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Are you planning a move to Switzerland soon? Knowing exactly what you need to do to ship your car internationally can be intimidating. In addition, following the legal obligations you need to fill can feel overwhelming if you're new to this kind of shipping.
Shipping a car to Switzerland is a lot easier than you may have expected. With a complete step-by-step guide like this one, you will be fast on your way to gathering what you need for a successful international shipment.
Before you do anything, you must know precisely where you will need your car shipped to in Switzerland. This helps auto transportation companies pinpoint time and cost expectations and what they need to get your shipment there as soon as possible. Some companies may not be able to deliver your car to a specific location and will have to know this so they can make arrangements for closer shipments that are not far off from your desired location.
Your search for a transportation company should begin relatively fast. However, depending on the type of shipping method and carriers you select, the company you want to work with will not have the equipment ready in time for shipment if they are completely booked.
To find the right company, start thoroughly researching companies in your area that offer international shipping services. When you find several companies with the right equipment for shipping your car to Switzerland, you need to compare timeframes, methods, and prices. The company you select should closely fit the budget you have set as well as your timeline. Shipping methods can vary to help save you money, but the big thing is choosing a company that you trust to ship your car smoothly and on time. Shipping dates are likely to be guaranteed unless something major changes during the shipment process.
Once you nail down your shipping location, you should begin getting your car's documents in order. There are certain documents your auto transport company will need for their data.
These documents are:
Depending on your company, you may need more documents, but these are the basics you need to have ready for every transportation company. In addition, these generic documents are required to transport a car into most international countries.
Are you operating under a time crunch? Shipping your car internationally is not a quick-moving process. It takes a while to process your documents, not counting the actual shipment and prep work.
As soon as you know, you will need to ship a car to Switzerland, start searching for a company to work with. Based on the specific part of Switzerland you need your car shipped to, the time for shipment can vary. For example, some places in Switzerland take 5 to 6 days to ship while others take up to 30 or more.
The cost to ship your car to Switzerland can also vary for several variables we will later discuss. The average cost to ship a car to Switzerland can be between $2,000 to $4,300 or more. Costs and figures will be discussed with your auto transportation company once you nail down who to work with. If you need to stick to a budget, that should factor in the shipping method and carrier you select.
After you select the company you want to work with, you then get to decide on a shipping method and carrier for your car. Of course, the method and carrier you select will also play a factor in the total price. For instance, a larger vehicle will cost more to transport than a smaller, standard car, and selecting the "RoRo" (roll-on, roll-off) method is cheaper than others. You will also have the option of shipping by boat or plane. Ground shipping is always the cheaper option, so this is the best method for your shipment if you have a strict budget.
Once you have your method nailed down, it's time to finish all the paperwork you can. Some companies save final paperwork signings for when your shipment is delivered. When you're finished signing paperwork, you can begin to prepare your car to be shipped.
Prepping your car for shipment means cleaning it out of all of your valuables and belongings. If your vehicle has a trunk, that needs to be cleaned out as well. It's also important that you reduce the gas tank to ⅛ and wash the car before you drop it off. After you wash the car, take pictures from all angles and up close to use as proof in case any damages were to happen during the shipment practice.
Finally, you should make a spare key before dropping off your car if you don't have one already. You will likely need to hand over your original key to the transportation company, so having an extra will be a good idea if the key is lost.
It's finally time for you to drop off your car! But, of course, when you arrive at this part of the process, everything is easier from then on out.
Dropping off your car is exciting, but you should bring someone with you to take you back home after. This part of the process allows you to reduce your stress and focus on anything else you need to do for your international move.
Your company will likely inform you of anything you need to do about registering your car and getting it plated in Switzerland or any other legal matters you need to take for the move. Switzerland is a very environmentally country and has an anti-pollution test they may make your car undergo once it overseas. You will need to register your car to be imported at a customs office, and you should bring with you the following documents:
Most auto transport companies will give you a tracking number to locate your vehicle at all times during the shipment process. This allows you to understand your pacing and have comfort in knowing where your car is at all times.
When it comes time to retrieve your car, remember to bring with you the final payment and final paperwork if your company requires it. If you are unable to make it to the delivery location on the delivery date, you must relay this message to your driver as soon as possible, so they know to deliver the car to who is filling your spot. International delivery times are typically guaranteed dates unless something massive occurs during shipment.
When you retrieve your car after shipment, the first thing you should do is inspect the car for any damages. Typically, major damages do not occur during international shipping except for the occasional scratch and scuff to the body of the car. Nevertheless, you should inspect your vehicle thoroughly and report any damages to the driver. If you notice anything after delivery, most companies have a time window where you can report the damages. After that, you will file a claim through the company and be contacted after your claim is processed. In order to win your claim, the pictures you took before drop-off will suffice in most cases. Since these companies are typically insured, replacements are handled through the company, and you will likely speak to one of their insurance representatives. After that, it's all about making sure your car was successfully shipped to Switzerland and you are enjoying your new location!
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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