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What is the Car Shipping From USA?

Car shipping from USA is different from local shipping in terms of the transport method and the regulations. Depending on the country of destination, several laws apply. Generally, here is what you need to know about Car shipping from USA.

Car Shipping From Usa

Regulations

  • Payment of the car: Before leaving the U.S, your car must be paid in full. This means that you will have the certificate of title issued by the seller. The certificate will be required at the U.S customs. In addition, the document should be signed by the seller and the buyer in the case of old cars. For new cars, ensure that your name is on the title. Exceptions are only made for US Military and Government employees.
  • Import duty: Depending on your country of destination, various duties apply. Usually, the rates are determined by the location, the size of the vehicle, and the year of manufacture. You can find out the exact rates from the U.S Embassy in Washington. Note that you pay the import duty when your car arrives at your destination.
  • Restrictions: In some countries, cars of a certain age are not allowed. Also, shipping from some states requires additional documents. For instance, a special notarized statement of attorney is required when shipping out of Miami. Ensure that you comply with these requirements before shipping.

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.

Choose your shipping method

Car shipping from USA has several options. You can choose air freight or sea freight. Air shipping is expensive and mostly used for fast deliveries or luxurious cars.

The most common and less expensive method is shipping by the ocean. Sea freight gives you the option to use Roll On/Roll off, Lift on/Lift off, and container shipping.

  • Roll on/Roll off shipping: The Roll on/Roll off (RoRo) is a shipping method for wheeled vehicles such as cars and motorcycles. To load or unload, the automobiles are driven on to the ship. These vehicles are then securely tied to their positions. This method is ideal if you want your shipment to arrive at a scheduled time. Also, your vehicle will be protected since it will be parked under the ship’s deck. Most manufacturers prefer this shipping method.
  • Lift on/Lift off shipping: The LoLo shipping load and unloads vehicles by cranes and derricks. The cars are lifted onto the top of the vessel or deck for transportation. This method is ideal for large cars as the ship has enough space on the deck. Since this method requires a crane operator on each end, it is more expensive than RoRo.
  • Shared container shipping: As the name suggests, several vehicles are loaded onto a single container. The shared shipping is cost effective as the cost is spread among several clients. If you want to ship other items alongside your vehicle, the shared container allows you to do so. However, the method has no scheduled departure or delivery dates as the vessel has to be filled before beginning the journey.
  • Exclusive container shipping: Here, your car will be shipped alone. As you can guess, this method is more expensive as compared to the shared option. With the exclusive container, you can ship personal belongings together with your car. If you are shipping an exotic car, the exclusive container is an ideal method.

Preparing your car

Before shipping your car, you must prepare it by;

  • Degassing it to a ¼ tank full.
  • Inspect your car and document any dents, dings, or scratches. To clearly see the condition of your car, service and clean it inside and outside. Taking photographs for back up evidence is advisable. Your shipper should prepare a bill of lading that agrees with the inspection report.
  • Remove your personal items if not using the container method.
  • Remove car attachments.
  • Turn off the alarm.
  • Have the proper documentation.
  • Provide keys to your shipper.

When choosing a shipping company, ensure;

  • They provide insurance for your car. You do want some peace of mind when transporting your car.
  • They ship internationally. Some shipping companies specialize in local shipping. You can verify your company through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). You can also see their U.S Dot number on their website.
  • You compare several companies before settling on one
  • You get a nearby port for easier delivery
  • You get the contact information of your shipper
  • You know how to track your vehicle.

International shipping is a lot different from local shipping. By following the above steps, you will ship your car safely. If you need further assistance, contact us.


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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.

Email me - info@a1autotransport.com


Testimonial
Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
★★★★★

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.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

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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Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!
★★★★★

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!

Testimonial by Cristine Benoit
Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
★★★★★

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.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!
★★★★★

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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