Posted on 02/09/22

Everything You Need To Know About Shipping Your Vehicle Across The Country

Everything You Need To Know About Shipping Your Vehicle Across The Country

What is cross-country auto shipping?

Cross-country car shipping refers to when someone wants to have their vehicle transported from one end of the country to another. Cross-country car shipping would include having your vehicle shipped from California to New York, as well as shipping from Miami to Seattle.

People choose to have their cars shipped across the country rather than driving them. This is because it saves time and energy. Take the above example, where the destination was New York and California was the starting point. If you drove at fifty miles an hour, it would take fifty-eight hours. It would take you almost six days to drive there if your average speed was fifty miles per hour. You can fly five hours to get your car across-country when you ship it.

You can save money by shipping your car. Shipping your car can help you save money when you take into account the costs of fuel, food, and lodging. Consider the following. As of July 2021, the average hotel stay in the US costs $140. In October 2021, the average price of gasoline in the US was $3.39 per gallon. In the US, it cost $10 to eat out on average in 2021. It would take five nights and six days to cross the country from California to New York.

  • Hotel Cost - 5 Stays at $140 = $700
  • Gas cost = $390 (calculated using this website).
  • Food cost - $10 x 3 meals per day x 5.5 days = $165

This adds up to $1255. This does not include the depreciation that your car experiences from driving thousands of miles or how much you lose by not working six consecutive days.

What is the cost of shipping your car across-country?

There are many factors that will affect the cost of shipping your car across the country. These variables include how far you plan to ship your car when you will be shipping it, the type of car, and the fuel cost at shipping time.

These factors are constantly changing. You should get your quote as close as possible to the time you plan to book. Prices could change if you wait for your quote to be ready before booking. It is true that the farther you ship your car, the less it will cost per mile. But, longer shipments will cost more than shorter ones.

Move Car provided an estimate of the cost to ship a vehicle from California to New York. This is lower than the breakdown we showed above.

How do I ship my car across the country?

It's very simple to ship your car anywhere in the country. It is easy to ship your car across the country by calling Move Car. They will help you to schedule your transport, remove personal items, and clean your vehicle.

What is the average time it takes to ship a car cross-country?

Car shipping across the country takes about one to two weeks. Because the car must be transported across the country by an auto transport carrier, this is why it takes so long. Unpredictable factors like weather and traffic can have an impact on the final transit time of your shipment.

Some estimated shipping times as of October 2021 are:

  • Transit time from New York, New York to Los Angeles (California) is estimated to take seven to nine days.
  • The transit time from Miami, Florida to San Francisco (California) is approximately eight to ten business days.
  • The transit time from Montpelier, Vermont, to Seattle, Washington is approximately eight to ten business days.
  • The estimated transit time from Atlanta, Georgia to Salem Oregon is seven to nine business days.

These transit times are estimates. They can be affected by traffic and inclement weather.


Shipping your car while you move across the country is an economical and time-saving option. To ensure that your shipment is on time, book at least four weeks before the pickup date to guarantee a place on the carrier. Call us if you're looking to ship your vehicle anywhere in the United States, Puerto Rico, or the Caribbean.