With more than 306,600 miles of road, Illinois is home to the third most highways, byways, and country roads in the country (behind only California and Texas). And with all those paved stretches comes some great road trips! Take a ride along the 300-mile section of Historic Route 66 – it runs from Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain through the southwest portion of the state – taking in the sights, sounds, and memories of this cherished American landmark. Running parallel to the mighty Mississippi, the Great River Road is a nature and history enthusiast’s dream route. From paddlewheel boats to walking along the same path as Lewis and Clark, this route awaits your discovery. Another gem, the Historic National Road, the first to be federally funded, offers 164 miles of historic sites and attractions.
Illinois is full of so many natural, cultural, historical, and recreational opportunities. But to partake in everything the Prairie State has to offer, you’ll need your wheels. Fortunately, Caravan Auto Transport makes it super easy to ship your car! We work with the best auto shipping professionals in the United States, ensuring smooth, drama-free delivery to or from Illinois. Whether you’re headed to Chicago or another part of the nation, we have you covered. Request your free auto shipping quotes today!
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You’ll probably be chomping at the bit to get out on the open roads of Illinois. Before you take off on your first road trip, make sure you have the following steps covered.
If you’re moving to the state of Illinois from another state and plan to establish permanent residence here, you’ll need to take the required steps when it comes to vehicle registration, car insurance, and more. It can be challenging to establish a precise date of residency, but there are several ways to help prove you are a resident of the Prairie State:
Each state sets its own laws regarding auto insurance minimums. In Illinois, you are legally required to buy an insurance policy from a licensed IL insurance agent with the following coverage:
To limit your personal financial risk, you may want to consider upping the coverage limits on the above policies or purchasing additional coverage such as collision, comprehensive, and personal injury protection.
If you ship a car into Illinois from out of state and plan to live here permanently, you must apply for title and registration within 30 days of establishing residency.
You must obtain an Illinois license within 90 days of establishing residency. You must apply for a new one at a Secretary of State facility. During the application process, you must:
Illinois is known for its pretty intense (and unpredictable) winter weather. When traveling, you prepare for anything that comes your way. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), these are the top recommendations for staying safe: don’t “crowd” the plow (give plows plenty of space), avoid using cruise control, put together an emergency kit (jumper cables, flares, first-aid kit, ice scraper, and so on), and keep an eye out for black ice.
E-Z Pass operates toll collections throughout the Midwest, as well as along the East Coast. In Illinois, the system is referred to as I-Pass, but your Illinois tolling transponder will also work in 17 other states for fast and seamless tolling. Perks of slapping a prepaid transponder on your vehicle include no stopping at toll plazas, no fines and fees, and best of all, discounted tolling rates throughout the state.
Are you looking to ship your vehicle to Illinois 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 Illinois car shipping companies provide the following services:
The most common car transportation method, 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 Illinois, 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 so many reasons you may be interested in shipping a car to Illinois or somewhere outside of the Prairie 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 IL.
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.
Are you dreaming of all the nature adventures in Illinois? The Prairie State will not disappoint! From the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan to Pere Marquette State Park, there’s an endless list of things to do in the great outdoors: boating, kayaking, fishing, hunting, hiking, rock climbing, and so much more. Begin your adventures that much sooner by shipping your car and meeting it at your Illinois destination – whether your home base is in the metropolitan area of Chicago or the capital city of Springfield.
Illinois is home to three military bases. From Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair to Camp Price Support Center Army Base in Granite City, thousands of military personnel are stationed in the Prairie 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 Illinois.
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 the acclaimed University of Chicago to Northwestern University – these two schools are #6 and #9 in the US, respectively – Illinois is home to top-tier colleges and universities for those seeking to further their education. If you have a college student moving to Illinois 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 Illinois. 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.