Ship Your Car To Or From Chicago IL
Known as “The Windy City,” Chicago is home to about 2.7 million people and is the third most populated city in the country. In the metro area, there are close to 10 million people and similar to New York and Los Angeles, this is an international location. It is situated in the heart of Cook County and is situated also on Lake Michigan, in the Great Lakes. Also known as “Chi-Town,” this is an important city for international commerce and trade and attracts millions of visitors annually. The attractions in Chicago are plentiful, from Navy Pier on Lake Michigan to the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue for some of the best shopping in the world. There are museums galore and more than enough shops and dining establishments to keep visitors busy for weeks on end. Lake Michigan also offers a rather unusual offering of recreational activities in the city, which is unusual for a city the size of Chicago.
Cost & Time To Ship Your Car Examples
|Shipping To/From||Cost||Distance||Estimated Time In Transit|
|Chicago to Indianapolis||$184||184 miles||1 - 2 days|
|Chicago to Kansas City||$381||509 miles||2 - 4 days|
|Chicago to Washington, D.C.||$525||700 miles||3 - 5 days|
|New Orleans to Chicago||$693||925 miles||3 - 5 days|
|Miami Beach to Chicago||$828||1381 miles||4 - 6 days|
|Chicago to Salt Lake City||$837||1396 miles||4 - 6 days|
|Chicago to Los Angeles||$1046||1744 miles||5 - 7 days|
*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and what type of vehicle you are shipping.
Car Shipping Companies Near Me
Looking for auto transport companies near you in Chicago? The third largest city in the country, Chicago is a metropolitan hub in a largely rural region. It may be its geographical location that has given Chicagoans their reputation for toughness. Though there are plenty of transportation options within the city limits, travel 10 miles in any direction and you’ll find yourself stranded if you don’t have a car. The better option is to keep your vehicle on hand, and A-1 Auto Transport has the skills to make that happen. To compare all of the auto transport companies in the Chicago area, visit our directory.
Using Chicago Vehicle Transport Companies
When you are looking to book Chicago car transport services, keep a few key tips in mind:
- Ask about tractor-trailer transport: This method might make it a bit longer to receive your vehicle, but in the end, it is one of the most affordable ways to transport your vehicle.
- Opt for open-air transport: If yours is a traditional vehicle and you don’t mind exposure to the elements, you can save up to 60% or more on open-air transport. This is a good option for those on a budget.
- Inquire about first-time transport discounts: If this is your first time transporting a vehicle with a particular company, they may be willing to give you a first-timers discount, to encourage you to book with them again in the future when you have transport needs.
For more information, visit the City of Chicago website.
Shipping Luxury and Classic Cars in Chicago
While open carriers are perfect for shipping most automobiles, because they’re sitting on an open trailer, flying objects or bad weather can still reach them. If you’re the owner of a luxury or classic car, this may not be acceptable.
Because of this, A1 auto transport has prepared a series of enclosed trucks to increase the protection offered to our client’s vehicles. Since your car will not only be strapped in place, but also protected from outside objects, it will be as safe as in your garage at home.
Special Discounts in Chicago
If you live in Chicago, you can get a special discount on all your shipping orders by meeting a few criteria. These are disclosed over the phone, so remember to mention them when calling for a quote.
Long Distance Auto Transport to/from Chicago
Normal costs of driving a car across the country include meal costs, hotel bills, fuel prices, etc. You have to pay for all these if you plan on driving your car to another state or across longer distances in general.
However, you can share these costs with more than 10 other people by using an auto transport company. Your car will be stationary on a platform along with all the rest, and only the truck that’s transporting them will require fuel.
Also, the driver’s meals will be covered by all the car owners, making the individual price very small. So, even with the little extra the auto transport company is bound to put on top for their troubles, it’s still more affordable than driving the car yourself.
International Shipping to/from Chicago
Although your vehicle may be close to your heart, we recommend doing a bit of research before deciding to ship it abroad to where you’re moving. Some countries release such high import taxes that shipping a car is a worst investment than actually buying a new one. Hopefully, this is not the case and we’ll be able to proceed with the transport.
As for getting your car through customs, preparing all the documentation, and every other part of the shipping process, you can just leave everything to us. We’ll transport your car with one of our carriers if the shipment can be accomplished only on land. If we must pass a mass of water, we’ll use a ship. The alternative, a plane, is far too expensive and difficult to book.
Cheap Transportation Options in Chicago
The more time you have before the move, the more you can afford to look for cheaper options. For example, you can browse the internet for better quotes if you’re not in a rush.
By booking your shipment long in advance, the price you settle on will often be lower. If you take the time to talk to an employee and explain your situation, s/he can sometimes make shipping arrangements that are up to 15% cheaper than the norm.
You can also go through our discounts list to see which you can use and when. You may even qualify for 2 or more at a time.
Auto Transport Safety Measures in Chicago
If you’re going to transport a car with our company, you shouldn’t worry too much about safety. All our trucks are extremely safe. They’re maintained regularly and are driven by professionals. Enclosed ones offer slightly more protection from outside elements, but open trucks are good in this aspect too.
In the worst case scenario, we have you covered with an insurance policy. You can also get more insurance if you’re worried. The frequency of road accidents worldwide is high. However, our drivers take every measure possible to avoid them. In case somebody slams into the truck, it will take the brunt of the damage instead of your car.
Chicago Auto Transport Companies Directory
Lepke Auto Transport
This is a national transport outfit that offers service around the country. Licensed, bonded and insured nationwide auto shippers with great BBB accredited customer reviews. Transports automobiles, vans, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, boats and other heavy hauling with their open and enclosed auto transport carriers.
2026 South Washtenaw Avenue #3w
Chicago Auto Shipping
This locally-owned company can transport cars of all types around the Chicago region.
500 North Michigan Avenue #30
Auto Driveaway National Office
This is a national company with a national scope, offering transport domestically and internationally.
11 East Adams Street #1402, Chicago, IL
U A Auto Transport
This transport company provides enclosed and container shipping.
1900 North Austin Avenue, Chicago, IL
Auto Transport Logistics
This transport company offers shipping of all types at an affordable rate.
155 North Harbor Drive, Chicago, IL
United Road Services: Hegeswisch
United is a national company that offers international shipping as well.
13327 South Torrence Avenue
Danny's Car Transport
Danny’s is a locally-owned and operated outfit that provides high rates of customer service.
1950 South Racine Avenue
Great American Auto Transport
Great American offers shipping for vehicles of all types.
401 South LaSalle Street #1600
Progressive Auto Relocation
This transport company offers tractor-trailer shipping, as well as enclosed options.
5715 North Kimball Avenue #3n
AMPM Premium Car Carrier Co
This national company can ship around the country.
304 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL
YBS offers transport and other types of shipping as well.
141 West Jackson Boulevard #3200, Chicago, IL
This is a national company that can ship around the country for individuals, dealers and fleet orders.
11235 South Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, IL
Other Chicago Resources
Chicago Wikipedia Page - everything you need to know about the city of Chicago.
University Of Illinois At Chicago - A major research university in the heart of one of the world's greatest cities, UIC provides a world-class education for its students. We are committed to creating and disseminating new knowledge as a university of growing national and international stature.
Chicago On Craigslist - local classifieds and forums for jobs, housing, for sale, personals, services, local community, and events.
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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.