Executive Auto Shippers | Car Shipping Calculator
Do you need to know how much to ship a car? Well, you are in the right place.
Simply submit your auto transport information into this vehicle transport rate estimator.
This car shipping calculator is merely a rate estimator and does not provide a guaranteed rate or total final cost. To verify how much to ship a car and receive your guaranteed transport rate, please contact our team of auto shipping experts at 847.557.0200. Or you can simply provide valid contact information on the car shipping calculator and one of our auto shipping experts will be in contact with you.
Want to know more than just the cost of shipping a car?
Great! Our goal at Executive Auto Shippers is to educate our customers on the entire auto shipping process. If you are interested in more information about vehicle shipping, in general, our auto shipping FAQ section is a great place to start.
Not a do-it-yourself kind of person, no problem. Our team of auto shipping experts is here to answer all of your questions. In fact, to ensure the best auto shipping experience, we suggest as much verbal communication as possible. In today’s online world you can get almost anything you need with a click of the mouse and no human interaction. While convenient for many transactions, that process is not as effective when scheduling your vehicle transport. When calculating the cost of your car shipping and especially when determining the correct car shipping schedule, we customize the process to meet your specific needs.
Determining a guaranteed vehicle transport rate is quite a detailed process that takes many variables into account. While our automated car shipping calculator is accurate most of the time, it is not yet able to replace human intelligence. When determining your guaranteed vehicle transport rate, our auto shipping expert will start with the average cost to ship a car on any given route and then factor in many variables.
Variables that may affect the cost of shipping a car
This table illustrates the most basic way that your specific vehicle details may affect the transport rates.
Coupe = Cheapest
Small Sedan = Cheapest
Mid Size Sedan = Cheapest
Large Sedan = $50 to $150 Additional
Small SUV = $50 to $100
Mid Size SUV = $50 to $150
Large SUV = $100 to $250
Mini Vans = $50 to $150
Standard Half-Ton Pick Ups = $100 to $350
3/4 Ton and Larger Pick Ups = $200 to $600
That seems pretty easy, just select your type of vehicle, and your rate should be easy to calculate. However, this is actually where the human touch can make a significant difference. Here are some examples of how the rate can be affected by vehicle details you might not be considering.
You should not stereotype vehicles
Are all coupes created equal? They are definitely not. As classic car collectors love to point out, they just don’t make them like they used to. Let’s take a quick look at a perfect example of this.
2018 Honda Civic 2 Door Coupe Measurements
-Weight 2889 Lbs
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle 2 Door Coupe Measurements
-Weight 3394 Lbs
As you can see when we compare the dimensions of two coupes that come from different eras, there is a noticeable difference. Although they are both considered a coupe (2-Door), the 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle is nearly two feet longer and weighs over 500Lbs more than the 2018 Honda Civic. While this is a great example, this situation is not limited to the comparison of a classic car and a newer automobile. Many vehicles will require a manual quote due to their actual dimensions.
Dimensions are pretty straightforward and easy to compare, but they do not tell the whole story either. There are also some intangible factors to be considered before setting any rates. Which of those two coupes that we have been comparing are easier to haul. Yes, that is a thing. Vehicle transport is a service after all, which means that the amount of work required to provide the service is taken into account when setting rates. Continuing with our example of the classic car, there are many things a driver will have to consider to ship the classic car safely. Like, does the vehicle have useable tie-down points. Some classic cars do not have any tie-down points, and the ones that do may not be in a useable condition. Rust or over-use could cause the classic car to come loose during transportation. In fact, the condition of the classic car could be an issue in general. What if there is a mechanical issue and the vehicle does not start the next time it needs to be moved on the carrier? Or even worse, what if something is loose or rusty and falls off during transportation. This can cause damage to other vehicles on the load as well as vehicles traveling on the roadway. Classic cars do require more attention to ship (especially when shipping on an open carrier), so it is typical that the rate is higher than a newer vehicle of the same type. That is why our auto shipping experts will suggest that your classic car is transported via enclosed carrier.
Open Auto Transport or Enclosed Car Shipping?
How you choose to answer this question will make a huge difference in the rates you will receive. Open auto transport is the most common type of auto shipment. That means that it is also the most economical option. If your vehicle requires the security that an enclosed shipment provides, or you just want that added level of protection then be prepared to pay for it. Depending on the other details of your auto shipment, enclosed car transport will cost between 50% and 80% more than an open carrier rate.
When Enclosed Auto Transport Is Not Enough
If you are transporting a true classic, exotic, or collectible vehicle and need even more protection then a normal enclosed carrier can provide, then a dedicated enclosed carrier is probably your best bet. A dedicated enclosed carrier means that only your vehicle(s) will be transported on the load. But be prepared for the increase in cost that comes with this level of service. Choosing a dedicated enclosed carrier for your shipment will have a huge impact on the auto transport rate you will pay. Since your vehicle(s) will be the only thing in the carrier the cost has to cover the rate that would normally be charged for the entire load. The exact impact on the cost to ship your vehicle will depend on the route and mileage of your shipment, as well as how many vehicles you are transporting. If you are planning to ship a full load of vehicles then you’ll already be paying the same rate as the entire load, so a dedicated enclosed carrier will not cost much if any more. However, the rate to ship one automobile via this method may be many times the cost of a normal enclosed shipment.
How your route affects the cost of shipping a car.
When you are shipping a car across the country the exact route you are on plays a substantial role in your final auto transport rates. While some freight shipping industries might use a flat per mile rate, vehicle transport rates are not that simple to estimate. Auto transport rates per mile differ significantly from one route to another and are seldom the same even on the reverse direction of the exact same route.
The geography of the route itself can be the cause of the variances in the average cost per mile from one route to another. As an example, transporting a vehicle to or from Long Island New York requires the carrier to cross multiple toll bridges. The cost of these tolls for a full sized auto transporter is quite substantial and typically affects the cost of shipping a car on that route. Even though extra costs like tolls can add to auto transport rates, the big difference between the rates on differing routes comes from another variable.
Just like airline flight rates, supply and demand plays a significant role. If you have ever checked out the rates to fly during a major holiday or peak travel season, you know exactly how supply and demand affect the airline prices. How much it costs to ship your car is substantially determined by the same variables. Basically how many auto carriers are on a given route versus how many people want to ship a car on that same route at any given time. This give and take of available auto shipping space is the main factor in determining the answer to “How much to ship a car?”.