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Known as America’s Heartland, Iowa is much more than the rows of corn and other agriculture for which it is known. Financial services, manufacturing, and a burgeoning biotech industry are all becoming just as prominent as the agriculture for which the state is known. 

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Auto transportation is key here since public transportation doesn’t often extend from town to town, which depending on which part of the state you are in, can be quite a distance.

Cost & Time To Ship Your Car Examples

Shipping To/FromCostDistanceEstimated Time In Transit
Des Moines to Davenport$169169 miles1 - 2 days
Chicago to Des Moines$334334 miles2 - 4 days
Des Moines to Memphis$463617 miles3 - 5 days
Texas to Iowa$687916 miles3 - 5 days
Iowa to Philadelphia$6361060 miles4 - 6 days
Massachusetts to Iowa$7631272 miles4 - 6 days
Iowa to Florida$8371395 miles4 - 6 days
Phoenix to Iowa$8661443 miles4 - 6 days
Des Moines to Nevada$8731455 miles4 - 6 days
San Francisco to Iowa$11051841 miles5 - 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 Iowa? Transporting a vehicle from Iowa can be a pretty long haul considering how far North the state sits. Just getting it to Texas, for example, will leave you with an additional 800-miles on your car. If this isn’t possible or you just don’t want that kind of wear and tear on your vehicle, give us a call or connect with our team about your transport needs. 


Tips For Handling Iowa Car Transport Companies

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

  • Get quotes from a variety of Iowa vehicle shipping companies: When you are looking for Iowa auto transport, get quotes from numerous Iowa automobile transportation companies to ensure that you get the best possible rate for your personal budget.
  • Ship to the nearest depot: There aren't a lot of large cities dotting the Iowa landscape. Therefore, you need to plan ahead when shipping your vehicle to or from the state, to ensure that you can locate a depot nearby for auto transport purposes.
  • Look for a company with an office in Iowa: If you are shipping your vehicle to or from Iowa, it pays to find a company that has a local office. This ensures that you have a representative on-site to answer questions and offer assistance should you find you need it when dropping your car off or picking it up.

A drive through the state of Iowa can be cathartic, as you glimpse miles of farmland rich in natural resources. Moreover, as you pass by numerous towns with their own Main Street USA feel, you’ll be glad that you shipped in your own vehicle to give the state it’s due diligence as you maneuver around from locale to locale.

Long Distance Auto Transport to/from Iowa

Companies like A1 Auto Transport can accommodate most interstate shipping conditions, be it express deliveries or low cost ones. However, it is up to you as the customer to provide us with as many details as possible, so we have a clear picture of what you require.

Depending on your needs, we may recommend an enclosed or an open auto carrier. The first option is faster and generally safer, as the car is covered during transportation. Bad weather can’t damage it. However, because enclosed carriers can transport fewer vehicles per trip, they are considered a special service. If you wish to save some money, open carriers are just as good though a bit slower.

International Auto Transport from/to Iowa

International auto transport is normally handled via carriers and ships. We can provide both open and enclosed carriers for your use. Open trucks are larger and cheaper to book, though a bit slower. Enclosed carriers provide extra protection from theft and bad weather, being preferable for expensive vehicles.

However, they are also much more expensive to book.

In terms of ships, you may transport your car in a container or with the RoRo method. Containers have the advantage of allowing you to carry other objects along with your vehicle. However, it is the more expensive option and should only be used when necessary. Driving your car onto the ship with the Roll on Roll off method is how most people do it, due to the lower price and lower preparation requirements.

Cheap Car Transportation Options in Iowa

You don’t need a large budget to ship a family car. It can be done easily if you follow a few instructions.

Among the several transportation options our company offers, the cheapest ones are through open carriers and terminal to terminal services. Open carriers are very common in our business. They can transport up to a dozen vehicles at a time, and are also cheaper to book.

Terminals allow our drivers to pick up multiple automobiles from the same location, saving time and various costs. Due to this, the service is more affordable than door to door.

Therefore, auto shipping can be done with both a large and a small budget. For the best offer, take advantage of our seasonal offerings and our discounts.


Shipping Luxury and Classic Cars in Iowa

When shipping an exotic or vintage vehicle to Iowa, enclosed carriers are recommended for their safety. If you want your exotic/vintage car to receive white glove service, it’s the best option.

Enclosed shipping ensures your vehicle will not be exposed to road hazards (wind, dirt, snow). Your vehicle is strapped in place, so it doesn’t bump into its surroundings. Most enclosed carriers can pull one to two vehicles at once, depending on your choice. They also arrive much quicker at their destination.

Iowa Special Discounts

If you’re a student in Iowa and would like to transport a vehicle within or to another state, A1 Auto Transport has prepared a special discount you can take advantage of. Military members also benefit from a discount, as well as seniors. As for the rest of our clients, they can make use of our various seasonal offers to lower their expenses significantly.

Auto Transport Safety Measures in Iowa

Auto transport services are one of the safest ways to get your car from point A to B in a short amount of time. The longer the distance you need your car to travel, the more expensive and time consuming it gets. You are also exposing it to many risk factors.

The longer you drive your vehicle, the more mileage and damage it accumulate. You expose it to potential accidents, flat tires, bad roads which put a strain on it, etc.

On the other hand, these problems are eliminated when your car lies immobile on a carrier for the entire trip. Because you’ve signed a contract with our company, we are responsible for its safety and will reimburse you if anything happens.

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Many people avoid calling companies directly and go for the online form instead. Ours is placed on top of each page and can be finished in less than 4 minutes. However, you’re missing out on a few significant advantages this way.

By calling us directly, the response is immediate as well. You can discuss your transport, and set up a date right now. Also, even the most detailed online form has its limits. Often, there are small adjustments our staff can make to cut down costs and improve your experience. These are obvious when discussing things over the phone, though they can be harder to deduce from the form.

Iowa Auto Transport Companies Directory

Central Petroleum Transport Incorporated

This Iowa-based transport business provides a wide array of service options, from long-distance transport to intra-state offerings. Moreover, it is an affordable company that prides itself on specializing in moving cars of all sizes and quantities. Offering open and enclosed carriers, door to door and terminal to terminal deliveries of vehicles, trucks, vans, SUVs, motorcycles, boats and more. BBB accredited shippers, see their reviews online.

4036 Southgate Dr

Sioux City, IA 51106

712- 258-6357

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Vitran Express

Vitran Express can transport cars of any type, from customized vehicles to large groupings of autos for dealerships. Moving through the flatbed truck or personalized service, the company offers options of all types for consumers looking for Iowa-based transport and logistics. Ships nationwide to anywhere in the United States. Licensed, bonded and insured Iowa auto shippers. Visit them online, call or email for a free price quote.

2125 Commercial St

Waterloo, IA 50702


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Iowa Car Registration

Registering a car must be done in person in the state of Iowa, at the treasurer’s office. For this, you should have a disclosure statement for damages (when applicable) and your odometer statement. You should pay the necessary fee and also bring your driver’s license and vehicle title. The fee may be based on the car’s price and weight or it may be standardized.

To drive a car in Iowa legally, you have to register it. This must be done at the treasurer’s office, with the DOT in the county you’re based in. If it’s your first time registering a vehicle, this section can serve as a guide.


For New Citizens in Iowa

After you’ve become a resident of Iowa, you must register your automobile within 30 days at the treasurer’s office in your local county. If you’re new in the state, you must first obtain a driver’s license from Iowa before you can register the automobile. Even if you have valid license plates already, if they are from your old state, you must get new ones from Iowa.

If you want to register an automobile, you must:

  • Provide the title of your vehicle;
  • Submit a completed 411007 Form.

If you’ve leased your automobile, you must submit a completed 411179 Form. You don’t have to obtain a title from Iowa. However, if you don’t have one for your automobile, you can’t transfer your registration. If your registration is not transferable, you cannot sell your car.

In cases where the title was lost, to have a new one issued, you must speak to the previous state. So, you can sell a car, you must first get a transferable registration by titling it in Iowa.

You need to visit the treasurer’s office in your local county in person to register your vehicle. You may also look for a satellite office. Vehicle registration may not be done online or through mail.

Leased Vehicles

Generally, you can get all the documentation for your car’s registration ready from the dealership who sold it. They will also send it to the DMV in your stead. Until you receive your license plates via mail, you can use the temporary tags they’ll give you to drive your vehicle.

Your car’s price may contain the titling and registration fees. You may also opt to take the paperwork to the office of the treasurer in your local county on your own. Remember, you will have to pay the titling and registration fees.

Leased cars: The dealer usually manages the car’s registration if it’s been leased from him. However, if they can’t or won’t do it, use the 411179 form and follow the steps explained below to do it yourself.

Cars Bought From a Private Owner

You need to have a driver’s license from Iowa to buy a car within the State. To prove the ownership’s transfer, the seller and you must complete a Sale Bill and sign it. However, this is not a requirement for registering the vehicle.

From the seller, you must receive:

  • The title of the car. A title transfer must be signed for by both the seller and you.
  • The odometer statement. Before submitting the application for the car’s registration at the treasurer’s office in your local county, you must complete the odometer statement.
  • A statement for disclosing potential damage.

After obtaining all the necessary documents, visit the treasurer’s office:

  • Make sure you have your driver’s license obtained in Iowa.
  • The 411007 form must be completed with the right box containing the odometer reading for your automobile.
  • Hand over the loan paperwork, car title, and other paperwork which prove you own the car.
    • To register your automobile, you must get the lender to complete the documents (in case there is a loan on it);
  • Finally, you must pay the appropriate registration fees.

After the registration is complete, you will get your license plates.

Military Registration in Iowa

If you’re an Armed Forces member and an Iowa resident, you must follow similar registration laws. The fees you pay for the car’s registration is also the same.

Your family members, if they do not live in Iowa, are not required to register automobiles in their possession. To register an automobile in Iowa, the steps mentioned above must be followed, with a few exceptions:

  • The car’s weight will decide the fees you will have to pay.
  • An Iowa residency certification must be completed by a commanding officer.

Fees for Registering a Vehicle in Iowa

Depending on the vehicle you wish to register, the fee you will have to pay may be standard or based on its weight and price.

A standard fee must be paid for the following vehicle types:

  • Up to $20 for motorcycles,
  • $55 for multipurpose cars, like a Jeep Wrangler, Ford Bronco, Chevy Blazer, etc.
  • $50 for automobiles older than 12 years, with the exception of the ones above.
  • $60 for cars modified for persons with disabilities.
    • If the car is old, the fee may be cheaper.

Fees Based on Weight and Price

Registration fees, in some cases, can result from the combination of a fee derived from the car’s weight and a percentage from its price. Such calculations are valid for:

  • Passenger vehicles.
  • Slow automobiles.
  • Multipurpose automobiles built in 1993 or later.
  • 2010 or younger trucks with no more than 10 thousand miles.

Fees based on weight: The automobile’s list price will gain $0.4 for each 100 lbs of the car’s weight. The registration cost can be obtained by summing the vehicle’s cost based on its weight and the list price’s percentage.

Truck registration fees: The registration fee for buses, tractors, and trucks are based on their weight and age.

License Plates in Iowa

When you first register your car, you will get license plates for it. If you went to a dealership to buy the car, your license plates will arrive through mail from the DOT.

On the rear plate, you will have to stick a registration sticker that will come along with the plates:

  • The sticker should be placed on the plate’s left lower corner if the license plates are big (trucks, cars, etc.).
  • The sticker should be placed on the left upper corner if the license plates are small (motorcycles).

For a fee, you can get several different types of license plates at the DOT. Personalized plates are also included. Personalized and special plates are usually sent through mail.

Other Iowa Resources - official government website for the state of Iowa.

Iowa Wikipedia Page - everything you need to know about the state of Iowa.

University Of Iowa - The University of Iowa is a major national research university located on a 1,900-acre campus in Iowa City in southeast Iowa, on the Iowa River near the intersection of U.S.


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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. 

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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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Allamakee County

🇺🇸 Dorchester - Allamakee, Iowa (IA) 52140


🇺🇸 Ames - Story, Iowa (IA) 50010


🇺🇸 Ankeny - Polk, Iowa (IA) 50021

Appanoose County

🇺🇸 Centerville - Appanoose, Iowa (IA) 52544

Benton County

🇺🇸 Atkins - Benton, Iowa (IA) 52206


🇺🇸 Bettendorf - Scott, Iowa (IA) 52722

Black Hawk County

🇺🇸 Cedar Falls - Black Hawk, Iowa (IA) 50613

Boone County

🇺🇸 Beaver - Boone, Iowa (IA) 50031

Bremer County

🇺🇸 Denver - Bremer, Iowa (IA) 50622

Buchanan County

🇺🇸 Aurora - Buchanan, Iowa (IA) 50607

Butler County

🇺🇸 Allison - Butler, Iowa (IA) 50602

Calhoun County

🇺🇸 Farnhamville - Calhoun, Iowa (IA) 50538

Carroll County

🇺🇸 Coon Rapids - Carroll, Iowa (IA) 50058

Cass County

🇺🇸 Anita - Cass, Iowa (IA) 50020

Cedar County

🇺🇸 Clarence - Cedar, Iowa (IA) 52216

Cedar Falls

🇺🇸 Cedar Falls - Black Hawk, Iowa (IA) 50613

Cedar Rapids

🇺🇸 Cedar Rapids - Linn, Iowa (IA) 52401

Cerro Gordo County

🇺🇸 Mason City - Cerro Gordo, Iowa (IA) 50401

Cherokee County

🇺🇸 Aurelia - Cherokee, Iowa (IA) 51005

Chickasaw County

🇺🇸 Alta Vista - Chickasaw, Iowa (IA) 50603

Clarke County

🇺🇸 Murray - Clarke, Iowa (IA) 50174

Clay County

🇺🇸 Peterson - Clay, Iowa (IA) 51047

Clayton County

🇺🇸 Edgewood - Clayton, Iowa (IA) 52042

Clinton County

🇺🇸 Delmar - Clinton, Iowa (IA) 52037

Council Bluffs

🇺🇸 Council Bluffs - Pottawattamie, Iowa (IA) 51501

Crawford County

🇺🇸 Aspinwall - Crawford, Iowa (IA) 51432

Dallas County

🇺🇸 Adel - Dallas, Iowa (IA) 50003

Davis County

🇺🇸 Bloomfield - Davis, Iowa (IA) 52537

Decatur County

🇺🇸 Davis City - Decatur, Iowa (IA) 50065

Delaware County

🇺🇸 Masonville - Delaware, Iowa (IA) 50654

Des Moines

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Des Moines County

🇺🇸 Burlington - Des Moines, Iowa (IA) 52601

Dickinson County

🇺🇸 Arnolds Park - Dickinson, Iowa (IA) 51331


🇺🇸 Dubuque - Dubuque, Iowa (IA) 52001

Dubuque County

🇺🇸 Dubuque - Dubuque, Iowa (IA) 52001

Emmet County

🇺🇸 Armstrong - Emmet, Iowa (IA) 50514

Fayette County

🇺🇸 Arlington - Fayette, Iowa (IA) 50606

Floyd County

🇺🇸 Floyd - Floyd, Iowa (IA) 50435

Franklin County

🇺🇸 Bradford - Franklin, Iowa (IA) 50041

Greene County

🇺🇸 Churdan - Greene, Iowa (IA) 50050

Grundy County

🇺🇸 Beaman - Grundy, Iowa (IA) 50609

Guthrie County

🇺🇸 Bagley - Guthrie, Iowa (IA) 50026

Hancock County

🇺🇸 Britt - Hancock, Iowa (IA) 50423

Harrison County

🇺🇸 Dunlap - Harrison, Iowa (IA) 51529

Howard County

🇺🇸 Riceville - Howard, Iowa (IA) 50466

Humboldt County

🇺🇸 Bode - Humboldt, Iowa (IA) 50519

Ida County

🇺🇸 Battle Creek - Ida, Iowa (IA) 51006

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Iowa County

🇺🇸 Amana - Iowa, Iowa (IA) 52203

Jackson County

🇺🇸 Andrew - Jackson, Iowa (IA) 52030

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