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Best Vehicle Deals Overseas? Tips For People Buying Cars Over There – And Shipping Them Back Here
Best Vehicle Deals Overseas? Tips For People Buying Cars Over There – And Shipping Them Back Here

Tips for People Buying Cars Overseas and Shipping them to U.S.

Car buying is a tenuous process no matter where you go seeking a deal. Many people will drive tens or even hundreds of miles to find a great deal on the vehicle of their dreams. However, there are those looking for a car so perfect for their particular needs, that they will go thousands of miles – sometimes halfway around the world – to get their dream machine. There are definitely deals to be had for those purchasing vehicles in other areas of the world. The trickiest part of this process is finding a way to get the vehicle back home.

This is where auto shipping can provide the answer.  Auto shipping internationally offers car buyers the opportunity to find the best deal no matter where it is the world. The shipping company will deal with all of the logistics of getting the vehicle from Point A to B, without stress incurred on behalf of the customer.

A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-518-8708 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.

With this in mind, consider a few tips on purchasing a vehicle overseas:

  • Make sure to deal with a reputable seller: In other words, overseas transactions may not be the place to seek out a Craigslist buy. Rather, look for established dealers or sellers that can be verified before purchasing airfare to get to the vehicle.
  • Test drive the car: Many people would like to have the convenience of seeing the car via pictures, conversing about it online or via phone, making the payment and then booking auto shipping so the car appears in the driveway. This is the WORST way to purchase a vehicle overseas. Test driving the vehicle before purchase might be more of a hassle considering the travel involved, but it is the ONLY way to avoid being ripped off for a lemon.
  • Don’t put all of your eggs in one trunk: In other words, if you’re looking for an overseas deal, then shop around. Make the process – and the result – well worth your child. After all, finding and securing the vehicle is the hardest part. Shipping it back is easy with the right auto transport company.
  • File the appropriate paperwork: Even if you have your personal travel documents in order, you still have to fill out the appropriate paperwork for the sale given that it was conducted overseas. You will have to claim the vehicle and pay a duty on it when the vehicle enters the country, so work closely with your auto transport company ahead of time to ensure that you’ve taken care of any fees and paperwork before shipping.

Finding a deal on a vehicle overseas can net a sweet ride that perhaps cannot be found for the same price in the U.S. However, before embarking on this process, be sure that you are aware of all that it entails to avoid getting ensnared in a customs nightmare. Additionally, take the time to research in advance to avoid being scammed by an international seller who is not reputable and sells you little more than a heap of junky metal.


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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.


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It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
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Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

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The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

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I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
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There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

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We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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