Iowa Auto TransportationIt should be said up front that Iowa auto transportation services are not the most highly-sought-after in the industry. There’s not a lot of demand from customers for shipments to or from major Iowa cities, which means lower supply of carriers. That being said, it’s certainly not impossible to ship a car to or from Iowa. It just may take a bit longer than more popular areas, and it may cost a bit more than those areas as well. But Iowa has all the major markers for quality shipping services – (somewhat) large cities, interstate highway access, and a modicum of demand from customers. But there’s more to learn about shipping a vehicle to Iowa, so keep reading and let us help you with your shipment today.

Quick Facts About Iowa

Population: 3.1 million
Capital: Des Moines
Largest City: Des Moines
Largest Metro Area: Des Moines Metro
Governor: Kim Reynolds

Iowa Auto Transportation Information

As mentioned above, Iowa auto shipping services aren’t the easiest to find. This has to do with how rural the state is, and Iowa is fairly rural. Located in the Midwest, it’s not surprising that there’s not a lot of traffic to or from the state. The major cities, such as Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport, tend to see the most auto transportation traffic, with small, out of the way towns seeing far less. This impacts your prices and carrier availability, notably to rural areas. Whereas the major cities tend to draw at least some traffic, resulting in lower prices, rural areas are much harder for carriers to get to while still turning a profit. As such, they have to charge more.

But not all is lost! Car transporters go where they are needed, after all, so they’ll be happy to go to Iowa so long as the price is right. This is where you can help yourself. If you’re shipping from a small area that sits somewhat close to a major city you may be able to move your pickup or delivery location to the big city. This can attract more carriers and make them compete for your shipment, thus keeping your prices lower. You can also help yourself by booking your shipment further out, particularly in the winter months. Winter shipping to or from Iowa can be challenging thanks to the weather. At the very least, speak to an agent about your shipment – they can give you the low-down on what to expect and help you find the right services for your needs.

About Popular Iowa Auto Transportation Locations

Des Moines
As far as car shipping to Iowa goes, Des Moines is probably the most popular shipping location in the state. Home to hundreds of thousands and accessible via several interstate highways, it’s the easiest city for most cross-country shippers to access. This results in lower prices and faster transit times, and also lower wait time for dispatch and pickup.

Cedar Rapids
Though not the size of Des Moines, Cedar Rapids is a major auto shipping location nonetheless. It doesn’t draw the traffic that Des Moines does either but at the same time prices should be comparable. The only issue is that Cedar Rapids sits along an auxiliary interstate instead of a primary one, but that shouldn’t make too much of a difference price-wise.

Davenport is the third-largest city in Iowa and as such one of the more popular shipping locations in the state. What really helps Davenport with car transport popularity is its proximity to Illinois. Illinois sees a lot of car shipping traffic and as such Davenport shouldn’t be too hard to access considering it sits on routes to Rockford, Chicago, and Bloomington, to name a few.

Interested in Iowa Auto Transportation Services?

If you’re trying to ship a car to or from Iowa, let us at Affordable Auto Transportation help you out! We work with carriers across the country to get your vehicle moved from and to wherever you need. Whether you’re shipping to Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, or elsewhere, we will calculate the right quote for your needs. If you’d like, you can fill out our free form and get a free, custom quote emailed to you within minutes. Or, you can contact us over the phone any time to speak to a live agent. Both methods have their benefits, but either will get you a quality quote to ship your car. Let us know how we can help! Just fill out our form or contact us at 800-805-5194 today.


  • "Being a rather large SUV that needed shipped from California to Nebraska, there were a few challenges. The first truck that arrived refused to pickup the vehicle due to it's size. However, Mike worked diligently and within one week he had a hotshot lined up. The operators of the hotshot were incredibly communicative and accommodating. The vehicle arrived withing 3 days with no damage at all. Although there was the one hiccup, in the end the service received was top notch. I would be happy to ship with Mike in the future." - Miles/California
  • "Never needing to use an auto transport service, I was a bit nervous and overwhelmed with all of the different company/broker options. After reading tons of reviews and visiting the Better Business Bureau website, I contacted Affordable Auto Transportation. The stars aligned and Jared Z. was my main point of contact. He made this experience super easy and relaxed my anxieties. I would highly recommend this company for my family and friends. " - Jared Z/Washington