Minnesota Auto Transport

Minnesota, known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, has 286,708 miles of roadway that provide access to breathtaking rivers and lakes; lush hardwood and conifer forests; and historic towns and landmarks. And what better way to explore these wonders than in your own car? Meander along Route 46 through Chippewa National Forest to learn about the Native Americans who still live there. Or take a leisurely cruise along the entire length of Western Minnesota on I-75, the King of Trails Historic Highway, where you can explore the charms of historic towns like Argyle, Wheaton, or Lake Benton.

Undoubtedly, getting behind the wheel is the best way to become acquainted with the beautiful North Star State. But if you face roadblocks that prevent you from getting your car to Minnesota easily, worry no more. Caravan Auto Transport has thoroughly vetted a network of top-rated auto haulers that you can trust. Each carrier is insured and licensed so that you receive the best care for your vehicle. Caravan provides free quotes so that you can compare pricing and services. Shipping your car to or from Minnesota may be more affordable than you think. Get your free quotes now and find out!

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Things to Know About Driving in the North Star State

  • Miles of Roadway: 286,708
  • Major Interstates: 
    • North-South: I-35 from Duluth on Lake Michigan, through Minneapolis, and south to the Iowa border. I-94 from Fargo, on the North Dakota border, southeast to Minneapolis.
    • East-West: I-90 from La Crosse on the Wisconsin border to Sioux Falls near the South Dakota border. 
  • Average Commute Time: 18th shortest commute time in the US at 23.5 minutes.
  • Most Popular Car: Chevy Impala 

Steps to Take After Shipping Your Vehicle to Minnesota

1. Understand Minnesota Residency

Residency doesn’t depend on a single factor. Therefore, to establish Minnesota residency, you need to:

  • Maintain a permanent residence, whether you own or rent, in Minnesota.
  • Spend at least 183 days in Minnesota during the year.
  • Have family and community connections in Minnesota. 
  • Maintain employment and business relationships in MN.
  • Maintain an MN-issued driver license and voter registration.
  • Have an MN address on legal documents.
  • Note that Michigan and North Dakota maintain tax reciprocity agreements with Minnesota residents.

2. Update Insurance to Comply with MN Laws

Minnesota law requires that you maintain required auto insurance and keep proof of the insurance in your automobile. You must purchase a policy from a licensed agent within 60 days of establishing residency. Note that Minnesota is a “no-fault” state. The required coverage includes:

  • $40,000 personal injury protection (PIP): Helps with medical expenses, lost wages, and replacement no matter who is at fault for the accident. This coverage is the no-fault portion of your policy. When your PIP benefits run out, the following coverage goes into effect:
  • $30,000 bodily injury liability per person/$60,000 per accident: Helps pay medical expenses for those injured in an accident that is your fault.
  • $10,000 property damage liability: Helps cover damages to another’s vehicle or property when the accident is your fault.
  • $25,000 underinsured motorist coverage per person/$50,000 per accident: This coverage is in addition to your PIP benefits and goes into effect when the other driver is at fault for the accident but doesn’t have enough coverage to cover your medical claims.
  • $25,000 uninsured motorist coverage per person/$50,000 per accident: Helps pay for your medical expenses after your PIP benefits are exhausted and when the other driver is at fault but not covered by insurance.

If you feel you need additional protection, you can increase your coverage and purchase collision or comprehensive insurance. Collision coverage helps cover damage to your vehicle when you have an accident with another car or object. Comprehensive covers loss that is not the result of a collision, such as theft, fire, weather damage, and accidents involving animals.

3. Title and Register Your Vehicle

  • You’ll have 60 days after becoming an MN resident to register your vehicle. You’ll need:
  • Current vehicle title or registration card
  • Proof of required Minnesota auto insurance
  • The name and address of any current lien holders
  • The odometer reading of your vehicle
  • A valid driver’s license
  • A copy of the lease agreement or power-of-attorney and the MN Tax ID number from the leasing company for leased vehicles
  • Payment for the required fees

4. Obtain a Valid Minnesota Driver License

You must obtain your valid Minnesota driver license within 60 days of becoming a resident and:

  • Complete the Minnesota driver license application and provide your social security number
  • Present one primary and one secondary form of identification
  • Present your valid previous state driver license
  • Pass a knowledge test about Minnesota driving laws and regulations
  • Pass the vision screening
  • Have a photo taken
  • Pay the required fees

5. Purchase a MnPASS

The MnPASS allows solo motorists to drive for a fee in designated MnPASS Express Lanes. Vehicles with two or more people and motorcycles pay no fee to operate in the express lanes. To open a MnPASS account, you’ll pay an initial $25 plus the price of your MnPASS tag, if applicable. Your account will work like a debit account.

The MnPass works slightly differently than typical toll passes. Sensors, installed in roadways, determine traffic speeds and volumes. As the number of vehicles increases, so does the fee to drive in those lanes. Peak travel-time fees range between $.25 and $8. The system will email you a monthly statement that shows the times, dates, and locations of lanes you used, along with the tolling rates. The express lanes are located on I-394, I-35W, and I-35E.

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

Top off your tank or charge up your battery and head out to see Minnesota’s outstanding natural, cultural, recreational, and historical sights. The North Star State is full of road trips for every interest, but these are three of the best:

1. North Shore Scenic Drive

This particular 154-mile drive along Old Hwy 61 and Highway 61 is so beautiful and interesting that it has earned the national designation of “All American Road.” From hiking trails to small charming towns dotted along Lake Superior, you’ll be able to explore everything from streams and waterfalls to one-of-a-kind shops and art galleries. You’ll start in Duluth on Old Hwy 61 and continue north through Two Harbors to Grand Portage along Hwy 61. Some especially Instagram-worthy places to see include:

  • Duluth. Stroll Bob Dylan Way, an almost two-mile route that features Dylan-related landmarks. Stop in at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center and visit the Great Lakes Aquarium.
  • Two Harbors is about 27 miles north of Duluth. Visit the restored Two Harbors Lighthouse and take in the dramatic coastal views.
  • Gooseberry Falls State Park features all-season recreation in spectacular scenery.
  • Schroeder. Explore Temperance River State Park and its bare rock cliffs along Lake Superior.
  • Lutsen is where you can access the Superior Hiking Trail and the Cascade River State Park to see dramatic waterfalls in the heart of the Lutsen Mountains. Snowsports enthusiasts flock to Lutsen, the Midwest’s largest ski area that also offers all-season activities like mountain biking and hiking.
  • Grand Marais. This art colony that borders the lake has galleries, boutiques, a folk school, a playhouse, and inspired restaurants.
  • Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The stunning super-clear glacial lakes attract kayakers and canoers.
  • Grand Portage. Visit the Grand Portage National Monument fur-trading post and Minnesota’s grandest waterfalls.

2. Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway

Moving down into the state’s southwest region, this 300-mile long route is open throughout the year, although some points of interest may be open only seasonally. You’ll meander through river lands and river towns, forests, farmland, and cities. Start in Belle Plaine and head south on Hwy 169 to Mankato. Then continue northwest on a series of roads that follow the Minnesota River to Granite Falls near the Minnesota/South Dakota border. Whether you’re a history buff or an avid naturalist, this is only a smattering of things to see and do on this trip:

  • Belle Plaine. Hike, bike, ski, shop, and enjoy some great restaurants in this historic town that dates back to 1854.
  • Henderson. Visit the Henderson Historic District, the Ney Nature Center, Sibley County Historical Museum, and Joseph R. Brown Heritage Society and Minnesota River Center.
  • Ottawa Village. Explore the historic district and the Ottawa Bluffs Preserve.
  • St. Peter. This town is full of historical, cultural, and recreational activities, from the St. Peter Historic District to Linnaeus Arboretum at Gustavus Adolphus Arboretum.
  • Mankato is where you can access the Minnesota River State Water Trail. Canoe one of Minnesota’s gentlest rivers, rarely interrupted by rapids. Enjoy the CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour to get a good sense of Mankato’s rich historic district.
  • New Ulm. You’ll enjoy festivals, museums, parks, shops, and restaurants that celebrate this historic city’s German heritage.
  • Morton. At the Lower Sioux Agency, you can explore the interpretive center and trail system to learn about the Dakota Oyate’s culture and history.
  • Granite Falls. Visit the Upper Sioux Agency State Park for camping, hiking, skiing, fishing, and birding. The Fagen Fighters World War II Museum features a collection of restored WWII aircraft. Blue Devil Valley Scientific and Natural Area and Gneiss Outcrop Scientific and Natural Areas feature exposed rocks that are among the oldest known on the earth’s surface! After marveling over the granite, be sure to visit the Granite Falls Downtown District and River for eating, shopping, kayaking, and more.

3. Waters of the Dancing Sky Scenic Byway

Just the title of this drive, mostly on Hwy 11, is enough to let your imagination run wild. And much of the 229 miles of this northernmost drive is through wild country. The byway is named for the aurora borealis often seen due to the route’s far-northern location. From rustic lodges to fabulous boating and birding, this journey will take you back to the essence of nature. From Voyageurs National Park on the eastern end of the route to Lake Bronson State Park on the western end, you’ll drive through woodlands and farmland and along rivers and lakes – many, many lakes! Be sure to pack your binoculars, fishing gear, and get ready for some fabulous highlights:

  • Voyageurs National Park. This water-based park is a camper’s, hiker’s, boater’s, and fisherperson’s dream with water highways that interconnect through the park.
  • Baudette. If you love to fish, you’ll love Baudette, the Walleye Capital of the World! After hooking a big one, visit the Lake Woods County Museum.
  • Pitt. Does roaming through a ghost town sound interesting (and a little scary)? Pitt is it.
  • Winter Road Lake Peatland Scientific and Natural Area is where you’ll see a prolific array of wild orchids in June and vast fields of sunflowers in late summer.
  • Warroad. Once the largest of the Chippewa villages on Lake of the Woods, Warroad is located on Musky Bay. Visit the Warroad Heritage Center to learn more about the Chippewa. Warroad is the only US port on Lake of the Woods, known for its fantastic fishing, summer or winter.
  • Pine to Prairie Birding Trail. Point Park in Warroad is where the trail starts. Birders often spot Snowy Owl, Yellow Rail, Ruffed Grouse, and Boreal Chickadees, just to name a few bird species you’ll see.
  • Lake Bronson State Park. Continue west on Hwy 11 and when you reach Hwy 59, turn north toward the park. You’ll see historic WPA-built structures, premier prairie and aspen habitats, and the largest observation/water tower in the state park system. The park is a geocaching checkpoint. GPS units are loaned for free if you don’t have your own. Camping and lodging are available in backpack, canoe, and drive-in sites.

Car Shipping To and From Minnesota

Are you looking to ship your vehicle to Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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 has protection 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 Minnesota, 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 a vintage Mustang to an antique DeVaux Sports Coupe, 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 MN 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 Minnesota or somewhere outside of the North Star 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 MN.

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 Minnesota’s long, cold winters, it’s not hard to understand why you may choose to head to a place with warm temps and sunny days. Start enjoying your escape from frigid Minnesota that much sooner by shipping your car and meeting it at your southern destination – whether you’re wintering in balmy Palm Springs or toney Palm Beach.


Camp Ripley is a 53,000-acre National Guard base in north-central Minnesota. There are no army, air force, marine, or coast guard bases; however, over 600 active-duty military personnel call Minnesota home. If you are one of the brave men or women serving our country, we’re happy to provide you with free quotes and connect you with top-notch car transportation to or from Minnesota.

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 University of Minnesota in Minneapolis to Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota has no shortage of top-tier colleges and universities for those seeking to further their education. If you have a college student moving to Minnesota 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 Minnesota?

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