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Moving can be stressful and expensive, especially when it involves seemingly impossible things like cars to be shipped overseas. However, the expense is less when you consider the cost of buying or renting a new car from your new home. To keep matters simple and easy to calculate, let us assume that the point of origin is from the US.
Calculating the cost of shipping your car overseas may be a little tricky but you can make it easy by making a list of things to get an accurate idea of the cost to ship your car overseas and the list will also help you to be prepared for the otherwise, unexpected expenses. The following points can be tabulated as a list so that you do not miss out on anything and keep it with you till the car is handed over to you safely.
There are some companies that will deliver only from port-to-port and not from door-to-door where the cost will be significantly less. Choose the latter if you can transport the car to the port yourself and also if you have arranged for transportation from the destination port. If your car is in good running condition then all that you will have to pay for is gas till you get it to the shipping terminal and again from the port to your new home. Otherwise, it is best to let the transportation be taken care of by the moving company themselves.
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Now common sense dictates that you cannot do it all by yourself and you need the help of professionals such as car transporters.You might find good deals with several car transporters who might have a lot of experience transporting cars overseas. However, choose one which has a good reputation with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Also, never settle for the first company that you come across but get quotations from at least 4 or 5. This will give you an idea of how things are charged and it might give you points for bargaining. One of the charges that you can expect from the company is administrative charges.
Check whether the transportation company knows about the duties, rules and customs restrictions that you might encounter in the destination country. Otherwise, you can do your homework by calling up the consulate and asking them yourself. A few things that you will need to know are
European ports might charge you $200 for entry taxes but it is advisable to know beforehand the rates so that you will not be caught unawares in a strange land.
Now, this is very important as you cannot make a mistake when you are thousands of miles away from home. So the money that you pay for them is important as the documents will help you clear customs easily, both at home and in the destination port. You will have to take the originals as well as a certified copy which you can get from the Department of Motor Vehicles. In case, your car is new and it does not have a title, get the Manufacturer’s Statement along with two copies. You will also need a letter of permission from the lien holder in case of any liens against your car, along with two copies of the same. Check with the transportation company for any other documents that you will be required to carry with you such as Shipper Export Declaration Form and a Dangerous Goods Declaration Form which come with a small fee.
Clean the car and empty it of all things including
You are allowed to leave spare tires, seat covers, and mats inside the car. This will ensure that your car does not get damaged as insurers may not pay for carelessness.
Read the instructions carefully before the journey starts so that you comply will all the instructions and will not have to pay any fine for any oversight. Also, make sure that you are informed of all payments before the transportation starts so that you do not get any nasty surprises on your final bill.
Just as the length of travel is a criteria, so is the time of travel where the cheaper months to ship a car will be during the winter months when business is slow and the costlier time will be during the busy summer months.
After you pick up the car in the destination, give a thorough inspection for any damages. Pay the final amount only if you are satisfied that your car has arrived in the same condition that it was in, at the beginning of the journey.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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