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Virginia is a perfect juxtaposition of southern appeal, proximity to the nation’s capital and beautiful coastlines riches with rolling waves and sandy beaches. It is a well-known fact that eight presidents were born in this state, which makes it among the more historical states in the union as well. There are a number of museums that boast of this history situated around the state, to educate those that visit Virginia’s important place in U.S. history. As a point of reference, larger cities in Virginia include Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Norfolk. There is a huge naval base here – actually, it is the largest naval base in the world – and is home to the Chesapeake Bay, which turns out some of the freshest and most amazing seafood to ever melt in your mouth. Whether you are in need of Virginia car transport here because you are in the military, heading to college or just want your car with you during a visit, you can certainly have your pick of Virginia auto shipping companies.

Cost & Time To Ship Your Car Examples

Shipping To/FromCostDistanceEstimated Time
In Transit
Burlington to Philadelphia$382382 miles2 -4 days
Columbus to Burlington$519692 miles3 – 5 days
Chicago to Vermont$717956 miles3 – 5 days
Burlington to Asheville$721961 miles3 – 5 days
Vermont to Texas$6481080 miles4 – 6 days
Atlanta to Burlington$6911152 miles4 – 6 days
Colorado to Vermont$10042008 miles6 – 8 days
Vermont to Las Vegas$10762689 miles7 – 9 days
Oregon to Vermont$11632908 miles7 – 9 days
Burlington to California$12083021 miles7 – 9 days

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

Using Virginia Car Transport Companies

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

  • Prepare your vehicle for less weight if shipping is based on weight: Some transport companies based their rates on the weight of the vehicle at the time of shipping. Maintain about a quarter of a tank of fuel and take out all of your personal effects from the vehicle before handing it over to the transport company for shipping purposes.
  • Research the company’s track record for customer service: This is key to ensuring that you don’t have a negative experience. Look at the company’s record of customer service and read over any pertinent testimonials regarding the company’s level of service. Use this information to determine which company you plan to work with.
  • Ask for a delivery range versus a specific time: You likely won’t get a specific drop-off time because transportation generally doesn’t run on a minute-to-minute schedule like that. However, the transport company should at least be able to provide you with a range in which you will receive your vehicle for drop-off.

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

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

Long Distance Auto Transport to/from Virginia

When transporting your car to a new state, its safety is very important. A long distance drive may expose it to theft, damage, and unnecessarily increased mileage. However, when you hire an auto transport company, these risks are reduced considerably.

Your vehicle will be delivered in the same condition it was before the pickup. If you wish to move a car across long distances, be it between states or to another country, call to schedule your desired shipment date today.

International Auto Transport from/to Virginia

Our company’s services are not limited to getting your car from point ‘a’ to another country. We also help you get past customs, advise you on the best course of action and much more.

When you call us, our staff will listen to your request, then explain your options and how you can make the best decision. We provide you with a list of all the paperwork you need to gather, so you don’t have to waste time on searching. We deal with customs to make sure everything goes smoothly and your car isn’t detained. And of course, we get it to its destination perfectly safe and in a timely manner.

However, you should consider that even in the best case, international auto transport can take some time, especially if you’re shipping overseas. If you want your car delivered by a certain date, we recommend you call now.

Cheap Car Transportation Options in Virginia

If you plan to move your vehicle to a new state, you may want to consider a few factors that affect shipping costs. Things like the season, added services, the location, and the distance all affect the final price you’ll have to pay.

Early booking is a proven way to maximize your savings. It will also give you enough time to prepare your car for transport. The cost may be higher if you need to speed things up.

Choose an open carrier, as the price is lower. They are also in higher numbers, so booking one is easier. Terminals are a great way to cut costs, but you must first check if there’s one near you. If not, see if a door to terminal option is available instead.

Also, A1 Auto Transport offers several discounts and seasonal offerings you may qualify for. Make sure you discuss all these with our staff.

Shipping Luxury and Classic Cars in Virginia

Classic and antique vehicles are best transported with an enclosed auto trailer, same with luxury and exotic cars. This is due to the higher protection offered by such services, and also by the increased protection to the vehicles’ paint, windows, etc. as they travel in Virginia.

Although open trailers get the job done and are generally safe, if you can afford the extra cost, an enclosed carrier will offer better protection from the elements. Vehicles are not exposed, and you can even choose to have them transported alone. This way, there’s no chance of them bumping into other automobiles and they arrive at their destination much faster.

Virginia Special Discounts

A1 Auto Transport offers seasonal discounts which all our customers can take advantage of. We also encourage our military, senior, and student clients to use our services by cutting down on the costs they’d normally have to pay. If you want to use our services, we recommend you call us to see what discounts you can benefit from and how you can become eligible for them.

Auto Transport Safety Measures in Virginia

Although many pick enclosed carriers for the increased safety they guarantee, if you cannot afford one, open carriers are just as good. The external beams act as shields against the elements.

However, even if some debris do hit your car, at most they will leave a scratch or a dent. Such things can happen all the time when on the road, regardless if you’re shipping your car or driving it.

Each vehicle is fixed on the trailer using straps, so they cannot move around. And, in the unlikely event your car is damaged by something unexpected, you can request compensation. You are partially insured during the transport and can get more insurance if you deem it necessary.


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How to Request a Price Estimate

At the top of our page, you can find our contact information including an online form. Complete this form, titled “Domestic USA & International Auto Shipping – Quote Calculator,” to receive a price estimate.

You may also call us at 1-800-452-2880 to speak directly to someone from our staff. The number is also listed at the top of our website. We’ve had clients in the past who’ve saved as much as 15% by calling, and it may work for you too.

Virginia Auto Transport Companies Directory

PORTSMOUTH

Blanchard’s Auto Transport

Blanchard’s is a local Portsmouth company that provides shipping services around the country as well as in the greater Portsmouth region.

2865 Airline Boulevard, Portsmouth, VA

757-227-5404

ABC Quality Car Transportation

ABC focuses on quality and affordability, making this company one of the more well-used transport services in the region.

252 Dock Street, Portsmouth, VA

805-285-5066 ‎

AXTON

Five Zs Auto Transport

Five Zs provides transport services to individuals and fleets in and out of the Axton area.

6407 Irisburg Road, Axton, VA

276-650-8444 ‎

FALLS CHURCH

American Auto Transport

This Falls Church-based company has a national scope, which means you can ship to and from this Virginia town as well as to various points around the U.S.

2008 Storm Drive Falls Church, VA

703-893-4121 ‎

RICHMOND‎

Auto Transport Solutions Inc

Auto Transport Solutions provides dealer shipping in and out of the Richmond area, as well as personal transport services.

206 North Mooreland Road, Richmond, VA

804-754-3300

Auto Driveaway – Richmond

This national company can offer shipping to anywhere in the country, including into the Richmond area.

4905 Radford Avenue #104, Richmond, VA

800-213-3063 ‎

VIRGINIA BEACH

International Car Shipping Auto Transport

International Carp Shipping offers both domestic and international shipping services.

798 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA

805-285-5063

MANASSAS

Scottie’s Auto Transport

This locally-owned company provides competitive shipping rates and a wide array of services.

9050 Euclid Avenue, Manassas, VA, 703-368-9996 ‎

FREDERICKSBURG

Eddies Auto Transport

Eddies has a record of excellent customer service for those in need of shipping services.

PO Box 5885, Fredericksburg, VA

571-641-6393

Atlantic Transport VA

Atlantic Transport provides shipping services to and from the Fredericksburg area, including fleet shipping and custom car auto transport.  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.

822 Forbes Street, Fredericksburg, VA

540-760-0124 ‎

Vehicle Registration in Virginia

To legally drive your vehicle on the roads of Virginia, you have to get your car titled and registered at the DMV office. You can apply to both simultaneously, so you won’t have to make two trips to the DMV.

You can apply for registration by submitting the following documents to the local DMV: proof of residency and identity, proof of vehicle ownership, a certificate from a safety inspection, an automobile insurance policy, and the payment for the applicable fees. Please note that:

  • Residents of some counties are required to also perform an emissions test on their cars before registration.
  • Other types of vehicles might have different requirements for registration.

Registration for New Virginia Residents

Among your requirements of the moving process, there’s also the issue of vehicle registration. You get a period of 30 days after you established residency in Virginia to title and register your car with the DMV office.

Prior to submitting the documentation required by the process, you should:

  • Buy an automobile insurance policy from a licensed insurance carrier.
  • Submit the vehicle to a safety inspection & to an emissions verification if it’s required in your county.
  • Get your title transferred to Virginia (you may do so when you apply for registration).

Vehicle Registration Process

Every car registration must be done in person at the DMV office in Virginia by submitting the following paperwork:

  • An application for titling and registration for a first time Virginia registration.
  • Proof of address and identity.
  • The certificate from the vehicle’s safety inspection.
  • A valid auto insurance policy or the payment of the fee for an uninsured motorist.
  • Payment for the applicable fees of registration (they might vary depending on the year, make, weight of the vehicle and/or the county of residence).
  • The vehicle’s title (if it wasn’t previously registered in the state of Virginia).

Once the registration process is completed, you will receive a registration card that you are obliged to keep in the car, and license plates issued by the state of Virginia. All vehicle registrations must be renewed annually or from 2 to 2 years, in accordance with the option chosen at the moment of registration.

Registration of Leased Vehicles

If your lienholder allows the DMV office to have your address and name added to the title and registration of the car, you may register your leased vehicle with the Department of Motor Vehicles in Virginia.

  • If your address and name appear on the vehicle’s title certificate, you may follow the above-mentioned steps to conclude the registration with the state of Virginia.
  • If your address and name are not present on the vehicle’s title, you may proceed to apply for a registration in Virginia only if your lienholder signs an attorney power document.

If when the lease expires you decide to keep the car, you will have to get it re-titled without having the lessor’s information mentioned on the certificate.

Trip Permits

You can apply for a trip permit to move your unregistered car to your local DMV office, or to the inspection station to get it inspected. This type of permit has a 3-day validity, and it requires you have a proper insurance policy already issued for the vehicle before being able to drive it.

You can apply for a permit online, or you can submit the required paperwork in person at the DMV office:

  • A document proving the ownership of the vehicle, like a sale bill or a title certificate.
  • A document that states the current location of the vehicle and the place where it will be moved to.
  • The date when the car will be driven to the new location.
  • Proof of an automobile insurance policy issued for the vehicle.
  • Payment for the permit fee.

Fees for Vehicle Registration in Virginia

The fees for vehicle registration in Virginia vary depending on these factors:

  • The weight of the car.
  • License plate type (either standard or specialty plates).
  • How long the registration certificate will be valid for (1 to 3 years).

Please note you will pay double the registration fee if you opt for a 2-year registration, as the fees are calculated per annum.

Military Members and Virginia Car Registration

Military residents of the state of Virginia

Car registrations are done only personally in the state of Virginia. Therefore, military residents stationed in other states will have to register their vehicles in the states where they are currently serving. They may transfer their registration and title upon their return to the state of Virginia.

Virginia military residents stationed in Virginia simply have to follow the above-mentioned registration steps.

Non-resident members of the military placed in the state of Virginia

If you’re a resident of another state and you are currently stationed in the state of Virginia, you are not required to register and title your car with the DMV of Virginia:

  • If the registration is valid in your state of residency;
  • If you’re the only owner of the car.

If the vehicle has multiple co-owners and one is not a member of the military, the exemption for the registration doesn’t apply, and the car has to be registered with Virginia’s DMV office.

Other options for registration:

  • If you buy a car during your active military duty in Virginia, you can opt whether to have it titled and registered in the state where you reside or in Virginia.
  • If you wish to register a vehicle in Virginia, you have to follow the above-mentioned steps for titling and registration.


Emissions and Safety Inspections

You need to perform a safety inspection on your vehicle before applying for registration with the DMV. Depending on your county of residence, you may be required to submit your car to an emissions inspection as well.

Virginia insurance requirements

Cars must have an adequate insurance policy before applying for the registration process.

Fee for the uninsured motorists

If you didn’t succeed in buying an insurance policy before registration, you can pay a fee of $500 at the DMV which will ensure your access to the registration process and the right to drive the vehicle for up to 1 year.

However, this uninsured fee isn’t like an insurance policy. You’ll still be liable for the damages or accidents you may cause to others or to the vehicle.

License plates

When you register your car, you will receive a pair of standard license plates, as well as the registration stickers that will have the expiration date on them. You will have to verify that the stickers are rightly placed on the plate and are permanently visible. If you wish to change the standard issued plates into specialized plates, veteran plates, military plates, personalized plates, or vanity plates, you will have to submit your request and pay the required fee at the DMV office.

Related Services

Other Virginia Resources

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

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

University Of Virginia – Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia in 1819. He wished the publicly-supported school to have a national character and stature. Jefferson envisioned a new kind of university, one dedicated to educating leaders in practical affairs and public service rather than for professions in the classroom and pulpit exclusively. It was the first nonsectarian university in the United States and the first to use the elective course system.

Virginia 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 Virginia

  • Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

    And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

    The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

    When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

    - Jeremy C.
  • I changed my home and had to move 3 vehicles from Washington to West Virginia. My delivery window was short, and I wanted to avoid asking friends to travel such a distance to help out. Due to our own moving schedule, the cars had to arrive on a deadline. We need them to get to work.

    Joe arranged for a truck to arrive the very next day. The price was good, and I didn’t need to pay any deposit. He took my calls every time throughout the shipment, so I always knew where my cars were. They all arrived in perfect shape on the earliest day they were estimated to arrive on.

    A1 Auto Transport offered an impeccable service, easy and prompt. If I ever need such services again, I’ll definitely call.

    - Josh F.

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