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    by Sandi Pope ConsumerAffairs Research Team

    Whether you’re moving across the country or the state, auto transport companies in Kansas City help you save time and money while reducing headaches. When looking for a car shipping business, choose one with an excellent reputation that offers additional insurance and guarantees.

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      Due to its highly affordable cost of living — especially in suburbs like Overland Park and Waldo — more millennials and professionals are moving into Kansas City every single year. And with its 20+ colleges and universities like Rockhurst, UMKC and Avila, students are also coming to the area in droves and ultimately staying post-graduation.

      Although Kansas City is starting to invest in public transportation like the new streetcar system, it’s not as developed as other metro areas — meaning nearly every resident needs a vehicle when living in KC. Auto transport in Kansas City, Missouri, is an affordable option for people who are moving to (and from) the area.

      Choosing a car transport company in Kansas City

      Before getting estimates from multiple companies, outline the exact specifications you want for your car transportation services, including the type of carrier, if you have a specific pick-up and drop-off time, and if you want additional insurance protection. Some companies may not offer additional insurance or guarantees, or drop-off services — things that may interest you. The estimate should itemize precisely what the cost of transportation covers.

      Be wary of Kansas auto transport companies that ask for upfront payment. Paying after you receive the car is the best way to make sure that your car gets to your destination safely.

      From there, compare estimates from multiple Kansas car shipping companies. A good general rule is to go with someone who offers an estimate in the middle of your price range. Having the lowest rate can sometimes be indicative of lesser service. To ensure its legitimacy and service, ask for proof of federal insurance, required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the company’s six-digit Motor Carrier Number, which should be openly displayed on its website.

      Car shipping cost in Kansas City

      Our chart below demonstrates the average costs for shipping a running, midsize sedan using an open carrier to-and-from Kansas City, Missouri, and the nearest popular destination. The numbers also reflect booking 45 days in advance, which is typically the best time to arrange for car transport in Missouri. Overall, anticipate spending somewhere between $511 - $833 for car transportation in Kansas City.

      Estimated auto transport price to/from Kansas City

      FromToEstimated price
      ColoradoKansas City$695
      TexasKansas City$557
      IllinoisKansas City$649
      FloridaKansas City$833
      Kansas CityColorado$603
      Kansas CityTexas$649
      Kansas CityIllinois$557
      Kansas CityFlorida$741

      Most car transport companies in Kansas City specialize in truck transportation because it is more affordable and easier to use. With truck transportation, you must choose between an open trailer or an enclosed trailer. An open trailer is the cheaper auto transportation option because it has less protection and is typically shipped with other cars. Closed auto transportation offers more security at a higher cost. 

      In addition to the trailer choice, there are a few other factors that impact the cost to ship a vehicle, including:

      • Where you’re shipping to: Shipping between bigger cities may be more affordable than to small towns/longer distances. If a student is traveling to Lawrence to go to the University of Kansas, it may be more affordable to ship their vehicle to Kansas City and drive to and from.
      • How big your vehicle is: Larger vehicles are more expensive to ship than smaller, compact vehicles.
      • If the car is functional: If your car isn't running, it is harder for the transportation company to maneuver your vehicle into the truck.
      • What time of year you’re shipping: Higher demand equals higher price, meaning summer (when students are moving into the area) is more expensive and winter is typically cheaper.

      If you have a specialty vehicle that deserves more protection, you can pay for added insurance to ensure it arrives fully intact.

      Kansas City auto transport FAQs

      How do I ship my classic car safely from Kansas City?
      Companies typically offer specific classic car transport in Kansas City to help protect your luxury vehicles and exotic cars, including an enclosed trailer and extra insurance. For the best protection, look for a company that specializes in exotic car transport.
      Can you ship a car to another country from Kansas City?
      You can use Kansas City car transport companies to ship a car to another country, but it is very expensive. Most of the companies we recommend offer international shipping from Kansas City.
      How far in advance should I schedule my car shipping from Kansas City?
      We recommend getting estimates from shipping companies in Kansas City 45 days in advance. This gives you the ability to be more specific in pick up and drop off and is the sweet spot for cost.
      What do I do if my vehicle is damaged in transit from Kansas City?
      If your vehicle is damaged and the Kansas auto transport or Missouri auto transport companies will not pay for damages, you can file a complaint with the FMCSA.
      Do I have to be present for delivery?
      Many companies require you to be present for car delivery, but even if they don’t require it, we recommend it so that you can check your vehicle for damages.
      How do I ship a boat from Kansas City?
      There are car shipping services in Kansas and Missouri that offer boat shipping, but you need to double check before you assume this service is available. Not all of the companies we recommend offer boat shipping.

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        Kansas City auto transport company information

        Nations Auto Transport

        Nations Auto Transport is an auto transport broker that focuses highly on the quality of its partner companies by only offering fully licensed and insured transportation providers. In addition to the companies’ insurance, Nations Auto Transport also offers its own liability insurance to secure the highest level of safety during transit. The company offers nationwide car shipping services with both open and closed trailers.

        • Website: shipnat.com
        • Address: 12032 E. 46 Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64133
        • Phone: (877) 331-3100
        • Hours: M - F: 8am - 5pm
        Kansas City Auto Shipping Group

        Kansas City Auto Shipping Group is part of a large, nationwide group of auto transportation brokers — meaning its services are backed by years of experience and expertise all across the nation. All of its trucks carry a minimum $100,000 insurance policy and customers have the ability to add more coverage if they wish. Kansas City Auto Shipping Group also solely offers door-to-door auto transportation, rather than risky terminal drop-offs.

        • Website: autoshippinggroup.com/location/auto-shipping-kansas-city
        • Address: 1712 Main St., 4th Fl., Kansas City, MO 64108
        • Phone: (913) 276 - 4166
        • Hours: M - Sun: 8am - 11pm
        AMPM Kansas City Auto Transport

        AMPM is a leader in the auto transport industry, offering reliable and licensed broker and carrier services in all 50 states. AMPM only hires drivers with at least three years of experience and all services include free door-to-door transportation. To make your move even more stress free, AMPM also allows customers to ship an additional 100 lbs worth of goods with your car for free.

        • Website: ampmautotransport.com/kansas-city-car-transport
        • Address: 3150 Fiberglass Rd., Kansas City, KS 66115
        • Phone: (913) 608-8088
        • Hours: M - F: 8am - 7pm; Sat: 11am - 12pm
        Team Drive-Away

        Team Drive-Away is a truck delivery company specializing in moving commercial vehicles and trucks. Team Drive-Away provides three levels of insurance to ensure the maximum level of safety for your vehicle and wallet: $1.5 million in Cargo, $5 million in liability, and all of its drivers are covered by Occupational Hazard Insurance. Its team goes through some of the strictest safety tests and standards.

        • Website: teamdriveaway.com
        • Address: 401 W. Frontier Lane, Ste. 100, Olathe, KS 66061
        • Phone: (913) 825-4776
        • Hours: M - F: 8am - 5pm
        F & S Moving

        F & S Moving is a local moving company that offers a wide variety of moving services and vehicle transportation in the Kansas City area. Since 1964, its team leads the area in safe and reliable moves to-and-from Kansas City. With a promised 12-hour response time, customers can have estimates and answers quicker than with other companies, and get to moving faster and more efficiently.

        • Website: frankandsonmoving.com/vehicle-transport.php
        • Address: 4232 NE Tremont Court, Lee's Summit, MO 64064
        • Phone: (816) 229 - 9436
        • Hours: 24/7
        TOTALCAREtrans.com Kansas City

        As a full-service auto broker, Total Care Trans helps customers find better, more affordable auto transportation services easily and quickly. It offers local, national and international auto moves for luxury cars, standard vehicles, motorcycles, ATVs, boats, and more. Unlike other companies, Total Care Trans only requires a deposit after scheduling transportation — not before starting the planning period. And if plans change, Total Care Trans allows customers to cancel within 24 hours for free, as long as they reschedule at another time.

        • Website: totalcaretrans.com
        • Address: 12621 Wedd St., Overland Park, KS 66213
        • Phone: (816) 326 - 7290
        • Hours: M - Sun: 8am - 8pm
        Midwest Exotic Transport

        Some companies offer exotic car transportation as an added service. Midwest Exotic Transport specializes in it — meaning your valuable car is in the hands of experienced, knowledgeable experts. Every one of its carriers is required to maintain $1 million in insurance and a $250,000 cargo policy. Its brokerage services are transparent, honest, and up-front, connecting customers directly to the carriers to reduce the middle-man costs and headache.

        • Website: midwestexotictransport.com
        • Address: 10332 Goddard St., Ste. 141, Overland Park, KS 66214
        • Phone: (913) 215 - 3113
        • Hours: 24/7
        Centurion Moving & Storage

        Centurion is a locally and veteran-owned moving company in Kansas City, offering vehicle transportation services locally and nationally. And as a Certified Genuine Atlas Moving Company, Centurion’s transport services are backed by years of experience and expertise. Centurion offers open, enclosed, and door-to-door vehicle transportation services for vans, trucks, boats, RVs, motorcycles, and more.

        • Website: centurionmoving.com
        • Address: 75 Design Drive, Kansas City, MO 64116
        • Phone: (816) 281 - 3499
        • Hours: M - F: 8am - 5pm; Sat: 8am - 12pm
        by Sandi Pope ConsumerAffairs Research Team

        Sandi Pope previously worked in the nonprofit sector as an advocate for environmental and social change and believes information access is a human right. As a member of the ConsumerAffairs Research Team, she seeks to provide consumers with the necessary information needed in making life-altering decisions.

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