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Alabama may well be one of the last mainstays of the South, with its numerous small towns and big cities that are just as welcoming and authentic as any of the smaller locales around the state. From Birmingham to Montgomery, and Dothan to Tuscaloosa, Alabama is a very friendly place for new businesses and existing establishments alike. Because of the influx of companies setting up shop in this economically-friendly state, many also feel a need to ship vehicles nationwide to and from this southern destination.

Alabama

Cost & Time To Ship Your Car Examples

Shipping To/FromCostDistanceEstimated Time
In Transit
Montgomery to Huntsville$189189 miles1 – 2 days
Birmingham to Mobile$257257 miles2 – 4 days
Asheville to Montgomery$369369 miles2 – 4 days
Birmingham to Chicago$495660 miles3 – 5 days
Alabama to Oklahoma$551735 miles3 – 5 days
Arizona to Alabama$9551592 miles5 – 7 days
Alabama to San Francisco$11682337 miles6 – 8 days
Seattle to Alabama$10432607 miles7 – 9 days

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and what type of vehicle you are shipping.

Using Alabama Car Transport Companies

When you are looking to book Alabama car transport services, keep a few key tips of importance in mind.

  • Book as far ahead as possible: The more in advance you can book your auto transport services, the better chance you will have of landing the Alabama auto shipping company with the trucks (enclosed or open air trailer) you want to work with at the rate that works best for your budget. Moreover, the more lead time you have in book car shipping services, the more time you have to do your research on your chosen company.
  • Compare different Alabama vehicle transportation quotes to find the company that best serves your needs: A variety of rate quotes ensures that you get the best possible bargain for auto transport. After all, the crux of good consumer habits is the ability to look around for various rates and choose the one that has services and a quote that matches what you need in an auto transport company and for a price that fits your personal budget. Search for special discounts for senior citizens or military, if you qualify.
  • Do your research on your Alabama automobile transport company of choice: Once you find a company with which you may be interested in working, then you want to find out more about it. From proof of insurance for transporting vehicles to its record of customer satisfaction and timely shipping, the more research you can do ahead of time, the more likely it is that you will find a company with which you enjoy working on your vehicle transport needs. Read reviews of their car shipping services on auto transport review sites.

Perusing the sunny Gulf coastal shores of Alabama or winding in and out of the small all-American towns that line this southern landscape are all best done in your own vehicle and not a rental or loaner. Having an Alabama vehicle transport company get your car to you means that you can enjoy the various sights offered through Alabama in pure ease and comfort.

Visit the Alabama Department of Transportation website for more information on shipping your automobile to Alabama.

Services And Information


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Alabama Auto Transport Companies Directory

Alaplex Auto Transport

Alaplex provides affordable auto transport services to a wide range of locations for those needing to get their car, SUV, motorcycle or boats moved from one point to the next. Pricing is usually competitive, service is quality.

3721 41st Court North, Birmingham, AL 35217

(205) 849-9173

JP Graham Transport Inc.

From vehicles to motorcycles, JP Graham offers free rate quotes on your car transport needs. With high levels of customer satisfaction and a respected reputation in the transport industry, this company specializes in budget-friendly transport options.  Customers testify that costs they charge are competitive.

1901 Finley Boulevard Frnt., Birmingham, AL 35234

(205) 328-8619

Hansen and Adkins Auto Transport

This company focuses on auto shipping of all types, from new vehicles headed to a car lot to a specialized transport of classic vehicles to individuals that need help relocating their vehicles and beyond. Usually, have many drivers ready to go when you are. Call or email them today.

250 Hyundai Boulevard, Montgomery, AL 36105

(334) 551-0091

Hansen and Adkins Auto Transport

Lee’s Auto Transport

Serving the greater Dothan area and beyond, Lee’s Auto Transport provides a wide range of auto transport services in the southeastern Alabama region.

1009 Jonathan Street, Dothan, AL 36301

(334) 794-2526

Alabama’s Vehicle Registration Process

In Alabama, all vehicles need to register at the local district office. The entire process is facilitated by the Department of Revenue Motor Division in Alabama. The registration process depends on where you purchased the vehicle: either from a private entity or from a dealership.

Each Vehicle Identification Number will be inspected and fees will also vary depending on the weight, type, year, and model. This is the process if it is your first time to register the vehicle. However, if you want to renew your registration, you need to visit the Registration Renewal portion to retain your ownership.

Notes:

  1. An application for a title is necessary before the registration process;
  2. Insurance is mandatory for all automobiles in Alabama. A proof of insurance from Alabama is also required before you can register a vehicle.
  3. Motorhomes and Recreational Vehicles have the same registration process like trucks and cars; they only differ in terms of fees, which are based on the weight of the motorhome.

If you have plans of moving to Alabama, your vehicle needs to be registered within the first 30 days. An Alabama insurance and title are required, so you can process the registration. When you have insurance and a title, you must observe the following steps depending on whether you lease or own it.

Registration of a Non-Leased Vehicle from outside the state

In order to register a vehicle when it is not within the state, you need to proceed to a county licensing division and do the following:

  • Submit the vehicle title.
  • All owners listed on the document must be there or at least possess a POA in cases when owners cannot process it by themselves.
  • Provide a copy of your present registration document.
  • Have your VIN inspected.
  • Pay the necessary fees.

Registration of an out-of-state leased vehicle: If you have a leased vehicle and you plan to bring to Alabama, you must visit the licensing office first. The registration process depends on whether the leased vehicle’s title is with you or is listed under the leasing office.

Alabama’s car registration process: Alabama residents who purchase a car from a private entity or a dealership are required to register the vehicle in 20 days.

Purchasing Vehicles from Dealerships

Most Alabama dealerships will submit an application for a title once you purchase a vehicle from them. You must complete the form upon registering a truck or car.

You may proceed to the licensing office and must bring the following:

  • A valid driver’s license issued in Alabama which includes the address where the vehicle will be registered.
  • A complete title.
  • In cases when a document title isn’t needed, you have to bring the following:
  • Affidavit from the dealership (if the dealer is from a different state)
  • Proof of Sale including itemized tax details.
  • A Vehicle Identification Number.
  • Insurance papers.
  • A license plate you need to transfer for the new car or truck.
  • An odometer certification of a vehicle which does not surpass ten years and is no more than 16,000 pounds in weight.
  • Payment is required for applicable fees.

Purchasing Vehicles from Private Individuals

There is a slight difference in purchasing a used vehicle between a dealership and a private individual. The transfer of the title and registration is processed all at once. All applicable taxes and fees are included with the registration fee.

Proceed to the licensing office to complete the following requirements:

  • Bring the license plate you need to transfer to your new vehicle.
  • Present your driver’s license (obtained in Alabama) proving your address during the registration process.
  • Submit an insurance document if the office cannot verify your insurance status online.
  • Present the current registration papers for the vehicle you purchased.
  • Applicable fees must be paid.
  • Submit a completed title coming from the last owner.
  • If your vehicle has an out-of-state title, it needs to have the Vehicle Identification Number Inspection process completed.
  • Take note of the odometer data reading for a vehicle that does not exceed ten years old and 16,000 pounds.

Leased Vehicles’ Registration Process

  • The registration of leased vehicles has the same process as others, except you need to bring the following:
  • A POA form issued by the leasing office stating you are allowed to register their vehicle.
  • A lease agreement copy.

Vehicle Registration for Military Members

Policies are different when it comes to the registration of vehicles for military members in Alabama. These laws differ is they are out of the state and assigned in AL, residents assigned somewhere, or an AL resident who is in the same state.

Registration for non-residents (military): Armed Forces Members who are assigned in AL are not obliged to register the vehicle with the AL Motor Division provided they have a recent registration in their home address and a valid insurance.

Registration of military residents: Residents of Alabama have a similar registration process to civilians.

Alabama military residents assigned out of state: You have the option to register the vehicle via mail if you have been assigned outside the state of AL. You must contact the licensing office in order to see if this service is available.

You may complete a POA form giving authorization to a family representative. Your POA must check the necessary information about the Registration Process in Alabama.

Vehicle Inspections

AL is not requiring emissions tests during the registration process. Vehicles which are out of state and those that do not have a title need to undergo a VIN inspection before they can be registered in Alabama. It’s a security measure which ensures the matching of the VIN and its title.

AL license plates: Registration stickers together with license plates are released upon the completion of the vehicle registration in Alabama. A variety of license plates are available in AL. If you want to order a personalized license plate, it may take some time before you receive it.

Alabama’s Registration Fees for Vehicles

Vehicle registration fees vary depending on several factors. If it’s your first time registering the vehicle, fees are set based on these criteria:

  • Type of Vehicle (truck, motorcycle, or car).
  • Weight of the Vehicle.
  • Surcharges and county taxes.
  • Renewal month of registration.
  • This depends on the last name of the owner. Its initial letter is used.
  • The starting fee is going to be adjusted based on the remaining months until the next renewal date.

You still need to call the licensing office and get an estimate of the registration charges.

 Other Alabama Resources

Alabama.gov – official government website for the state of Alabama.

Alabama Wikipedia Page – everything you need to know about the state of Alabama.

University Of Alabama – Founded in 1831 as Alabama’s first public college, The University of Alabama is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and service.

Alabama On Craigslist – local classifieds and forums for jobs, housing, for sale, personals, services, local community, and events.

Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

Reviews from Customers in Alabama

  • I had to be in Alabama to help my father through some tough times, so I could only give A1 Auto Transport a 2-day notice. To my amazement, a truck arrived the same day I made the call. I wanted my car in 5 days max, and they got it there in 3.

    Honestly, I was skeptical about using a transport service, with so many negative reviews online. A1 Auto Transport had a surprising lack of bad publicity, and I can now see why. The car got to Alabama in perfect condition.

    It’s a great company for beginners who don’t much about the industry and need to be guided through everything. Everyone was also super kind which is something I rarely see these days.

    - Scott P.
  • I’ve had my car moved to and from Alabama quite a few times, long enough to witness all kinds of weird and annoying stuff. You sometimes have to watch your car smoulder under the hot sun in your lot wondering where in the world your driver is, or how the heck did you even wind up with a smooth fast talker spewing numbers instead of an actual human being who knows a thing or two about this whole transport business.

    But everything just falls perfectly into place with A1 Auto Transport: They know their game, and you can immediately tell they take care of their customers. Do you want competent people who’ll get things done with as little BS as possible? Believe me, your time and money are best spent with A1.

    - Lisa K

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