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If you are in the process of shipping your car overseas, you may be feeling intimidated by all the legalities. In addition, if you have never shipped a car internationally before, you may be unaware of the steps to make sure your documents are in order and your car is shipped successfully.
Shipping a car to Finland? We have your step-by-step guide to tell you everything you need to know about the international car shipping process and how to find a company that ships vehicles internationally to your location in this new country.
Finding an international car shipping agency can be a lengthy process, especially if you live in an area with no company around that offers this service. That’s one of the reasons why it is important you start the search for a shipping company as soon as you are aware of your predicament. The moment you know you are shipping a car to Finland is the exact moment you need to do your homework!
When you begin looking for an international car shipping company, you need to find at least three in your area or close by to compare. Another reason why you should get a head’s start is so you can book ASAP. Some car companies have special equipment they need to use but might not be available the longer you stall. Once you have a list of about three companies to consult with, you should speak to a representative from each business before selecting who to work with.
One of the biggest factors you need to consider with each company is money. Shipping a car internationally is not cheap. Several variables go into the total price of your shipment, and that is:
Some of this you have a say in. For instance, you can choose the shipping method and carrier, and some of those options are cheaper than others. If you have a budget in mind for your shipment, you should consider that when you talk to these companies and choose the one that best fits your budget and gives you the best deal.
Shipping a car to Finland can be done by either boat or plane. The average price to ship a car to Finland is around $1,255. However, prices can vary between companies and how much they charge for their services.
When you choose the company to ship your car to Finland, they will ask for the precise location in Finland you are shipping to. Companies need this in case they cannot ship your car there and estimate how long shipping will take. If they can not ship a car to your exact location, you might be able to ship door-to-door style where they deliver your car close to your location. You must know where you are shipping so your company can help you the best.
Before the shipment begins, there are certain documents your transportation company will automatically need to see. In that case, you need to get the following together to hand to your company:
Your company will communicate with you the exact documents they need for your Finland shipment. However, if you need to fill out other documents, make sure to ask so you can complete them fast for the shipping.
Once you’ve weighed all the options with time restraints, who can deliver your car the fastest and who can ship your car the cheapest, it is time to choose your shipping method.
The shipping method can play a part in the price. If you choose to have your car shipped via boat, you can expect this to cost more and take more time. Shipping by boat can take up to 44 days. How your car is handled during the shipment process can also be a part of your decision on how your car is shipped. Some shipping containers, open or closed, cost more but offer more protection for your car. Enclosed carriers keep your car concealed and protected the entire journey. According to your budget, you have to choose what you think is the best for your car.
You will need to complete the paperwork your company has in place before your shipment begins. Once you turn in the papers, it is time to prepare your car to drop it off. You have to specially prepare your car a certain way to be shipped internationally. There are shipping regulations about how your car should be weighed during transports and things you should do the car to protect your valuables.
Here is how to prepare your car for shipping internationally:
Once you’ve made it to this point, it is finally time to drop off your car! This is the easiest part of the process. Your company will communicate with you where to take your vehicle and leave it in their hands for shipment. This part of the process allows you to worry about everything else you are shipping to Finland. You should probably have someone follow you to the office to pick you up after dropping off your car.
Finland requires residents to register their imported cars legally and pay their taxes before getting their car inspected. To start the process, you will need to fill out and submit a declaration of use online to the Finnish Tax Administration and declare the tax-exempt use of a vehicle. After that, you have to submit a tax return and take your vehicle to get inspected for registration, which is where you will register your car. You should also take this time to browse their online government system to become familiar with their auto regulations and figure out when and how to get your car plated so you can be prepared once your car lands in their country.
Your company should have given you a tracking number to be able to locate your car at all times. This helps you to be on top of the shipment and follow it to where you are in Finland. When it is time to retrieve your car, you should plan on being at your guaranteed location at the time your driver settled on. If you can not make it to the meeting location, communicate that with your driver as soon as possible and have someone go in your place if you can so your car can still be dropped off.
As soon as your car is dropped off, you should inspect your car immediately. If you notice any damages, which will likely just be little dings or scuffs, report it to your driver. If you do not notice anything until after your shipment has been delivered, call your company. They will direct you on how to file a claim and ensure that you win to have your damages paid for. A1 Auto Transport has a 30-day window to report any damages you notice after your shipment has been delivered. If you took pictures of your car before, this would likely be enough to win your claim. Once your small damages are fixed, you can get your car plated and enjoy driving in Finland!
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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