How to Ship a Car From Florida to California 

How to Ship a Car From Florida to California

If you’re shipping a car from Florida to California, you may have a few questions about the process. If you’re not prepared to spend ~40 hours on the road, scheduling vehicle transport is your best option. Not only will it save you time, but you could also save money in the process, so it’s a win-win. We’re answering a few commonly asked questions about what to expect when you’re moving a vehicle to California to help make the entire process go smoothly.

How Long Does It Take to Transport a Car to California?

On average, shipping your car from Florida to California takes between 7-10 days. It’s approximately a 2,800-3,000 mile trip depending on the final destination and the average auto transport carrier will travel 500 miles per day. To make sure your car will arrive at its final destination on time, schedule your auto transport to California as soon as possible so your auto broker can start to look for the best prices for you.

What Should You Expect At Pickup/Drop Off?

When you’re preparing to transport a car to California, there are a few things you should plan for. The driver of the auto transport will use a bill of lading to document any pre-existing damage on your vehicle when they pick your car up in Florida. Make sure to complete your own inspection of the vehicle, take photos before your car is shipped, and use Metti International’s car shipping checklist to prepare. If your car arrives in California with damage, file a claim directly with the carrier and make a record of it on the bill of lading before signing it. 

How Much Does It Cost to Transport a Car to California?

Moving a vehicle from Florida to California can be affordable if you do your research and have some flexibility in travel time. The final price will depend on a few main 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. Shipping your car from Florida to California is a cost-effective way to move your vehicle. 

When you’re ready to schedule your auto transport to California, Metti International is here to help every step of the way. We make it easy to ship your car from Florida to California 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.