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Shipping a car from California to Illinois

If you’re looking to ship a car from California to Illinois, we can help! We’ve been shipping cars across the country for over 20 years, and our California to Illinois auto transports are just one of many transports we do from the Golden State.

The most popular shipping route between these two states is from Los Angeles, CA to Chicago, IL (and going the other direction from Chicago to Illinois). The shortest route between these two cities is just over 2,000 miles. It takes roughly 5 days for a car carrier to travel that route. The states that will be passed through include Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, and Iowa.

As a door-to-door auto transporter, we can pick up your vehicle at any residential or business location in California and get it shipped promptly and safely to any residential or business location in Illinois. We also offer open or enclosed shipping options. See how much it will cost to ship a car from California to Illinois by getting an instant quote today!

How long does it take to ship a car from Los Angeles to Chicago?

Carriers can travel around 500 miles per day. If you take the total distance of your route and divide by 500, you'll get the approximate number of days it will take to ship a car from California to Illinois.

Example: The total distance from Los Angeles, CA to Chicago, IL is 2,015 miles. If you divide that by 500, you get 4.03, or approximately 5 days for delivery.

We provide the estimated delivery times for your specific California to Illinois route when you get an instant quote.

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How much does it cost to ship a car from Los Angeles to Chicago?

It will depend on the size of the vehicle, whether it runs, and whether it will be shipped on an open or enclosed trailer.

You can see how much it will cost to ship a car from Los Angeles, CA to Chicago, IL by getting an instant quote on our website, or by calling us at (800) 656-7638. Further down on this page we also display the most recent quotes we've provided for transports from California to Illinois to give you an idea of what it will cost.

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Route Availability

Based on recent dispatch reports, the carrier availability rating from California to Illinois is 9/10.

2,000 Miles

Approximate Distance

The center of each state is used to approximate mileage between locations.

5 Days

Estimated Transit Time

Estimated transit times are based on carriers traveling up to 500 miles per day.

How Does Shipping a Car
from California to Illinois work

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Get a Quote and Book an order

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When ready, book your order. We will call you to confirm the details.

We pick up your vehicle

Our truck will pick up your vehicle at an agreed upon date location. After a vehicle inspection, we take care of the rest.

We deliver it to your door

Our drivers will call you when they are a day out to let you know their approximate ETA.

What Our Customers Say

J&S Transportation Vehicle Shipping Reviews

Things went very smoothly and we were very happy with the experience. We were pleasantly surprised that when we received a call last Thursday early morning, stating they had a last minute cancellation and could pick up our car in 2-4 hours! Thank you for making moving our car across the country such an easy experience.

Sherri M, Illinois

Our transportation went EXCELLENT! The driver was extraordinarily fast, and super friendly. The vehicle arrived earlier than expected and in perfect condition. The driver communicated with us throughout the trip on his progress and worked with us on a delivery location that was suitable for the vehicle. I would highly recommend your company over and over again!

Jason D, Illinois

The communication I received throughout the process was wonderful. I felt confident in using this company to transport my car. The driver was excellent too. He communicated very well when he was picking up and dropping off my car, and he went over the car very carefully to note any dents or marks before he loaded the car. I\'m very happy with my transport!

Sarah L, Illinois

Everything went smoothly with my transport! No complaints. Was surprised how fast my car arrived too.

Jeanann G, Illinois

Most Recent California to Illinois Vehicle Shipping Quotes

Quote Date Pickup Delivery Vehicle type
$2086 April 22 Los Angeles, CA Chicago, IL Midsize SUV / Minivan
$1227 April 14 Los Angeles, CA Chicago, IL Midsize SUV / Minivan
$1625 April 13 Isla Vista, CA Tower Lakes, IL Car
$1740 April 12 San Diego, CA Elwood, IL Compact SUV / Crossover
$1845 April 05 Santa Monica, CA Lisle, IL Car
$1085 March 20 Santa Monica, CA Lisle, IL Car
$1179 March 20 Long Beach, CA Chicago, IL Midsize SUV / Minivan
$1085 March 17 Fullerton, CA Chicago, IL Car
$1845 March 16 Holly Park, CA Lombard, IL Car
$1199 March 10 Fresno, CA Chicago, IL Car

Our goal is to deliver your vehicle
as safely and quickly as possible

California Vehicle Shipping

When shipping a car to or from California, I-5 is your friend. That is the main trucking artery in the state. The bulk of all auto transports are up and down the I-5. The closer your pick up and delivery locations are to I-5, the quicker and cheaper your transport will be. The friendliest shipping locations in the state are Sacramento in the north and Los Angeles in the south and any location along the I-5 in between those two cities. San Diego isn’t bad either but given its extreme southern location on I-5, it can sometimes make for a slightly more expensive and longer transport time than those cities further north along I-5.

Other friendly car shipping locations in California include those cities along CA-99, which runs parallel to I-5 and is east of I-5. Those cities would include Chico in the north, down to Yuba City, Modesto, Fresno, and Bakersfield in the south.

Finally, San Jose and the cities along US-101 down to Los Angeles round out the friendly car shipping locations in California.

Now let’s look at the challenging car shipping locations in California. These are locations that will most certainly cost more to ship cars to and from, and where auto transports will take more time to complete.

First up is San Francisco. This isn’t the most challenging location, but it’s certainly not one of the easiest cities to ship cars to or from in California. San Francisco is very time consuming and expensive for car carriers to service. Toll bridges to and from the city are expensive and San Francisco has the highest gas prices in the country. There are also many streets in the city that are restricted to smaller vehicles. All of this makes San Francisco the most unfriendly metro areas west of the Mississippi for car carriers. Be prepared to pay a premium to ship a car to or from San Francisco!

Speaking of the bay area, while San Francisco is challenging, the cities of Oakland, San Leandro, and Fremont aren’t too bad because car carriers don’t have to deal with toll bridges and road restrictions.

The most challenging car shipping locations are going to be those locations that hug the coastline along CA-1 or those locations along US-101 north of San Francisco, those locations in or near the vast forested and mountainous areas of California, and those locations north of Chico that aren’t along I-5 (far northern California).

While we are a door-to-door auto transport company, we have our limitations. There are just some locations trucks can’t get to. If you live in a remote area up in the mountains or deep in a forested area, or if you are shipping to or from one of those restricted streets in San Francisco, you’ll likely have to meet a driver somewhere along a major highway or interstate near your location.

The other challenging aspect of car shipping to or from California is the price of gas in the state. Even in the best economic times the price of gas in California is almost always the highest in the country. Carriers have to make a living so they don't eat those increased costs. They pass them along to you the consumer! As a result, all things being equal, auto transports in and out of California are going to be higher just because of the price of gas in the state so be prepared for that.

To find out what your California auto transport is going to cost and how long it's going to take, get an instant quote on our website or call us (800) 656-7638.

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Illinois Vehicle Shipping

The vast majority of the Illinois auto transports we do is in northeast Illinois, specifically the Chicago metro area. “Chicagoland” has a population of around 9.5 million people and has two major trucking corridors that serve the area in the northwest and north (I-90 and I-94), and two trucking corridors in the southwest and south (I-55 and I-57). Given the area’s massive population and numerous interstates serving it, it is an ideal location for car carriers.

A few other car shipping locations in Illinois that aren’t too bad include Rockford in the north, and Peoria and Bloomington in the center of the state.

The most challenging areas to ship a car to or from in Illinois are those areas south of I-70, essentially the southern section of the state. Car carriers aren’t regularly traveling to southern Illinois because the towns and cities there don’t have large populations. Car carriers typically go to high population areas served by interstates. While there are certainly interstates serving southern Illinois, there aren’t a lot of highly populated cities.

Whether you live the Chicago metro area or the small town of Marion, IL in far southern Illinois, or anywhere in between, we can handle your auto transport. As a door-to-door auto transporter, we ship cars to and from any location in Illinois. To find out how much it will cost to ship a car to or from Illinois, and how long it will take to complete, get an instant quote online or call us at (800) 656-7638.

FAQ

Get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions

How do I ship my car to or from California?

The first step is to get an instant quote on our website or by calling us at (800) 656-7638. The quote will give you a current price and the estimated time of delivery for your specific shipping route. From there you can book an order online or book an order with us over the phone.

Do you provide open and enclosed car shipping to or from California?

Yes! By default, our instant quotes are for open transports, but on the quote page you will also see the cost to ship a car enclosed.

What's included in the instant quote?

The instant quote is all inclusive. There are no sales tax, hidden fees, or additional charges of any kind. Insurance coverage is also included in the price you are given!

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discovery, American Express, and debit cards. We do not accept check or cash.