Florida Auto Transport
Florida’s 274,000+ miles of sun-splashed roads, highways, and byways make it easy to get to destinations across the Sunshine State. You can cruise I-95 north-south from one end of the state to the other, hopping off to see St. Augustine’s Spanish colonial architecture or stopping in South Beach to people watch along the iconic Ocean Drive. Cut across I-4 to get to all the magic Orlando has to offer or skirt around Tampa on I-275 to access the pristine white sand beaches along the Gulf. Or you can take the Overseas Highway down to the state’s southern tip and enjoy a zingy slice of key lime pie in Key West.
There are many places to explore across Florida but you’ll need to get your car here first! Whether you’re a newcomer moving here from across the country or a snowbird looking to fly back home for the summer, Caravan Auto Transport can help you handle the logistics of shipping your car to or from Florida. We work with the top-rated auto transport companies across the country to help you ship your vehicle with peace of mind. Caravan provides you with free quotes from licensed and insured FL car shipping companies, so you can quickly compare rates and save!
Things to Know About Driving in the Sunshine State
- Miles of Roadway: 274,149
- Major Interstates:
- North-South: I-95 goes from Jacksonville to Miami; I-75 goes from Lake City skirtsTampa and goes down through Naples, ending in Hialeah
- East-West: I-10 goes across the Panhandle, through Pensacola to Jacksonville; I-4 cuts across central Florida, from Daytona Beach, through Orlando and ending in Tampa
- Average Commute Time: tied for 11th slowest commute in the US (along with Hawaii) at 27.4 minutes
- Most Popular Car: Nissan Altima
Steps to Take After Shipping Your Vehicle to Florida
Once the carrier drops off your car at its destination, you’ll probably be ready to get behind the wheel. But before you hit Florida roads, there are a few additional steps that you need to take:
1. Understand Florida Residency
This step only applies to those relocating to the state of Florida 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). Florida legally requires new residents to take certain steps regarding insurance, car registration, and more based upon the date that residency is established. It may be difficult to establish an exact date of residency, but the state suggests residency is established if any of the following occur:
- You begin working in the state
- You enroll your children in Florida public schools
- You apply for a homestead exemption
- You register to vote in Florida
- You live in Florida for more than six consecutive months
Keep the date you establish residency in mind as you review the remaining steps.
2. Update Your Insurance to Comply with FL Laws
Each state sets its own laws regarding auto insurance minimums. In Florida, you are legally required to purchase an insurance policy from a licensed FL insurance agent with the following coverage amounts within 10 days of establishing residency:
- $10,000 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.
- $10,000 personal injury protection: PIP coverage pays for the medical expenses of you and your passengers if you are in an accident, regardless of the party at-fault.
Florida has minimal coverage requirements, especially when compared to other states. You may want to consider purchasing additional coverage, such as bodily injury liability protection, collision coverage, comprehensive coverage, and uninsured motorist coverage to further reduce your risk.
Note, you must have proof of insurance coverage to title and register your vehicle.
3. Title and Register Your Vehicle
If you bring a car into Florida from out of state, you must apply for title and registration within 10 days of establishing residency.
- Title: A title shows your proof of ownership of the vehicle in the state of Florida. To obtain a certificate of title, you must provide proof of identity, ownership, and required insurance coverage, complete the application form along with a VIN verification, and pay any applicable fees and taxes. For more information on titling your car, click here.
- Registration: Additionally, you must register your car and obtain a metal license plate, a registration certificate, and a registration decal. You can complete the initial registration at the time of titling. For more information on motor vehicle registration, click here.
4. Obtain a Valid Florida Driver License
You must obtain a Florida license within 30 days of establishing residency. You must apply for your license in-person at a local FLHSMV office (for a list of locations by county click here). During the application process you must:
- Take a vision test (and possibly a written or road test)
- Present the required documentation. Required documentation depends on whether you’re a US citizen, an immigrant, a non-immigrant, or a Canadian citizen.
- Pay the $48 fee for a class E license (and a possible service fee, depending on the office)
5. Purchase a SunPass
Florida has some 734 miles of toll roads criss-crossing the state, including the 265-mile Florida’s Turnpike that starts just south of The Villages, bypasses Orlando, and terminates just north of Miami. To make getting around the state easier, you may want to purchase a SunPass prepaid toll pass. With a SunPass transponder you’ll save on tolls and have access to express lanes for faster commuting. Plus, the SunPass works on toll roads in Georgia and North Carolina should you decide to road trip out of state. Learn more about setting up a SunPass account here.
Top 3 Places to Go for a Drive (After Shipping Your Car) in Florida
After you’ve shipped your car to Florida, you’re probably ready to hit the open road! If you’re looking for the best places to go for a drive, here are three of the top highways in the Sunshine State.
1. The Overseas Highway
To see Florida’s most southern tip, you have to take the 113-mile, two-lane Overseas Highway. This southernmost stretch of U.S. Route 1 (which extends all the way to Fort Kent, ME at the Canadian border), takes drivers on a scenic route that starts in Miami and ends in Key West, traveling over some 42 bridges to get there. Along the way, you’ll travel through a tropical paradise that winds past mangrove forests and over the gorgeous turquoise waters that are home to the only barrier reef in North America. It takes about 3.5 hours to get from downtown Miami to Key West, so it’s a doable day trip but an even better weekend getaway if you want to stop to enjoy the sights along the way. Some of the route’s highlights include:
- Pigeon Key: Much of the current roadway was built over the former tracks of the Florida East Coast Railroad that connected Key West to the mainland from 1912-1935. The 5-acre Pigeon Key housed the workers who built the railroad, and today is preserved as an Historic District that’s open to visitors.
- Seven Mile Bridge: Just beyond Pigeon Key, is the aptly named Seven Mile Bridge that connects Knight’s Key with Little Duck Key. The largest segmental bridge in the world, this engineering marvel is often featured in car commercials with flashy luxury cars suspended over the turquoise waters below.
- Bahia Honda State Park: If you want to visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the U.S., be sure to plan a detour to Bahia Honda State Park on your journey south. Located on Big Pine Key, this park offers palm-lined beaches for soaking up the sun as well as opportunities for kayaking, snorkeling, and birding.
- Key West: The terminus of your drive down the Overseas Highway, Key West is a must-see. A writer’s enclave popularized by greats like Ernest Hemingway and Robert Frost, this town of 25,000 boasts pastel-colored cottages interspersed among art galleries, lively bars, and quaint shops. Be sure to stop in at Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe to try a slice of key lime pie – the official dessert of the Florida Keys.
2. Scenic Highway 30A
In a completely different corner of the state, Scenic Highway 30A stretches across 24 miles of South Walton County in the FL Panhandle. West of Panama City Beach (and far removed from PCB Spring Break stereotypes), this scenic road winds through quaint beach towns that sit along the emerald waters and sugar white sands of the Florida Gulf Coast. Each master-planned town has a unique personality — Rosemary Beach has a European vibe, while Alys Beach gives off sophisticated airs. If the town of Seaside looks like something out of a movie, it’s because it is. Developed in the style of New Urbanism, this small town served as the set for the movie The Truman Show.
The speed limit along most of this scenic highway is just 30 mph (and it’s not uncommon to get stuck behind slower-moving golf carts filled with sun-burnt vacationers), so you’ll have plenty of time to soak up the views. Must-dos include:
- Exploring the Dune Lakes: 30A is home to 15 freshwater lakes nestled among sand dunes. A rare geographical feature found in only a few other locations around the globe, the dune lakes offer scenic vistas as well as recreational opportunities. Rent a paddleboard or kayak from a local shop and spend an afternoon paddling around.
- Cycling the Timpoochee Trail: This path runs parallel to 30A for about 18 miles, from Dune Allen to Inlet Beach. Many vacationers park their cars for the week and use this trail to get around via bike. Rent a single-speed beach cruiser from Salt Air at the Hub and explore the wonders of 30A at a slower pace.
- Visiting Grayton Beach State Park: Just a couple miles west of Seaside, you’ll see the entrance to Grayton Beach. This state park boasts trails, campgrounds, fishing, and paddling, but perhaps what it’s most famous for are the pristine white beaches. On your way to the park, stop in at the cozy Sundog Books in Seaside to stock up on the latest beach reads before spending a day lazing on the sand overlooking the sweeping Gulf views.
3. A1A (Beach Front Avenue)
If there’s one thing Florida’s known for, it’s the state’s 1350 miles of coastline. One of the best ways to see the beaches and beach towns dotting Florida’s Atlantic Coast is the 72-mile stretch of A1A marked as a National Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway. Though the entirety of A1A runs from Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island all the way to Key West, the portion officially designated as an American Byway runs from Jacksonville Beach to Flagler Beach, passing through Ponte Vedra, St. Augustine, and several other beach towns along the way. Most of this two-lane route offers stunning views of the ocean when it isn’t winding through happening beach towns. Here are some of the highlights:
- Ponte Vedra Beach: If you start your drive from the north, one of the first communities you’ll stumble upon is Ponte Vedra Beach. Golf fans will recognize Ponte Vedra as the home of TPC Sawgrass, which hosts the PGA Tour’s Players Championship. Tour the clubhouse that’s brimming with PGA Tour memorabilia or hit the links yourself at one of the two courses – Dye’s Valley or The Players Stadium.
- St. Augustine: The oldest settlement in the U.S., the town of St. Augustine was founded in 1565 and has the historical sites to prove it. This quaint town is filled with stunning examples of Spanish colonial architecture along with attractions like the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum and Castillo de San Marcos.
- Flagler Beach: Sitting at the terminus of the Scenic Byway, Flagler Beach is the quintessential Florida beach town offering six miles of reddish-hued beaches (the “cinnamon” sand comes from coquina shells), oceanfront restaurants, and an 806-foot fishing pier. This sleepy, retro beach town offers a relaxing end to a lovely drive down the historic A1A.
Car Shipping to and from Florida
Looking to ship your vehicle to Florida 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 Florida car shipping companies offer 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 car in a closed carrier also enhances its safety during transit by keeping the vehicle 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 Florida, saving you time and effort.
In a hurry to get your car from one location to the next? Upgrading to expedited shipping ensures 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 faster.
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 safely transport your classic car 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 FL Auto Shipping Needs
From moving off to college to heading South for the winter, there are numerous reasons you may be interested in shipping a car to Florida or to somewhere outside of the Sunshine 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 FL.
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 car in the hands of professionals with either open or enclosed vehicle shipping services.
Do you fly South for the winter? Given Florida’s year-round sunshine, mild winter temps (zero snow or ice!), 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 Florida destination — whether you’re wintering in balmy, laid-back Key West or dazzling, high-toned Naples.
Florida is home to 21 military bases. From Eglin Air Force base in the Panhandle all the way down to Naval Air Station Key West on the tip of South Florida, tens of thousands of military personnel are stationed in the Sunshine 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 Florida.
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.
From the massive University of Florida to the more intimate Pensacola Christian College, Florida has no shortage of top-tier colleges and universities for those seeking to further their education. If you have a college student moving to Florida 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 Florida?
On average it costs between $500-$1500 to ship a car to Florida. Anticipate paying around $1 per mile for the first 1-500 miles, then around $.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.