California Gas Prices Hits Record High


On Tuesday, gas prices for a gallon rose to $4.17, the highest record ever after the previous spike in gas prices in July 2008. Americans had to pay about $4.53 for a gallon of gas on Wednesday as gas prices now stand at an average of $4.33.

Never in America’s history have drivers had to pay this much for gas and it doesn’t look like the spike in gas prices would be stopping anytime soon.

Pump prices however vary across America. Some southern and mid-western states pay below $4 for a gallon of gas. Some states like California have had to pay more. California is currently paying the highest prices for gas at an average of $5.57 per gallon.

Key Factors Contributing to Increase in Gas Prices in California

  • Post Covid-19 Effects on Car Shipping Costs

The viral Covid-19 pandemic has caused a lot of unexpected increases in the costs of shipping cars. The pandemic has also led to a spike in the prices of both new and used cars. As a result, many people have settled for used cars since their prices are not as high as the new ones. However, the demand for used cars has become so high that they are now more expensive than new cars.  The Covid-19 lockdown caused a backlog of cars that need shipping. This has led to an increase in car shipping costs. As the cost of car shipping increases, so do gas prices.

  • California Taxes and Policies

The price of crude oil is one single factor that has further led to an increase in gas prices. It accounts for about 43% of gas prices per gallon. However, California taxes and policies have also contributed to the increase in gas prices. The state’s environmental laws, taxes on motor fuels and their special blend of gasoline needed for summer months are all contributing factors to a higher increase in gas prices in California.

  • Russia’s War in Ukraine

There are concerns that the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine could lead to a disruption in global crude supplies. However, pump prices started rising even before the conflict started.

After the lockdown and closure of so many workplaces, California is now back to the new normal. People are resuming their workplaces and now need their cars to prevent traffic. Due to this, there is a boost in the consumption of gas leading to higher gas prices.

As gas prices have gone up, car shipping companies would have to increase their car shipping prices or endure some losses.

Metti International Vehicle Transport and Car Shipping is Here to Help You Ship Your Car

Metti International Car Shipping offers you reliable and top-notch car shipping services. Despite the current spike in pump prices, we provide competitive pricing for car shipping. We are proficient and experienced in providing smooth, safe and timely car shipping services. Due to our amazing reputation over the years, we earned the BBB Torch Award For Ethics thrice. The Better Business Bureau has accredited Metti International with an A+ rating and we have excellent customer reviews.

If you need the best auto transport company to ship your car, Metti International is your top choice. Metti International has superb customer service. Additionally, we only partner with carriers having a 95% or higher service rating. This eliminates having to wait endlessly for the arrival of your car. We recommend you ship your car to or from metro areas. This would help you to save money when shipping. It is also easier for carriers to ship from one central location to another.

Call Metti International today at 866.620.1776 to schedule your auto transport or request a quote online. For more information, kindly visit our website at


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Frequently Asked Questions

Most major credit cards, postal money orders and cashiers checks are acceptable forms of payment.

As with most transport services, a deposit is generally required when placing an order. Deposits range from 10-25 % of the total shipping cost. The remaining balance will be due upon delivery.

Most auto transport companies accept cash, certified checks, and postal money orders.

Coast to coast trips usually takes between 10-14 days. Shorter trips ranges from 3-7 days, depending on the actual distance. Some factors may delay a trip, including traffic, weather, and truck breakdowns.

Yes, we request you, or a designated person, be present upon pick up of your vehicle. For your safety and your vehicle’s safety, an inspection is performed and a bill of lading must be signed that serves as proof of delivery.

The easiest way to ship an inoperable vehicle is to let us know when requesting a vehicle transport quote. There will be an additional charge, plus loading and unloading charges to your quote, if we are not informed of the vehicle’s condition prior to quoting.

Auto carriers are not licensed to carry house goods or personal items, these goods and items are not covered by the carriers insurance. Any damage to your vehicle due to household goods shifting or breaking is also not covered. Personal belongings left in the vehicle, are shipped strictly at the owners risk. Carriers will not inventory any belongings left in the vehicle and will assume no responsibility.

Your car is insured for the Blue Book value the entire time it is on the truck. Clearly listed on your Shipping Order, Agreement and Bill of Lading are occurrences not covered. At the time of pick up, a condition report is filled out and signed by both the person turning the car over and the truck driver and you are given a copy.

Upon delivery of your vehicle, this same report is presented. You should compare the condition of the vehicle to the report thoroughly at that time. If you feel damage has occurred to your vehicle during delivery, you must note it on the report before you sign it and the driver leaves. Damage done in transit does not relieve the shipper of paying for transport service performed. Claims will be handled by the vehicle carrier and insurance companies.

Metti International offers door-to-door auto transport service where possible. However, there are instances that we cannot collect/deliver directly to the door due to the size of our auto carrier’s trucks. The size of your street may prohibit direct delivery to your door. Also, some towns and cities do not allow trucks on their residential streets. If the carrier cannot get to your door, he will deliver your vehicle to the next most convenient accessible location, such as the nearest major crossing street, a shopping mall or supermarket.

Please have a no more than 1/4 tank of fuel, remove all personal items from your vehicle and have it washed and cleaned so that the ensuing inspection is easily performed. If it is a convertible, T-top, sunroof, etc. make sure all openings are closed and prepared for changing weather. You can find additional tips on how to prepare your car for transport here.