New Mexico Auto Transport

New Mexico truly is the Land of Enchantment. The 161,015 miles of roadways provide access to spectacular landscapes and unique cities and towns. US-285, in the northern part of the state, links the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Taos to Santa Fe, a UNESCO Creative City. Just east of Taos, cruise US-64, NM-38, and NM-522 through ghost towns, lush forests, stunning lakes, and popular ski resorts. NM-15 and -35 wind through the pristine Gila Wilderness in southwestern NM, where you can explore mining towns and cliff dwellings amid the forest, canyons, and cliffs.

Whether you’re relocating to NM for family, a job, or a change of scenery, you’ll need your car to see all the wondrous sights. If you ship your vehicle with a reputable vehicle hauler, your move will be a whole lot easier. You won’t have to worry about putting unnecessary miles on the odometer or dealing with the hassle of trying to move multiple household vehicles. Finding a reputable car hauler is super easy with Caravan Auto Transport. We thoroughly vet a network of vehicle shipping companies, so you don’t have to. At Caravan, we make sure each company is fully licensed, insured, and tops in the industry. Plus, we offer free car shipping quotes. Get yours now!

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Things to Know About Driving in the Land of Enchantment

  • Miles of Roadway: 161,015
  • Major Interstates
    • North-South: I-25 runs from the Colorado border south through Albuquerque and on down to the Texas border.
    • East-West: I-10 goes from Las Cruces west to the Arizona border. I-40 runs from the Texas border at Glenrio west through Albuquerque and on to the Arizona border.
  • Average Commute Time: At 22.1 minutes, the 14th shortest commute in the U.S.
  • Most Popular Car: Honda Civic

Steps to Take After Shipping Your Vehicle to New Mexico

After the transporter delivers your car, you’ll want to pack it up and head out on some fantastic road trips. But before you do, you’ll need to take these steps:

1. Understand New Mexico Residency

This step applies if you’re relocating from another state and plan to establish your permanent and principal residence in New Mexico (this step does not apply to temporary residents like college students or snowbirds). New Mexico legally requires new permanent residents to take specific steps regarding auto insurance, car registration, and more based upon the established date of residence. It can be challenging to establish an exact date of residency, but New Mexico suggests residency occurs if:

  • You can provide the following two current documents:
  • New Mexico property tax statement
  • Insurance bill, card, or binder
  • Housing lease or purchase agreement
  • New Mexico medical assistance card with your address
  • New Mexico public assistance card with your address
  • The following documents must have a date within 60 days:
    • Utility bill (does not include cell phone bill)
    • Bank or credit card statement
    • Employment pay stub containing your name and address
    • Documentation such as a transcript, report card, or enrollment form an education institution

2. Update Your Insurance to Comply with NM Laws

In New Mexico, you must purchase an auto insurance policy within 60 days of establishing residency. The liability coverage amounts are:

  • $25,000 bodily injury or death per person/$50,000 per accident. This coverage pays expenses related to injury or death for people in an accident that is your fault.
  • $10,000 property damage liability. Helps cover expenses for a damaged car or property in an accident that is your fault.

The liability insurance minimums will not cover your car or injuries; only the people or property you injured in an accident you cause. For that reason, you may want to consider increasing your coverage to reduce your risk with policies such as collision, comprehensive, underinsured or uninsured motorists, or medical payments coverage. If you have significant assets, consider an umbrella policy to protect them.

3. Title and Register Your Vehicle

If you bring your car into New Mexico from out of state, you must apply for title and registration within 60 days of establishing residency. For faster service, book an appointment online with the Motor Vehicles Department, and at your appointment, be prepared to provide:

  • Your valid driver’s license
  • Two proofs of New Mexico residency (see #1 above) if you do not have a New Mexico driver license
  • The original or certified copy of dealer invoice, bill of sale, or lien-holder information
  • Proof of current liability insurance
  • A passed emissions test for vehicles built after 1977
  • VIN inspection documentation.
  • The vehicle you’re registering

4. Obtain a Valid New Mexico Driver License

You must obtain a New Mexico driver license within 60 days of establishing residency. Schedule an appointment online at a Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) office. At your appointment, bring:

  • Your current valid license
  • Your proof of identity
  • Your original social security card (cannot be a laminated card)
  • Two proofs of New Mexico residency with your current physical address (see #1 above)
  • New residents aged 18 to 24 must pay a $25 fee to purchase the “None for the Road” study guide and complete and DWI Awareness final exam at the MVD
  • Payment for the required fees

5. Understand New Mexico’s Rules of the Road

Become familiar with New Mexico’s driving laws – some may differ from what you’re used to. Although you must study and learn all the rules of the road, here are a few of New Mexico’s most basic driving laws:

  • Safety belts:
    • All passengers and the driver are required to wear safety belts whenever the vehicle is in motion.
    • Children under age 12 must ride in a safety or booster seat appropriate for their weights and size.
    • All children under 60 pounds and younger than 24 months must ride in a safety seat appropriate for their weight and height.
  • School buses: All vehicles must stop for school busses that have flashing lights unless the bus is on the opposite side of a divided highway with a median.
  • Lights:
    • It is illegal to drive with only your parking lights on. Parking lights may only be used when a vehicle is parked.
    • Any time you must use your wipers for visibility, turn on your headlights.
  • Right of way: Regardless of signals or signs, any vehicle already in an intersection has the right of way.
  • Cell phones: You’ll need to check local ordinances because laws change from city to city.
  • Animals near or on the road:
    • Scan the road as you’re driving and watch the sides of the roadways for animals that are about to cross. Be aware that if one animal is crossing, there likely will be more.
    • To avoid hitting an animal:
      • Don’t assume the animal will get out of your way, so slow way down when you see a creature near the road. Headlights can cause animals to be confused – they may dash out at the last minute.
      • Hooved animals, like deer, will often slow down on slick surfaces, so be sure to slow to let them cross.
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Top 3 Places to Go for a Drive (After Shipping Your Car) in New Mexico

There’s something exotic about New Mexico – silver, copper, and turquoise mines; mysterious ghost towns; ancient cliff dwellings; gorgeous landscapes; Native American, Spanish, and Old West culture and history; a UNESCO Creative City; a UNESCO World Heritage Site; famous outlaws . . . and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Once the hauler has handed over your car, make plans to see New Mexico. Exciting adventures await in the Land of Enchantment!

Here are three drives you shouldn’t miss:

1. Jemez Mountain Trail

To get started from Santa Fe (the nation’s oldest capital city), take US-285 north, then head west on NM-502 to NM-4. You’ll explore 142 miles of roadway that will take you through an area drenched in spectacular landscapes and Native American and Spanish history.

  • White Rock. Be sure to see the extraordinary panoramic views of Diablo Canyon and the Rio Grande Valley from the White Rock Overlook.
  • Bandelier National Monument. After winding through the volcanic canyons and hills on NM-4, spend time exploring the cliff-side dwellings of the Anasazi. The visitor center will orient you to the site. Then take the Main Loop Trail and climb ladders into the caves. The Falls Trail drops 700 feet into desert vegetation, two waterfalls, and fabulous views.
  • Valles Caldera National Preserve. The preserve was once a private ranch but is now open to the public. You can explore the 175 miles of a collapsed volcano.
  • Jemez Falls. You can hike to the top of the falls, or you can take a shorter trail from the campground for a view.
  • Fenton Lake. Climbing to 8,700 feet through a conifer forest, arrive at Fenton Lake for some terrific fishing and camping.
  • Ponderosa. Visit the Walatowa Visitor Center to see exhibits of textiles, pottery, and art from the people of the Pueblo of Jemez. The active pueblo, closed to visitors, is home to over 3,400 tribal members.
  • Jemez State Monument. See the 500-year old ruins of a Native American pueblo and Spanish missionary building built in 1622. The monument includes a library, visitor center, exhibits, and hiking trails. You’ll find it set amid a spectacular red rock landscape.
  • Battleship Rock. A massive basalt monolith dominates the view here. McCauley Hot Springs is a five-and-a-half-mile round trip hike from the Battleship Rock campsite.

2. Southwest New Mexico Loop

This loop is a 73-mile drive packed with a fascinating range of natural beauty and things to see. You’ll start and end in Silver City on US Highway 180, driving very narrow winding roads through the Gila National Forest. Wide vehicles are not recommended, so it’s best to do this drive in your car or truck and not in an RV. Services are minimal, so be sure to gas up in Silver City.

  • Silver City. US-180 takes you to this eclectic mining town where Billy the Kid established himself as an outlaw. Silver City is also home to Western New Mexico University and the WNMU Museum, where you can see Mimbres pottery and other Native American art. The historic downtown has antique stores, studios, and galleries that are worth scouting out.
  • Pinos Altos. This town, on NM-15, is located beside the Continental Divide in the Gila National Forest. The Gila Wilderness covers almost 600,000 acres and was designated the world’s first wilderness in 1924. Hiking and camping in this area are top-notch.
  • Ben Lilly Monument. Stop to see the monument that commemorates the Southwest’s last active mountain man.
  • Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Check out the exhibits to learn about the lives of the Tularosa Mogollon people and then the Apache, who subsequently called the area home. After orienting yourself to the site, take the guided tour to see the cliff dwellings. Hike through beautiful forests, cliffs, canyons, and rivers. You can camp here, hike to hot springs, and join birders who come to see over 100 species.
  • Lake Roberts. Head back down NM-15 to NM-35 and continue to this beautiful lake where you can picnic, camp, fish, kayak, hike, and view wildlife.
  • Mimbres. If you’re into hiking this gorgeous area, stop at the Mimbres Ranger District for details. The Mimbres Cultural Heritage Site is definitely worth a stop.
  • Santa Rita Copper Mine Overlook. From Mimbres, head west on NM-152. You’ll drop in elevation to a landscape of juniper trees and piñon pine. The Santa Rita Copper Mine is one of the most extensive copper mining operations in the U.S. The overlook offers spectacular vistas.
  • Back to Silver City. Take US-180 back to Silver City, where you can rest up from your adventure at one of the cafes or breweries for some delicious food and drink.

3. Wheeler Peak Loop

You’ll start and end in Taos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to immerse yourself in fascinating culture, history, and beauty. The 84-mile drive will take you east on US-64 to circumvent Wheeler Peak. Achieving an elevation of 9,101 feet, you’ll twist and wind through lush forests, old mining towns, and spectacular landscapes.

  • Taos. Continually inhabited for over 1,000 years, Native Americans first established iconic dwellings in this region. Spain, and then Mexico, dominated Taos for several hundred years. Today Taos is an eclectic mix of history, culture, and art. Six museums feature contemporary and historical art. Taos, an active Native American community, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a National Historic Landmark, and a living museum. You’ll pay a fee to enter.
  • Angel Fire. Visit the distinctive Vietnam Veterans National Memorial. The Angel Fire Resort offers snow sports, golf, tennis, mountain biking, and so much more.
  • Eagle Nest. This small town is cozied up between 13,161 foot Wheeler Peak and 12,441 foot Baldy Mountain. Eagle Nest Lake is renowned for Kokanee Salmon and Rainbow Trout fishing.
  • Cimarron Canyon State Park. 400-foot ragged granite palisades rise from the rugged canyon. The area is rich with wildlife and breathtaking scenery.
  • Elizabethtown. Established around gold mining, today, the only remaining buildings in this ghost town are the General Store and E-town Museum.
  • Town of Red River. Also, an old mining town, the Town of Red River is alive with activity. Dining, shopping, entertainment, a museum, and year-round recreation beckon visitors to the old west vibe.
  • Questa. Amid Latir Peak and Wheeler Peak Wilderness areas, the terrain is diverse. Hiking, fishing, exploration among rare alpine tundra, and extensive wild vistas make this a fascinating place to investigate.
  • D. H. Lawrence Ranch and Memorial. In the 1920s, the famed author and poet lived here. You can sign the guest book in the small memorial building, but the ranch house is closed to visitors.
  • Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Rising 650 feet above the river, this is the 5th highest suspension bridge in the nation. Stop on either side of the bridge to take in the spectacular views.
  • Return to Taos and continue to explore this fantastic pueblo.

Car Shipping To and From New Mexico

Are you looking to ship your vehicle to New Mexico 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 New Mexico 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 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 New Mexico, 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 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 NM Auto Shipping Needs

From moving off to college to starting a new job, there are numerous reasons you may be interested in shipping a car to New Mexico or somewhere outside of the Land of Enchantment. Caravan Auto Transport’s network of auto shippers streamlines the car hauling process no matter your reason for transporting your vehicle to or from NM.

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 New Mexico’s famous sunshine and warm winter temps in the southern part of the state, it’s not hard to understand why. Start enjoying your escape from the frigid north that much sooner by shipping your car and meeting it at your New Mexico destination – whether you’re wintering in history-rich Las Cruces or finding winter refuge in charming Silver City.

Military

New Mexico is home to four military bases. From the U.S. Army Garrison White Sands Missile Range, the military’s largest base, to Kirtland Air Force Base in the northwestern part of the state, tens of thousands of military personnel are stationed in the Land of Enchantment. If you’re one of the brave men and women serving our country, we’re happy to provide you with free quotes and connect you with top-notch car transportation to or from New Mexico.

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 flagship University of New Mexico in Albuquerque to the renowned New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, founded in 1889, New Mexico has no shortage of top-tier colleges and universities for those seeking to further their education. If you have a college student moving to New Mexico 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 New Mexico?

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