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Factors That Affect the Cost to Ship Your Car

Rate Variables Explained


Mileage and Range

Your price is calculated by mileage relative to range (long or short). Longer distances have a lower per-mile cost to transport a car.

  • Shorter distances mean more of the trucker’s time is spent picking up the load instead hauling the load, so that increases the cost of your delivery.
  • Simply put, truckers make their money on the road.


Metro or Rural

This impacts the number of truckers traveling to a specific location. Transport to less populated areas will increase the price to ship a car.

  • On average, higher-populated areas have more truckers driving through to transport vehicles.
  • Requesting a Pick up or a Drop off in a rural area will affect your calculated quote because truckers will have to veer away from our most popular routes.


Operable or Inoperable

Transporting non-drivable vehicles increases your rate.

  • A drivable car is easily driven onto the carrier trailer.
  • Non-operable vehicles are much harder to load, and they should still roll, brake, and steer.
  • Additional accommodation is necessary for cars that do not roll.

Make & Model

Weight, Space, and Handling

Determined by car Type, Size, and Model.

  • Truckers have to account for the total weight they can haul and the space available on their truck.
  • Longer and/or taller vehicles must be properly accommodated for in the transport trailer.

Transport Type

Open or Enclosed

Open Transport is standard and does not affect the price to ship the car. Enclosed Transport is a minimum 25% higher rate.

  • Enclosed Transport provides an extra level of protection for vehicles that need special care.
  • This service is recommended for cars worth $50,000+, classic cars, or collector cars that are not regularly driven.


Route Popularity

Market and seasonal demands affect route popularity and car shipping costs.

  • The market supply and demand fluctuates along different routes based on seasonality and location.
  • The direction of travel will also affect your calculated quote, as market supply and demand can be higher or lower along one way of a route as opposed to the other.

Special Vehicle Considerations

Additional accommodations may be necessary for the following conditions. Please let your booking agent know and we will make the appropriate arrangements.

  • Modified vehicles
  • Vehicles over 7 feet tall
  • Ground clearance that is under 4 inches
  • Non-rolling vehicles
  • Shipping of multiple cars

Additional Services/Extras

Top-Load Guarantee

You can request to have your car shipped on the top level of double-decker trucks (usually $75 extra).
Note: A car hauling trailer with a single deck is still considered top-load as it guarantees that your car does not have a vehicle above it.

Guaranteed Pickup

Requesting to have your car picked up ON or BY a specific date (and/or time) will increase your rates in order to accommodate for that specific time frame. Please call and speak with an agent to arrange a customized transport quote.

Expedited Shipping

You can have your car shipped fast with a premium service, and a trucker will re-arrange his or her pre-determined route and schedule to accommodate your specific needs. Learn more.

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