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Shipping a car from California to Minnesota

Are you looking for a California to Minnesota Vehicle Shipping company? Look no further than J&S Transportation. We've been shipping vehicles from California to Minnesota for dealers and private vehicle owners for over 20 years. Our rates are priced to move, and your satisfaction is guaranteed! We adhere to the highest insurance standards, and we provide our customers with regular updates. 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 Minnesota. We also offer open or enclosed shipping options. See how much it will cost to ship a car from California to Minnesota by getting an instant quote today!

How long does it take to ship a car from California to Minnesota?

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 Minnesota.

Example: The total distance from Los Angeles, CA to Minneapolis, MN is 1,925 miles. If you divide that by 500, you get 3.9, or approximately 4 days for delivery.

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

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How much does it cost to ship a car from California to Minnesota?

It will depend on the specific pick up location in California and the delivery location in Minnesota. It will also 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 California to Minnesota 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 Minnesota to give you an idea of what it will cost.

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9/10

Route Availability

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

1,925 Miles

Approximate Distance

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

4-5 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 Minnesota work

Shipping your car has never been easier

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Get an instant quote or call our transportation specialists.
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

10/10! Would definitely book again for future transport!

Maw K, California

The experience from start to finish was professional, timely, stress less and personable! I will definitely use J&S Transportation again!

Frank D, California

Our auto transport with J&S Transportation was terrific! Great communication and great customer service!

Kim E, California

Everything from start to finish was seamless. Beyond impressed! Thank you!

Ryan R, California

Most Recent California to Minnesota Vehicle Shipping Quotes

Quote Date Pickup Delivery Vehicle type
$1435 July 20 Sunnyvale, CA Lakeville, MN Car
$1800 July 18 Ontario, CA Chanhassen, MN Midsize SUV / Minivan
$2279 July 17 Santa Cruz, CA Minneapolis, MN Car
$2631 July 17 Turlock, CA Virginia, MN Car
$2431 July 11 Turlock, CA Virginia, MN Car
$1719 July 10 Carlsbad, CA Plymouth, MN Car
$1719 July 03 San Diego, CA Chanhassen, MN Car
$1667 July 02 Santa Monica, CA St Paul, MN Car
$1667 June 08 Manhattan Beach, CA West Lakeland Township, MN Car
$1667 June 01 Riverside, CA Bloomington, MN 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.

Minnesota Vehicle Shipping

We’ve been doing more and more Minnesota auto transports, especially from Montana to Minnesota, but from (and to) other states as well. Like all states, Minnesota has “easy” locations and more challenging locations to ship a car to or from. Let’s start with the easy car shipping locations in Minnesota.

There are three main trucking corridors in Minnesota. There is I-90 that runs west/east in far southern Minnesota, I-94 that runs west/east in the middle of the state, and then I-35 that runs north/south on the eastern side of the state. Anything on or close to these corridors are going to be solid car shipping locations, but some are better than others.

The best car shipping location is the Twin Cities metro area (Minneapolis/St. Paul) where the state’s primary population is and where I-94 and I-35 intersect. St. Cloud in central Minnesota along I-94 is probably the next best location. Albert Lea in southern Minnesota along I-35 and I-90, and Rochester, which is close to I-90 in southeast Minnesota, are good locations as well.

Turning to the more challenging car shipping locations in Minnesota, the Fargo/Moorhead area can be hit or miss. We've found that in most cases starting or ending in this area can be challenging (but not always). It is an area served by both I-94 and I-29 so it does help for any "northern Minnesota auto transports," but even with those interstates in play, it can be a challenging location.

The most challenging car shipping locations are those locations in extreme north or northeast Minnesota. If you draw a line from the Fargo/Moorhead area in the west to Duluth in the east, anything north of that line is going to be challenging, and the further north you go from that line, the tougher the transport will be. By challenging we mean the transport may take a few additional days and more money to complete. The reason is car carriers don’t go to those areas on a regular basis. Any of those locations are going to be “out of the way” for most carriers so we may need more time and more money to find a carrier willing to go to those locations.

As a door-to-door auto transporter, we can ship a car to or from any location in Minnesota. We’ve shipped cars as far north as Hallock, MN to as far south as Albert Lea and everything in between! To find out what it will cost to ship a car to or from Minnesota, 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.