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When trying to calculate the cost of shipping a car overseas, there are many things that need to be taken into account. For one, there’s the challenge of shipping a vehicle over such a long distance. Will you choose air freight, use a shipping container on a boat, or have your car transported using the increasingly popular “RORO” method? In this blog post, we’ll explain the differences and examine what sort of cost you can anticipate when having a vehicle shipped between two countries.
Air Freight - Air freight is the most expensive way to ship a vehicle, but it’s also the fastest. If you need a car shipping from one country to another and have a short timeframe for delivery, air freight may be your only option. Generally, this service is reserved for high-end, luxury, vintage and exotic cars that have a high value.
Containerized Transport - Containerized transport is a great option, especially if you need to ship more than just a vehicle. If you have a personal good that needs to be sent along as well, a container is the best way to go about it. For most auto transport services, the vehicle has to be completely cleaned and empty prior to shipment. With a container, the extra room can easily accommodate other goods and personal items.
Roll on, Roll off (RORO) - Roll on, roll of or “RORO” as it’s often called, is one of the most common ways to ship a vehicle internationally. Essentially, your vehicle is “driven” onto the storage area of a large transport ship, where it is then secured for delivery. Once the ship arrives at its scheduled port, the car is then driven off the ship. It’s one of the easiest and most hassle-free ways to have a car sent to another country at an affordable price.
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Now that you’re familiar with the options available, we’ll dive into some of the other aspects of shipping a car internationally that contribute to the total cost. In the above section, we covered how the method of shipment impacts the price you pay, but there are certainly other factors at play.
Fuel Costs - This one is a biggie, regardless of whether you’re shipping a vehicle across state lines or to another country. Gas prices and the other affiliated costs that go along with it definitely play a major role. This doesn’t just apply to overland car shipping, but to hauling a vehicle by boat as well.
Taxes & Duties - This is where costs can sneak up on you a little bit. When you ship a car within the U.S., you don’t have any import taxes, duties or value added tax to worry about. With another country, that’s not always the case and it’s an important consideration since it can add significantly to the cost.
Would you like a precise cost estimate for shipping a car to another country? Simply fill out our online quote calculator for a FREE, no obligation estimate or call us today at the number at the top of the page with your questions!
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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