How long will it take to ship a car?

Typical transit time for a coast-to-coast auto transport typically takes two to three weeks, often much less.

Driver Limitations

Automobile shipping drivers are limited by federal law to 550 miles a day, which includes any and all auto transport delivery stops along the way. They are also only allowed to drive 6 days a week, and must take a longer "rest period" every two weeks.

What can change? maintains a relationship with hundreds of active car carriers across the United States . Even then, mechanical difficulty and breakdowns can occur. When they do happen, typically gets the auto carrier back on the road in a matter of days. If the mechanical failure is severe enough to cause a significant delay, another auto carrier is dispatched to pick up the cars.

Weather patterns can often be unpredictable and may cause a car hauler's progress to slow (car carriers don't corner so well). It isn't easy for auto transport trucks to avoid hurricanes and other catastrophic weather. Our goal is always to get your auto delivery to you safely.

Lead Time

If you have your car picked up by an auto carrier at your home, it may be taken to an Origin Terminal. The car carrier that picked up your vehicle may not be the one that takes it on its cross-country journey. Your car may be at the terminal for a few days before the line haul auto carrier arrives to take it to its destination. This period is included in the two to three week estimate of time it takes to ship a car.


Sometimes, your vehicle will need to stop at a crossdock before another auto carrier arrives to take it on the next leg of it's journey. This is similar to a layover at an airport. Your car may remain at the crossdock for a few days of the overall auto transport time.

Other cases

Sometimes, you're not dealing with a typical automobile transport. Things such as enclosed auto transport, specialty vehicles, oversize vehicles, and auto transport occurring in out of the way or hard to get to areas will take longer. Your ReviewAMover sales representative will be able to advise you of the particulars of any auto transport that can be handled by ReviewAMover. If your needs differ significantly from what ReviewAMover is set up to do for you, we have a network of partners, some of which may specialize in your unique car shipment. Get a car shipping instant quote with ReviewAMover now.


ReviewAMover's certified Auto Transport carriers ship to all 50 states, if your shipping your car internationally we can provide you with one of our International Auto Transport shippers as well.  

States and Capital Information:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming


Prepare your vehicle to be shipped by Certified Auto Transporters

There are a few things necessary to avoid any problems with your auto transport. These practices are standard among auto shippers and can be expected whenever dealing with an auto transporter.

  1. Remove any personal items from your vehicle.
    Auto Shippers are not allowed, by the Department of Transportation (DOT), to carry anything defined as Household Goods. If your vehicle exceeds it's standard gross vehicle weight, you can be accessed a minimum of $250 overweight fee. Likewise, auto transport insurance will not cover any items left in the vehicle.
  2. Leave about a quarter of a tank of gas in your vehicle.
    The driver will need to drive your car on and off the auto transport truck. More than a quarter of a tank can be hazardous and excessive.
Take note of the condition of your car.
Dings, dents, scratches or other wear and tear to your vehicle, when the vehicle is picked up by the car hauler, will need to be documented on the Bill of Lading provided for you by the ReviewAMover certified auto Transporter. Copyright ©
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