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Home to the “Windy City” and a ton of other smaller towns, Illinois is a great place to relocate for business as well as for those looking for suburbs that offer a great family environment. Chicago is a hub for business, which makes it a big draw for relocation purposes. However, relocating requires quite a bit of research, planning, and follow-through, so where you can knock something off the list, you should. Car shipping is one such to-do item that can be scheduled ahead of time and when you work with a reputable Illinois auto shipping company, you don’t have to worry about getting your car to the city or any points nearby. It’s already taken care of for you.

Cost & Time To Ship Your Car Examples

Shipping To/FromCostDistanceEstimated Time
In Transit
Chicago to Indianapolis$184184 miles1 – 2 days
Memphis to Chicago$399532 miles2 – 4 days
Chicago to North Carolina$593791 miles3 – 5 days
New York to Aurora$626835 miles3 – 5 days
Illinois to Massachusetts$6591099 miles4 – 6 days
Florida to Illinois$7101184 miles4 – 6 days
Illinois to Phoenix$9731621 miles5 – 7 days
Las Vegas to Chicago$10481747 miles5 – 7 days
Illinois to San Diego$11841973 miles5 – 7 days
Seattle to Illinois$10102020 miles6 – 8 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 Illinois? Did you know that nearly 45,000 people moved out of the state of Illinois from 2017-2018? Are you thinking about a move yourself? We understand that this kind of transition can be a tough one, made more complicated when you’re not sure how to get your primary means of transportation to your final destination. We have helped thousands of people move their cars, and we can help you too. Head to A1 Auto Transport to compare brokerages and carriers with trucks in your area right now.

Tips For Handling Illinois Car Transport Companies

When you are looking to book Illinois auto shipping services, keep a few key tips in mind.

  • Keep city parking rates in mind: If you are planning to stay in the city upon picking up your car, then keep in mind that the city’s parking rates can be fairly high. If you research and plan ahead of time regarding where to park and what the cost will be, you can avoid on-site sticker shock.
  • Make sure your Illinois car shipping company delivers to outlying areas: Because of the proximity of Chicago, many Illinois vehicle shipping companies may opt to instead deliver in the city versus getting your car to you in the outskirts. This is something to discuss ahead of time, so you don’t find yourself blindsided by exorbitant fees for delivery or no options in terms of a local depot.
  • Fight for great Illinois auto transport price rates: Because of the proximity to the Chicago area, you may be able to negotiate even lower rates than usual because most shipping companies have a convenient office or drop-off point in the city because it’s a central location. See how that affects your rates when doing your research. Chances are, you might be able to get a much lower rate picking up or dropping off in Chicago than you would try to negotiate in some of the smaller towns.

Chicago is an amazing city with plenty to do for both business travelers and new residents. However, there are also a large number of smaller towns around the state of Illinois that offer a slower pace of life and a quieter smattering of entertainment. Explore both the big city and the smaller towns in your own car, so that you can move at your own pace.

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

Long Distance Auto Transport to/from Illinois

The terminal to terminal option is usually preferred for long distance auto transport, since the cost is lower and it requires less scheduling for both parties. However, if your automobile cannot be driven to a terminal due to it being broken or the terminal being too far, then our door to door service is also available.

Sufficiently large roads are needed to enable the truck to reach your location. If you live in a residential area with small streets, you can arrange to meet the driver at a local supermarket’s parking lot.

International Auto Transport from/to Illinois

A1 Auto Transport is responsible for hundreds of successful auto shipments every year, both within the US and internationally. There are several obstacles our clients must overcome to successfully get their cars to their new homes.

First, we recommend they get informed on import taxes and the requirements vehicles must meet in the new country. Call our staff and we’ll help you with these.

We can also help you deal with customs and provide a list of the paperwork you’ll have to prepare. After signing the contract and giving us the documents, we’ll take care of the rest.

Cheap Car Transportation Options in Illinois

To reduce shipping costs for your vehicle, you can begin by opting for an open auto carrier. They are widely used in the business and can transport your car anywhere on land. More importantly, open carrier auto transportation is much cheaper than the enclosed carrier alternative.

Terminals are another great way to reduce your shipping bill. Although it takes a bit more time and effort to take your automobile to the nearest terminal, it’s a much cheaper alternative to door to door services.

If you’re facing financial difficulties, our discounts may help you. Ask about them when calling our office. We also have seasonal offerings you can take advantage of. You can learn more about them over the phone.

Shipping Luxury and Classic Cars in Illinois

Shipping antique, classic, exotic or luxury cars from Illinois is normally done with enclosed carriers. There are numerous reasons why this option is preferred. If you need a car delivered to Illinois on a quick schedule, enclosed carriers are best, as they can transport just your car/s and go directly to the destination.

If safety is your main concern, enclosed trailers are again your best pick. By not exposing classic or luxury vehicles to the elements, there’s no chance of them getting bumps or scratches during transport. You’ll even be notified of their location on a regular basis, so you won’t have to worry about their condition and you can prepare to receive them in a timely fashion.

Illinois Special Discounts

Among our special discounts, we count those offered to students and seniors looking for auto transportation services. Military personnel are also entitled to similar discounts. If you don’t fall into one of the above categories, you may call us to inquire about our seasonal offerings. Everyone can benefit from these if they transport their automobiles in the right time of the year.

Auto Transport Safety Measures in Illinois

In the years since our founding, there’s never been a case of a vehicle being badly damaged during transportation. Due to our carriers’ designs and our safety procedures, a couple scratches or bumps are the most that can happen.

When using an open carrier, the weather or flying pebbles may cause such problems. However, these are easily fixed and can be avoided entirely with an enclosed carrier. Not to mention, these are risks all owners take when driving their vehicles. Even in such cases, there are insurance policies set in place, so you can recover your losses, regardless of how small or big they are.

Services And Information

A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-452-2880 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.

How to Request a Price Estimate

We are glad to give price estimates to anyone who requests them. You can do so using either our form or our phone number, both of which can be found in the upper right corner of every page.

The advantage of using our phone is it’s more private and takes less than 5 minutes to complete. It’s ideal for getting a quick and accurate result.

On the other hand, many of our customers got a better deal by calling us directly. Since you can tell us more details through a phone call, there may be room for negotiations and adjustments based on your needs and budget.

Illinois Auto Transport Companies Directory

Nationwide Transportation, Inc.

This Illinois automobile transportation business offers shipping to each of the 50 states for both cars and large freight. Those interested can also get free quotes to see how the company matches up against its competitors.

101 West Grand Ave., Suite 200, Chicago, IL


American Auto Transport

This company is a mainstay in the Chicago area, providing all types of transport for a range of vehicles, from traditional cars to motorcycles, boats and more.

1699 Wall Street, Mount Prospect, IL 60056


Lepke Auto Transport

Serving the greater Chicago area and beyond, Lepke specializes in transporting both regular vehicles and custom models. This company works hard to ensure that your custom vehicle will get from Point A to Point B in the same pristine condition in which you left it.

2026 South Washtenaw Avenue, Chicago, IL


UA Auto Transport

UA provides service to all 50 states in the U.S. and offers some of the most affordable rates in the business. Get a free price quote for your shipment online.

1900 N. Austin Avenue, Chicago, IL


Illinois Auto Transporter

This vehicle shipping company boasts a record of excellent customer service and offers service both in Chicago and the greater Illinois region, but shipping of all types of vehicles around the United States. Offering door to door deliveries. Their shippers transport automobiles, trucks, vans, SUVs, motorcycles and boats. Licensed, bonded and insured, check their BBB accredited reviews online.

2250 S. Morgan Street, Chicago, IL


Baltic Auto Shipping

Baltic can ship any vehicle to just about anywhere in the country, and you can also inquire about international logistics options. Offers free rate quotes and top-notch service from their drivers and carriers. Customers review ratings are usually positive. Offering door to door deliveries, open and enclosed car hauling. One of the more trustworthy companies in the industry. Visit their website online, call or email them today for a free price quote.

5811 W. 66TH St., Chicago, IL



Vehicle Registration in Illinois

If you’re looking to make the registration of your automobile in the state of Illinois, you must complete these steps:

  • Go to the local Secretary of State office;
  • Take with you the title of the vehicle, your car insurance proof, an odometer statement, and one 190 VSD form;
  • Pay the title fee, the registration fee and the taxes.

It is imperative to have your vehicles registered at the SOS office for all residents of the state of Illinois. Also, it is possible for you to renew your registration once it expires.

Please note some vehicle types, such as snowmobiles or custom-built vehicles, might involve different registration steps and/or special documentation that you should inquire on.

New Illinois Residents and Vehicle Registration

The state of Illinois offers a 30-day grace period to all new residents for registering their vehicles. You have to make an Illinois issued auto insurance within this time frame before licensing and getting your car titled in Illinois.

The process of registering your vehicle within the state of Illinois involves submitting this documentation to your SOS office:

  • An Application for automobile transaction;
  • A document proving your residency within the borders of Illinois;
  • The original registration and title documentation of the vehicle;
  • Documentation that describes the vehicle in detail (model, make, year, Identification number, purchase date, and information on whether it was a new car or a used one);
  • The tax form applicable to the purchase situation: whether it was purchased directly from an auto dealership or from a previous owner;
  • Proof of payment for tax fees and car registration.

Please note you can benefit from a reduction of the registration tax if your vehicle is an electric one.

At the end of the process, you will receive your Illinois license plate, or your temporary permit – if you applied for vanity or personalized license plates.

How to Register a Car in Illinois?

Illinois law states that when a resident comes in possession of a car, he has 20 days to register it with the local authorities regardless of its provenience (whether it was bought, received as a gift, or inherited).

While car dealerships handle the submission of the paperwork for you, it falls in your responsibility to submit the registration paperwork if you’ve purchased the vehicle from one or more previous owners.

The first step in the vehicle registration of any car in Illinois is obtaining a valid Illinois auto insurance policy. Afterwards, it is followed by the submission of a series of documents at the office of the SOS:

  • A form of the official Vehicle Transaction document completed in full;
  • The title of the vehicle, signed by previous owners;
  • (if applicable) Lienholders’ addresses and names;
  • An odometer disclosure document signed by the older owner and by you alike;
  • A tax form for the tax transaction;
  • Payment of the tax fees and registration;
    • Electric vehicle owners are able to apply for a reduction in registration fees.

Military and Illinois Car Registration

Army members that do not reside in Illinois must conserve proper insurance and registration of their vehicle in the home state in order to avoid the risk of receiving a fine from law enforcement officers.

You can become a resident of Illinois while in the armed forces. For this, you must submit yourself to the process of enlisting a new vehicle registration for new residents.

If you are an Illinois resident and you work for the military, you can follow the regular steps in registering your vehicles with the SOS.

License Plates for Illinois-Registered Vehicles

All registered vehicles receive standard license plates from the SOS office of Illinois, if not requested otherwise. By paying an extra fee, anyone can get a personalized plate or a specialty license plate.

The timeframe for receiving the specialized plates is between 60 and 90 days after the submission of the application. In the meanwhile, you will drive your vehicle around with a Permit of Temporary Registration. That temporary permit is valid for a period of maximum 90 days, and it must be placed at all times in the designated area for the rear license plates.

In case you don’t receive your permanent plates before the expiration of the TRP, you must submit a second application with no additional costs. At that point, you’ll get a second temporary permit that you will be able to utilize until your permanent plates arrive.

An additional transfer fee allows you to transfer the license plates to other vehicles in your possession. In order to benefit from this, you must remember to note clearly the transfer in your application form.

The costs of an Illinois Car Registration

Different vehicles types have different fee values when it comes to their registration under the state of Illinois. The difference is given by the vehicle weight, the type of automobile or the chosen license plates type.

The prices varies from a rough $101 for a passenger vehicle, to the sum of $114 for a car with personalized or vanity plates.

Emission testing for Illinois vehicles: Even though emission testing isn’t mandatory for vehicle registration in the state of Illinois, cars should be the object of regular testing. Therefore, make sure to check if your car is or is not due for an emission test.

Other Illinois Resources – official government website for the state of Illinois.

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

University Of Illinois – A world leader in research, teaching and public engagement.

Illinois 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 Illinois

  • For one reason or another, shipping a car between states makes me a bit worried. Using another company prior to A1 Auto Transport which left a huge scratch on my car didn’t help ease my trust issues either.

    The quote Joe gave me wasn’t the lowest on my list (I did a ton of research this time), but I was less interested in getting a deal as I was in getting my car to Illinois safely. I paid a deposit after he picked up my car. By that point, it was in his hands.

    I was glad he called so much during transport. He must’ve felt I was stressed out by the whole experience. Fortunately, my worries were for nothing. This company pulled through and brought my car as I left it. Thank you Joe!

    - Nathan O.
  • I am meticulous when it comes to everything. At first, I was thinking of just driving all the way to Illinois from New Jersey. A friend recommended me to go to A1 Auto Transport and told me a lot of good things about them. I refused initially because I had filed a 4 day leave just to drive and visit my mother.

    But things did not go well. My boss asked me to cancel my leave because a very important client asked for an urgent meeting, and the manager could not attend to it. I was hopeless and took the risk of asking help from A1.

    The notice was short and I forgot I needed to inform them in advance. After a couple of hours, I received a call and they told me they found a way to book me with no extra fees. I am so thankful I got to attend to my work matters.

    I did not get to see my mother, but the vehicle and items inside it were in perfect condition as if it was me who took care of it. I owe you guys big time! I got one huge deal from our client.

    - Rachel B.

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