Shipping a car from Texas to Minnesota
What options do I have when shipping a car from Texas to Minnesota?
When you need to move a vehicle from one location to another, the first alternative that comes to mind is to hop in and drive. Driving may be a good cost-effective option, if the distance is no greater than 300 miles, your car is in an excellent condition, and you don’t mind embarking on a road trip.
However, from Texas to Minnesota, the trip will be about 1200 miles. And if you have more vehicles and not enough drivers, then a road trip becomes an obstacle. Hiring an auto transport company would be your most affordable and convenient option. In fact, private customers and businesses alike contract vehicle transporters like us daily.
How to choose an auto transport company?
There is no company that is absolutely the best when it gets to shipping vehicles. Yet, it’s extremely important you choose carefully. If you are not vigilant enough, you could become a victim of a car shipping scam.
On your quest for an auto transporter you will come across the following entities: carriers, brokers, car shipping lead generator websites, and auction websites. We recommend you stay away from the last two. And whether you choose to work with a broker or carrier, make sure it’s a reputable one.
Look at your potential shipper’s consumer ratings and read online reviews to learn about other customers’ experience. Although, don’t choose solely based on what other people say. Ask friends and family. Check FMCSA for the shipper’s licensing and background information as well as safety ratings. Pick up the phone and call. Ask questions.
What services do auto transport companies offer?
Typical auto transport services vary by company. In general, customers will have a choice based on the type of carrier and on the time frame of delivery. Corsia Logistics provides the following car shipping services:
- open and enclosed car carrier
- standard and expedited delivery
So, you should choose between the type of carrier and standard or expedited shipping. Corsia Logistics offers open car carrier transport and enclosed auto transport, and in both cases, it is a door-to-door delivery. Very rarely we ship cars from and to a terminal. Most individuals and businesses from across the country prefer door-to-door deliveries.
The next option you need to consider is whether to pick a standard service or an expedited delivery. The distinction between the two lies in the time of delivery. A standard car shipping service usually means that a carrier will pick up your vehicle within five business days and deliver it, in this case from Texas to Minnesota within 4 to 6 days. However, please keep in mind that all dates and times are only estimates. Delays happen on the road often due to weather, traffic, or other customers’ postponements.
Expedited delivery could guarantee that your car is picked up or delivered on or by a specified date and time. To accommodate the situation, however, the whole schedule of the truck will be based on your requested dates. Also, in some cases, we need to involve a second or third company, a local carrier, to pick-up or deliver the vehicle on the specified date. So, expedited auto transport service is always more expensive.
How much does it cost to ship a car from Texas to Minnesota?
Beyond the figure, it’s important to understand the economics of a vehicle shipping quote. The cost to ship a car depends on a few factors: make, model, any added modifications, the operability of your vehicle, distance and pick up/drop off locations, type of transport, and supply and demand fluctuations.
Make, model, and modifications
The bigger and heavier your vehicle is, the more it costs to transport. Also, modifications done to your vehicle usually affect the price too. For example, lower vehicle clearance or 4X4 lift kit will require additional assistance or special preparations that increase the cost of shipping.
If your vehicle can not move under its own power, the carrier will need to engage some extra help (a winch or a forklift), which usually adds around $150 to the final shipping cost.
Distance and pick up/drop off locations
Usually, the longer the distance the more expensive it’ll be to transport your vehicle. However, it’s also important to consider how far off the interstate and state highways the pick-up and delivery points are. If it’s somewhere off the main highways – in a rural or hard-to-get-to area,- where not that many people are looking to ship their vehicles, you will need to make it worth the trucker’s time, effort, and extra gas expense. It means a higher price.
Type of transport
The most popular method of transporting vehicles is via open trailers. This type of transport is considered standard and more economical as well. If you are shipping a luxury, classic, or collectible automobile we always recommend an enclosed trailer. Enclosed auto transport trucks are less available, harder to shcedule and more expensive.
Supply and demand
Supply and demand fluctuations dictate prices on most routes. When demand peaks, prices go up and this often happens in a matter of hours. Seasonal fluctuations also have an effect on vehicle shipping costs. For example, in May and September, the most popular months for moving and traveling, as well as during the snowbirds season, prepare to pay a higher price due to an increased demand.
Is my vehicle insured during transport?
Absolutely. Legally all carriers must bear a minimum amount of insurance. Carrier’s cargo insurance protects your vehicle against damages during loading, unloading, and transit and covers anything from theft, dents, and scratches to a total loss of a car. Liability limits, though, will vary from carrier to carrier. If your vehicle is especially valuable, make sure to discuss the insurance information with your potential shipper.
Keep in mind though that vehicle hauling carriers are not licensed to move personal items. Hence, their insurance will not cover any personal belongings you leave inside your vehicle.
What documents do I need when shipping a car?
Domestic transport is simple. You or someone else will need to release the vehicle to the carrier at pick-up. The person at pick-up has to sign the Bill of Lading (BOL) and hand the car keys over to the driver. The BOL is a really important document. It serves not only as a receipt but also an inspection report. Then the same happens at delivery.
Moving to the Land of 10,000 Lakes
Nicknamed the “North Star State” or the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, Minnesota has a population of over 5.7 million people and it continues to grow. In the recent years, more people have been showing interest in moving to Minnesota thanks to the high quality of life and the overall welcoming environment of the state, among other reasons. Just last year, its population grew by nearly 52,000 people.
Covering 86,943 square miles, the state is mainly made up of rural areas and waterbody, which is perfect for nature and outdoor lovers. If you’re used to the humid subtropical climate mixed with the cold semi-arid climate of Texas, you will have to mentally and physically prepare for Minnesota’s extremely harsh winters with an average low temperature of only 7 degrees.
On the bright side, unlike Texas whose weather is made up of two main seasons: summer and winter, Minnesota has four distinct seasons. Winters tend to last for more than 3 months. Hot and humid summers come and go very fast and are filled with tornadoes and thunderstorms. And the spring and fall seasons are less extreme and are worth waiting for. But, Minnesota is so much more than just plain freezing winters, tornadoes, and thunderstorms.
Economy and employment Opportunities
The economy of Minnesota is divided into two parts: agriculture (dairy products, turkeys, corn, soybeans, cattle, wheat) and industry (machinery, electric equipment, food processing, mining and tourism, printing and publishing, fabricated metal products).
There is a saying that Minnesotans don’t even know what unemployment is as the jobs opportunities in the state are bountiful. As of the end of 2017, the state’s unemployment rate is only 3.1%. Home to a total of 19 Fortune 500 companies, Minnesota will offer you plenty of employment opportunities in various areas if you are not moving with a job in hand.
Housing and living costs
Your living and housing costs will depend a lot on where in Minnesota you will decide to settle. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Eden Prairie, Falcon Heights, and Edina are just some of the best places to live and raise a family.
Minnesota is well known for its high income taxes and expensive food/housing costs. On the other hand, the utility costs are relatively low and the median household income is usually higher than the national average, especially if you work in medical, business, and technology fields.
If we compare living costs and housing costs of both capitals of Texas and Minnesota, West St. Paul overall is 10% cheaper compared to Austin, and housing is 35% less expensive.
A few things you need to know before moving to Minnesota
Minnesotans have a laid-back lifestyle that perfectly fits with the state’s astonishing nature that will leave anyone in awe. With 10,000 Lakes and 90,000 miles of shoreline, be ready to fall in love with swimming, fishing, canoeing, boating, as well as ice fishing or skating when the water freezes in the winter. The cross-country ski slopes will be waiting for you throughout the state, come winter. If you are not particularly fond of skiing, you can try snowboarding, snowmobiling, or snowshoeing.
In Minnesota, outdoor festivals are no slim pickings. No matter the season, there will be no place for boredom. From the sensational Minnesota State Fair and St.Paul Winter Carnival to Octoberfest and Moose Madness Festival – you’ll want to visit them all.
Moving to Minnesota with a car
If you will be moving to Minnesota with a car, you will need to register it with the MN Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) within 60 days after you establish your move. Unlike most US states which require you to complete your car registration in person, in Minnesota you will be able to do so by mail. Just don’t forget to renew it every year. You will also have 60 days to transfer your out-of-state driver’s license.
To avoid any parking tickets, check with your neighborhood area or building landlord whether you need any parking permits as soon as you move in.
Corsia Logistics will be happy to help you move your vehicle(s) to Minnesota. We provide comprehensive auto transport services covering every aspect of the process. Request your free, no-obligation quote online or call us at (818) 850-5258 and speak with one of our logistics experts. Thank you.