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Shipping a Car From Washington to California

Shipping cars from Washington to California is a regular auto transport route for us. Many of those car shipments are from Seattle, WA to Los Angeles, CA. The most common trucking corridor from Washington to California is I-5. The total miles from Seattle, WA to Los Angeles, CA is 1,137 miles along I-5. A car carrier can travel this route in about 3 days.

As car carriers travel from Washington to California along I-5, they pass through several popular car shipping locations that include, Tacoma, Portland, Salem, Eugene, Medford, Redding, and Sacramento. A car carrier may veer off I-5 to pick up or deliver cars to nearby San Francisco, San Jose, and Fresno.

We've been shipping vehicles from Washington to California 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 Washington and get it shipped promptly and safely to any residential or business location in California. We also offer open or enclosed shipping options. See how much it will cost to ship a car from Washington to California by getting an instant quote today!

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

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 Washington to California.

Example: The total distance from Seattle, WA to Los Angeles, CA is 1,137 miles. If you divide that by 500, you get 2.27, or approximately 3 days for delivery.

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

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

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

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Route Availability

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1,137 Miles

Approximate Distance

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

3 Days

Estimated Transit Time

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

How Does Shipping a Car
from Washington to California work

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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 Car Shipping Reviews

The transport was excellent in every way. Thank you!

Rick F, California

J&S did an outstanding job of getting my vehicle shipped. It was much quicker than I expected. I’d recommend you to anyone that needs a vehicle shipped.

Neil P, Washington

Thank you for helping us get our Marine’s car to her!  Was the best way to get her vehicle cross country.  We really appreciated the “door-to-door” service  and the driver’s attention to detail.  

Darcy M, Washington

Everything was great! From the beginning to the end of my auto transport you\'re entire team was wonderful to work with. Thank you!

Sandra W, Washington

Most Recent Washington to California Car Shipping Quotes

Quote Date Pickup Delivery Vehicle type
$1257 September 28 Spokane, WA Sacramento, CA Midsize SUV / Minivan
$1371 September 19 Pasco, WA Fairfield, CA Midsize SUV / Minivan
$904 September 16 Bothell, WA Valley Village, CA Car
$1428 September 14 Hoquiam, WA San Jose, CA Car
$2600 September 09 Walla Walla, WA Mission Viejo, CA Car
$938 September 04 Bothell, WA Los Angeles, CA Compact SUV / Crossover
$1603 August 19 Grand Coulee, WA Sacramento, CA Midsize SUV / Minivan
$1519 August 18 Lynnwood, WA Arroyo Grande, CA Car
$1796 August 12 Spokane, WA Morgan Hill, CA Midsize SUV / Minivan
$2072 August 11 Spokane, WA Ramona, CA Midsize SUV / Minivan

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Washington Car Shipping

As an auto transport company with over 20 years of experience serving the state of Washington, we have transported thousands of vehicles in and out of the state. It is one of the main states we ship in and out of as we work with private vehicle owners, auto auctions, and dealerships throughout the state. As a door-to-door auto transporter, we'll go anywhere throughout the state of Washington to ship a vehicle!

The two primary shipping corridors in the state are I-5 and I-90. We regularly transport vehicles to and from Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia along I-5. Along I-90, we're regularly transporting vehicles to and from Spokane, Moses Lake, and Ellensburg. Those two shipping lanes and the cities along them are your best bets for the fastest and cheapest auto transports to and from Washington.

The most challenging car shipping areas in Washington are the northern portion of I-5 (Everett up to Bellingham) and anything west of Seattle and Tacoma in the heart of the Puget Sound (cities such as Gig Harbor, Bremerton, Port Orchard, Bainbridge Island, and Poulsbo). Transports in these areas will usually take longer and cost more – especially those in the heart of Puget Sound. In fact, we rarely send trucks over into the Puget Sound area because of the time and expense it can take. Most of our customers realize they can expedite their transports and save a lot of money by meeting a carrier in the Tacoma area.

Other challenging locations are all those towns and cities in Washington north of US Highway 2. This highway runs almost in a straight line from Spokane to Seattle. Anything north of that line is challenging. There aren't any interstates in that region of the state and the towns and cities are sparsely populated. Car carriers just aren't going in and out of those areas on a regular basis.

If you have a transport to or from Washington and you want to know what it will cost and how long it will take, get an instant quote on our website or call us at (800) 656-7638.

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California Car 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.

FAQ

Get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions

How do I ship my car to or from Washington?

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 Washington?

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.