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A staunch representation of the Midwest, Ohio is as much known for its infamous Buckeye trees as it is for its corridor between the northeast and into the heart of America’s Midwestern region. In fact, the state is home to the 10th largest network of highways in the country and is within a day’s drive of half of the North American population, which is quite a distinction for such a seemingly small state. However, where Ohio may seem small in size compared to other states, there is plenty to enjoy in this state. While the state is well-known for its manufacturing ties, there is also plenty of tourist activity to enjoy here.

Beaches along the Lake Eerie make for fun in the sun summertime enjoyment, while the vast stretches of forest and riversides create a wealth of recreational opportunity. Hiking, biking, swimming and more are all viable options for those visiting the Ohio area. If you are relocating for a manufacturing position, then you want to ensure that you are able to bring all of your personal belongings with you. With that in mind, you will need a car to get around in this vast state and why not use your own for optimal comfort and convenience. Ohio auto shipping can ensure that you have your own car to utilize the really see – and enjoy – the Buckeye State.

Cost & Time To Ship Your Car Examples

Shipping To/FromCostDistanceEstimated Time
In Transit
Columbus to Cleveland$144144 miles1 – 2 days
Ohio to North Carolina$376501 miles2 – 4 days
New York to Columbus$400533 miles2 – 4 days
Cleveland to Memphis$548731 miles3 – 5 days
Jacksonville to Columbus$605807 miles3 – 5 days
Ohio to Oklahoma$735980 miles3 – 5 days
Houston to Ohio$7161193 miles4 – 6 days
Ohio to Colorado$8081347 miles4 – 6 days
Phoenix to Ohio$11381897 miles5 – 7 days
Ohio to Washington$11572313 miles6 – 8 days
San Francisco to Columbus$12222443 miles7 – 9 days

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

Using Ohio Car Transport Companies

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

  • Opt for terminal shipping to save money: Even if you have a door-to-door option, you might consider taking a company up on terminal shipping if you want something more affordable with your shipping option.
  • Consider enclosed transport for more expensive or custom vehicles: If yours is a fairly fancy vehicle, then you may need to opt for enclosed transport to properly protect your vehicle during the transport process.
  • Request insurance documentation: Whichever company you choose should be able to provide you with proof of insurance. This is important because you don’t want to entrust a company with one of your biggest assets without knowing whether or not they have proper coverage for any vehicles they are responsible for transporting.

From the metro area of Atlanta to the many small towns found around the state, ship your car to Ohio when relocating or visiting to be sure you can see and explore it all.

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

Long Distance Auto Transport to/from Ohio

Many of our customers find hiring professionals is a much better option than driving their vehicles to their new homes themselves. It saves time, gives you peace of mind, and is often cheaper over long distances.

When opting for an auto transport service, your choice of carrier usually includes open and enclosed trailers. You may consider enclosed transportation for custom or expensive vehicles to properly protect them from the elements, while open carriers can ship more vehicles at a time and are generally cheaper.

Call our staff for more details. We will pick up and deliver your vehicle from Ohio directly from your doorstep or from the nearest terminal.

International Auto Transport from/to Ohio

You can try to ship your car to another country on your own, but you’ll encounter quite a bit of difficulties. You need to figure out the exact route, prepare the right paperwork to get past customs, book a ship if necessary, etc. Combined with fuel, hotel, and meal costs, it’s not really worth it.

If you’re going on vacation and would like to take your car with you to drive in your new country, a better plan would be for you to travel by plane and to leave the car’s transportation to an auto transport company. It will cost you less and take less time to prepare. You’ll also avoid the numerous problems that can pop up if you take on such a task yourself.

Cheap Car Transportation Options in Ohio

Open carriers are the most used type of truck in our industry and also the cheapest. They can carry more than 10 vehicles at a time. The price of booking one is shared with all the other clients, so it’s very reasonable.

In most locations in the US, there should be a terminal nearby. It’s a place where you can drop off your vehicle, so it can be picked up by a carrier. You can also request for the truck to come to your home for the pickup, but it’s more expensive due to the extra mileage and time needed. For the cheapest service, pick up your car from a terminal as well.

Thanks to innovations in our industry, auto transportation can be even cheaper than driving the vehicle yourself. Our standard services, combined with our discounts and seasonal offerings makes this possible.

Shipping Luxury and Classic Cars in Ohio

Luxury, antique, and classic cars usually require more protection during transport due to their high value. Unlike open trailers, enclosed auto carriers have additional features, such as hydraulic lift gates for safe loading and unloading, soft tie straps, and high insurance policy limits that make them the superior choice for transporting such vehicles.

Higher end dealerships and exotic car owners may choose between single-truck shipping and multi car trailers. Vehicles are covered while in transit to Ohio, so they’re protected from all road and weather elements, such as rain, snow, dirt, etc.

Ohio Special Discounts

Citizens of Ohio are all afforded seasonal discounts with which they can lower transportation costs significantly. If you’re a military member, a student, or a senior, you are eligible to additional discounts. Call us today to see what offers are available.

Auto Transport Safety Measures in Ohio

For the highest safety level during auto transport, we recommend using one of our enclosed carriers. Your car will arrive faster at its destination while being protected from all outside elements.

However, if you wish to reduce costs, then open carriers are a very good option as well. Both types of carriers strap the car in place, so they don’t bump into others. The only difference lies in the surface area that’s covered during transport.

Open carriers do leave more of your car exposed to flying road debris than enclosed trucks, but they offer some protection in the form of beams and bars. These are especially important in case of an accident.


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How to Request a Price Estimate

Our online form, located at the top of this page is all you need to get a price estimate. There are 8 fields in total you’ll have to complete (2 in the beginning, 6 more after you click on ‘Calculate cost’). Writing your information shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes, but if you’re unsure about something, it’s best to review it. The estimate you’ll receive will be accurate only if the information you send us is too.

Another option at your disposal is direct calling us. There’s a phone number in the upper right corner of the page that you can use for this purpose. Make sure you have a general idea of what you’re looking for before calling. The more information you can provide us about your transport, the better.

Ohio Auto Transport Companies Directory

COLUMBUS

Columbus Auto Transport

Columbus Auto Transport provides reliable shipping options from around the country into and out of the Columbus area.

4449 Easton Way, Columbus, OH

614-569-3322

Auto Driveaway – Columbus

Looking for a national company with which to ship? Auto Driveaway offers a Columbus-based option. 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.

4300 East Main Street, Columbus, OH

614-237-5010

NORTON

Buckeye State Auto Transport

This locally-owned vehicle shipping company can handle personal vehicles as well as fleets.

5111 Wooster Road West, Norton, OH

330-825-2263 ‎

WEST CHESTER

Express Auto Transport

Express Auto Transport provides services in the Ohio region, as well as domestically around the country.

9772 Princeton Glendale Road, West Chester, OH

513-881-1900

DAYTON

Taylor Auto Transport Inc

Specializing in affordable shipping options, Taylor offers enclosed, open air and container shipping, depending on the type of car being transported.

3523 East 3rd Street, Dayton, OH

937-470-1080

SYLVANIA

Advance Auto Transport

Advance Auto Transport relies on a background of excellent customer service and high ratings for its shipping services.

5800 Monroe St # F4, Sylvania, OH

419-882-3966 ‎

TOLEDO

Cassens Transport Co

Cassens has been around for some time and provides affordable vehicle shipping with an impeccable safety rate to back up their offerings.

633 Matzinger Road, Toledo, OH

419-727-0520

Cassens Transport Company

CLEVES

Apollo Auto Transport LLC

Apollo might be a smaller auto transport company, but that in no way negates the level of service offered by this Cleves-based company.

4596 East Miami River Road, Cleves, OH

513-309-6338

GROVE CITY

Freightport, Inc

Freightport ships more than just cars; however, their professional record for vehicle shipping of all types means another viable option for those in need of shipping services.

3900 Jackson Pike

Grove City, OH

413-478-7780 ‎

NOVA

Edwards Auto Transport

People enjoy dealing with a local company, and Edwards Auto Transport provides that local touch for those that need to get their cars from one point to the next.

944 County Road 40, Nova, OH

419-652-3789 ‎

URBANA

RJR Specialties Transport

Shipping a custom or classic vehicle? Then, RJR provides an option that may work best for your needs.

6121 Game Farm Road, Urbana, OH

937-465-2633 ‎

CINNCINNATI

Auto Driveaway – Cincinnati

Some people prefer brand recognition, which is why Auto Driveaway offers for those in need of shipping services.

5840 Cheviot Road, Cincinnati, OH

513-385-6654

WINDHAM

D L Heritage Transport

DL Heritage Transport is the only shipping company based in this area of Ohio. This is a viable option if you need to get your car in or out of the Windham area.

9098 Nichols Road, Windham, OH

330-527-2759

Ohio Vehicle Registration

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Ohio will require you to submit a photo identification card, your car title, any necessary inspection paperwork, and the payment of certain registration fees to complete a vehicle registration.

New residents in the state must first apply for an Ohio driver’s license and title. Certain counties require emissions inspections. To drive a vehicle legally on Ohio roads, the Ohio DMV mandates all vehicles to be registered.

New residents are defined as those who:

  • Purchased or are renting a home;
  • Currently work in Ohio;
  • Are registered Ohio voters;
  • Have enrolled their children at an Ohio school.

You must register and title your vehicle within thirty days of residing in the state. The standard vehicle registration process in Ohio applies to what’s listed below, but prior to registration, you must:

  • Obtain a driver’s license;
  • Complete an inspection of your VIN to confirm proof of vehicle ownership;
  • Undergo testing for vehicle emissions;
  • Submit an application for an OH title, which must be completed at the title office of the county clerk.

After accomplishing these steps, you may now proceed with a vehicle registration in Ohio.

Ohio Vehicle Registration

Whether buying a new vehicle at a dealership, purchasing/receiving a car from an individual, or migrating to Ohio, it is your responsibility to register your vehicle in the state.

  • Prior to registration, a new resident must first get a vehicle title in OH.
  • Vehicle dealerships must give you your title within thirty days of purchasing the car.
  • You must obtain your vehicle title from the seller if you purchased it from a private individual, and it must be given to you on the day of the purchase. Don’t forget to check if he has properly documented the transfer of the title.

After obtaining your title, you must visit the office of the deputy registrar in your locality and:

  • Submit a notarized certificate of ownership (Memorandum Title Certificate or a Title Certificate). Titles must also bear the seal of the Ohio clerk of court.
  • Present either:
    • A photo identification card or an OH driver’s license;
    • Social security number.
  • For leased vehicles, fill out an application form for POA for OH vehicle registration.
  • If required, present the inspection paperwork:
    • VIN inspection documents are required for new vehicles in the state ;
    • Some counties mandate emissions inspections.
  • Submit payment for all associated taxes and fees.

Note

It’s not always a requirement to present an insurance certificate, but it may be asked of you if you were selected at random to provide your Ohio vehicle insurance prior to completing the registration.

While you’re waiting for your new license plates to come in the mail, you will be provided with a provisional permit so you can drive your vehicle legally during your wait.

Ohio Service Members Vehicle Registration

OH military residents

The standard vehicle registration process applies to military members who are OH residents and stationed in the state. For military members from another state with newly purchased vehicles who opt to register them in Ohio, they may complete the registration via mail.

Service members stationed in the state who are not residents

If you are a military service member stationed in Ohio but not a resident, you’re not obligated to complete a vehicle registration. Just remember to have a valid insurance, registration, and driver’s license in your own state in case you’re stopped by the OH law enforcement.

Registration for vehicles purchased outside of OH

Ohio military and non-military residents who purchased a vehicle outside of OH can complete their vehicle registration by mail. They can also renew their registration using the same process if they are currently residing outside of Ohio.

You must obtain an OH vehicle title prior to the new vehicle’s registration. After obtaining the title, you must:

  • Check the BMV 4625 application form and include your mailing address outside of OH so you can receive your plates.
  • Include the original OH title.
  • For leased vehicles, include a filled out BMV 5736 application form with your signature and that of the leasing party.
  • Include all relevant inspection documents:
    • Inspection of VIN.
    • Emissions testing if required.
  • Insurance certificate if selected at random to give insurance proof.
  • Include payment for all associated taxes and fees.


Fees for Vehicle Registration

After submitting all the necessary vehicle registration paperwork, you must pay the vehicle registration fees at a deputy registrar’s office. Registration fees for non-commercial and passenger vehicles start at $34, exclusive of district-specific permissive taxes, license fees from the deputy registrar’s agency, or any applicable fees for specialty license plates.

  • $4.50: registration or plate transfer;
  • $10.50: exchange or replacement of one license plate;
  • $11.75: exchange or replacement of two license plates;
  • $18.50: 45-day provisional registration;
  • $3.50: inspection for vehicles registered outside OH;
  • Current mailing rates, if applicable: fee for mailing your plates.

Additional special license plate fees and county taxes may apply. The total amount due for vehicle registration will be determined by the office of the deputy registrar.

Vehicle Inspections in Ohio

Depending on the location and to see if the vehicle was stolen or not, the state of Ohio requires all vehicles to undergo an inspection.

VIN inspection

 The office of the deputy registrar performs the inspection of the VIN, which includes checking the model, make, VIN, serial number, and body type to confirm the car wasn’t stolen.

Emissions testing

The County where you’re registering your vehicle may have pollution controls in place and will therefore require an emissions inspection to be completed prior to registration. Below is the list of Ohio counties that enforce emissions inspections:

  • Geauga,
  • Cuyahoga,
  • Loraine,
  • Lake,
  • Summit,
  • Portage,

Ohio License Plates

You will receive your license plate at the mailing address listed on your car registration. Additionally, you’ll be provided with a provisional license plate and registration sticker so you may drive your vehicle legally during your wait.

Well-maintained license plates may not require replacement. Transferring a license plate to a brand new car costs less than plate replacement.

During registration, you will be given a variety of options for the type of license plate you want (standard, personalized, specialty, etc.). Additional fees may apply, and the waiting time may be longer.

Registration for special vehicles and motorcycles

There may be a different set of processes and paperwork required for registering a snowmobile, moped, ATV, motorcycle, or other special types of vehicles in Ohio.

Services And Information

Other Ohio Resources

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

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

University Of Ohio – Ohio University strives to be the best student-centered, transformative learning community in America, where more than 35,000 students realize their promise, faculty advance knowledge, staff achieve excellence, and alumni become global leaders.

Ohio 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 Ohio

  • We were going back to Ohio after a job opportunity didn’t work out. The whole family was tired, and we just wanted to get back home and start over. I used A1 Auto Transport to transport my car when I first moved, and they did a good job, so I called them again.

    I explained to Joe my situation, and he was very understanding. I was not in the mood for any drawn out discussions. He picked up on that and went straight to the point. He suggested we use the same arrangements we had when I first used their services, and I agreed immediately.

    The car was moved using the same open trailer and driver as before. This was reassuring, as I knew the man was good at his job, and everything went well the last time.

    Nothing unfortunate happened this time either, and the car was delivered in 4 days. It was in good condition. They informed me each day of its location, but I didn’t bother replying because moving my family and all my belongings took all my time. I’m better now and would like to thank Joe and his team sincerely for all they’ve done! I’ll gladly recommend you to my friends.

    - Luke T.
  • We had to move a car from Austin to Ohio, so we picked A1 Auto Transport to do it. Joe was fast to take our order and we were scheduled for transport immediately. I first talked to him on Monday, and the truck arrived on Thursday morning. I was also kept in the know throughout the move. I called several times, perhaps too many times, but they always answered promptly.

    The arrival was a bit troublesome. The car was supposed to arrive in Ohio between 10am and 3pm. Later, he called saying he’ll arrive an hour or 2 later due to traffic, so we had to spend some time waiting. But considering everything that can happen on the road these days, we’re glad it wasn’t delayed more. The car arrived as we sent it, clean and without a scratch. We double checked just in case.

    - Thomas F.

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