How to Ship a Car From California to Virginia 

How to Ship a Car From California to Virginia

If you’re preparing to transport a car across the country from California to Virginia, you may have a few questions about what to expect. If you’re not prepared to spend over 40 hours driving, scheduling auto transport is the best option when you’re moving to or from Virginia. Did you know that shipping your vehicle will save you both time and money when you’re planning to transport a car cross country? 

To help you prepare for your upcoming move, we’re answering a few of the most common questions about what you can expect when you ship a car from California to Virginia. 

How long does it take to ship a car to Virginia?

On average, it takes between 7-10 days to transport a car cross country from California to Virginia. It’s approximately a 2,700-3,000 mile trip depending on the final destination within Virginia. The average auto carrier travels 500 miles per day depending on their scheduled stops and road conditions. Plan to schedule to ship a car from California to Virginia as far in advance as possible to make sure that your vehicle arrives on time and to guarantee the best price possible!

Do I need to do any type of pre-trip inspection?

When you’re preparing to transport a car to Virginia, it’s essential to complete your own inspection both when your car is being picked up and when it arrives at its final destination. Take photos of your vehicle before it’s shipped, and use Metti International’s car shipping checklist to prepare your vehicle beforehand. If your car arrives in Virginia with damage, file a claim directly with the carrier.

What is the cost of shipping a car to Virginia? 

It’s much more affordable than you may think to ship a car from California to Virginia. Make sure to take time to do your due diligence to find the best price and allow for some flexibility in the pickup/drop off dates. The final price of auto shipping will depend on many factors, including the distance traveled, the type of transport you choose, the make and model of the vehicle, and the drop-off location that you select. 

If you’re moving to Virginia and need to schedule your auto transport from California, Metti International is your trusted auto broker and is here to help. We make it easy to ship a car from California to Virginia and will find you a reliable and affordable auto transport carrier that will take care of your vehicle during your upcoming move. As a finalist for the “Torch Award Finalist” by the Better Business Bureau for Ethics (BBB), we go above and beyond to provide you with exceptional service.

Give Metti International a call today to schedule your upcoming car transport at 866.620.1776 or request a quote online. We look forward to helping you with your upcoming auto transport needs.

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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.