Shipping a car across the country can be nerve-wracking. It’s hard to find a company you can trust to deliver your car undamaged, and once you do, it’s another challenge to choose the shipping method and timeline. ConsumerAffairs researched the best car shipping companies in San Diego to assist you in finding a reliable company.
San Diego is home to many people who move frequently. Whether they’re moving to different military bases, securing jobs in different places or just moving to enjoy San Diego, people here are coming and going. Additionally, California is a car-centric state. With the majority of households in California having one car or more, moving vehicles can present a logistical challenge. An auto transport company can take care of one of the many details involved in relocation.
When comparing quotes from auto transport companies, consider that shipping your vehicle during off-peak times, like fall and winter when fewer people are relocating, might save money. In most cases, customers choose open transport because it is less expensive and offers more flexibility for pick-up and delivery. However, open transport exposes the vehicle to elements like ice, snow, dirt and road hazards. Enclosed transport, with higher insurance policy limits and specially trained carriers, is recommended for antique or exotic vehicles and those worth over $50,000.
Here are some estimated transport rates to/from San Diego:
Based on shipping a large, operable sedan in an open carrier with availability 45 days in advance.
A number of factors can influence a quoted price:
Enclosed vs. open carrier
Transporting a sedan vs. truck
Transporting to or from a rural vs. urban area
Vehicle pickup (fewer than 30 days advance notice drives up the price)
Vehicle condition, operable vs. inoperable
Extra insurance fees and fuel surcharges
Consumers considering auto transport should keep in mind that California has specific licensing requirements that companies must meet in order to provide vehicle shipping services. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration advises consumers to avoid interstate auto haulers and auto transport brokers that don’t display their MC Docket numbers on their websites.
Consumers have several options when choosing an auto transport company in San Diego. Evaluate the companies below before moving forward.
eShip provides auto transport and household moving services, so San Diego military families who must relocate might find it convenient to hire them for both. California reviewers noted excellent customer service with helpful and friendly agents. Customers will appreciate the honesty of the FAQs on the company website.
Sherpa Auto Transport offers a customer-oriented, smooth transport experience. Backed by their Price Lock Promise, Sherpa offers one data-driven price and sticks to it. After your vehicle is delivered, customers can redeem a free car wash through their Clean Car Guarantee. A licensed and bonded company, Sherpa Auto Transport services all continental states and offers free online quotes. Cancellations can be made before the vehicle is picked up for a small fee depending on the timeline.
The AmeriFreight website offers a rate calculator tool, where you can enter information and get an approximate price. Some San Diego residents will appreciate that the website is available in Spanish. Military families should inquire about a discount. The majority of reviewers experienced excellent customer service, but some were unhappy with the final price differing from the original quote.
Ship a Car Direct
Ship a Car Direct is based in Niwot, Colorado, near Boulder. Reviewers in California experienced great customer service from the company, but reported delays in carrier pick-up and delivery. It’s worth noting that in some cases the owner personally replies to reviews to attempt to resolve complaints.