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Shipping Your Car to Your Snowbird Destination

It is likely that you will want a car during your stay at your snowbird destination.  In many snowbird destinations public transportation can be tricky, and renting a car can be expensive.  For this reason you will either want to drive down, or ship your car down and fly.  You may want to consider taking the Auto Train down.  (Take a look at our Auto Train Page)

How to Ship your car to your snowbird destination (by truck)

The process goes like this: you fill out some paper work, drop the car off to the company or have them pick it up at your house.  The company then transports the car to your destination where you pick it up or they drop it off.  (It varies depending on company.)  Most companies offer two ways for your car to travel: enclosed container or open vehicle (like on trucks that carry new cars).

Related Links:

Executive Auto Shippers LLC Provides Auto shipping to your destination nationwide.  Executive Auto Shippers prides itself on having courteous, professional and knowledgeable service.  Know that your vehicle is being shipped with care with one of the highest levels of customer service in the industry.

Pricing: See website for a free quote

Call: 847-557-0200 or Toll Free 866-530-8282

Website: www.executiveautoshippers.com

Car-Shuttle. Provides car relocation from your driveway to your destination in Florida and other areas in the South in 24 HOURS GUARANTEED!!  We are licensed and insured and offer free estimates.  Based in Boca Raton, Florida.

Pricing: Contact us for a Free Quote.

Call: Jual Development Corp. (561) 289-5678

Website: www.Car-Shuttle.com

iAutoshipping Cost Estimator  This website provides estimates for auto transport.  It provides information about 10 different transport companies.

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How long does it take?

The time frame for transporting your car depends on a few (obvious) constraints: distance, weather, and time of year (or busy seasons).  Notification is subjective based on the company and the availability of their trucks, but you should contact the company 2-4 weeks before you need their services.  In general, shipping dates will look like this:

-South to North:  5 to 8 days

-Midwest to East Coast:  5 to 8 days

-East to West Coast:  7 to 14 days


The cost is calculated based on:

  1. BulletDistance

  2. BulletSize of car  (SUVs may cost more.  If your car is over a certain height [like 7 feet], there may be more fees.)

  3. Bulletweight of car (maybe!  especially if the company allows boxes to be in car)

  4. Bulletfunctionality of car (if car doesn’t work or can’t even roll, additional fees will be added)

  5. BulletAdditions to car (camper shells)

  6. BulletGas prices also affect the pricing

The type of service provided will be priced differently, too:

  1. BulletDoor-to-door service more expensive than terminal-to-terminal service

  2. BulletEnclosed transporting is more expensive than open vehicle transporting 

Ballpark Pricing

Although pricing may vary based on the above variables, a shipment from Massachusetts to Florida would typically cost you about $800-$1000.

Car Preparation

The company you use will give you a list of how to prepare your car for transporting.  Some of these include:

  1. BulletRemoving everything personal from car (boxes, removable CD players)  This is especially important since, usually, any items stolen are not covered by insurance or the company.

  2. BulletTaking off bike, skiing, and luggage racks

  3. BulletWinterizing your car if traveling through cold states

  4. BulletDisconnecting alarm systems

Protect yourself:

  1. BulletContracts:  It’s imperative that you read all contracts thoroughly before signing.  If any agreements were made over the phone or by e-mail, make sure that they are written into the contract.  Also, call your insurance company to make sure you know what is or is not covered by them.  That way you won’t be double insuring your car.  Also, ask the company thoroughly about their insurance and what it does or does not cover.

  2. BulletPaper work:  Unless you’re leaving the country, the car company should only need your signature.  DO NOT hand over your title or registration.  If the company says they need it, make them a copy of it.

  3. BulletTake pictures:  Just to make sure you’re protected, take pictures of the car at the company’s location or with the truck in the background.  This will give you some footing incase there’s a discrepancy.

  4. BulletTake a double look:  When your car is delivered, check it thoroughly in day light.  If the car arrives at night, insist that you be able to check it during the day.

  5. In the below example we compare the costs of shipping your car and flying versus driving your car and stopping along the way.

The Estimated Bill

Drive Yourself (One Way)

MA To Florida

Requires 3 days of 7 hr drives

$ 200    -Gas     

$ 130    -Meals     

$ 190    -2 nights hotel     

$ 520   Est. Cost to Drive


The Estimated Bill

Ship Your Car (One Way)

MA to Florida

(Car delivered to drop off site)

$ 800    -Transport Fee                 

$ 300    -Flights (One-Way)          

$ 1100   Est. Cost to Ship

             Car and fly