What is the Cheapest Way to Ship a Car to Europe?
Most prospective car shipping customers are concerned with the cost of services, especially when they need to deliver the car overseas. Luckily, auto transport services are affordable due to their high demand by individuals all over the world. Compare quotes from several international auto transporters before deciding on one to ship your car to Europe through. Make sure the company you choose is licensed and maintains a great reputation.
The shipping company will have their agents help you decide on your shipping services once you explain your concerns. By telling them that you’d like the car’s delivery to Europe to remain as cheap as possible, they’ll pay more attention to your budget and likely recommend an open air method. Open air transports are available for ground and oversea deliveries.
Explanation of Open Air Transports
When it comes to the transport of your car by land, your car will be secured to a trailer or a 10-12 car hauler. These are both open air methods and the least expensive options for ground shipping. Although there isn’t any protection from bad weather and debris, it is very rare that cars transported this way are ever damaged.
For open air transport overseas, the car is secured to the top of a flatbed ship. Unfortunately, not all seaports except this type of import so a combination of ground and overseas transport services may be necessary to get the car delivered. Your transport company will arrange these plans for you. They’ll also have knowledge of what ports they’re able to deliver using open air methods.
Those skeptical of using these cheaper shipping methods should know that all licensed transporters are required to carry insurance coverage on their customers’ vehicles. Before proceeding with the shipping process, you should ask how much protection is provided through the insurance policy. If the full value of the car isn’t covered, ask the transport company if you can buy more insurance coverage. In most cases, they’re able to provide additional insurance coverage for a small fee.
Written By:Joe Webster
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.
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