South Dakota Auto TransportationAs a car shipping destination, South Dakota is sorely lacking. While this isn’t to say that South Dakota auto transportation services don’t exist, it’s certainly true that carriers don’t like the area. It’s not just South Dakota – North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, those are states that auto shippers don’t go to often. It has to do with lack of major population centers, dearth of available routes, and little demand from customers. But with our help, you can find quality South Dakota auto transportation quotes and services. Keep reading to learn more.

Quick Facts About South Dakota

Population: 865,500
Capital: Pierre
Largest City: Sioux Falls
Largest Metro Area: Sioux Falls Metropolitan Area
Governor: Dennis Daugaard

Some Information About South Dakota Auto Transportation

If you’re shipping to or from South Dakota, the biggest issue tends to be finding a carrier. Carriers want to go where their customers are, and there aren’t many customers in South Dakota. What this does is it tends to increase the price of your shipment. Carriers have to make up for the additional cost of going out of their way. Most will stick to standard routes along major interstates. This is why routes such as I-5, I-10, and I-95 see so much traffic. They connect the largest cities in the entire nation together.

South Dakota has a couple, too – I-90 and I-29. Of those, both see a modicum of traffic, but not much through the Dakotas. Regardless, carriers will use those routes to get to or from your pickup or delivery location. This means that rural shipments will definitely cost more. If you’re strapped for time, or for cash, move your pickup or delivery location to a bigger city close to the interstate. Sioux Falls and Rapid City come to mind. If you’re not close to either, speak to an agent to discuss your options. They’ll be able to get a truck to you, it just may take some extra time and money.

About Popular South Dakota Auto Transportation Locations

Sioux Falls
Since South Dakota is pretty sparse, Sioux City is the de facto number one car shipping location as it is the state’s largest city. It’s where the carriers want to go – easy access, high demand (for South Dakota)…it has it all. Outside of Sioux Falls, things get tricky, especially if you’re away from major interstates.

Rapid City
Rapid City is located on the opposite end of South Dakota from Sioux Falls. This is actually kind of nice for carriers, since it also sits on I-80 (as does Sioux Falls). Really, I-90 is the main route carriers will take through the state, and since Rapid City sits right along it, you shouldn’t encounter undue problems.

Despite being the third-largest city by population in the state, no carrier actually wants to go to Aberdeen. It doesn’t sit along any major highways and it’s pretty far removed from other major shipping locations in the state. As such, expect higher problems and longer waits for dispatch and pickup.

Interested in South Dakota Auto Transportation Services?

If you’re trying to ship a car to or from South Dakota, 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 Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, 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