The state of Alabama, also known as the Cotton State and The Heart of Dixie, is home to more than 211,300 miles of highways, scenic byways, and backcountry roads. Known for its Southern charm & hospitality – you can find some of the best Southern culture and mouthwatering food here – Alabama is a mighty fine place to explore, too!
Black Belt Nature and Heritage Trail travels east-west through central Alabama, affording drivers a great scenic drive (as well as access to many historical sites that include the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, George Washington Carver Museum, and much more). Marvel at the picturesque Appalachian Mountains, discover rural settlements, and take a deep breath of the fresh air along the Talladega Scenic Drive. There are also plenty of opportunities to camp, hike, and hunt. Last but certainly not least, Lookout Mountain Parkway is home to incredible canyon and mountain views while driving from Gadsden to Mentone.
Whether you’re relocating for a job opportunity, escaping the North's cold, or want to immerse yourself in the Southern charm, Alabama is a great place to take a road trip (or ten)! But you won’t be able to get far without access to your vehicle. Caravan Auto Transport is here to remedy that situation. We work with the best in the business. Our auto shipping partners ensure smooth and drama-free delivery of your car, truck, SUV, or crossover to or from Alabama. And with our free quotes, it’s that much easier to compare, select, and save on topnotch services. Enjoy the exceptional experience offered by Caravan. Request your free estimates today!
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Ready to fill up, hop in, and explore Alabama? Not so fast. Before you head out, make sure you have all your legal and safety bases covered by going over the following steps:
This step only applies to those relocating to the state of Alabama from another state who plan to establish their permanent and principal residence here (i.e., this does not apply to snowbirds or college students living here temporarily). Alabama legally requires new residents to take specific steps regarding insurance, car registration, and more based upon the date of residency. It may be challenging to establish an exact date of residence, but the state requires that you satisfy the following:
Note: Keep the date you establish residency in mind as you review the remaining steps.
Each state sets its own laws regarding auto insurance minimums. In Alabama, you must purchase an insurance policy from a licensed AL insurance agent with the following coverage amounts:
Note: You must have proof of liability insurance coverage to title and register your vehicle in AL.
If you bring a car into Alabama from out of state, you must apply for title and registration within 30 days of establishing residency. You’ll need to provide the following:
You must obtain an Alabama license within 30 days of establishing residency. You must apply for your license in person at an Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Driver License office. During the application process, you must:
If you’re coming from a state with frigid winters, you’ll love the virtual snowless nature of the Cotton State! Of course, there are always tradeoffs, and it comes in the form of sweltering summers here in Alabama. When it comes to vehicle maintenance, you want to keep up on routine tune-ups and the like. In particular, you’ll want to be sure your cooling system is in tiptop shape. Have your system flushed and changed every 30,000 miles or two years (whichever comes first). Also, frequently check your oil and change it every 3,500 miles or so. A great way to keep on top of all this is to create a monthly checklist that includes everything from air filters to belts.
Are you looking to ship your vehicle to Alabama from another part of the country? Caravan Auto Transport’s network of vetted, licensed, and insured auto transporters offers safe, efficient transport of your automobile to its destination without running up the miles on the odometer. These reputable Alabama car shipping companies provide the following services:
The most common method of car transportation, open transport carriers are ideal if you’re looking for an affordable shipping option with speedy delivery. As the name suggests, your car is loaded onto an open-air trailer along with several other vehicles headed to the same destination.
If you desire enhanced security or protection for your vehicle, you may wish to arrange enclosed carrier shipping. Inside a covered trailer, your car has protection from harsh weather conditions and road hazards like dust and dirt. Shipping your vehicle in a closed carrier also enhances its safety during transit by keeping the car concealed.
With a door-to-door car shipping service, you choose the desired pick-up and drop-off locations rather than having to arrange getting your vehicle to or from a transport terminal. Door-to-door shipping is the most convenient choice for shipping your car to or from Alabama, saving you time and effort.
In a hurry to get your car from one location to the next? Upgrading to expedited shipping ensures a seamless pick-up and drop-off of your vehicle on your schedule. As a priority customer, you receive fast, timely service, so you can get back to driving that much quicker.
When it comes to transporting a classic car, you want an auto transport company that can deliver your vehicle without a single dent or scratch. From vintage Mustangs to antique DeVaux Sports Coupes, our network of classic auto transporters has the expertise and equipment to transport your classic car safely, so it arrives in pristine condition.
Exotic car transporters use specialty equipment, like hydraulic lifts and sophisticated tie-downs, along with enclosed trucks, to keep your valuable car safe during every mile of transit. An enclosed car hauler ensures the ultimate protection for your high-end or luxury vehicle, protecting it from dirt, dust, and debris along the way.
From moving off to college to building your career, there are numerous reasons you may be interested in shipping a car to Alabama or somewhere outside of the Cotton State. Caravan Auto Transport’s network of auto shippers streamlines the car hauling process no matter your reason for transporting your vehicle to or from AL.
When moving cross-country or out-of-state, many people choose to ship their cars rather than add a long road trip to an already stressful and exhausting relocation experience. Leave the logistics of moving your vehicle in the hands of professionals with either open or enclosed vehicle shipping services.
Do you fly South for the winter? Given Alabama’s hot summers and mild winter temps, and gorgeous beaches, it’s not hard to understand why. Start enjoying your escape from frigid North that much sooner by shipping your car and meeting it at your Alabama destination -- whether you’re wintering in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Auburn, or another sunny spot.
Alabama is home to five military bases. From Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery to Fort Rucker Army Base in Dale, thousands of military personnel are stationed in the Cotton State. If you are one of the brave men and women serving our country, we’re happy to serve you with top-notch car transportation to or from Alabama.
Whether you’ve found the perfect vehicle on Craigslist, eBay, or AutoTrader, you may need some assistance getting it home, especially if it’s sitting on the other side of the country. Instead of flying out to pick it up and putting hundreds or thousands of miles on the odometer just to get it to your driveway, arrange for a hauler to transport your new car for you.
From notable Auburn University to the more intimate Samford University, Alabama has no shortage of top-tier colleges and universities for those seeking to further their education. If you have a college student moving to Alabama from out-of-state (or vice versa), have their vehicle shipped straight to campus with a fast, affordable auto transport service.
On average, it costs between $500-$1500 to ship a car to Alabama. Anticipate paying around $1 per mile for the first 1-500 miles, then approximately $.75 for every mile after that. Several factors influence the final cost of shipping your vehicle, including the origin and destination zip codes, the method of transport (open vs. enclosed), the speed of shipment, the type of vehicle, and the time of year. The best way to get an accurate estimate of car shipping costs is by requesting free quotes from our network of auto transport companies.