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Safe and Reliable Vehicle Shipping to and from California

J&S Transportation has provided safe and reliable Vehicle Shipping to and from 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 Vehicle Shipping company, we can deliver to or from almost any residential or business location in California, and we offer open or enclosed shipping options. See how much it will cost to ship a car to or from California by getting an instant quote today!

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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Route Availability Rating

The availability rating to and from California is 8/10.

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Average Pickup Time

The average time from booking to pickup is 4-5 Days.

Recent California Transports We Have Completed

Garden Grove, California to Hanover, New Hampshire
Van Nuys, California to Charleston, West Virginia
Stanford, California to Washington, District Of Columbia
San Jose, California to Mobile, Alabama
Escondido, California to Omaha, Nebraska
Fresno, California to Anchorage, Alaska
San Rafael, California to Charlotte, Vermont
San Diego, California to Lewiston, Maine
Chula Vista, California to Camden, Delaware
Soledad, California to Saucier, Mississippi
Rapid City, South Dakota to Escondido, California
South Royalton, Vermont to San Diego, California
Wilson, Oklahoma to Port Hueneme, California
Dover, Delaware to Vacaville, California
Eddyville, Kentucky to Coronado, California
Anchorage, Alaska to Burbank, California
Nitro, West Virginia to Belmont, California
Laconia, New Hampshire to Laguna Beach, California
Marion, Indiana to Plumas Lake, California
East Grand Forks, Minnesota to San Marcos, California

Latest Instant Quotes for California Vehicle Shipping

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$2001 May 11 Ventura, CA Leonardtown, MD Car
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$1819 April 25 San Jose, CA Dallas, TX Car
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$1404 April 19 Reno, NV McKinleyville, CA Midsize SUV / Minivan
$702 April 18 Reno, NV San Jose, CA Car
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$2319 April 14 Willits, CA Omaha, NE Midsize SUV / Minivan
$2527 April 11 Pelham, GA Rosamond, CA Midsize SUV / Minivan

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What Our California Customers Say

J&S Transportation Auto Transport Reviews

It was a great experience! Booking, pickup, delivery all prompt, punctual and professional. Thank you!

David W, California

This was a seamless and easy process, from the initial quote to the quick response from Brenda, and door-to-door pick up and delivery.  Our daughter's car arrived in perfect condition.  I would not hesitate to use J&S Transport for any future car shipments.  Thank you all! 

Denise C, California

Everything went great. The driver was a great guy. I appreciate the service. Thank you!

Joseph B, California

Service was wonderful and the driver was very nice.  Next time I need to move a car, I will choose J&S Transportation again!

Liping H, California

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How long does it take to ship a car to or from 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 to or from California.

Example: If the distance is 1700 miles and you divide by 500, you get 3.4, or approximately 3 1/2 days for delivery.

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

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

It will depend on the specific location the vehicle will be shipped to or from 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 to or from California by getting an instant quote on our website, or by calling us at (800) 656-7638.


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.

Will my vehicle be covered by insurance during the transport?

Yes! As a car carrier and licensed auto transport broker we provide liability and cargo insurance to cover your vehicle while it is being transported. However, you MUST have your personal vehicle insurance in place because we don’t cover Acts of God. Read our article about auto transport insurance for more details.