Shipping a car from Minnesota to Texas guide

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When you think of the Midwest, there probably isn’t much coming to your mind. Well, you’d be surprised. Especially when you hear about Minnesota. Some of the things that make it great, however, are still not as good as the heat and country beats of the deep south. This is why many Minnesotans are moving down to the Sun Belt. If you are about to become one of them, you will surely enjoy our guide.

What makes Minnesota great

There are a number of things that Minnesota can claim it is great at – some of them quite important, others – a little on the weird side. Yet, you don’t read about many of them in school. The climate, nature, the lakes, but there is also tons of music, fairs and good warm-hearted people that make it all a little spicy. When it comes to food, Minnesota is not much different from most states. Yet, it hosts a couple of interesting facts. The state produces the most turkeys in the country. It hosts over 450 family farmers raising approximately 44-46 million turkeys annually. And most of them are allowed to move freely around their barns! Think about this next year at Thanksgiving and don’t forget to thank Minnesota for your turkey.

The state has hosted entrepreneurs for quite some time now even though this might seem surprising to some. The first handled grocery bags and the first shelf-stable popcorn were invented there. There is a large mustache society in the state. They even host a Moustache run! Yes, there is no lack of entertainment. People come up with the weirdest things. Besides, everyone knows Minnesota is the host of some great music, too. Look at Prince! And of course – Bob Dylan – the musician who has had the biggest cultural impact on the world. Minnesota born and raised.

This all makes the state quite attractive for young active people. Minnesota has been quite the desired state for immigrants who fly into the USA. Ever since the 90s, the international in-flow is steadily increasing. Indicators show that the number of people who came to Minnesota from abroad in 2015 was over four times the number in 1990. But what happens with people from within the country?

Yet, why are people leaving?

In the ’90s there were more domestic people who moved here from other states than moved away. Everything started changing around 2002, however, when the trend reversed. Since then, Minnesota has consistently sent more citizens to other states than it has attracted from them. The places where most people go to are the states which Minnesota shares a border with – Iowa, Wisconsin and the Dakotas. The reasons for this are mostly economic – better-paying jobs primarily due to the oil boom in the early 2000s. In recent years, however, more and more Minnesotans are moving to Sun Belt states.

Apart from economic reasons, people move to the south purely for amenities. Warm weather, for one, is the main driver for baby boomers who are moving to their post-work homes. Through the years, researchers have proven that sunshine and proximity to water pools are some of the main factors that define migration behavior as a whole. And these lead to a major transformation of American geography and demographics.

One of the states Minnesotans are increasingly moving to is Texas. The data shows that from 1990 to 2001 Minnesota lost a net 50 households to Texas, on average, each year. From 2002 to 2015, that number was up to 700 net households each year.

Moving to Texas

Making the decision to move to Texas can require some nerve. But remember you are not the only one. Thousands of people move there annually – Houston, Dallas, Austin… you name it. In fact, Austin became the fastest growing city in the country in the past years. And there is no surprise to this. You have good job opportunities there, great live music stages and a religion called barbecue. Why not?

It is surprising that all this demand has not made living in Texas too expensive. On the contrary, it places among the top 10 cheapest places to live in the USA in 2017. Could it get any better than that?

  • Most expensive area: Plano-Allen
  • Average home price: $337,651
  • Half gallon of milk: $1.63
  • T-bone steak: $10.26
  • Monthly energy bill: $160.65
  • Doctor visit: $120.28

Shipping a car from Minnesota to Texas

If you want to move down to Texas whether it’s for good or just for the summer, think of transporting your car early on. You can choose from a few auto transport methods:

  • Shipping a car with an auto transport company
  • Drive or have someone drive your automobile
  • Find and hire a drive-away service company

Each of the options has its pros and cons. The questions you need to ask yourself to make the right decision, however, are not that many:

  • Would you trust someone to drive your car for over a thousand miles?
  • Do you feel safe to let a stranger drive your car to Texas?
  • Are you comfortable with asking a friend to do it for you? Is there someone who would?
  • Would you feel better if a professional takes care of your car?

Based on your answers, you can eliminate some of the options. Not many people feel ok with having someone else sit behind the wheel of their car. Especially if it is a classic that they have been taking care of for decades. Even if it is your best friend you never know what could happen when they are on the highway for 20 hours. The risks roads hide are sometimes the same for people who drive to work twice a day and for people who spend their whole day behind the wheel. If you are one of these people, you would probably feel calmer if you hire an auto transport company to ship your car. The whole shipping process is organized in a way to ensure you have control over the transportation of your vehicle while also having your time at your hands.

Shipping your car to Texas guide

The steps of the shipping process are not complicated when you have a trustworthy partner. This is why you need to pay special attention to the selection of the auto transport company. Go through other customers’ experience with the company before you commit. Call to ask for advice and speak personally to the people who will be taking care of your vehicle. The human factor is very important when you are giving away something valuable even if it’s just for a short time.

How to choose a transporter?

Research and compare. Remember that price is not the only factor to consider. Very often the lowest price comes with surprises. Don’t choose merely based on price. Call the company to see what type of people they are. You can also request a car shipping quote online. At Corsia you will get a manually calculate price – this way you get a more realistic estimate done by our representatives. They will take into account all your needs and preferences.

Furthermore, inspect the shipping options the carrier provides. How many cars will be on a trailer? What type of trailer can they offer? What is the level of security and safety? All questions that predefine your experience and satisfaction with the transportation. In this case, your vehicle is fully protected. If you are shipping a luxury vehicle or a classic car, pay extra attention to these questions. Enclosed auto transport, also known as covered car transport, is the type of transport you want in this case.

How to prepare?

You need to get your vehicle ready for a full inspection so that if there are any damages, they could be noted in advance. This is why you have to wash your vehicle on the outside so the truck driver can make a proper inspection. Additionally, you should remove any personal items from the vehicle. This is mostly done for your own piece of mind. Preparation for shipping is not hard but it takes a conscious mind.

What to do at pick up & delivery?

Once we have chosen a pickup date for your vehicle together, you should be available to let the car do the truck driver. Note that sometimes there might be difficulties with the pick-up date. Unplanned breakdowns, traffic and weather conditions can cause potential delays. If one of the cars that will be on the truck gets picked up with a delay, chances are so will the rest.

When your car is picked up, ask your driver about his best guess for an estimated delivery date. Transit times depend on exact location within Minnesota and Texas, but in general, it takes 3-5 days for delivery once the car is picked up.

At delivery do the inspection along with the driver. It is important that you pay attention just as much. Sometimes the driver could be tired and subconsciously neglect a scratch. This is essential because this is all subject to your car shipping insurance. If the delivery happens to be at night, make sure to inspect your car under bright lights. Take pictures of any damages that might have occurred. Contact your car shipping company and they will help you file a claim.

How to be happy once your vehicle is in Texas?

Once your vehicle is there safe and sound, you can start living the Texas lifestyle. There won’t be any data storage on this website if we start listing all things that make Texas a great place to be at. Be here are a few.

Best things about Texas

Whether you decide to move there for good or just for a season – you will be amazed. The Lone Star state can be nice and welcoming but also – quite the badass. Here’s how:

Four seasons

Because of the large area it occupies, Texas welcomes all seasons of nature. Even though you will see tons of snowmen made out of tumbleweed, don’t be fooled. Winter can get quite chilly there too.

No state income tax

Does this need any explanation? All the papers you do in April cut in half. And you get to keep some of your money so that you can spend it on…

…BBQ

Minnesota might be the turkey state, but Texas is where the real deal gets done. And they do it quite differently in each part of the state. A sexy dry-rub in spices from the Central parts or a dose of mesquite wood from the West. While most of us celebrate National BBQ Month in May, Texans live this holiday daily.

Cowboys

Almost literally. Texans love their boots, their trucks… and their guns. “Don’t mess with Texas” isn’t just a motto after all.  Watch out because they can be really tough. Attempt to trespass and you’d be dead right on the spot.

Football

The Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys are known way beyond the boundaries of the state and even the country. Texas has produced a number of well-known past & current NFL stars. The sate holds the highest number of high school football players, too

Hospitality

People in the Lone Star state take major pride in being really nice. The moment you get there you will know you are welcome. Again – if you don’t attempt to trespass! And if you are a woman, expect doors to be open left and right for you. Texan style.