The state of New Mexico is a desert state located in the Southwestern United States. Though it is the fifth-largest state by total area, it ranks 36th in total population (which currently sits at just over two million residents), and 45th in total population density. Population density is a crucial statistic when it comes to transporting a vehicle to or from a state, as population density gives a great indicator of how many people live in major metro areas. New Mexico has few major metropolitan areas within it, and most of the state’s population is centered in one of three major cities: Albuquerque, Santa Fe or Las Cruces. This can make transporting a vehicle to or from the state more difficult, as there are few customers actually shipping to or from the major metro areas of New Mexico.
When transporting to or from New Mexico, you’ll likely find that the best prices for both will be when you’re shipping to or from Albuquerque. Albuquerque is the largest city in the state and is located near the middle of New Mexico; this means that every major interstate and transportation corridor in New Mexico runs through Albuquerque, including I-25 and I-40, the two main interstates that run through New Mexico. I-40 is popular for many auto transporters, though in the western parts of the U.S. I-40 can see little customer traffic, which means that car carriers may have to charge more to ship along that route. Prices are flexible only to a point; car carriers still have to make their money and be able to afford to keep their trucks in good repair.
Another area that may be cheaper to transport to or from is Las Cruces, as it sits right along the path of Interstate 10, a major east-west interstate that services the extreme southern parts of the country. I-10 is the most southern interstate and connects California to Florida. Las Cruces isn’t as popular an auto transport location, but because of its location many auto shippers find themselves running routes through the city regardless of if there’s any freight actually going to or coming out of Las Cruces (though typically there is, even if it’s only light traffic). You can score great deals throughout the year for shipments in or out of Las Cruces, provided the other city is a popular one.
New Mexico is not one of the more popular states to ship to or from, but it’s not impossible to find transportation services to or from the state considering that two main east-west interstates traverse it. Still, you should be prepared for higher-than-average pickup times and longer transit times even to the major cities. We recommend not shipping to the smaller areas of New Mexico – cities such as Alamogordo, Silver City and Roswell may be famous in their own right, but not when it comes to auto transportation services. With no easy access other than poorly-maintained state highways, smaller cities that aren’t part of any major metro area will be significantly more expensive and will likely take much longer to actually find auto transport services to or from.