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While its state neighbor to the north takes the crown for the 4th least densely populated state in the country, South Dakota comes in at number 5. Spanning mostly expanses of prairies and mountains, there is plenty of recreation to be had around the state. For example, the Black Hills, home to Mount Rushmore, is a hot spot for hiking and mountain biking. East River and West River are both prime spots for fishing and kayaking. The culture here is pronounced, with a lot of Native American populations taking up residence around the state. Agriculture is huge here, with the state’s economy depending on it. Many people make the trek here to see Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, and Deadwood; however, there are a number of other cool outdoor sights to visit around the state.

Cost & Time To Ship Your Car Examples

Shipping To/FromCostDistanceEstimated Time
In Transit
Omaha to Sioux Falls$182182 miles1 – 2 days
Sioux Falls to Rapid City$347347 miles2 – 4 days
Denver to Sioux Falls$469625 miles3 – 5 days
South Dakota to Illinois$538717 miles3 – 5 days
Ohio to South Dakota$6371061 miles4 – 6 days
South Dakota to Tennessee$6891149 miles4 – 6 days
Oregon to South Dakota$8401400 miles4 – 6 days
Sioux Falls to Las Vegas$8481414 miles4 – 6 days
Boston to Sioux Falls$9391565 miles5 – 7 days
South Dakota to San Diego$9501583 miles5 – 7 days
Miami to South Dakota$11981997 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 South Dakota? Your car is an investment, and choosing a transport team can leave you feeling a little weary about who to trust with that investment. We specialize in in-country or overseas moves and have offices all over the country and a network across the globe, to get your car to your destination safely. Plan your transport services with us. Head to A1 Auto Transport to compare brokerages and carriers with trucks in your area right now.

Using South Dakota Car Transport Companies

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

  • Consider the advantages of a company local to South Dakota: If you choose a national company, they might have better rates, but not better customer service than a South Dakota auto transport company. Depending on whether or not you need transport in or out of the state, weigh your options when choosing a local company.
  • Consider door-to-door versus terminal transport: Because there aren’t a great deal of local cities and towns in South Dakota, choose wisely when considering having your vehicle delivered to a terminal. Depending on where you plan to be when the car arrives, you may be forced to pay the little bit of extra money for door-to-door shipping.
  • Prep your car for a great deal of driving: There is so much to see when driving around South Dakota, so make sure you are prepared. Make your favorite playlists ahead time, research the nearest gas stations so you can fill up and make sure your car is filled with the proper fluids to ensure that you are able to drive around and enjoy this beautiful state.

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

Long Distance Auto Transport to/from South Dakota

You may want to factor in the cost of the vehicle’s transportation into your overall moving budget, including its security if you’re moving over long distances. The shipping price can fluctuate greatly depending on the distance, type and condition of the vehicle, the pickup and delivery locations, as well as your choice of carrier.

Most car shipments use an open carrier. It is the most cost effective way because it can accommodate up to 12 vehicles per load. However, the automobiles are exposed to the elements.

Though an open carrier is budget-friendly, you may want to consider an enclosed carrier for the added safety. Since such carriers can transport between 1-6 vehicles per load depending on their size, the cost of using one is also higher.

International Auto Transport from/to South Dakota

Due to varying regulations from country to country, each international auto transport is a slightly different challenge. Each country sets its own import taxes, may have different requirements in terms of documentation, etc.

A1 Auto Transport takes all these factors into consideration when planning out each shipment. We will inform you of what you need to prepare and what you need to be prepared for. To learn more, call our office and explain your situation.

Cheap Car Transportation Options in South Dakota

One of the reasons auto shipping can be a pricy service is the time of year you choose to do it in. The demand for auto transport increases mostly during the summer season, and the price rises accordingly. So, to maximize your savings, you may want to ship in autumn or winter.

Another option which can save you money is an open carrier. When booking a transport, you’ll have to choose between open or enclosed transportation. Always choose the first if you’re trying to be frugal. The latter comes with a few extra features, but open carriers are just as reliable.

The best way to figure out what the cheapest options are is to speak directly to our staff. Ask them if there are any terminals nearby, since this service is much cheaper than door to door. Also inquire about our discounts, since you may just qualify for one.

Shipping Luxury and Classic Cars in South Dakota

South Dakota luxury and classic cars are best transported in enclosed carriers for a number of reasons. First of all, they can be carried alone or in pairs. This way, they’ll get to the arrival point much sooner since the driver won’t have to make unnecessary stops along the way. The risk of your luxury or exotic car bumping into another is also eliminated using this method.

Antique vehicle owners usually want to prevent bumps and scratches as much as possible. By moving the car in an enclosed truck, it’s safe from flying road debris. It’s also protected from wind, snow, and any form of bad weather. Since it gets to its destination sooner, the chances of an auto accident happening midway are also diminished. Finally, since the vehicle is covered, neither thieves, nor vandals will know of its location and will not be able to get near it.

South Dakota Special Discounts

Our company has prepared special discounts to both senior and student customers, so they can all afford to transport their cars. We also give discounts to any member of the US military who wishes to use our shipping services. Normal citizens, who do not belong to these categories, can reduce their costs by scheduling their transports in less busy periods of the year. You can inquire about our seasonal offers over the phone.

Auto Transport Safety Measures in South Dakota

Auto carriers are designed to be as safe and resilient as possible. They’re equipped with straps that fix each automobile in place. Enclosed carriers completely cover the cargo, so it’s not exposed to outside elements, while open trucks have beams and bars placed strategically with the same purpose.

Any damage your car does sustain during transport can be recovered thanks to our auto insurance. When you receive your automobile, first check its condition before signing any papers. If you notice anything wrong, note it immediately and bring it to the attention of the driver.

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

The standard method of obtaining a quote is an online form. Ours is located near our company phone number, at the top of the website. There are 2 parts to it, 8 fields in total that are straightforward and easy to complete. We recommend you read the text in each box carefully, so you don’t accidentally write the wrong information.

If you’d like a more accurate quote, we will need some more details. You can provide these through a phone call to our office. Again, the number is just above the form.
There may be circumstances which influence the price that you cannot provide through a form. Call us directly, and you may become one of the happy customers who’ve saved around 10-15% after talking to us.

South Dakota Auto Transport Companies Directory


Schilling Auto Transport Inc

Schilling provides auto transport services for a variety of automobile types, including cars, pick-up trucks, motorcycles and more.

4701 East 22nd Street, Sioux Falls, SD

605-351-2187 ‎

Lilli Transport Inc

Lilli Transport provides a wide range of transport services, depending on where the transport will take place and the consumer’s budget for transport.

2800 West 12th Street, Sioux Falls, SD

605-334-9500 ‎

Summit Transport Services

Summit is based in Sioux Falls and provides statewide transport services.

1604 East Iris Place, Sioux Falls, SD

605-331-2095 ‎


Dan’s Auto Transport

This locally-owned transport company offers regional services, providing auto transport around the Columbus, Nebraska region.  Licensed, bonded and insured nationwide auto shippers with great BBB accredited customer reviews. Transports automobiles, vans, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, boats and another heavy hauling with their open and enclosed auto transport carriers.

2836 East 38th Street, Columbus, NE

402-564-6278 ‎

South Dakota Vehicle Registration

You must go in person to register a car in South Dakota at the DMV. For this, you will need ownership proof and several other documents. Registration fees are determined according to the car’s weight, age, and type.

If you’ve just moved to SD, you must register it at the DMV within 90 days. Bring the following documents:

  • 608 MV Form;
  • 610 MV Form if the car is younger than 7 years and weighs less than 16.000 pounds;
  • A certificate for your current title;
  • If you’ve paid 4% or more in taxes in another state, you won’t have to pay registration taxes in South Dakota as well. If you did not, you must consider these as well. For taxes paid in your former state, if they are less than 4%, you will get credit.

Go to the treasurer’s office in your local county in South Dakota in person to deliver the paperwork.

South Dakota Car Registration

You have 30 days to register a vehicle at the DMV if you’ve just bought it from a private seller or dealer. Titling and registration is normally handled by the car dealer. If the car was bought from a private seller, this must be done by you.

You will need the following documents:

  • A 608 MV Form;
  • Ownership proof:
    • An origin statement from the manufacturer.
    • An origin certificate from the manufacturer.
    • A transferred title certificate.
  • 610 MV Form if you car weighs 16.000 pounds at most and is younger than 7 years.
  • An odometer discloser present on the title usually.
  • Registration and title fees.

Go to the treasurer’s office in your county to send this paperwork in person. If the car was bought in another state, the registration process is the same as the one for new residents.

If you own motorcycles, ATVs, trailers, motorhomes, snowmobiles, or most vehicles with a motor, you must register them in South Dakota.

License plates: Standard license plates will be given to you after registering your automobile. You may also choose from different types of license plates at the DOR in South Dakota. You will have to prepare for more fees and forms if you want special license plates.

South Dakota Vehicle Registration Fees

The car’s weight, age, and type will determine the amount of fees you will have to pay to register it in South Dakota. Among the examples, we mention:

  • If your personal car weighs 4 tons or less, you will have to pay $75 if it’s nine years old or less or $50 if its older than 9 years.
  • If your motorcycle weighs less than 350 CC, you will have to pay $18 if it was built 9 years ago or sooner and $12 if was built later.

When registering a car, you should also consider the following fees:

  • $10 title fee;
  • $1 fee for solid waste;
  • $1 fee for highway patrol;
  • $10 fee for a lien notation;
  • $5 fee for mailing.

The last 2 only apply in special circumstances. If you haven’t paid an excise tax in another state, you will have to pay it in North Dakota. Finally, there may also be county and local taxes to consider.

Vehicle Registration for Military Members

If you’ve been stationed in another state while being a resident of South Dakota, speak to the DMV in SD or to the treasurer’s office to register the automobile. The same applies for out of state residents stationed in South Dakota.

Other South Dakota Resources

South – official government website for the state of South Dakota.

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

University Of South Dakota – The University of South Dakota offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs within the South Dakota System of Higher Education. As the oldest university in the state, the University of South Dakota serves as the flagship and the only public liberal arts university in the state.

South Dakota 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 South Dakota

  • I had to get my daughter’s new Honda to South Dakota, so she wouldn’t have to drive it herself. I trust her driving skills, but not out of the city.

    I’m glad Joe was available to help. He promised to handle it with the utmost care and at a good price. The very next day, a truck arrived to take it. I could finally rest easy. By the time my daughter knew what was going on, it was already on its way.

    Thanks Joe! A1 Auto Transport is a truly reliable company. I’ll call again if I ever need to.

    - Sara W.
  • I shipped my Civic from to South Dakota using A1 Auto Transport. Stories of people losing their cars in transit or having to wait weeks for them when using other companies, made me a bit weary. But fortunately, my experience with A1 was the exact opposite. My car arrived 5 days after its departure, even faster than me.

    The process felt a bit informal when I got updated on the transport’s status via text message. I was a bit stressed, but Joe’s reassurances made it bearable. I found another company with slightly lower prices, but they just didn’t seem trustworthy, so I chose A1.

    I met the driver before the shipment, which was also reassuring. Somehow, they managed to keep my Civic for 3 days until I got to South Dakota to pick it up. I’m quite happy with my choice and I’ll give them a call when I go back home.

    - Hailey O. C.

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