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Montana is a sparing land; no big cities or crowded locales to speak of in this state. Rather, the natural beauty of rolling hills and sprawling landscapes are more prominent here than anything else. Want cowboys? Montana is the place to see them in action, on one of the many farms that line the state. Relocation to Montana can be tricky since cities are fairly spaced apart and much of the state is fairly rural. However, the scenery is stunning and unmatched anywhere else in the country.

Cost & Time To Ship Your Car Examples

Shipping To/FromCostDistanceEstimated Time
In Transit
Billings to Missoula$345345 miles2 – 4 days
Seattle to Billings$614818 miles3 – 5 days
Billings to Portland$670893 miles3 – 5 days
San Francisco to Montana$6921154 miles4 – 6 days
Montana to Indiana$8931488 miles4 – 6 days
Oklahoma City to Missoula$9381563 miles5 – 7 days
Montana to Tennessee$10791798 miles5 – 7 days
New Orleans to Montana$10062011 miles6 – 8 days
Missoula to Atlanta$10812162 miles6 – 8 days
Massachusetts to Montana$11492297 miles6 – 8 days
Montana to Florida$12402479 miles7 – 9 days

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

Using Montana Car Transport Companies

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

  • Take the time to search for great rates: After all, vehicle shipping is meant to be easy and convenient; you don’t want to break the bank to do it. Look around for the Montana auto shipping company that provides you with the best possible rates.
  • Ask plenty of questions of your Montana auto transport company: From their record of customer services to the level of insurance the company carries its shipping load, ask as many pertinent questions as possible to ensure that the company you choose can effectively, efficiently and safely transport your vehicle to wherever it needs to go.
  • Consider various methods of transport: For example, if yours is a custom car, then you might consider enclosed transport to protect your vehicle from the elements. If yours is an older model, then you might choose price over transport consideration and go with the standard open-air transport. The choice depends solely on your car type and the condition in which it is in.

Montana is a peaceful state full of natural beauty. Whether you are relocating to the area or just making a visit to view the wildlife and scenic settings, you’ll want to have your car with you when you do.

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

Long Distance Auto Transport to/from Montana

Depending on your requirements, there are several ways to ship a car to or from Montana. Long distance auto shipping can be done with an open trailer or an enclosed carrier. The first option is cheaper, while the latter is faster and ensures higher safety levels for the vehicle.

The pick-up and delivery points are also very important. The car can be picked up from your home or from a nearby terminal or parking lot. The delivery point will also be your new home, a parking lot, or a terminal. Depending on the type of car you wish to transport, special equipment may be necessary to pick it up.

Shipping Luxury and Classic Cars in Montana

Owners of luxury and classic cars may benefit from additional services provided by enclosed auto carriers when shipping their vehicles to Montana. We employ highly trained drivers to handle and maintain classic, exotic, or antique vehicles during transport. In contrast to open auto carriers, enclosed carriers house automobiles in covered trailers, either in single-car or in multi-car trucks. They use hydraulic lift gates to load and unload low-ground clearance automobiles.

Since they are concealed while in transit, the likelihood of theft is reduced, along with costly repairs resulting from scratches, dirt, rain, snow, and other weather elements.  Owners may receive email updates of the car’s status or contact the driver by phone. Due to their cargo’s high value, enclosed auto carriers carry high insurance policy limits and are a more practical option when shipping classic, vintage, or luxury vehicles to Montana or across the US.

Montana Special Discounts

All our customers can use special discounts to lower costs, whether they are from Montana or any other state. If you choose your transport time carefully, there are seasonal discounts you may be eligible for. Seniors, military members, and students may also receive special discounts. Call us directly for more details.


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Montana Auto Transport Companies Directory

GREAT FALLS

Big Sky Auto Transport

This shipping company makes it possible to ship both from and to Montana, making it convenient to book their nationwide services. Moreover, the company boasts excellent ratings of customer service, as well. Licensed, bonded and insured auto shippers with great BBB accredited customer reviews online.

19 60th St.Great Falls, MT

406-453-4590

KALISPELL

Dynamic Auto Transport

Ship for great rates and choose from a variety of shipping options, including container shipping and enclosed carriers. Ships automobiles, trucks, vans, SUVs, motorcycles, boats and other heavy hauling services.

59 Angel Ridge Road, Kalispell, MT

406-844-0203

LAUREL

Selland Auto Transport

Selland Auto Transport has been in the business for years and offers great rates on shipping services around the state.

607 E. Railroad St.Laurel, MT

406-628-1500

ULM

Electric City Auto Transport

Electric City ships regionally and locally, which is a plus for those individuals that just need their car to be transported a short distance, but aren’t quite sure of how to accomplish this feat.

50 Ulm Vaughn Road, Ulm, MT

406-452-9914

Montana Car Registration

Car registration requirements vary in MT contingent on your residence, whether it is temporary or permanent. Every resident is required to provide their car title, and car insurance certificate.  They must also pay certain taxes and fees. Temporary residents are required to provide their existing car registration.

The state requires all employed individuals and residents in Montana to have their vehicles registered in their residing county.

Note

There are different registration requirements for other types of vehicles, such as recreational vehicles, custom built automobiles, and snowmobiles. You will be given a 60 day vehicle registration period after your MT residency is established.

Go to your County Treasurer’s Office. Your vehicle must be registered if you’re currently working in the state. If you will be moving to MT temporarily for work, (refer to “Registration for a Temporary Resident” below).

Go to your County Treasurer’s Office for registration and bring the following:

  • A complete car registration application.
  • Car insurance certificate.
  • Home state registration certificate.
  • Payment of fees, including:
    • Car registration fees- they may vary depending on the car’s registration length and age.
    • Local option tax- depending on the MSRP, vehicle type, and depreciation value.
    • Fee for title (if needed).
    • Fee for license plate (if specialized plates were ordered).

The state requires both temporary and permanent residents to have their vehicles registered. The processes for every category are outlined below.

Time Periods for Registrations

There are several registration periods in MT. You may choose a registration of either 12 or 24 months, but you may also have your vehicle registered every quarter if you will work or stay in the state for a relatively short period of time. Another option is available for the permanent registration of some vehicles.

  • Twelve months registration: Owners of vehicles should pay all the fees, such as a registration fee, fees for specialized license plates, and local option taxes.
  • Twenty four months registration: Owners of vehicles should pay all the fees equivalent to two years, such as registration fees, fees for specialized license plates, and local option taxes.
  • Permanent registration: This is applicable only to vehicles with an age of more than 11 years.

Registration renewal of these vehicles is no longer required, unless they are sold.

  • Permanent registration is not applicable to vehicles with specialized license plates which require an annual renewal.
  • Quarterly registration: The state lets non-resident employees in MT to make a quarterly registration or renewal of their registration so they are no longer required to make a payment for a longer period of registration. Note that you should have your vehicle registered with the MT MVD, even when you do not have plans of residing permanently in the state.


Montana Residents Car Registration

For a vehicle bought recently, the paperwork will be sent to the Treasurer’s Office in your county by the car dealer. If not, you will be accountable for the registration and titling of your vehicle, which typically occurs at once.

For registration, go to the County Treasurer’s Office and bring the following;

  • A completed car registration application.
  • Car insurance certificate.
  • Car title.
    • If your car was purchased from an individual, the former owner should have the title signed.
    • If your car is newly bought, the registration and title transfer occurs at once.
  • Registration fees must be paid according to the car’s registration length and age.
  • Payment of local option taxes according to the vehicle type, MSRP, and depreciation value.
  • Fee for title (if needed).
  • Fee for license plate (if specialized plates were ordered).

Registration for a Temporary Resident

You are required to have your vehicle registered in Montana if you are currently employed in the state. Both your home state and Montana license plates should be displayed.

For registration, go to the County Treasurer’s Office where you currently work and present the following:

  • A completed car registration application.
  • Car insurance certificate.
  • Car title.
  • Your car’s existing certificate of registration.
  • Payment of fees for registration (based on your vehicle’s registration length and age).
  • Payment of local option taxes according to the vehicle type, MSRP, and depreciation value.
  • Fee for license plate (if specialized plates were ordered).

Registration for a Montana Military Resident

Registration in Montana is not required for military members based in the state unless they have a second job. However, they should uphold their own state registration.

All MT military residents based outside the state may be entitled to have their vehicles registered and get license plates without having to pay fees and taxes, except for the registration fees. Complete the MV53 Form and get in touch with the Treasurer’s Office to submit your application.

The County Treasurer’s office may give you a 40 day temporary registration permit while your permanent plates are being processed.

All active duty members and their relatives having non-military service in the state should have their vehicles registered at the Treasurer’s Office in their county. Refer to “Montana Residents Car Registration” mentioned above.

Car Registration Fees in Montana

The costs of registration vary based on the vehicle’s registration length, value, age and size. The amount of fees below are for pickup trucks and passenger vehicles weighing less than one ton.

The registration fees below are written based on a registration of 12 months. For other registration lengths, they are pro-rated or multiplied based on the chosen length of registration.

  • $217 for vehicles that are four years or younger.
  • $87 for vehicles that are five to ten years old.
  • $28 for vehicles more than eleven years old (if the vehicle has no permanent registration).

Fees for Permanent Car Registration

A permanent registration is given to vehicles that are more than eleven years old. There is no need for registration renewal once you have paid the fees for permanent registration, which are a one-time charge.

  • $87.50 fee for registration.
  • $10.30 fee for MT Highway Patrol.
  • County tax according to MSRP, vehicle type and depreciation value.
  • $5 fee for insurance verification.
  • $6 fee for state parks (optional).

Permanent registration is not applicable to vehicles with specialized license plates which require an annual renewal.

MT License Plates

License plates will be provided upon registration. The registration period and expiration date will be shown on the license plates. Standard car plates are valid for five years and should be replaced afterwards.

One or several fees listed below must be paid whether your plates are brand new with a license plate number or you decide to transfer your current plate number:

  • $10 fee for new issue.
  • $10.30 fee for replacement.
  • $16 fee for duplicate plate (for plate type and current plate number transfers).
  • $10.30 fee for duplicate tab.

The initial cost of personalized plates is $25 and renewal is $10.

MT temporary residents will be given the licensed plates. However, owners should display both their MT license plates and their home state license plates.

Services And Information

Other Montana Resources

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

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

University Of Montana – MSU’s inquiry and research-based curriculum inspires exploration and creativity and ensures exposure to a broad range of disciplines. Every student participates in a research or creative experience from one of four areas: the arts, humanities, natural science and social sciences.

Montana 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 Montana

  • I know it’s standard procedure, but I didn’t really search much for an auto transporter. I found A1 Auto Transport’s website in a couple of minutes and went straight to the contact page. To my surprise, Joe answered immediately. The car he had to move was with my Mom in Montana, so he promised to make the process as easy and smooth as possible.

    After inspecting the neighborhood, he concluded a truck could be brought right next to her house. My mom has no problem walking a couple blocks, but driving is another thing. This was the ideal scenario.

    Unfortunately, where I wanted it delivered wasn’t on any major routes for auto transport. Going off route would cost the company time, and therefore money, making the cost for my transport more expensive as well.

    Joe offered a cheaper alternative, where I would pick up the car in a nearby town. I chose to pay a little more, since I wasn’t familiar with the meeting point and didn’t want the hassle. I also don’t know that many people with a driving license and the time to drive with me to pick up the car. Going on a bus was a pain, so I chose against it.

    The price was fair and within my budget. I’m glad to have my Jeep and really happy with the service.

    - John R.
  • For the most part, I felt they are responsive to their clients. I read reviews and was not disappointed about the quality of service they provided. I did not get to check on every single detail of my vehicle but I think they are impressive when it comes to timeliness. I am a working student and just received the Volvo sedan as a surprise gift from my parents.

    They got it to Montana 2 days earlier than expected. Even if this was just an exception to the rule, it’s still pretty impressive. If they always deliver this way, they must be among the best in the industry.

    - Tyler W.

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