Texas Auto Transport
Whether fact or fiction, everything is bigger in Texas, including the miles of roadways – more than any other state in the country. From commuter freeways, toll roads, and far-reaching interstates like I-10 or I-45, to enticing backroads, the extensive web of 679,917 miles of roads allows you to investigate Texas’ fascinating array of countryside, cities, towns, and everything in between.
Texas is known for its extensive tollway system, and no doubt, you’ll appreciate the convenience of having your car for commuting to work. But in your free time, you’ll love getting behind the wheel to cruise along ranch- or farm-to-market backroads of the Texas Hill Country or laid-back roadways like State Highway 35 that hugs the Gulf Coast.
But how are you planning to get your wheels to Texas? There are many sound reasons to choose vehicle shipping. Maybe you don’t have time to make the drive. Or perhaps you have more than a few vehicles and not enough drivers. Do you prefer to avoid piling up those extra miles on the odometer? Whatever the reason, get free quotes from the best licensed and insured auto transport companies in the business. Vehicle transport is the perfect solution to solving any vehicle moving challenge.
Things to Know About Driving in the Lonestar State
- Miles of Roadway: 679,917
- Major Interstates
- North-South: I-35 runs from the Oklahoma border south to Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and Laredo on the Mexican border. I-45 connects Dallas to Houston to Galveston.
- East-West: I-10 runs from the Louisiana border to Houston, San Antonio, and El Paso. I-20 runs from the Louisiana border to Dallas and connects to I-10 east of El Paso.
- Average Commute Time: 15th slowest commute in the US at 26.4 minutes.
- Most Popular Car: Nissan Altima
Steps to Take After Shipping Your Vehicle to Texas
Before the transporter delivers your automobile, you’ll want to make sure you and your car are legally licensed and registered to hit the Texas roadways.
Understand Texas Residency
The following will establish your credibility as a Texas resident:
- Move into a home you buy or rent.
- Change your address to your new home.
- Register your car with the Texas DMV.
- Update your car insurance to Texas.
- Get a Texas driver’s license or identification card.
- Register to vote.
Keep the date you establish residency in mind as you review the remaining steps.
Update Insurance to Comply with TX Laws
Each state has laws governing automobile insurance. Texas requires new residents to obtain an insurance policy within 30 days of establishing residency. The minimum amount of insurance required in Texas is:
- $30,000 for bodily injury liability per person/$60,000 for bodily injury liability per accident: Bodily injury coverage helps pay medical bills when you are at fault for the accident.
- $25,000 property damage liability: This coverage helps pay for damage to another car or an object you damaged with your vehicle.
You may want to consider purchasing additional coverage to limit your financial risk.
- Collision coverage: This coverage pays to replace or repair your car after an accident.
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage: UI/UIM coverage pays your medical bills or car repair or replacement if the accident is the fault of someone who isn’t insured. This type of policy also pays for hit and run accidents.
- Comprehensive insurance: Pays if your car is damaged or stolen by flood, fire, vandalism, or something other than collision.
- Personal injury protection: PIP coverage pays for you and your passengers’ medical expenses if you are in an accident, regardless of the party at-fault.
Title and Register Your Vehicle
You’ll have 30 days from the time you move to Texas to register your vehicle. You are not required to title your vehicle in Texas, but to obtain your license plates and registration sticker, you must:
- Visit your local county tax-assessor collector office.
- Show your insurance card. (see #2 above)
- Show proof of your Vehicle Inspection Report from a certified Texas Department of Safety inspection station.
- Show proof that you own the vehicle by presenting the registration or title from your previous state.
- First-time registrants are required to fill out Form 130-U.
- Pay the base registration fee of $51.75 plus any additional fees your particular county may assess, and sales tax-related fees.
Note that active-duty military and non-resident full-time college or university students do not have register or title their vehicles in Texas.
Obtain a Valid Texas Driver License
New residents must obtain their drivers’ licenses from the Texas Department of Public Safety within 90 days of moving to the Lone Star State. You must have an unexpired license from another state to drive for the 90 days in Texas. To apply for a license, you’ll need to provide proof of:
- U.S. citizenship or evidence of your lawful presence in the country.
- Texas residency (see #1 above).
- Social Security number.
- Identity (your valid out-of-state driver license).
- Evidence of your current Texas Vehicle Registration for each vehicle you own.
- Proof of insurance for each of the vehicles you own. (see #2 above)
Once you have the necessary documents as stated above, you’ll complete the driver license application and bring it and the above documents to your appointment where you will:
- Surrender your out-of-state driver license.
- Pay the application fee.
- Have your thumbprints and photo taken.
- Pass a vision exam.
- Take and pass any required driver knowledge tests.
Purchase a TxTag
Texas has 25 toll roads that total about 500 miles. The longest include the 83-mile long Sam Houston Tollway, a beltway around Houston, and SH 130, an 88-mile tollway from San Antonio to Austin. The most heavily used tollways are in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, and El Paso areas. You can purchase a TxTag, which is compatible with all Texas toll roads. Each TxTag account provides you with up to five transponders/stickers. Prepayment with a TxTag account enables you to pay the lowest rates on Texas toll roads.
Top 3 Places to Go for a Drive (After Shipping Your Car) in Texas
When you move to Texas, you’ll have an almost endless choice of exciting and intriguing road trips. Whether you love hopping from one charming town to another or prefer venturing out into wild country where you can hike and camp, these are three road trips you’ll want to plan:
Texas Hill Country
This route is a delightful road trip at any time of year. Texas summers are hot and humid, but the region has enough pools, springs, and rivers for refreshing dips that will cool you down as you make your foray through the countryside. Winters can be cool with highs in the low 60s and lows that drop to the high 30s. Spring and fall are ideal.
You’ll start this 200-mile loop in Austin. You can immerse yourself in nature as you pass through rustic and trendy towns nestled among grottos, caves, caverns, pools, wildflowers, and live oak and juniper forests.
- Driftwood. From Austin, head southwest on US 290, then south on Nutty Brown Road to Ranch Rd 1826, and drive west to Driftwood. Settled in the mid-1800s, modern-day Driftwood offers amenities that include wineries, chic cafes, and artists’ studios. To try some of the best BBQ in Texas, be sure to plan for a pit stop at The Salt Lick.
- Wimberley. From Driftwood, drive west to SH 12, then cruise south to Wimberley, a small berg set along the Blanco River. This area’s highlight is Jacob’s Well Natural Area, four miles north of Wimberley on Ranch Rd 2325. The beautiful spring-fed swimming hole has a series of underwater caves. Then head west on RM 1888 and FM 2325 for the 47 mile trip to . . .
- Luckenbach. Immortalized by Waylon Jennings, Luckenbach has an enticing old west vibe. Almost 24/7 live music keeps visitors amply entertained. If you want to attend the famous summer country music festival, buy tickets well in advance. After thoroughly taking in the delights of Luckenbach, point your car northwest and drive 13 miles to . . .
- Fredericksburg. Surrounded by wineries, Fredericksburg is an ideal stop for tasty food and drink. Sit down to BBQ, taste wine, or down a pint in the charming downtown. After investigating Fredericksburg’s charms, head north on Ranch Road 965 to . . .
- Enchanted Rock State Park, 20 miles north of Fredericksburg. Enchanted Rock is a fascinating 425 foot-high pink granite monolith where you can hike, rock climb, and camp. After exploring the park, you’ll drive east on RR 965 to SR 16. Head north on SR 16, and weave your way east for the 47-mile cruise to . . .
- Longhorn Cavern State Park. Marvel at the amazing geology and incredible formations in the only publicly open cavern in Texas. The Wildcave Tour takes the more adventurous on a belly-crawling excursion through the cave. After your caving adventure, access SR 71 east to Austin and then take RR 404 north to . . .
- Krause Springs Nature Preserve. Located outside of Spicewood, the preserve will be your last stop before heading back into Austin. Natural springs and pools provide an excellent opportunity to relax and cool off, or take in the area’s beauty.
El Paso and Far West Texas
Get your motor runnin’ and leave the more populated areas of Texas behind. You’ll start and end this 281-mile journey in El Paso, on the Mexico and New Mexico borders. After you charge up in El Paso, your first stop will be:
- Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site. You’ll leave El Paso’s urban sprawl behind and take SH 62 east, then RR 2775 north to access the park. A hike to Cave Kiva on the park’s North Mountain is where you can study some of North America’s largest assemblage of rock-art face designs. The dramatic overhangs, crevices, and rock shelves are popular with rock climbers. Back in the car, stay on SH 62 and head about 90 miles east to . . .
- Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Several short hikes loop through parts of the park but a six- to eight-hour round trip hike takes you to the Guadalupe Peak summit. Stop in at the Frijole Ranch History Museum and peaceful grounds for a taste of bygone ranching days. Once you’ve explored the park, point your car south on SH 54 to . . .
- Van Horn. En route to Van Horn, you’ll pass the Blue Origin rocket-launch facility, privately funded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. The small rural town is 63 miles south of SH 62 and set among impressive rock formations of the Sierra Diablo and Delaware Mountains, where you may be able to sight reintroduced bighorn sheep. Take a guided tour through the area to learn more about local flora, fauna, and geology. Then visit the Clark Hotel Museum, which has served as the county courthouse, a hotel, a saloon, and a post office through many reincarnations. Then return west to . . .
- El Paso along I-10. The interstate is tucked in among the Eagle, Sierra Blanca, and Quitman Mountains, formidable barriers to the frontier, that in days of old, took pioneers weeks to cross.
West Columbia to Corpus Christi
You’ll start your 155-mile cruise on State Highway 35 in West Columbia, a little town 55 miles southwest of Houston. SH 35 is known as the “Hug-the-Coast” highway and is nothing like its big cousin, Interstate 35. You’ll work your way west on the two-lane road through lush marshes and across sparkling bays, catching views of the barrier islands and the Gulf of Mexico.
- West Columbia was once the Republic of Texas capital. But the glamour only lasted three months in 1836. Today it’s a sleepy little town that will mark the beginning of your trip.
- Matagorda Bay and Palacios. Fishermen, birders, and road trippers stop at the famous hybrid convenience store, The Point, to stock up or eat at the Mexican-Vietnamese restaurant that Anthony Bourdain put on the map.
- Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Take a leisurely stroll on Heron Flats to see waterbirds at the San Antonio Bay sanctuary. Then, as you meander toward Rockport, you’ll cross over Lavaca, San Antonio, and Copano Bays. With the bays on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other, you’ll feel like you’re driving through a glistening water world.
- Rockport. The long Rockport Beach and the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site face Aransas Bay, protected by San Jose Island. Enjoy local cafes, small shops, and beautiful views from around town. Breathe in the last bit of rural Gulf Coast charm before you head to . . .
- Portland. Amid the beautiful wetlands of Nueces Bay, you can stretch your legs on the two-mile walk at Sunset Lake Park.
- Corpus Christi. From SH 35 south of Rockport, you’ll join 181 and cross Nueces Bay and Corpus Christi Bay. As you depart the bridge, before entering the rush of the city, end your trip with a tour of the Texas State Aquarium.
Car Shipping to and from Texas
Looking to ship your vehicle to Texas 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 Texas 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 Texas, saving you time and effort.
In a hurry to get your car to or from Texas? 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 TX Auto Shipping Needs
Are you trying to get settled in a new job ASAP? Or heading south for the winter? There are numerous reasons you may be interested in shipping a car to Texas or somewhere outside of the Lonestar 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 TX.
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 car shipping services.
For decades, the Texas coasts and Gulf cities have attracted snowbirds. Given southern Texas’ mild winter temperatures and warm sunshine, it’s easy to understand why. Start enjoying your escape from the frigid north that much sooner by shipping your car and meeting it at your Texas destination – whether you’re wintering on a sub-tropical Brownsville beach or in the urban sophistication of Houston.
With most bases clustered around Corpus Christi and San Antonio, about 164,235 personnel serve on Texas military bases. Ten of Texas’ 15 active military installations are Naval and Air Force bases. The Coast Guard and the Marines are the only military branches not represented. If you’re one of the brave men and women working to keep our country safe, we’re happy to serve you with top-notch car transportation to or from Texas.
Online Car Buyers
If 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 to Texas for you.
From the University of Texas at Austin to Rice University in Houston, Texas has no shortage of top-tier public and private colleges and universities for those seeking to further their education. If you have a college student moving to Texas 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 Texas?
On average, it costs between $500-$1500 to ship a car to Texas. 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 top-rated auto transport companies.