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It’s true, absolutely EVERYTHING is bigger in Texas. From the food to the attitudes to the options; it’s the state of going big or going home and once you cross the state line, you know it. The larger cities, like Houston and Dallas, offer plenty of entertainment, food, fun and more; the surrounding suburbs create an ideal place in which to raise a family and settle down. There are professional sports teams here and access to some of the most beautiful beaches on the Gulf coast. Getting your car here is a must because driving is the preferred method of transport.

Cost & Time To Ship Your Car Examples

Shipping To/FromCostDistanceEstimated Time
In Transit
Houston to San Antonio$197197 miles1 – 2 days
Dallas to Houston$239239 miles2 – 4 days
Houston to Oklahoma City$445445 miles2 – 4 days
Denver to Dallas$596795 miles3 – 5 days
Texas to Tennessee$685913 miles3 – 5 days
Illinois to Texas$746995 miles3 – 5 days
Texas to Las Vegas$6411068 miles4 – 6 days
Texas to Los Angeles$7481246 miles4 – 6 days
Texas to Florida$8171362 miles4 – 6 days
New York to Houston$9761627 miles5 – 7 days
Texas to Washington$11361894 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 Texas? A drive from Beaumont to Lordsburg, Texas on the Western border, is nearly 1000 on its own. Texas is a massive state, and if you’re looking at having to transport a car across the state, or across the country, we can support you. We have teams of qualified professionals who have been in the industry for years. Whether it’s a second car, a motorcycle, or classic car that you don’t want to put miles on, we can help. Head to A1 Auto Transport to compare brokerages and carriers with trucks in your area right now.

Using Texas Car Transport Companies

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

  • Get your car ready for driving and heat: In Texas, there are long stretches between towns filled with lots of lush vegetation and desert and… well… not much else. Moreover, when it gets hot here, it gets super. Keep that in mind any time you plan to ship your car to Texas.
  • Look for an auto transport company with an office in Texas: Texas is large enough to find a company with an office actually in the state, which makes Texas auto shipping more affordable for you. Search around to see if you can find a company with an office in the state.
  • Shop around for great rates: When you are shipping a car, rates are everything, particularly if you are relocating. The expense can already be so great; mitigate the overall cost by finding a Texas auto shipping company with great rates that work for your budget.

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

Long Distance Auto Transport to/from Texas

If you are planning to move to the state of Texas or to any other part of the United States, auto shipping services are generally superior to doing it yourself. Driving over long distances involves quite a bit of planning and a thousand mile drive is time-consuming and tiring. It also increases the car’s mileage and reduces its lifespan.

For professional long distance moving assistance, contact us and we will help you through the entire process. Our prices are reasonable, and we can transport your car to anywhere you need it, including outside the US.

International Auto Transport from/to Texas

A1 Auto Transport tries to keep international shipping as simple as possible. All you have to do is call our office and speak to one of our staff members. All the details can be agreed upon over the phone, saving both parties time.

After everything is settled, a driver will drop by on the agreed upon date to pick up your car and take it to the location you’ve chosen, regardless if that place is somewhere in the US or in Europe. Of course, international transportation is a bit more complicated than interstate, but we’ll take care of everything.

Cheap Car Transportation Options in Texas

One factor which greatly affects shipping costs is the location. It will be easier for you to find cheap auto transportation if you’re moving to a city since there tends to be more carriers heading towards them.

If you’re off route, a terminal to terminal service may also be unavailable. However, you should ask our personnel first. You may be able to use a terminal to door option or vice versa. This will lower your bill significantly.

Another thing you can do is ask for an open carrier. These are the most common type of auto carriers, and they’re cheaper to book as well.

A1 Auto Transport implements seasonal offerings during the colder part of the year to encourage potential customers, and we also have a few discounts you may qualify for. Call our staff for more details.

Shipping Luxury and Classic Cars in Texas

To transport a classic or luxury car to Texas, there are a few things to consider. Regular transportation services with an open carrier are perfectly safe and get the job done. However, there might be the occasional scratch or dent caused road debris and weather elements. If your car is especially valuable, you may also not want it travelling with 10 others, raising the chance of it being seen by potential thieves.

To avoid these problems, an enclosed carrier is recommended. The contents of the truck are kept secret, and neither the elements nor road debris can get near it. Exotic and antique cars can be transported alone, so they’ll arrive faster. Even if you transport multiple luxury vehicles, our white glove service will ensure they arrive safely.

Texas Special Discounts

Military personnel can ship a POV at a reduced price thanks to a special discount. Other discounts are offered to our student and senior clients, so they can afford the transport. If you’re not a senior, a student, or part of the military, you can cut costs significantly using our seasonal offerings. You may inquire about them over the phone.

Auto Transport Safety Measures in Texas

A1 Auto Transport goes to great lengths to ensure the safety of your vehicle. We inspect our carriers before each transport in case they need repairs. We check every car we transport to make sure it doesn’t have loose parts or leaks that may damage other automobiles.

Every route is carefully planned out, so your car will arrive as fast as possible and with no incident. At the drop-off point, you’ll be asked to verify its state before signing the final paperwork. If there’s anything wrong with it, let us know and we will compensate you.

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

Requesting a price estimate or a quote can be done in a few minutes using either our online form or by speaking to a staff member through the phone. Both options have their advantages.

Our form is easy to complete as long as you follow the instructions. Go to our “Quote calculator” at the top of the page or click on the “Get an Instant Quote” tab to be redirected to it. There are 8 fields in total in which you must add your data.

Some customers want a more personalized experience. In such cases, calling is best. Our personnel can adjust everything, from the type of carrier used to the route it will take, so you’ll get the best experience.

Texas Auto Transport Companies Directory

MESQUITE

Dependable Auto Shippers

This company, situated in Texas, offers both domestic and international shipping opportunities for those that need to get their vehicle from one place to the next.

3020 US Highway 80E, Mesquite, TX

866-298-4221

ABILENE

Lone Star Car Transportation

Dealers look to this auto transport company to deliver entire fleets and the customer reviews show that this outfit is more than capable of getting the job done every time.

4525 North 1st Street, Abilene, TX

325-695-2203

DALLAS

Jack Key Auto Transport

One of the noted aspects of this company is the friendly and helpful staff that will assist in getting a vehicle shipped from one point to the next.

9779 C F Hawn Freeway, Dallas, TX

972-557-8210

LEWISVILLE

Reliant Auto Transport

Reliant lives up to its name by proving to be a reliable auto transport provider for those shipping cars in or out of Texas.

1216 Wooded Creek Circle, Lewisville, TX

469-549-7443

Reliant Auto Transport

HOUSTON

Compass Transport

Those looking to a vehicle shipping company located in Texas that can ship domestically and internationally needn’t look any further than Compass for shipping needs ranging from one car to numerous vehicles.  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.

Houston, TX

888-368-0384

Victory Auto Transport

Affordable rates and customer service are focal points for Victory Auto Transport, which services the Houston area and beyond.

3912 Ace Street, Houston, TX

888-217-9424

Vehicle Registration Process in Texas

The basic steps you need to follow to register a car in Texas are as follows:

  • Go to the county office for taxes;
  • Complete a standardized form to apply for a title certificate;
  • Submit proof of your car insurance, ownership, ID, and vehicle inspection;
  • Pay the fee for registration and any other applicable fees and taxes.

Registration for New Residents

You get a grace period of 30 days to get your car inspected and also registered after moving to the state of Texas.

Go to the county office after you have purchased a vehicle insurance policy and performed a safety inspection on your car. Take note that when you go to the inspection station, you will need the insurance policy certificate.

To complete the registration, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the County Tax Office of Texas:

  • A vehicle insurance policy;
  • A certificate from the safety inspection;
  • Paperwork proving you own the automobile;
  • An application for a title certificate;
  • Payment proof for the registration.

Vehicle Registration in Texas

After the purchase of any vehicle, you get 30 days to get it registered and inspected at the DMV office in Texas. To complete the registration process, submit the following documents to the tax county office:

  • Proof that you own the vehicle;
  • An ID card;
  • A vehicle insurance policy;
  • An application for a title certificate;
  • An inspection certificate;
  • Payment of the registration fees and other applicable taxes.

Please note that in the state of Texas it is possible to transfer the vehicle registration if you are selling your vehicle or if you’re buying a car from an individual.

Vehicle Inspections

In Texas, it is mandatory to subject your vehicle to annual emissions inspections and safety inspections. You can register your vehicle or renew your registration only if your car passed the requested inspections.

Multi-annual registration

If you buy a brand-new vehicle from a car dealership, you can opt for a multi-annual registration during the application for your first registration. Otherwise, all vehicles can be registered for one year, after which owners need to renew their registrations.

One sticker for two processes

The date of your vehicle’s registration coincides with the inspection date. This makes it easier for you to renew the paperwork, as both will expire simultaneously. Therefore, you won’t find yourself in an impossibility to register your vehicle because you don’t have your inspections up to date.

Additionally, you are obliged to display a single sticker on the car’s windshield, which will prove both the registration and the inspection, as opposed to being mandated to display two stickers as it was with the former law. At the time of your first registration, you will have to get the vehicle inspected before submitting for a registration, in order to receive the sticker.

Fees for Vehicle Inspections

At the moment of your vehicle inspection, you will have to pay a portion of the fee for the inspection towards the performing station. Afterwards, during the registration process at the DPS, you will pay the state tax related to the inspection, along with other applicable taxes, in order to complete the registration process.

The amount of money due to the state will vary depending on the type of inspection you require, the type of vehicle, and the county you reside in.

Car registration for military members

If Texas is not your state of residency, you’re not obliged to register your car at the Texas DMV. However, you must keep your certificate from the registration up to date to legally drive on the roads of Texas.

Fees for Car Registration in Texas

The amount of money due in registration fees varies according to the weight and type of vehicle. The amount of standard fees raises from mopeds and motorcycles at approximately $30, to cars and light pickup trucks at around $52, and up to $60 for vehicles weighing more than 6,000 lbs. but less than 10,000 pounds.

Some of the other applicable taxes due at the moment of registration include, but are not limited to, fees for the verification of the insurance policy, an automation fee, an inspection fee, a local fee, and a handling and processing fee.

Please note that the state of Texas will charge you a tax rate of 6.25% of the vehicle’s value. This tax will be paid together with the fees for registration, for titling, and for the local county if you purchase the vehicle from a private individual.


License Plates in the State of Texas

At the moment of registration, you get the possibility to choose between transferring the license plates of your previous vehicle and getting new plates.

Getting new plates in Texas

At your first registration, you will receive standard issued license plates. If you wish to replace them with personalized plates, you can make the change at the county office in Texas.

Transferring license plates

The transfer of your old license plates to a new vehicle is free in the state of Texas. You will be issued a different registration vehicle to place on the new car.

Stickers for Registration

The stickers issued for your vehicle registration feature the following information:

  • The license plates number;
  • The county where your automobile is registered;
  • Parts of your VIN;
  • The date of the registration.

You should place the sticker onto your car’s windshield.

The expiration date of the registration is the last day from the month mentioned on the sticker. You can benefit from a maximum period of five days of grace to renew your registration. If you surpass that period, you will be issued a fine.

Other Texas Resources

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

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

University Of Texas – The mission of The University of Texas at Austin is to achieve excellence in the interrelated areas of undergraduate education, graduate education, research and public service. The university provides superior and comprehensive educational opportunities at the baccalaureate through doctoral and special professional educational levels.

Texas 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 Texas

  • I contacted A1 Auto Transport in November of 2017 and scheduled for my car to be picked up on the 15th or sooner if possible. Joe called me on the 8th and said he could arrange for a truck to pick it up on 13th. According to his calculations, it should have arrived at its destination in Texas within 4-6 days.

    The company kept its word and my car was picked up on the 13th. The driver followed procedure and inspected it before loading it. I offered him a tip and he refused.

    To my surprise, he said he’d try to get the car to Texas in around 3 days, 4 maximum. On the morning of the 4th day, it had arrived. My son got a call from them a day early notifying us of the arrival date and estimated time.  At 3 pm, we got it back without a scratch.

    I’ve heard lots of stories of “the dangers of auto shipping” and of numerous scams, but A1 Auto Transport proved to be different. There are still honest, capable, and professional companies out there. You just have to choose carefully.

    - Steven G.
  • Joe really came through to get my car shipped. A1 Auto Transport is a transport company with a very good reputation. They answered every question I had and would always give a speedy reply to my texts or calls. I first sent them an email and their reply to it was fast also.

    On 04/12, the truck arrived to take my car, and it was estimated it would arrive at my new address in Texas a week later. However, it arrived 2 days early, on 04/17. There were a few misunderstandings due to its early arrival, but we thankfully got through them. My car arrived in great shape, no scratches or bumps. Joe took his time to make sure I was informed and ready to receive it.

    - Mark T.

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