Effortlessly shipping vehicles & heavy haul equipment to/from any location in Iowa
Iowa Vehicle Shipping & Heavy Haul Transport Experts
Ship a Car, Inc. provide vehicle transport service to individuals and business throughout the state of Iowa. Our team provides excellent customer service and the carriers in our network deliver the best vehicle shipping service to people relocating their vehicles, businesses moving their general freight and/or transporting heavy haul equipment as well as volume relocation services for dealers and corporations.
SAC has more than ten years of experience in this industry and our customer reviews speak for themselves. We are a vehicle transport broker with the direct access to the largest network of carriers. One simple call in to one of our transport agents, gets the ball rolling and we handle the rest. When you choose the SAC Team, we deliver not only your vehicle and/or freight, but peace of mind as well.
Contact us to speak with an experienced and professional transport coordinator now at (866) 821-4555 for direct vehicle transport service to/from any residential or business address in the state of Iowa.
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We provide direct service to and from any location in Iowa - above is a list of the most popular car shipping locations that we service.
Everything You Need to Know About the State of Iowa (IA)
Iowa was admitted to the union as the 29th state on Dec. 28, 1846. As a Midwestern state, Iowa forms a bridge between the forests of the east and the grasslands of the high prairie plains to the west. Its gently rolling landscape rises slowly as it extends westward from the Mississippi River, which forms its entire eastern border. The Missouri River and its tributary, the Big Sioux, form the western border, making Iowa the only U.S. state that has two parallel rivers defining its borders.
Iowa is bounded by the states of Minnesota to the north, Wisconsin, and Illinois to the east, Missouri to the south, and Nebraska and South Dakota to the west. Des Moines, in the south-central part of the state, is the capital. The state name is derived from the Iowa Native Americans and people who once inhabited the area.
The state motto-Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain attributes to its identical phenomenon. Wild Rose is the state flower.
A culture known as the Effigy Moundbuilders inhabited northeastern Iowa between 1400 and 750 B.C. The more than 200 mounds of earth that remain within Effigy Mounds National Monument—several shaped like animals such as bears, birds and bison—were believed to have been used for ceremonial purposes or to track celestial events.
When the Winnebago Indians were forcefully displayed from their homeland in Wisconsin in 1840, the U.S. government offered the tribe protection on their new temporary land in Iowa from other tribes and illegal settlers. Completed in 1842, Fort Atkinson was the only fort built by the United States to protect one Indian tribe from another.
Since 1972, Iowa has kicked off the presidential primary process by holding the nation’s first caucuses. When a largely unknown Jimmy Carter became the frontrunner in the 1976 Democratic caucus, the national attention he received ultimately helped him to win the presidency—and solidified the importance of the Iowa caucuses.
Iowa is the largest producer of corn in the United States. One of the biggest harvesters of bushels.
Factors Influencing Cost of Shipping
Here are the main factors influencing the cost of shipping your vehicles to Iowa;
The time frame of delivery
Type and condition of the vehicle
Auto carrier Options
A major factor that influences the bulk of the cost of shipping to Iowa is the distance between the vehicle’s origin (pickup) and final destination (Iowa) where it will be delivered. The longer the distance, the higher the shipping fee because more resources such as fuel, time, labor, etc are imputed.
The Time Frame of Delivery
The speed of delivery is another factor considered when shipping your vehicle. The faster you want your vehicle delivered, the more it would cost you. Short notice and emergency delivery draw in additional costs to speed up the delivery process but are cheaper when your delivery preference fits into our schedule.
Type and Condition of the Vehicle
The type and condition of your vehicles such as its weight, dimensions, size, and delicacy also play an important part in the shipping cost. Large and heavy vehicles take more space, use more fuel, and may require transport adjustments to fit into the carrier than compact vehicles which require less of the aforementioned, hence it costs more to ship larger vehicles. The condition and state of a vehicle also influence the total work that would go into handling and moving the vehicle. The more the vehicle needs delicate handling, the more the cost. As Inoperable vehicles require special equipment and specialized personnel to load into the transport medium and offload at the required destination.
Auto Carrier Options
There are two main types of auto carrier services. Auto transport can be open or closed depending on the availability of enclosures within the carrier. The open auto carrier is one in which the vehicle is not shielded by enclosed side walls or a roof protecting the vehicle while the closed auto carrier has both. Open auto transport is cheaper and most budget-friendly but doesn’t give the vehicle protection against dust, weather, etc like that of the closed auto service. We recommend closed auto transport for luxurious and other high-end vehicles to keep them safe.
Other factors influencing the cost of shipping to Iowa are transport seasons (shipping in some seasons lowers the overall price of shipping your vehicle due to favorable weather conditions and as more people use the service) and additional services you might want from us.
Here’s How to Choose an Auto Transport Company to Ship Your Vehicle
Perform Adequate Research
The first thing to do is to create a list of your needs and requirements you want in a shipping company and based on that, search and select a company that offers those services.
Check for Company’s insurance
Learn about insurance policies and everything they cover. Good insurance will cover you if there’s damage to your vehicle while in transit.
Check Authenticity and Customer Reviews
Make sure the company is registered by checking its authenticity on the FMCSA website before going forward with it. To can also check for the ratings and reviews from various customers to give you an overview of the company’s services and quality. Customer reviews are reflections of the company’s competence and credibility, so pay attention to both positive and negative comments. You may also ask people you know about the company’s legitimacy and reliability
Now, after you’ve considered the above, you’d have gotten a shortlist of shipping companies that meet your needs and requirements. Then you have to get quotes from the different companies and compare their shipping costs to choose one that best suits your pocket. But avoid prices that are too cheap, far lower than the normal price as that can be an indicator of bad service or hidden costs.
Choose the appropriate shipping method
Choose the right type of shipping method to be used for transporting the vehicle. The open vehicle carrier method is pocket friendly but the closed carrier service offers more protection.
Here are Some Preparation Steps for Car Shipping:
Wash and clean every part of your car. A clean car saves you work after the vehicle is delivered.
Once your vehicle is clean, inspect every part starting with the exterior. Walk around the vehicle to inspect and take note of the state of the car, any damage already on the car, and the condition of all its parts. You can also take photographs as proof and for record purposes in case, there is any new damage when it is delivered.
Do all necessary car maintenance so that it can be ready for use when delivered. Check the fluids in the car, battery condition, and tire pressure but empty the gas tank to about 1/6% full. Also, disable the alarm and lock the car.
Remove any removable parts and personal items to protect them from damage and loss during transport
Lastly, inform the driver or relevant authority of any additional information on the vehicle, especially on mechanical problems. So that note is taken on the information and actions are taken to curb any unwarranted problems.
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Our transport representatives are available by calling (866) 821-4555 to answer all your questions.
Amtrak’s California Zephyr serves the south of Iowa with stops at Burlington, Mount Pleasant, Ottumwa, Osceola, and Creston on its daily route between Chicago and Emeryville, California (across the bay from San Francisco). Fort Madison is served by Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, running daily between Chicago and Los Angeles.
Iowa has four primary interstate highways. Interstate 29 (I-29) travels along the state’s western edge through Council Bluffs and Sioux City. I-35 travels from the Missouri state line to the Minnesota state line through the state’s center, including Des Moines. I-74 begins at I-80 just northeast of Davenport. I-80 travels from the Nebraska state line to the Illinois state line through the center of the state, including Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Iowa City, and the Quad Cities. I-380 is an auxiliary Interstate Highway, which travels from I-80 near Iowa City through Cedar Rapids ending in Waterloo, and is part of the Avenue of the Saints highway. Iowa is among the few jurisdictions where municipalities install speed cameras on interstate highways providing a substantial revenue source from out-of-state drivers.
Iowa is served by several regional airports including the Des Moines International Airport, the Eastern Iowa Airport, Cedar Rapids, Quad City International Airport, in Moline, Illinois, and Eppley Airfield, in Omaha, Nebraska. Smaller airports in the state include the Davenport Municipal Airport (Iowa), Dubuque Regional Airport, Fort Dodge Regional Airport, Mason City Municipal Airport, Sioux Gateway Airport, Southeast Iowa Regional Airport, and Waterloo Regional Airport.
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Best car shipping service I have ever experienced. I know my car was in good hands. Highly recommend them to all!
Great work and service,Picked up the car very fast and delivered on time in the same condition without any damage. Great communication With the Customer service, She is very friendly and helpful person.I recommended this company.
Mohammed E. Giza, NH
I had a car shipped to my son stationed in Hawaii in the army. Lawrence was extremely helpful and patient walking me through the process. I was very nervous as the car was my deceased husbands 2001 Monte. It had lot of sentimental value. It got there 1 week sooner than expected. Thank you!
My experience with Ship A Car was pretty straightforward, and everybody did what they said they were going to do. The transport of my pickup truck went very well.
Anthony of Philadelphia, PA
I cannot say enough good things about this company! A+ service. A+ pricing. A+ speed. After realizing that my deployment to Texas who is going to last longer than four weeks, I was tired of using Lyft and I knew I couldn’t be without my motorcycle. I requested a quote from their webpage along with five or six other companies. Paul Murphy responded quickly to that email with the second to lowest cost to get my bike 1,230 miles from Ocala, Florida to Pharr, Texas, and then followed up the next day with a voicemail. After comparing prices and reading the reviews, I knew this was the company for me. They did not disappoint! I spoke with Paul at the end of the business day on Thursday and within 15 minutes he was calling me to inform me that he had already placed my order with driver Eric Andrews of Andrews Transportation LLC to be delivered 3 days later on Monday. I spoke with Eric on Saturday to confirm where my bike would need to be left. He too was very professional and easy to work with. To my surprise, Eric delivered my bike a day early on Sunday morning. That's right, my bike was delivered from call to drop in 2.5 days!!! Both Paul & Eric’s professionalism may me feel comfortable that my prize possession was in good hands. I would 100% recommend this company to anyone wanting to move theirs. Thanks, guys.
I recently shipped a motorcycle from Las Vegas to Washington Janet kept you posted during all those times that the let me know when the shipper was going to be there and did an excellent job of keeping you posted as to where my motorcycle was and it was delivered safely and earlier than expected and I really enjoyed ship a car's courteous and efficient Haley of my business thank you Gary Sayre.
Gary S. 6485 Alpine Ridge Way, NV
You guys are THE best!! Thank you to Mark and Young for getting my car home and safe with me. I would HIGHLY recommend!!
This review is easy! Janet Rinella at Ship A Car, Inc. Is a huge asset to that company. I had been through 2 miserable experiences with 2 transport companies, both of which I canceled after much frustration and NO results nor return calls, even after paying their required deposits. Learned through Google that best way to get auto transported is through a Broker. For some then unknown reason I called Ship A Car, Inc., and Janet Rinella answered the phone. Janet knows her stuff, is dependable, knowledgeable of this business, straight forward, kind, diligent, and FAST with results. From my first call with her, she found a transport company, located their driver and set up the pick up of the vehicle we were transporting to our grandson who is an Airman at Dover AFB, Delaware. This all was done by Janet's persistent follow up, contacting me daily every step of the way. She seemed to be as concerned for our grandson to get the car as we were. She is not only proficient at her job, she is caring, even to the point of asking me to contact her "no matter how late" when we met our driver and he drove it onto the ramps of the truck. That was last Tuesday. Our grandson received his car across country YESTERDAY! There is no doubt in my mind that had we hired any other company, we would still have that car in our driveway and our nerves and stress levels would be off the chart. In addition, throughout my many calls, texts and emails to Janet, we have developed a special and forever friendship. Her people skills are genuine, her work ethic is beyond reproach.
Ship A Car did a really nice job. They were very professional and very friendly. The rep who helped me set everything up was very good. Also, the driver took very good care of the truck. It was just as clean when it got at the drop-off as when it left me in Arizona.
Michael of Green Valley, AZ
Thank you Meredith for your assistance. I was pleasantly surprised that the car made it to me 2 days earlier than you originally quoted. Thank you for checking on the status on your end and for following up afterwards to make sure I got what I needed.
Joseph Gorfien was a pleasure to work with. He was very responsive each step of the shipment of my four-seater golf car from picking it up on Marco Island to delivery in Roswell Ga. - picked up on the 4th and delivered on the 5th just as quoted which was a reasonable price. Thank you, Joseph!
I dont think this company does any real due diligence on their carriers. A 15hr drive to deliver a motorcycle took 4 days after original estimate was next day. $700 with their fees. No show, no call the original delivery date. Steve Goodman was barely responsive except for one call. Carrier they picked barely exists online. Thank god I made Steve send their insurance certificate and I made sure my insurance company would cover and do the chasing had damage occurred. If they arent providing oversight than just use UShip.
Everything was pleasant with Ship A Car. They were easy to communicate with and the driver was easy to work with. The car was transported from Grand Junction to Tulsa and the final cost was lower than the initial quote I was given. It was a good experience and I'd do it again if I need to.
Todd of Sapulpa, OK
Great job by ship a car and their rep. Bob Moran. First time user and I would definitely use them again.
In 47 years of the car business I have never been so impressed. The very best by far. Bib Moran was awesome. The very best I have ever used. Bob Moran first class.
Gerry. Duncan Ford Lincoln Mazda M. Blacksburg, VA
Ship A Car is the best auto transport business there is! Believe me, I did my research. I called many car transport companies and got many shipping quotes, all of which were bogus. I saw that Ship A Car had a good rating so I called. It must have been my lucky day because I got to deal with Danny, the nicest guy in the business. He explained the entire process to me, he was patient, kind and very helpful. He encouraged me to look up their reviews (which I did). He gave me a fair and honest price. The car was delivered on time and perfectly intact. No hidden costs whatsoever. Thank you Danny, for your honesty and professionalism and thank you, Ship A Car.
Fantastic company! Janet was especially awesome with perfect and timely communication both via phone and email. The car arrived early and in great condition. Well done!
I am 150% satisfied with the service I received from this company. My car was picked up and shipped from Alabama to New Jersey in a timely manner. Mr. Willie Dublin, the person I dealt with at ship a car, was so very helpful in making it all happen. He helped me every step of the way. If you have a car to ship call ship a car. Ask for Mr. Dublin, he will help you every step of the way. It was money well spent o ship my car.
They picked up my car in Texas and brought it to Charlotte. The guy driving was an excellent guy -- I had no problems with them. I'd use them again and would recommend them to others.
Tim F. Charlotte, NC
I worked with Gabriel Lopez and he was professional and a pleasure to work with. Always stayed in contact with me and gave me updates. My only complaint would be is that the price was increased but other than that the service was fine.
I would recommend Larry, it was an easy process when I shipped two of my cars this past year!
A Massive thank you to them. I called at the last minute and they were able to fit me in to collect and deliver our GT3RS. Very professional and on time on both ends. Would highly recommend them if you need your prestige vehicle transported. Thanks for the amazing job!
NJ to Florida
Very professional from start to finish. The booking agent (Len) was always available and reached out to me at every step of the process. The driver assigned to me (Jerry) was also an excellent communicator, took great care with my car and delivered it exactly as promised. I would definitely use this company again!
We had an urgent need to transport a family member's car from NC to WA and Janet helped find our transporter/driver within a day or two and the car was picked up on-time shortly after that and safely delivered sooner than expected with excellent service and care for a competitive price.
Mark T. Lake Ariel, PA
My experience shopping for a reliable transport company was exhausting until I spoke with Lawrence at Ship A Car inc. He took all of my worries & concerns and tossed them out of the Window. He was there every step of the way start to finish. He assured me that my Car was in the best hands Possible. I highly recommended Lawrence to handle Any and all of your transport needs.
This was my first time using this type of service and Bob made it go very smoothly. Exceeded my every expectation and was always in contact. Price was fair and service was fast.
The rep was very helpful and friendly, and the driver was the same as well!
Wuz APPenin (WuzAPPenin)
I contacted Ship a car in need of getting my shipped to Arizona.. I spoke to a Mr.Theo Brown and was assurred of the top rated service that ship a car had to offer..Was also informed of that my vehicle would be picked up an delivered right to my door.. I was very nervous an skeptical.. But ship a car not only delivered with excellence but a day early!.. I was very impressed and will definitely give this company a five star ! Thanks again for the quick service!
Latresse R. Phoenix, AZ
The hallmark of a good company is not if there is ever a problem but HOW they handle the problem. Turns out the problem I had was initially a major pain and hardship to both of us due to the unscrupulousness of the subcontractor. It happens. They figured out how to circumvent a checks and balances process. Ship a Car realized that, changed their process, and took care of the situation. Kudos to them. Now...would ship again in a heartbeat. Thank you all. Ps. When you ship takes well before and after pics. Don't let the shipper driver rush you. It's your multi-thousand dollar possession. Good luck all.
Ship a Car Inc. , located in Coral Springs, FL XXXXX, moved our car from the East Coast to the West Coast at a great price, on an expedited schedule and delivered all services exactly as promised. We found the car moving industry is unfortunately full of companies who promise everything, and deliver nothing. (Not So at Ship a Car Inc. ) Danny (XXX-XXX-XXXX), at Ship a Car was easy to work with and always followed up with us to successfully complete our move.
After being contacted my at least 20 shipping companies, I almost gave up! Then by the grace if God I contacted Ship a car and I spoke with Bob Moran, he is the best!! He said he’d call me back in 15 mins, I don’t even think it was 15 mins, he called back and BOOM he coordinated it effortlessly!!! I can’t believe how smooth the shipping was, I wish I started with Ship A Car, excellent service.....I would HIGHLY recommend, the driver dropped the car a day early - what a plus!
Maria D LaRosa
I travel quite a bit for work and instead of towing my fifth wheel myself I rely on others. In a google search I found Ship A Car and am so glad I did. Transport Coordinator Cameron B. paid attention to each detail of my move, and communicated with me every step of the way. The paperwork was simple, the price competitive, and the service impeccable. Pick-up and delivery was ahead of schedule, and I couldn't be more please with the company, as well as Cameron's attention. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND SHIP A CAR, AND ASK FOR CAMERON!!!
Bettina K. Las Vegas, NM
I used Ship A Car Inc to transport my car from California to Wisconsin. After reading a few reviews, yes, the transport truck could be a double decker truck with several cars. Therefore, the driver will ask you to meet him/her at a location near your home...This was my first time shipping a car . How do you find a reputable company? Well, I prayed and read reviews.. I spoke with Bob at Ship A Car, I felt comfortable with the rate and transportation terms. I had no issues. There were no hidden fees, the car was delivered on time and no damages. Thanks Bob for beinging friendly and honest.
Don't Worry, Be Happy
Phenomenal service! Ask for Janet,shes the best,great experience with her,she handled everything,,it was alot to get done,she made it easy for me ,5 star service and company
I have shipped a couple of cars with these folks and let me tell you. They are the best in the game. Absolutely the best people to deal with. They make sure you have all the paperwork ready and they happen to have some of the best prices. I truly feel like a valued customer every time I call them. I feel I could call them with any problem and they would resolve it for me over the phone. I would recommend them and I plan on doing business with them in the future. I only hope that our relationship grows!! Keep up the good work!
My van made it here in one piece thank you so much for all your help. The carrier was very helpful and friendly. One happy customer!
Janette N. Meridian, ID
I recently purchased a truck for my daughter in NJ and needed it transported to her in Florida. Bob was very easy and pleasant to work with. His price was competitive. The truck arrived (safely) exactly when and where they said it would, and the carrier was dependable and vey responsive. I would definitely use them again, and would recommend to anyone who needs a vehicle transported!
I want to thank Bob for his outstanding service and simply amazing job .It was a pleasant experience all made possible by Bobs amazing personality .He is an irreplaceable asset to his company and it was a pleasure working with him.
They are seriously the best in the business. They responded to my question immediately. They will give you the best service for a very good price. They ensured the car was towed even if we had the most challenging circumstances. And promises and delivers! I highly recommend this company!! 5 stars for sure!
Thanks for getting our car back to DC - even though it was more $$ than we'd hoped. The driver was nice & he got the car back ahead of schedule which was great. Have a good summer!
Karla A. Washington, Dc, DC
Excellent service. Vehicle was delivered quickly and safely. Jocelyn was very attentive and represented the company well. Will definitely use them on next transport need!
The move from Virginia to Joliet Illinois was perfect right on schedule everything that was promised was done I would highly recommend this to anyone.
I will never use this company again nor would I recommend that any consumer use it. Not only did my car not arrive a week after the allotted 6-10 day quote, the communication was horrible and evasive. They did not take responsibility for our car's whereabouts and had no answers as to when the car would arrive. They refused to reimburse me for the rental car I was forced to get because of this delay. At one point when I was trying to get to the bottom of what was happening the associate hung up on me. He had given me the run around for 3 days and never returned my calls. I am a very patient person and I knew there would be a delay given the holiday weekend. I padded that into my time but the lack of communication and lack of respect of my situation was totally unprofessional and frustrating. As I am writing this we still don't have our car.
Wanted to thank you so much for all your help in getting my CRV from Pa to Portland Oregon.. You always answered my calls and concerns. Fast Fright Trucking was awesome as well. Everything went very smoothly and Dan their driver was great. You guys are the BEST!!!!
DONNA P. Bethlehem, PA
Very prompt service, good communication, and reasonable cost. Steve was great to work with. Good communication and answered all my questions. The bike was picked up promptly on a Saturday and delivered 900 miles away the following day. I was amazed. Far faster than some other services I have used.
Bob Moran is a true professional. The process of shipping our car home was seamless. I would recommend this company highly!
Joseph was the best, he was on it and answered all my calls, picked up and delivered next day, no long waiting for them to pick up, They want your business and the cost was cheaper than any others also did i say picked up same day after purchase of car . You cannot go wrong with this shipper.
FAT CAT AMPS - Alleycat
My vehicles arrived just as you promised in California. I will recommend you anytime, any day and twice on Sunday to anyone that wants to move their vehicles. You did great! Thanks for always answering my questions and putting me at ease. Take Care...Kristi.
Kristi S. Morrow, OH
I had a little longer wait due to truck issues and the road. However, Bob Moran was beyond useful and helped me in more than one way. His customer service let alone human compassion for the things i was or might have been going through was very much appreciated during this huge transition in my life. I would recommend ship a car inc. And ask for Bob!
Excellent customer service, Bob M. was courteous, professional, took responsibility for ensuring shipment occurred as committed and communicated. Vehicle arrived on time with no issues. Great service !
I had a great experience working with Tom Booke at Ship A Car Inc. He was very professional and helpful. Shipped my car for a great price. Excellent customer service - highly recommend if you need to ship your vehicle for any reason!
The car arrived today and I could not be happier with the shipping service (Sema Logistics). They were always there to answer my questions on the phone and the driver was the best. Very efficient, friendly and professional. I am having another car shipped sometime in June and I will definitely be using your services again ! I have used other companies before and yours is the best of all !