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Michigan has a storied history as the birthplace of the modern automobile and has long attracted big business for its close proximity to the northeast corridor and our neighbor to the north, Canada. Detroit, which perhaps suffered among the worst of all American cities during the economic collapse of 2009-10, still has many vibrant areas that offer a glimpse into its automobile-centric history. The downtown area is home to a very active riverfront scene, with a diverse array of restaurants and nightlife, as well as an assortment of new casinos and professional sports stadiums. While tourism is big business in this state, professional relocation occurs almost just as often, with businesses opting to take advantage of the business-friendly environment offered in Michigan.

Cost & Time To Ship Your Car Examples

Shipping To/FromCostDistanceEstimated Time In Transit
Detroit to Grand Rapids$158158 miles1 – 2 days
Indianapolis IN to Detroit$287287 miles2 – 4 days
Detroit to Philadelphia PA$446594 miles2 – 4 days
Nashville TN to Michigan$489652 miles3 – 5 days
Michigan to Louisiana$6981163 miles4 – 6 days
Colorado to Michigan$7991332 miles4 – 6 days
Michigan to Miami FL$9341556 miles5 – 7 days
Phoenix AZ to Michigan$10032005 miles6 – 8 days
Detroit to Nevada$10272053 miles6 – 8 days
Oregon to Michigan$11162232 miles6 – 8 days
Detroit to San Diego CA$11712342 miles6 – 8 days

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

Using Michigan Car Transport Companies

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

  • Pay attention to proximity: Michigan is a fairly massive state, so you want to ensure that wherever you plan to pick up or drop off your vehicle is nearby the place where you plan to relocate or visit. Most Michigan auto transport companies offer a map or list of locations when you book your auto transport services so that you can plan ahead accordingly.
  • Make sure your paperwork is in order: Particularly if you plan to transport your vehicle internationally – right over the bridge to Canada, it is important to have all of your paperwork in order ahead of scheduling pick-up for your auto transport.
  • Prep your car ahead of time: If you are planning for a Michigan auto transport during the winter months, then it is important to fully prep your car to deal with the harsh winter conditions. This means filling it up with fluids, prepping your vehicle with snow chains and making sure that you can drive your vehicle in Michigan’s ever-changing weather conditions.

Michigan is definitely a state on the mend, as the industry attempts to make a comeback in this newly recovering economy. This is a great place to start a new business or relocate to create an entirely new life, and having your vehicle with you is the first step.

Visit the Michigan Department of Transportation website for more information on Michigan and the plentiful opportunities in which it can offer those visiting or relocating to the state.

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Michigan Auto Transport Companies Directory

GROSSE POINT

Jackson Auto Transport

Jackson Auto Transport offers a vast array of transport options, including open-air and enclosed transport nationwide, depending on the make, model, and condition of the car. Shippers transport automobiles, trucks, SUVs, vans, motorcycles, boats and other hauling services. Licensed, bonded and insured with good BBB accredited reviews online.

1833 Hawthorne Road

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

313-881-6876

ROMULUS

United Road Services Auto Transport Technical Center

This is a national auto transport organization, which means both affordable rates and service to various areas around the country for those moving from Michigan and to this northern state.
10701 Middlebelt Rd

Romulus, MI

734-946-3232 ‎

Statewide Auto Transport

This statewide company offers auto transport around the entire state of Michigan.
15995 South Huron River Drive

Romulus, MI

734-942-0988 ‎

WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP

HD&J Auto Shipping & Transport

HD&J Auto Shipping is based in West Bloomfield Township but offers transport services around the region.
5407 Carol Run West

West Bloomfield Township, MI

248-592-1004

CANTON

Reliable Carriers Inc.

For those looking for a reliable method of transport, Reliable can move both traditional and custom vehicles.

41555 Koppernick Road

Canton, MI

734-453-6677

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP

Quality Auto Transport

Quality Auto Transport is situated in Clinton Township and provides quick turnarounds and fair rates for transport services.

22650 Stevenson Street

Clinton Township, MI

586-791-5458 ‎

SOUTHGATE

Superior Auto Transport

One of the only transport companies in the Southgate region, Superior Auto Transport is the perfect choice for those looking for service with a local touch.

16703 Fort Street

Southgate, MI

734-285-5005 ‎

SHELBY TOWNSHIP

Motor City Auto Transport

Motor City offers safe and secure transport in a variety of means, from trailer transport to individual custom vehicle services.

13133 West Star Drive

Shelby Township, MI

586-737-0300 ‎

DETROIT

East Coast Auto Transport Inc.

East Coast offers transport of a wide array of vehicles, including boats, automobiles and motorcycles.

6127 East Nevada Street

Detroit, MI

313-826-1950 ‎

LIVONIA

United Road Services Northville

United provides Michigan auto transport services around the country.

19500 Victor Pkwy #475

Livonia, MI

734-451-1900

TROY

Time Auto Transport

Time Auto Transport does just that: get your vehicle from Point A to Point B in a safe and timely fashion.

575 Elmwood Drive

Troy, MI

323-295-8832 ‎

WARREN

United Road Services Warren Northland

United Road is a national auto transport company that can help get your vehicle from one place to the next working on your budget.

32800 Dequindre Rd.

Warren, MI

800-521-0928 ‎

Vehicle Registration Process in Michigan

Registration of your vehicle with Michigan’s Secretary of State requires your certificate of insurance, driver’s license, vehicle title, and registration fee payment. A vehicle registration service may be provided by a dealer if your vehicle was bought from a car dealership. You may apply for a TRP if your vehicle will be used in the short term.

If you have recently bought a new vehicle or become an MI resident, your vehicle must be registered with the MI SOS. Renewal of registration for a car is a must.

Note: Other types of vehicles, such as ATVs and custom built vehicles, have different registration requirements.

Your vehicle must be registered immediately with the MI SOS as soon as you have established your residency in the region.

Typically, vehicle titling and registration take place at the same time.

Go to a MI SOS office to get a car registration certificate and bring the following:

  • A MI no-fault insurance certificate (your old home state car insurance coverage is not applicable).
  • Existing outside of MI car title.
  • The presence of all owners is a must. If any of the owners from the car title is not available, they should:
  • Complete the Form MI TR-128.
  • Present a copy of their ID card or driver’s license.
  • Outside of MI car registration (recently expired or current), if your car title is with a lienholder.
  • A completed MI Form TR-11L.
  • A valid ID (birth certificate, photo ID, outside of MI driver’s license).
  • Payment of titling and registration fee (refer to “MI Car Registration Costs” below).

Your MI vehicle registration certificate will expire on your birthday.

Vehicle Registration in MI

The vehicle registration process varies depending on how a vehicle was acquired, whether it was bought from a car dealership, a private seller, or gifted/transferred by a relative.

Purchased vehicles from a car dealership: The registration of your vehicle may be provided by a dealer if your vehicle was purchased from a car dealership.

Keep copies of such papers until you have received your MI license plates, title, and registration certificate. These documents can be used temporarily to prove your ownership.

Vehicles Transferred or Purchased from Private Sellers/Individuals

The registration and titling of a vehicle bought from a private seller is your responsibility. It is recommended by the SOS that you visit their office together with the seller for the registration and titling process.

You must have your vehicle registered and titled within fifteen days since the purchase date. You are allowed to drive during the first three days without plates to complete the registration process of your vehicle. The title assigned to you serves as proof.

Go to your local SOS office for registration and bring the following:

  • Signed over car title.
  • Owners must show up in person. Any owner that will not be able to show up, should provide a completed Form MI TR-128 and a copy of their ID.
  • The following should be included in the title:
  • Odometer reading,
  • Signatures of the buyer and the seller,
  • Lienholder’s signature if needed,
  • The VIN.
  • A valid ID (driver’s license, ID, United States passport).
  • MI no-fault insurance certificate.
  • Payment of taxes and fees (refer to “MI Car Registration Costs” below).

Gifting and Transferring Ownership of a Car between Family Members

The vehicle registration process of a purchased or transferred car between members of a family is identical to the process listed above for “Purchased from Private Sellers/Individuals”.

You are exempted from having to pay sales taxes if you buy or receive the vehicle from the immediate relatives listed below:

  • Parents (including step-parents or adoptive parents).
  • Siblings (including step-siblings or half siblings).
  • Children as well as adopted children.
  • Grandchildren and grandparents.
  • Wards or legal guardians.

The Secretary of State will qualify you for a tax exemption even without relationship proof. However, The MI Dept. of Treasury may get in touch with you to confirm your relationship.

Transferring a MI Vehicle Registration

Your current license plates can be transferred to your newly bought vehicle as long as the Secretary of State has its record with your legal name.

Go to any Secretary of State Branch Office for the completion of a transfer of vehicle registration and bring the following:

  • Your current MI car certificate.
  • It will be sufficient if the number on your license plates can be verified in the database of the Secretary of State.
  • The new car title.
  • The Secretary of State will only accept a title application copy if the vehicle title is already being processed.
  • Michigan no-fault insurance certificate, if the insurance carriers were changed from the last renewal of registration.
  • Payment of a transfer fee: $8.

Note: Some added fees will be applied if you have an application for a title.

Temporary Vehicle Registration

Michigan offers temporary permits for registration effective for thirty days, and for sixty days for vehicles that will not be used in the long term (ex. if you are always abroad or on active duty).

The permit cost of the registration fee in this case is:

  • Thirty days permit- $20 or annual registration fee portion (whichever is greater).
  • Sixty days permit- $40 or annual registration fee portion (whichever is greater).

There is a service fee of $10 for both permits.

Go to any Secretary of State office for the application and bring the following:

  • MI no-fault insurance certificate.
  • The MI vehicle’s title.
  • Payment of a $10 fee for the temporary permit.

Registration of Non-Resident and Military Vehicles in Michigan

For a MI military resident: There are no vehicle registration waivers or exemptions for MI military members residing in Michigan. You may follow the vehicle registration steps above, whichever may be applicable to how your vehicle was purchased.

For MI military based outside of Michigan: Submit the following for the registration of a vehicle during out of state deployment:

  • A completed MI Form TR-11L.
  • Attach a TR-114 Form to have the registration/title be mailed to a different address.
  • Copy of your vehicle title.
  • MI no-fault insurance certificate.
  • Payment of taxes and fees (refer to “MI Car Registration Costs” below).
  • For a money order or check, pay it to “State of MI”.

Note: Late fees for the renewal of a vehicle registration are not necessary for MI military members based outside the state.

Out of state military resident based in Michigan: MI military residents based in the state can drive their vehicles with their home state plates, but their registration must be kept current.

If you will be residing in Michigan, refer to “New to MI?” above for the registration of your vehicle.

Out of State Residents: Vehicle Registration

Generally, registration with the Secretary of State is not necessary if you are a non-resident student studying in Michigan. However, the exemption will be cancelled and MI license plates will be required if you are getting a full-time or part-time job.

Non-residents working or living in MI may register their vehicle with the MI Secretary of State once residency is established in any way listed below:

  • Voter registration in MI.
  • File a MI individual income tax.
  • Open a business in MI.
  • Acquire a MI driver’s license.
  • Payment of MI college tuition.

MI Car Registration Costs

Calculating the fees for registration is based on the age of your vehicle:

  • Model year/VIN code 1984 or newer: Registration fee is based on MSRP.
  • Model year/VIN code 1983 or older: Registration fee is based on the weight of the vehicle.
  • Check the State of Michigan vehicle weight charts.

Other conditional fees:

  • $15 for title fee.
  • $10 late fee (vehicle registration).
  • $15 late fee (vehicle title).
  • $8 transfer fee (vehicle registration).
  • 6% use tax
  • $5 fee for standard license plate.

Get a Duplicate MI Vehicle Registration

The onus will help you with the replacement of your damaged or missing MI vehicle registration certificate.

The replacement form is available online. For application, provide the following:

  • SS number.
  • Number of your MI driver’s license.
  • The color of your eyes.
  • Birthdate

It is free of charge to get a duplicate MI car registration certificate.

MI License Plates

You may choose a type of license plate upon having a MI car registration certificate. You can get the specialized or the standard plates.

Michigan license plate replacement: Go to a MI SOS office for the replacement of your damaged, stolen, or lost license plates, and present the following:

  • A valid ID.
  • Your car plate number or registration certificate.
  • Payment of a $5 fee for plate replacement.
  • Anticipate extra taxes for specialized car plates.

For stolen license plates, report immediately to the law enforcement agency nearest to you.

Other Michigan Resources

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

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

University Of Michigan – World-class faculty. Groundbreaking research. An exceptional health system. Beautiful surroundings. A robust cultural life.

Michigan 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 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 Michigan

  • A1 Auto Transport is a company that moves cars, motorcycle, and even boats across the country, as well as internationally. They’re very professional, polite, and have a ton of experience.

    Moving my Honda to Michigan proved to be a breeze. I was worried I’d be delayed due to the weather, but winter doesn’t seem to hinder A1. They probably take it into account, as both the pickup and the arrival time window were respected. There were no delays, and worries about using an open carrier were for nothing.

    I chose the cheaper option to transport my car, but the service was just as good. I’d do it again. I highly recommend this company. If you have to more a car, they’re the best there is.

    - Ryan S.
  • A1 Auto Transport lives up to its name. Its price is competitive and reasonable compared to other transport services. Saving money equals saving time and less worries. I will not compromise a few dollars just to risk the chances of getting scratches on my favourite Hyundai Tucson. A1 got it to Michigan safely, and that’s all I could ask for. Kudos to everyone reading this!

    - Eric O.

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