How to Ship a Car From Florida to New York

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If you ever need to ship a car from Florida to New York, you want a company that’s got the auto transport experience. That way you can be certain your vehicle will be treated with the utmost care and respect. 

You might not know very much about how to ship a car from Florida to New York and the purpose of this post is to put your mind at rest.

There are many reasons why you might want to ship a car from Florida to NY. For example, you might be relocating for a new job. On the other hand, you might have spent the winter in Florida and need to return to your home in New York for the summer. Perhaps you’ve just bought a fine new car online and need to get it shipped to your home. 

Choosing a reliable auto transport management company like SGT Auto Transport will ensure the process is smooth, hassle-free, safe, and affordable. 

If you want to know more about the process, such as the cost, keep reading. 

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How much does shipping a car from Florida to New York cost

Something we hear very often is, “I want to ship my car from Florida to New York, how much will it cost?” It's a perfectly natural question and one our shipping advisors are always happy to answer. 

However, it might help you to understand a little bit more about how the cost is calculated. The cost of shipping a car from Florida to New York and vice versa depends on several things. For example, the vehicle’s size and weight, the actual shipping distance, the route taken during transportation, and the current cost of fuel.

Another thing that makes a difference is the type of shipping service you choose (we’ll look at your options a little later). Something else that can affect the price is demand. If more vehicles are shipped on a particular route, the price goes up.   

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How to get a quote to ship a car from Florida to New York

If you want to know how much it will cost to ship a car from Florida to New York, the best thing to do is get a quote. It’s a very simple process because you can use our online instant quote calculator. 

You’ll be asked for specific information and it’s critical that you input it correctly. The details of your shipping requirements and the vehicle to be shipped determine the car shipping rates. Here are some of the details you’ll be asked to provide:

  • Step 1 - Input the pick-up and delivery location (zip code).
  • Step 2 – Choose between open and enclosed auto transit.
  • Step 3 – Enter the vehicle details and whether it’s running or not. 

There are handy drop-down lists to choose the year of manufacture for your vehicle, the make, and the model. If you can't find your car in any of the lists, you’ll need to speak with a customer representative. Similarly, if the year of manufacture was before 1941, a tailored quote is required. This step also includes whether your vehicle is running or not. 

  • Step 4 – This is when you provide your contact details, including your email address.

Your email is required because we always email you a copy of your quote, so you have one for your records. At this stage in the quote process, you need to provide the first available pick-up date. It should be the earliest date your vehicle will be ready to ship.

  • Step 5 – This is the final step in the quote process and is when you get your quote. 

You click on the 'view your quote' button, and it automatically appears on the next page. You get to see all the details of your auto transport service, and it's now you've got to check them carefully.

If you want to speak to someone in person, call (864) 546-5038 or use our Live Chat option. 

What are the auto transport options?

When you want to book a car shipping service, there are several options you can book. It depends on the company, but the following are the most common options.

Open car transport

This is the most widely used car shipping service. It is popular with the general public and car dealerships when they want to transport both new and used vehicles. 

Generally, an open car transport company will use a trailer that has one or two levels. They are able to transport several vehicles at the same time, making it a good value for money option. 

When you ship a vehicle in an open trailer, it is exposed to the elements and the surrounding environment, because the trailer has no sides. However, don’t think this means your vehicle isn’t safe. Open car transport is one of the safest and most secure ways to transport a vehicle. 

Enclosed car transport

Enclosed auto transport is slightly different because the vehicles being moved are in an enclosed trailer. This means they’re protected from the weather and any traffic grime. It’s a popular choice for owners of classic, custom, antique, luxury, high-end, and modified vehicles. 

If you want your vehicle to arrive as clean as when you left it, enclosed auto shipping is the service to choose. Your vehicle is protected from the weather, dust, dirt, and traffic grime. Throughout its journey, your pride and joy will be protected and the carrier will deliver a spotless car. 

The cost of this service is between 30% and 40% more than open car transport. 

Guaranteed pick-up

There may be times when you need to make a more specific arrangement to ship your car, or want to make a last minute shipment. Guaranteed pick-up is the service for just this type of occasion. You can make your booking with a 24-hour window. For this service, you can expect to pay up to 50% extra.

Express auto transport

If you want to ship your car quicker than normal, express auto transport is the service for you. With this service, you car is shipped quicker than the standard service time. 

The industry standard timeline for a car transport pick-up is between 5 and 7 days. You can reduce this to between 1 and 2 business days with an express or expedited auto transport service. You make arrangements for the pick-up of your vehicle to be within 48 hours of the first available pick-up date.

On average, you can expect to pay around 30% more for this auto transport service.  

Is it better to ship your car from FL to NY yourself?

Driving your car, truck, SUV, or minivan is bound to be very tempting. After all, it’s a lovely drive along the coast from Florida to New York and less than 2,000 miles. It might also seem a little cheaper until you start looking at the hidden costs you’ll need to take into account. When you add up the average out-of-pocket costs, it could end up being costlier than your car shipping quote. 

Everything that goes into making the journey has to be accounted for. From hotel costs for two or possibly three nights to food costs and tolls. Then there’s the cost of gas you’ll burn. In addition, there’s the unseen wear and tear you’ll be putting on your car that will cost money in the long run. You’ll also need new tires and brakes sooner. 

On top of the price, you could be spending 3-4 days of your valuable time on the road. Just how much is a day or two of your time worth? This is why professional car shipping companies are the better choice for shipping your car from Florida to New York. You’ll be able to get a plane ticket and be at your home in New York in a few hours, waiting for your car to be delivered. 

Getting your car ready to ship

When you ship a car from Florida to New York or vice versa, there are some mandatory preparation steps you need to take before shipping your car.

  • Ensure the gas tank is one quarter full.
  • Thoroughly clean your vehicle inside and out.
  • Make sure all the fluids are topped up.
  • Check your battery and tire pressure.
  • Notify your carrier of any leaking fluids.
  • Take high-quality photographs before pickup and after delivery.
  • Remove decorative ornaments and items, including racks, antennas, and spoilers.
  • Remove toll tags and EZ passes.
  • Leave a spare tire and jack in your car.

Can you ship personal items in your car?

It is possible to ship personal items in your car, up to 100 lbs in weight. The items must be placed in a single box or suitcase. Bear in mind, however, that certain items are prohibited. They include:

  • Guns and ammunition
  • Explosives
  • Flammable products
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Live plants
  • Drugs
  • Furs
  • Pets
  • Jewelry
  • Any unlawful contraband

It may be possible to load more personal items, but this must be clarified with the carrier first. Inside your vehicle, the front seats must be empty and free of any personal items. Any extra items you want to ship must be on the back seat, below the window level. No items are permitted outside of the vehicle.

We’re proud to be an auto transport management company with a good reputation and have had the pleasure of moving thousands of vehicles between Florida and New York. 

If you want to know more about our services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can speak directly with our shipping advisors by calling (864) 546-5038 or use our Live Chat option. 

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