Arkansas Auto Transport

Arkansas, situated above Louisiana and below Missouri, is home to more than 210,500 miles of highways, byways, and backcountry roads. From the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains to the Delta flatlands, this Southern State is a prime road trip location!

Nestled in the Boston Mountains, the Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway is a nature lover’s paradise, ideal for everyone from motorcyclists to avid hikers. Lookout Mountain Scenic Loop is comprised of two roads. It offers one of the most exciting and scenic drives, particularly for motorcyclists, as well as a host of opportunities for backpacking, biking, and lake activities. Want to check out the state’s highest point? Mount Magazine Scenic Byway takes you to the top of Mount Magazine, at an elevation of 2,753 feet.

There are so many amazing views to take in and spots to explore in the Natural State, but you’ll need your vehicle to enjoy it all! Whether you’re looking for an escape from the brutal winters of the North or just looking for a fresh start, Caravan Auto Transport makes it easy & affordable to have your car, truck, SUV, or any other vehicle delivered to or from Arkansas. Our auto shipping partners are all fully vetted, licensed, and insured to ensure a smooth transition to your new home. We take the pressure off your shoulders so you can enjoy a drama-free move. Request your free quotes today!

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Things to Know About Driving in the Natural State

  • Miles of Roadway: 210,532
  • Major Interstates: 
    • North-South: I-49 is made up of two sections that run from the Louisiana state line in the South for the first section to Texarkana in the northern section; I-55 stretches along the Mississippi River and enters the state near Memphis, TN, and ends at the MO state line
    • East-West: I-40 runs through Van Buren, Russellville, Conway, North Little Rock, and finally stops at Hernando de Soto Bridge (which traverses over the Mississippi River); I-30 travels through Little Rock, Benton, Arkadelphia, and Hope
  • Average Commute Time: 10th fastest commute in the US (tied with Oklahoma and Utah) at 21.7 minutes
  • Most Popular Car: Nissan Altima

Steps to Take After Shipping Your Vehicle to Arkansas

It can be tempting to jump into your car once it arrives in Arkansas. Be sure to have your bases covered beforehand – residency status, title & registration, driver license, insurance, and so on – so you can enjoy your first road trip without any legal or safety issues.

1. Understand Arkansas Residency

This step only applies to those relocating to Arkansas from another state who plan to establish their permanent and principal residence in the state (i.e., this does not apply to snowbirds or college students living here temporarily). Arkansas 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 here are several steps to help establish it:

  • Buy a home or sign a long-term lease
  • Establish an AR mailing address
  • Switch to utility providers in the state
  • Obtain Arkansas driver license
  • Title and register your vehicle here
  • Register to vote in Arkansas
  • File state income taxes
  • Register your pets in the state
  • Open new AR bank account

Note: Keep the date you establish residency in mind as you review the remaining steps.

2. Update Your Insurance to Comply with AR Laws

Each state sets its own laws regarding auto insurance minimums. In Arkansas, you must purchase an insurance policy from a licensed AR insurance agent with the following coverage amounts:

  • $25,000 property damage liability per accident: Property liability coverage pays for any damage done to another car or property in an accident in which you are the at-fault driver.
  • $25,000 bodily injury liability coverage per person/$50,000 per accident: Bodily injury liability coverage helps to cover another person’s injuries for which you are at fault.

Note: You must have proof of liability insurance coverage to title and register your vehicle in AR.

3. Title and Register Your Vehicle

If you bring a car into Arkansas from out of state, you must apply for title and registration within 30 days of establishing residency. The good news is that you can do so online at mydmv.arkansas.gov. You will need to have access to the following:

  • Out-of-state title
  • Insurance card
  • Federal odometer statement

Also, it may be necessary to have these items on hand as well:

  • Personal property tax number
  • Lien contract or security agreement
  • Current county tax assessment
  • Proof of paid tax receipt

4. Obtain a Valid Arkansas Driver License

You must obtain an Arkansas license within 30 days of establishing residency. You must apply for your license in-person at a local Revenue Office. During the application process, you must:

  • Establish residency in Arkansas
  • Provide proof: ID, date of birth, social security number, change of name (if applicable), legal US presence, primary & secondary documents (official list)
  • Surrender out-of-state driver license
  • Pass driver exam (if the license is expired)
  • Pass vision screening
  • Have photo taken
  • Pay applicable fees

5. Car Care Tips in AR

Looking to escape intense winter weather in the North or elsewhere? The good news is that Arkansas has mild winters! But just because there isn’t much snow here, that doesn’t mean you should not be mindful of car maintenance. To keep your vehicle in tiptop shape, here are some recommendations:

  • Change oil every 3,000 miles (regular) or 5,000 (synthetic)
  • Flush & replace antifreeze every 30,000 miles
  • Replace brake fluid every 30,000 miles
  • Change transmission fluid every 30,000 miles
  • Replace the air filter every 12,000 miles or 12 months
  • Replace fuel filter every 24,000 miles or 24 months
  • Have a maintenance checkup at 15,000 / 30,000 / 60,000 / 90,000 miles

Another great tip is to keep a maintenance/tune-up checklist (either written out or on a device). This way, you won’t forget about the upcoming checkups that could lead to major issues if not addressed promptly. Be safe, and enjoy your time driving in the state of Arkansas!

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Top 3 Places to Go for a Drive (After Shipping Your Car) in Arkansas

Home to majestic mountains, waterfalls, rolling hills, flatlands, and so much more, Arkansas offers a bounty of diverse natural landscapes beckoning to be discovered and explored! Below, we’ve included the best scenic byways in the Natural State:

1. Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway

Coming in at 35 miles long, the Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway is the place to be for lovers of the great outdoors! Rugged and beautiful, the scenic route is located in the Boston Mountain range, offering an assortment of recreational opportunities that include camping, hiking, canoeing, and more. Stretching from the southern section of the Ozark National Forest to the Upper Buffalo Wilderness region in the north, the drive itself provides outstanding views of rugged terrain, abundant wildlife (wild turkey, whitetail deer, black bears, and more), and colorful fall foliage. Here are some of the top attractions & destinations along the Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway:

  • Ozark Highlands Trail: At a length of approximately 160 miles, Ozark Highlands Trail is a great spot to camp, backpack, and of course, hike from point to point. It’s also home to a lake. Dogs are allowed on the trail, but they must be on a leash. This trail is a beautiful place to spend a day or weekend, particularly when the fall colors come out.
  • White, Buffalo, Kings, Mulberry, and Big Piney Creeks/Rivers: Looking for the best fishing around? The White is not only one of the best trout streams in the United States but arguably the world. The Kings, the nation’s first national river located in the mountains of Madison County, is a highly popular pick for catfish and rock bass.
  • Ozone Recreation Area and Campground: As one of the most prominent campgrounds along the Ozark Highlands Trail, Ozone Recreation Area & Campground sits at the former Ozone Civilian Corp Camp. There is a pavilion (for rent) and eight family units, along with spots for hiking and picnicking.

2. Boston Mountain Scenic Loop

Composed of two roads – US 71 at a distance of 42 miles and I-49 at a distance of 38 miles – Boston Mountain Scenic Loop is one of the most popular scenic drives for passenger vehicles and motorcycles. From picturesque farmland to glorious valleys, this drive is also home to several craft shops and lodging options on top of the majestic mountains. Regardless of which section you find yourself on, there are some fantastic vistas! Check out the following highlights while roaming along the Boston Mountain Scenic Loop:

  • Devil’s Den State Park: Located in Washington County, Devil’s Den State Park comprises 2,500 acres and is open year-round. There are a manmade lake and trails perfect for mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding.
  • Beaver Lake: This reservoir area features limestone bluffs and natural caves. Couple that with a diverse variety of shrubs and trees, and this is a highly popular spot!
  • Lake Fort Smith State Park: This 260-acre lake is home to 30 campsites, group lodging, ten cabins, marina, pavilion, rental boats, and much more.
  • Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park: Found near Prairie Grove, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park commemorates the Battle of Prairie Grove.
  • Fort Smith National Historic Site: Fort Smith National Historic Site sits in the United States District’s first site for the Western District of Arkansas.
  • Van Buren Historic Site: Made up of eight historic buildings from the Italianate and Victorian era, Van Buren Historic Site celebrates the city’s history of commerce.

3. Mount Magazine Scenic Byway

In search of the highest point in Arkansas? That would be Mount Magazine at an elevation of 2,753 feet, and Mount Magazine Scenic Byway helps get you there in glorious fashion! The scenic byway is approximately 45 miles in length, with nearly 30 miles of the route going through Ozark National Forest. Starting in Havana, you’ll want to stop by the following points of interest:

  • Mount Magazine State Park: Overlooking the Ouachita Mountains and Blue Mountain Lake, Mount Magazine State Park sits atop the mountain’s peak after which it’s named. This state park offers several amenities that include fully furnished cabins, an indoor pool & hot tub, a lodge, and even a conference room. There’s also a convenient trail to the highest point in Arkansas!
  • Cove Lake Recreation Area & Campground: Not too far from Mount Magazine, Cove Lake covers approximately 160 acres. Visitors flock to the area for several outdoor activities, including camping, fishing, hiking, boating, canoeing, and much more!
  • Aux Arc Park: Situated in Franklin County, Aux Arc Park is a Class A park home to nearly 90 campsites and three picnic shelters along the Arkansas River. Amenities include showers, flushing toilets, a dump station, playground, pavilion, and a boat ramp.

Car Shipping to and from Arkansas

Are you looking to ship your vehicle to Arkansas 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 Arkansas car shipping companies provide the following services:

Open Car Transport

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.

Enclosed Auto Transport

If you desire enhanced security or protection for your vehicle, you may wish to arrange enclosed carrier shipping. Inside a covered trailer, your car is protected 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.

Door-to-Door Car Shipping

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 Arkansas, saving you time and effort.

Expedited Shipping

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.

Classic and Antique Car Transport

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.

High End and Luxury Auto Shipping

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.

We Take Care of Your AR Auto Shipping Needs

From moving off to college to building your career, there are numerous reasons you may be interested in shipping a car to Arkansas or somewhere outside of the Natural 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 AR.

Moving and Relocation

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.

Snowbirds

Do you fly South for the winter? Given Arkansas’s hot summers and mild winter temps, 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 Arkansas destination — whether you’re wintering in beautiful Bella Vista or Hot Springs.

Military

Arkansas is home to three military bases. From Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville to Fort Chaffee Army Base in Fort Smith, many military personnel are stationed in the Natural 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 Arkansas.

Online Car Buyers

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.

College Students

From the notable University of Arkansas to the more intimate Hendrix College, Arkansas has no shortage of top-tier colleges and universities for those seeking to further their education. If you have a college student moving to Arkansas from out-of-state (or vice versa), have their vehicle shipped straight to campus with a fast, affordable auto transport service.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car to Arkansas?

On average, it costs between $500-$1500 to ship a car to Arkansas. 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.

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