Virginia Auto Transport

Virginia offers an incredible mix of charming towns, four-seasons beauty, and urban exploration via its more than 163,600 miles of highways, scenic & historical byways, and enchanting country roads. I-81, the longest interstate highway in the state, offers numerous tourist attractions for everyone, from nature lovers to history buffs. Considered “America’s Favorite Drive,” Blue Ridge Parkway captures the hearts of driving enthusiasts, nature lovers, and everyone in between with its gorgeous biodiversity and weaving road through the Appalachian Mountains. Want to experience the Old Dominion’s amazing coast? Many roads – Colonial Parkway, Virginia State Route 5, and so on – will take you along the more than 1,100 miles of shoreline on the Chesapeake Bay and much more!

Whether you love history, nature, or culture, there’s always an adventure waiting for you on the open roads of Virginia. But, of course, you’ll need to have access to your car! Caravan Auto Transport is ready to connect you with top-rated auto shipping services. And it starts with free quotes from fully vetted, licensed, and insured VA car shipping companies. Caravan provides precisely what you need, anywhere across the country, with ease and peace of mind. It’s that easy to get things rolling!

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Things to Know About Driving in the Old Dominion

  • Miles of Roadway: 163,648
  • Major Interstates: 
  • North-South: I-81 travels from Bristol to near Winchester; I-95 runs through Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Chester, Richmond, Emporia, Fredericksburg, Ashland, Falmouth, Dale City, Woodbridge, Springfield, and Alexandria.
  • East-West: I-64 goes from the WV state line to the Chesapeake Bay; I-66 serves the cities of Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax, Front Royal, Strasburg, and Vienna.
  • Average Commute Time: tied for 8th slowest commute in the US (along with Georgia) at 28.4 minutes
  • Most Popular Car: Honda Accord

Steps to Take After Shipping Your Vehicle to Virginia

Are you itching to get on the roads of Virginia? Once your vehicle is delivered, it’s tempting to jump in and explore! Make sure you have everything covered with the following steps:

1. Understand Virginia Residency

This step only applies to those relocating to Virginia from another state who plan to establish their permanent and principal residence here (i.e., this does not apply to college students living here temporarily). Virginia 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 residency, but you become an official resident if:

  • You live in Virginia for more than 183 days out of the year
  • You maintain an abode for more than 183 days per year
  • You are a legal (domiciliary) resident of the Commonwealth

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

2. Update Your Insurance to Comply with VA Laws

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

  • $25,000 bodily injury liability per person/$50,000 per accident: Bodily injury liability coverage pays for any injuries of other persons in an accident in which you are the at-fault driver.
  • $20,000 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 uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage per person/$50,000 per accident: UIM protects you against other drivers who may not have sufficient insurance to cover expenses in an accident they cause.
  • $20,000 uninsured/underinsured motorist property damage coverage per accident: UIM protects you against other drivers who may not have sufficient insurance to cover property damage expenses in an accident they cause.

You may also want to consider purchasing collision coverage, comprehensive coverage, and personal injury protection (PIP).

3. Title and Register Your Vehicle

If you bring a car into Virginia from out of state, you must apply for title and registration within 30 days of establishing residency.

  • Title: A title shows your proof of ownership of the vehicle in the state of Virginia. 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 Virginia Driver License

You must obtain a Virginia license within 60 days of establishing residency. You must apply for your license in-person at a local Virginia DMV office (for a list of locations by county, click here). During the application process, you must:

  • Visit a Virginia DMV location
  • Present your out-of-state driver license
  • Provide proof (ID, VA residency, legal US presence, and social security number)
  • Complete a Driver’s License & ID Card Application
  • Take a vision screening (and possibly knowledge and road skills test)
  • Surrender your current license
  • Pay applicable fees

5. Purchase an E-ZPass

Virginia is home to several toll roads, tunnels, bridges, and Express/Hot lanes. To make getting around the Old Dominion easier, you might want to purchase an E-ZPass prepaid toll pass. With an E-ZPass transponder, you’ll save on tolls and have access to express lanes for faster commuting. Plus, the E-ZPass works on toll roads in the following states: Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Florida. Learn more about setting up an E-ZPass account here.

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

Once you’ve shipped your vehicle to Virginia, it’s time to check out what the state has to offer! Looking for some suggestions? Here are the top three scenic drives in the Old Dominion.

1. Skyline Drive

Are you a big fan of colorful fall foliage? It doesn’t get much better than Skyline Drive! As the main road (and only public one) through Shenandoah National Park, this acclaimed scenic route is known to make visitors instantly fall in love with the vistas, wildlife (including herds of deer and flocks of songbirds), and more. Starting in Front Royal, this scenic drive offers 105 miles of quintessential Virginia beauty. Traveling along the Blue Ridge Mountains, this route takes about three hours to complete. With a nice & mellow speed limit of 35 mph, this drive invites you to relax, roll down the windows, and take in the cool breeze and awe-inspiring views. Plus, you’ll want to take your time checking out the almost 70 overlooks over the Shenandoah Valley. Here are some of Skyline Drive’s highlights:

  • Shenandoah National Park: Situated about 75 miles away from DC, Shenandoah National Park is the main attraction along Skyline Drive. This celebrated park comprises more than 200,000 acres, teeming with a diversity of wildlife like black bears, deer, and songbirds. Along with an assortment of animals, this park treats visitors to glistening waterfalls, wildflower fields, wooded hollows, and jaw-dropping views.
  • Skyland: Ever wanted to spend the night (or two) on top of the world? Skyland, found at an elevation of 3,680 feet, offers the perfect getaway spot in the heart of Shenandoah National Park. There are 28 buildings on more than 27 acres, offering all the amenities you could ask for in such a rural setting. Plus, you can bring a pet or two – super pet friendly!
  • Appalachian Trail Hike: At 2,181 miles long, the Appalachian Trail is one of the world’s most popular hiking trails. Visitors that travel to the area via Skyline Drive can enjoy a 101-mile section of the famous AT. Take a quick stroll for a few miles or prepare your backpack for the whole length of the Virginia section.

2. Colonial National Historical Parkway

Another all-time favorite for those wanting to enjoy Virginia’s gorgeous fall foliage, Colonial National Parkway offers 23 miles of exquisite & peaceful driving along one of the most picturesque sections of the state. Stretching from one river to another – York River in Yorktown and James River in Jamestown – this acclaimed route connects Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. The National Park Service took on the challenge of connecting these culturally and historically significant places with the surrounding natural splendor while preserving the natural and historic elements that make the area so popular. And popular, indeed, is the Colonial National Parkway – so much so that several million visitors come every single year to soak in the beauty and explore the history of the Old Dominion. The triangle of attractions are as follows:

  • Colonial Williamsburg: As the largest outdoor museum in the United States, Colonial Williamsburg is an American history buff’s dream come true. Comprised of guided tours of historical buildings, staged performances, gardens, and the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, it’s dedicated to an immersive exploration of the 18th century.
  • Historic Yorktown: Step back to 1781 and retrace the steps of our Founding Fathers. Or stroll through boutique shops or enjoy delicious dining options. In Historic Yorktown, visitors enjoy a mix of American history and modern activities. Along with the American Revolution Museum, you can kayak, paddleboard, and even partake in a pirate cruise!
  • Jamestown: Site of the first English settlers in North America (dating back to 1607), Jamestown is situated along the banks of James River. Explore replicas of the three ships that were sailed by the original settlers, explore Jamestown Island (and all its wildlife), and check out the archaeological finds at Historic Jamestowne.

3. Blue Ridge Parkway

We couldn’t have a list of top scenic drives without including Blue Ridge Parkway! Whether you’re a driving enthusiast, nature lover, avid hiker, or just want to check off one of the best places to visit in Virginia, it’s hard to pass up this perennial favorite. The Virginia section of the parkway clocks in at nearly 220 miles in length, with the area just north of Roanoke, proclaimed as the most picturesque. Enjoy driving, hiking, biking, and dining, along with cultural touchstones, historical sites, and local art. Here are just a few of the highlights you should check out while exploring Blue Ridge Parkway:

  • Humpback Rocks Visitor Center: Offering the history and demonstrations of what life was like for the early mountain settlers in the region, Humpback Rocks Visitor Center is a museum dedicated to mountain life along with its unique challenges and innovations. Of course, Humpback Rocks (which the center is named after) is a famous rock outcropping that you should also check out.
  • Mabry Mill: There’s a good reason this is the most photographed spot along the Blue Ridge Parkway! Along with the main attraction – the actual mill itself – there’s a trail surrounding the mill, linking up several historical exhibits detailing life in this rural part of Virginia.
  • Chateau Morrisette Winery: Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Chateau Morrisette Winery is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner or even an elegant sunset wedding with unforgettable mountain views. Enjoy some lovely wine samples in the tasting room, and take a cellar tour. There’s also live entertainment in the summertime.
  • Blue Ridge Music Center: Fiddles and mandolins are part of the steeped tradition of this area, and if you’ve ever wanted to see them under construction by expert luthiers, here’s your chance. Part museum, part music venue, and part visitor center, Blue Ridge Music Center celebrates the local musical genres of bluegrass, country blues, Americana, folk, old-time, gospel, and much more.

Car Shipping to and from Virginia

Looking to ship your vehicle to Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia, 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 VA Auto Shipping Needs

From moving off to college to exploring charming small towns, there are numerous reasons you may be interested in shipping a car to Virginia or somewhere outside of the Old Dominion. Caravan Auto Transport’s network of auto shippers streamlines the car hauling process no matter your reason for transporting your vehicle to or from VA.

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.

Military

Virginia is home to 27 military bases. From Langley Air Force Base in Hampton to NAB Little Creek Navy Base in Norfolk, the Old Dominion is home to tens of thousands of military personnel. 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 Virginia.

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 nationally acclaimed University of Virginia to the more intimate William & Mary, Virginia has no shortage of top-tier colleges and universities for those seeking to further their education. If you have a college student moving to Virginia 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 Virginia?

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