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How to Find The Best International Car Shipping Company?

Anytime you ship a vehicle, it’s an investment of your time, money, and assuming you find a good company, your trust. Moving a car from one country to another is no small task and it’s essential that you find a qualified, experienced shipper when considering the task of international auto transport. This article will explain how to do just that and cover some of the basics of what you should look for.

Finding The Best International Car Shipping Company

Transporting a vehicle within the U.S., even from one state to another, is pretty straightforward, but that’s not always the case when shipping to another country. Because of the different laws and taxes that apply to imports, it’s especially important to deal with a company that knows the ins and outs of the system.

To give you an example, the import tax on a vehicle shipped to western Europe would be around 20%, depending on the country. If you shipped to Ecuador, on the other hand, you’d be faced with a 40% or more duty. This is in addition to the cost of shipping so make sure you have a good understanding of what sort of tax payment you’ll be responsible for.

An experienced company should have a thorough knowledge of the current taxes on vehicle imports for the regions in which they operate. By the same token, it’s helpful if the company you choose has a local office in the area you’re shipping to. That way, any delays or hangups can be sorted up much more easily than having to call another country, not to mention you can go to the office in person, if necessary.

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.

What To Look For: Experience & Reliability.

There are a few markers of an experienced international car shipper that you can look for when feeling out companies. The is the services page on the company website. This gives you an idea of what their focus is and, in most cases, what they do best. The second major thing to look for is a track record of safety and experience.

A company website can tell you a lot about what they do not just in the usual manner, but because it’s in an indicator of their primary services. Some may offer international transport as an afterthought on their services page and not mention it anywhere else or go into much detail about it. That’s generally a sign that overseas auto transport is not a specialty of theirs and likely a signal that it’s not a service they provide often.

When it comes to assessing the safety rating of an auto transport company, there is only one true resource you should use: The Safety and Fitness Electronic Records System (SAFER). SAFER is a database kept on all auto transport companies that includes safety performance, current operating status, and accident reports. If you’re searching for the best international auto shipper, it’s an invaluable resource.

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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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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!

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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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We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!
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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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Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
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NO. 018191NF
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NO. 17858N
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