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How Much Does Overseas Car Shipping Cost?
How Much Does Overseas Car Shipping Cost?

You’ve decided to ship your car overseas, and right about now you are rightly wondering, how much is this going to cost me?

The answer is not clear-cut because it depends on a myriad of details that you must navigate in order to cut down on the maximum costs.

It depends on how you ship it, who ships it, and of course, where you are shipping it to. Some countries support a variety of shipping methods, while other regions can only support air freight or containerized shipping (in some cases) in combination with local railway or transport by truck.

Either way tracking information is available for your car during the entire journey.

Paperwork, customs clearance, laws, and fees that vary from country to country. You will want a freight forwarder to help you navigate these things. Cheaping out on your selection of freight forwarder is a bad decision because a mishap in shipping could cost you a great deal.

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.

Things you need to know about shipping your car using a freighter plane:

SPEED:

If you need your car as soon as possible, airfreight is recommended- if you have the means to pay for this.

RELIABILITY:

Any hiccups in the process can throw off the transport schedule for either the air or ocean freighters. Because they hold far less cargo, the planes schedule is more manageable. A mishap could throw off the arrival of your car by a matter of days.

COST:

For its speed and reliability, airfreight will cost you 5 or 6 times the amount that ocean transport will.

ACCESSIBILITY:

Airfreight as a method of shipping your car abroad has an obvious advantage to ocean transport if your destination is inland.

Things you need to know about shipping your car using containerized shipping via ocean:

Overseas transport is more environmentally friendly.

SPEED:

There are a variety of reasons one might choose to ship rather than fly. The heavy stuff is easier and cheaper to ship overseas. You might choose to because it’s cheaper route, or your car is too heavy, or you have other things that you need to ship. One drawback you’ll be facing with overseas shipping- its inferior speed. Even if nothing goes wrong during transport to delay, you’re facing a few weeks of time versus a few days.

RELIABILITY: If something goes wrong in ocean scheduling the time frame is much more overloaded with people and cargo and you are likely to wait quite a long time for your vessel to arrive.

COST: There’s no contest in cost when one compares air and ocean transport. Even though additional costs may accrue if your destination is inland and you have to contract a train or truck to get it from the port, you saved 5 to 6x the amount in the first place choosing ocean shipping over air freight.

ACCESSIBILITY:

Though there is the additional hassle of transporting overland after you ship overseas, any place in the world is accessible via both air and containerized shipping.

Things you need to know about shipping your car using “RORO”:

RORO or “roll on, roll off” offers a method of shipping your car overseas that has some of the advantages disadvantages to both air and containerized transport. RORO offers you a more specialized service for transporting your car that can keep up with containerized shipping’s lower cost, and lower environmental impact. It will, however, have strict rules about shipping additional things alongside or in your vehicle that is not a factor in containerized shipping. This option is even cheaper than containerized shipping.

            If you have question about how much it costs to ship a vehicle by boat either RORO or containerized contact us today to learn more! We are happy to offer cost estimates for shipments anywhere in the world ABSOLUTELY FREE! No obligation required and no strings attached! Call us at the number at the top of the page or get in touch through our online contact form today!


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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! 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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