Cross Country Car Shipping: A Beginner’s Guide

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A couple of cars being transported across the country.

Moving across the country? You’ll need your car to explore the new city. Skip the hassle of driving overnight and let a professional car shipping company transport your vehicle within no time. Here’s everything you need to know about shipping your vehicle across the country:

How Much Would It Cost? 

This is one of the first questions that might pop up when choosing a car shipping service. The cost of shipping depends on various factors such as:

  • Type and Size of The Car

Bigger cars tend to cost more as they take up more space in the carrier. If you have a smaller, more compact vehicle, you can expect a comparatively lower price.

  • Distance

A cross-country service will cost more than transporting your car within a state. Prices will vary according to the gas, toll fees, person-hours, and other additional costs included. If you pick a place that’s further away from the central city, you can also expect a higher price.

  • Weather

Since spring and summer are the official ‘moving months,’ there’s usually a spike in prices due to the influx of bookings. During the autumn and winter seasons, the rates significantly drop.

  • Transport Type

You have an option to choose between open carry transport and enclosed transport. The former is cheaper and ideal for those on a budget. Enclosed transport is one of the safest methods, especially if you’re transporting a luxury car. Another option that you can choose between is terminal to terminal or door-to-door delivery; the cost of both vary.

A car being transported across the country via enclosed shipping.

How Should You Prepare Your Car for Shipping?

Once you’ve selected a reliable car shipping company, it’s time to prepare your car for the journey. Here are some essential steps to follow:

  1. Wash and Clean the Car

You might think that washing your car before it spends hundreds of miles on the road is counterproductive. However, it’s actually a great way to document the existing condition of your vehicle. This way, you can hold the shipping company responsible for any damages incurred along the way.

  1. Remove all Valuables 

Do a quick search and remove any critical documents, gadgets, or any other valuables from your car.

  1. Check the Tires and Battery

Make sure that the tires are inflated as they can be damaged during transit. Next, check the battery to confirm whether it’s charged.

  1. Take Photographs

Once your car is ready, click pictures from all angles and save them on your phone. You can use these are cross-reference once the vehicle is delivered to your chosen destination.

  1. Get The Gas Tank To About Quarter Full

The last thing to do is get your gas tank down to a quarter full to prevent potential road hazards.


You can trust our professionals at RGV Transport for reliable and efficient services. We affordable vehicle transport services nationwide. Whether you’re looking for the terminal to terminal delivery, door to door delivery, enclosed or open carry car transport services, we’ve got you covered.


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