of these cities.
      What do I need to know about transporting a car state to state?
      There are a few things to remember when you ship your car across state lines. First, don’t forget to update your license and registration if you’re moving to a new state. It’s also wise to verify the auto shipper has adequate insurance, especially if your car is being transported across the country. Finally, confirm that the company you want to move with has an MC docket number from the FMCSA. All vehicle transporters must have these in order to transport cars state to state. Most companies prominently display their MC docket number on their websites.
      Can I ship a motorcycle?
      Yes, you can ship a motorcycle, and it’s easy with an auto transport company that has experience doing so. For transporting a motorcycle, there are a few different factors to consider, so make sure you know the ins and outs of the process to find the best motorcycle shipping option.
      Can I ship a car overseas?
      Yes. Shipping a car overseas is a seemingly complex process that becomes much simpler once you know how it works. Choosing a company that has experience shipping cars abroad is essential. Once you’re familiar with the steps involved in international car shipping, the entire experience will be much easier.
      What’s the difference between an auto transport broker vs. carrier?
      • Auto transport brokers: Auto transport brokers don’t ship vehicles themselves. Instead, they charge a fee and find a shipper for you. This is the most common way to ship a vehicle. The benefit of using a broker is selection: Brokers have access to a wide range of car transporters and can often get better rates than you could find on your own. Even with fees, using a broker saves most people money. Because of their flexibility in carrier options, going with an auto transport broker also tends to result in a quicker pickup than you’d get with an individual carrier.
      • Auto transport carriers: Auto transport carriers do the heavy lifting of loading and transporting vehicles and delivering them to their final destination. When you work with an auto transporter, you have direct contact with the carrier. This means you have a more accurate idea of pickup and delivery times, overall costs and insurance information. The downside to going directly to the car transporting service instead of using a broker is that you need to do all the work of nailing down pricing information and availability. We don’t recommend this method for people shipping a car for the first time — the top companies listed on this guide are brokers.

      Whichever method you end up choosing, make sure the broker and the carrier are registered with the FMCSA, which is required by federal law. Registered brokers and carriers are given an MC docket number, which should be prominently displayed on their website. FMCSA recommends consumers actively avoid doing business with any auto broker or auto carrier company that doesn’t have its MC docket number displayed online, as there’s no way to guarantee the company is legitimate.

      Do l need auto insurance to protect my car during transport?
      Technically, no. Carriers are required to have insurance for damage incurred during transport. However, if you have car insurance, it’s a good idea to check with your insurance company to see what damages it covers.
      I need to ship my car fast. What should I do?
      Reach out to a car shipping company and request expedited transport. Your car will be picked up and delivered more quickly. Just keep in mind that expedited shipping costs more.
      Is it cheaper to ship a car by train or truck?
      While shipping your car by train is often less expensive than shipping by truck, transport by train isn’t available everywhere and requires extensive planning. Delivery by train can take up to two weeks, depending on the distance between pickup and delivery, and features like door-to-door transportation and expedited delivery are rarely available with this option. We recommend shipping by truck, especially if it’s your first time to ship a vehicle.
      Can moving companies transport cars?
      Most major moving companies offer car shipping services. Choosing a moving company over an auto transport company often costs more, though, because moving companies typically charge by truck weight. Some movers partner with car shipping companies to offer special pricing. Check with your mover to see if it has car shipping services or if it partners with an auto transporter.
      Do car dealerships ship cars?
      Some car dealerships offer home delivery or store-to-store shipping services for a fee. These dealerships typically outsource the shipping to an auto transport company. Depending on the cost, it could be cheaper to arrange transportation yourself.

      Some online dealerships offer to ship your car at no cost. If you buy a car from an online or out-of-state dealership, ask about home delivery or store-to-store shipment costs.

      Ways to ship a car

      When you ship your vehicle, it's crucial to consider the type of service that best suits your needs. You have several options to choose from when transporting your vehicle:

      • Door-to-door shipping: With door-to-door transport, a driver picks up the vehicle at your home and drops it off at your chosen destination.
      • Terminal-to-terminal shipping: If you choose terminal-to-terminal shipping, you drop off your vehicle at a terminal and a driver transports it to the terminal closest to your destination. This method is less convenient than door-to-door shipping, but it’s also less expensive.
      • Open shipping vs. enclosed shipping: The large trucks you see on the highway hauling trailers with several levels of cars are called open transport carriers. Enclosed shipping is different — instead of being out in the open, vehicles go inside a container. These containers protect vehicles from outside elements and road debris. Enclosed shipping is ideal for classic cars, high-value vehicles or cars with sentimental value. Enclosed shipping usually costs around 50% more than open shipping, but it’s worth it for some people.
      • Expedited shipping: If you’re short on time, you can ask the company to expedite your vehicle’s delivery. This service increases the total cost of auto transport.

      There’s much to consider when transporting a vehicle, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. To learn more about the ins and outs of transporting a vehicle, read our resource that gives a step-by-step process of how to ship a car.

      Who are the best car shipping companies near me?

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        Sherpa Auto Transport

        This auto transport company’s team of specialists facilitates your shipment with real-time updates on your vehicle’s location and arrival time. Ask about any discounts you might qualify for, including student discounts and deals for snowbird routes.

        • Cost: The average cost to ship a car with Sherpa is about $910, but this varies according to factors like distance and time of year. Discounts exist for seniors, repeat customers, students, members of the military, multicar transports and snowbird routes. Free quotes are available online, and the company’s Price Lock Promise means your quote won’t change.
        • Types of vehicles shipped: In addition to traditional vehicles, this company ships vans, SUVs and classic cars, even if they’re inoperable.
        • Shipping options: Pickups and drop-offs are available anywhere nationwide. Terminal-to-terminal shipping is not an option.
        • Additional services: This company’s Clean Car Guarantee pays for a car wash after every delivery.
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        eShip

        This auto transport company handles over 3,000 moves every year. Each car it ships gets its own personal agent and vehicle tracking. If your car is more than 48 hours late, the company reimburses you up to $300 for a rental car.

        • Cost: The average cost to ship a car with this company is $500, assuming a move of about 1,000 miles. Customers get free quotes online and never have to pay an upfront deposit. The company guarantees your quote is your final price.
        • Types of vehicles shipped: eShip transports motorcycles, boats, trucks, RVs and classic cars in addition to traditional vehicles.
        • Shipping options: This company ships all across the U.S. It offers expedited and enclosed shipping options, but it only does door-to-door delivery.
        • Additional services: eShip’s Platinum Protection Plan helps cover any unintended damages your vehicle incurs along the route. The company also has services for corporate relocation, storage and international moving.
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        AmeriFreight

        This auto transport company offers shipping across the U.S., Canada and select international locations. All shipments come with an AFta gap insurance plan. It has several available discounts as well.

        • Cost: The cost to ship a four-door sedan on an open carrier ranges from $495 to $1,300, including an upfront deposit. An average shipment costs about $935. Discounts are available for students, seniors and emergency personnel.
        • Types of vehicles shipped: In addition to regular cars, AmeriFreight ships classic cars, trucks, RVs, trailers, boats and motorcycles.
        • Shipping options: This company offers door-to-door transport nationwide, with service also available in Canada and some international locations. Open and enclosed shipping options are available.
        • Additional services: The available AFta insurance plan covers up to $1,000 for major damage and $400 for minor damage. The company also helps cover rental car costs if your delivery is late and you need transportation.
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        Ship a Car Direct

        Expect a coast-to-coast move with this auto transport company to take one to two weeks, on average. Customers can speak with a representative to track the status of a car.

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        Bargain Auto Transport

        This auto transport company is well known for its “choose your price” option. Company representatives work with you to explain pricing options based on your move. Then, together with your agent, you set the price for your move, and the broker finds a carrier to match it.

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        ShipYourCarNow

        This auto transport company highlights its top three benefits as speedy shipping, a simple quote process and reliability. It ships cars around the world, with no upfront fee required. Customer service is available 24/7.

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        RoadRunner Auto Transport

        This auto transport broker works with a network of over 3,500 auto transporters to coordinate your move. Every carrier RoadRunner uses has at least $750,000 in insurance coverage. The company’s website also has informative content to guide you through the shipping process and help you make decisions regarding your move.

        • Cost: Expect shipping a sedan 1,000 miles with RoadRunner to cost at least $800. The company doesn’t charge upfront fees — you only pay once it’s assigned you a carrier and scheduled a pickup time. Quotes are free and available over the phone or on the company’s website.
        • Types of vehicles shipped: RoadRunner ships all sorts of cars, even classics and inoperable vehicles. It also transports trailers, boats, RVs and heavy machinery.
        • Shipping options: This company does door-to-door shipping across the U.S., with no option for terminal-to-terminal delivery.
        • Additional services: Customers get full insurance coverage and 24/7 online tracking. Customer service is available 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.
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        Stateway Auto Transport

        This auto transport company claims to provide shipping times that are half the industry standard. Stateway Auto Transport works with individual consumers, car dealerships, auto auctions and moving companies.

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        CarsArrive Auto Relocation

        This auto transport company has an internal fleet of over 150 car carriers. Shipments in the U.S. typically take 14 days. The company claims to deliver 98% of vehicles on time, with 98.8% of all vehicles arriving without damage.

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        EZ Transport

        This auto transport company has access to a network of 5,000 trucking companies and 30,000 car carriers. Transit typically takes two to seven days within the Lower 48. The company specializes in enclosed transports for classic cars.

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        Direct Express Auto Transport

        This auto transport company offers an easy quote process that lets you give basic information about your move and receive a quote without providing your email address or other personal information. Its website also has information about regional moves, cost factors and preparing for your move. Direct Express ships 90% of orders in under a week, and most of its deliveries take seven to 14 days.

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        Ultimate Transport 123

        This auto transport company’s website has information to help you move a vehicle, including helpful checklists, unique regional shipping challenges and other resources for first-time shippers.

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        Transport Connection

        This company offers auto transport throughout the U.S. and internationally. It picks up most vehicles in just one to three days. Its long-distance moves take seven to 10 days, and local moves take just three to seven days.

        • Cost: We estimate shipping a four-door sedan with Transport Connection from Washington, D.C., to Portland, Oregon, to cost about $1,220.
        • Types of vehicles shipped: In addition to regular cars, this company ships SUVs for an additional fee.
        • Shipping options: Transport Connection offers door-to-door delivery via open and enclosed carriers. The company does both domestic and international shipping.
        • Additional services: Transport Connection’s customer service is available on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST.
        King of the Road Transport

        This auto shipping company transports vehicles all over the world and offers a variety of discounts. Its average time for a vehicle move is three to 14 days. Customers can track their cars to see where they are during the shipping process.

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        New World Auto Transport

        New World Auto Transport specializes in corporate relocation and dealer-to-dealer transportation. On average, it takes one to seven days to pick up a vehicle. Vehicle tracking is available by calling the company.

        • Cost: Expect shipping a four-door sedan from Chicago to Miami to cost about $720. Quotes are available after submitting shipment information online. Ask about the company’s military, student and senior discounts.
        • Types of vehicles shipped: In addition to regular vehicles, New World Auto Transport ships specialty vehicles, including trucks, motorcycles, golf carts, RVs, motor homes, ATVs and boats.
        • Shipping options: This company normally does door-to-door transport anywhere across the U.S., but terminal-to-terminal transport is available in special circumstances. Customers choose between open and enclosed carriers.
        • Additional services: New World Auto Transport offers storage facilities for drop shipments, easy drop-offs and overnight storage.
        Reliable Carriers

        Reliable Carriers is one of the country’s largest enclosed auto transport companies. It offers services throughout the continental United States and most parts of Canada. The company owns its own fleet of trucks.

        • Cost: Pricing varies depending on a variety of factors, including distance, pickup and delivery dates, location and the time of year you schedule. For the most accurate estimate, contact the company directly for a quote.
        • Types of vehicles shipped: Reliable Carriers ships any type of vehicle.
        • Shipping options: Fully enclosed, open-carrier, fifth wheel and lowboy door-to-door auto transports
        • Additional services: The company specializes in auto transport. It does not offer additional services.
        Dynamic Auto Movers

        Dynamic Auto Movers guarantees your vehicle stays with the same carrier through the duration of transit. The company uses a variety of trucks, including small flatbeds and large double-decker carriers.

        • Cost: New customers should request a quote from the company directly to learn the most accurate pricing information. The estimate is all-inclusive, meaning there are no hidden fees or additional taxes. The total includes charges for tolls, gas, insurance and door-to door-services. The company does not require money upfront for services. However, a small fee of around $150 is charged once pickup is authorized.
        • Types of vehicles shipped: The company specializes in enclosed transport for vehicles, including exotic cars, classic cars, motorcycles, boats and heavy equipment, such as tractors and bulldozers.
        • Shipping options: Customers can choose from open or enclosed transport options.
        • Additional services: Dynamic Auto Movers offers full-service moving solutions through a partnership with Solomon & Sons. The company provides free, in-home or on-site pricing estimates or consultations for additional services.

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        by Jessica Render ConsumerAffairs Research Team

        As a member of the ConsumerAffairs research team, Jessica Render is dedicated to providing well-researched, valuable content designed to help consumers make informed purchase decisions they can feel confident making. She holds a degree in journalism from Oral Roberts University.

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