Auto shipping from New York to Florida and back is one of the most heavily trafficked auto transport routes. The primary reason for this is the bi-annual snowbird migration from NY to FL. Snowbirds are those lucky folks who head South for the winter to avoid the cold weather, and then return North once spring has sprung.
Aside from summer, the beginning and end of the “snowbird season” are the busiest car shipping times of the year on the East Coast. The season begins as soon as the weather starts getting cooler in New York, usually around the beginning to middle of October, and ends around late March/early April when New Yorkers leave Florida to head back up to New York.
You might be wondering why you’d ship a car from New York to Florida when you could just drive yourself. Depending on where you’re coming from in New York and where you’re going to in Florida, the distance can be anywhere from 1,100 to 1,400 miles. You’re looking at a 20 to 22 hour drive! It can quickly become an exhausting (and expensive) endeavor.
At the end of the day, most snowbirds over the years realized shipping their cars from New York to Florida saves them time, money, and unnecessary wear and tear on their vehicles. They also know it’s much safer to ship their car than it is to drive 1,100+ miles.
Whether you’re a snowbird or not and you need to get a car from New York to Florida or from Florida to New York, we have provided answers here to the most common questions we get about shipping cars on this route.
How much does it cost to ship a car between New York and Florida
On average, it will cost approximately $1,100 to ship a car from New York to Florida. It will cost approximately $1,600 to ship a large SUV or truck from New York to Florida.
Here are example quotes to ship a car or truck from New York to Florida:
Rochester, NY to Miami, FL
Large SUV / Truck: $1,524
Albany, NY to Tampa, FL
Large SUV / Truck: $1,524
New York, NY to Orlando, FL
Large SUV / Truck: $1,538
New York, NY to Fort Myers, FL
Large SUV / Truck: $1,607
*Quotes current as of April 2020. Rates fluctuate weekly so for current shipping rates for cars, request a FREE instant quote below!
How Much Will It Cost to Ship Your Car From New York to Florida?
When is the best time to ship a car between New York and Florida?
As mentioned earlier, the busiest times to ship between New York and Florida is in October and late March/early April. You’ll typically pay the most if you ship a car during those times. If you’re a snowbird and you want to avoid the rush and premium rates, the best times to ship your car from New York to Florida is in September. Have your car shipped from Florida to New York in mid to late April.
How long does it take to ship a car between New York and Florida?
Depending on the areas in New York and Florida the car is being shipped, the distance will be anywhere between 1,100 and 1,400 miles. Car carriers can only drive up around 500 miles a day on average so it will take about 3 days if there aren’t any unexpected delays along the way (i.e. weather, traffic, truck breakdowns, etc.). Adding a cushion for potential delays, expect it to take 3-5 days to ship a car between New York and Florida once it has been picked up.
What routes do auto haulers take when shipping cars from New York to Florida?
Car carriers will take the same routes you would take if you drove your car yourself. The most direct route from New York to Florida is heading South down Interstate 95. If the driver needs to head towards Tallahassee, or even Pensacola, he’ll head West on Interstate 10.
If the driver needs to head further South in Florida on the Atlantic side, he’ll continue South on Interstate 95 right to Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami. A little to the West, Interstate 4 joins up with I-95 to take the driver to Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater.
If the driver needs to go further South on the Gulf side of Florida to places such as Sarasota, Fort Myers, and Naples there are a couple routes he’ll take. He’ll either head South on I-75 from the Tampa area, or he may take I-95 into Florida, head West on I-10 to Lake City, FL and then head South on I-75.
Those are the main car shipping routes, but the actual routes taken will depend on the auto haulers pick up and delivery schedule at the time your car is shipped.
How do you ship a car between New York and Florida?
The easiest way to ship a car from New York to Florida or from Florida to New York is to work with a car shipping company that ships cars on this route or provides snowbird car shipping.
J&S Transportation has shipped many cars, trucks, and SUV’s between New York and Florida over the years. As a licensed auto transport broker and carrier, we have formed partnerships with car carriers across the country and we have strong ties with carriers that specialize in snowbird car shipping between NY and FL if we cannot transport it on our own trucks.
We strive to make the car shipping process smooth and stress-free by providing great customer service and constant communication from beginning to end. You can find out why people trust J&S Transportation to ship their vehicles, and you can read their reviews on third party sites such as TransportReviews.com, Google, and the BBB.
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