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How to Ship Cars to Other Countries

What's in this article?
  1. Shipping Cars To Other Countries
  2. Learn Destination Country’s Rules And Regulations Regarding Imports
  3. Compile A List Of Prospective Auto Transport Companies And Request Quotes
  4. Compare And Contrast Quotes Provided
  5. Use Reason And Go With Your Gut When Choosing A Company
Destination Country’s Rules And Regulations

Shipping Cars to Other Countries

There are so many factors involved in shipping vehicles to other countries that it is always in your best interest to start the process early and well in advance of when you will actually need the vehicle shipped.

Take heed of the following steps and you will be on track to shipping your vehicle to another country.

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Learn Destination Country’s Rules and Regulations Regarding Imports.

Every country has very diverse rules and regulations when it comes to the importation of vehicles. Some countries do not allow used vehicles to be imported at all, while others simply require the vehicle be of a certain model year or newer. Almost all countries have some sort of requirement regarding emissions, and almost all countries charge significant duties and taxes on the value of the vehicle in question. Often, you will find that it makes more sense to just purchase another vehicle upon arrival if the cost of import and shipping costs significantly more than the entire value of the vehicle. A great place to start your research is on the destination country’s customs website. Most governments provide specific information regarding importing vehicles, as well as have links to the forms needed and lists of the physical documentation you will be required to submit. After completing this step and determining it is indeed a good idea to ship your vehicle, you can move on to the next step of the process.

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Compile a List of Prospective Auto Transport Companies and Request Quotes.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of potential auto transport companies available at your disposal. A great way to find some potential companies is by asking trusted friends or family who has previously shipped a vehicle internationally if they have any suggestions. If you don’t have that luxury of a word-of-mouth referral, you can begin your research online with a simple Google search. Attempt to find a company that has experience in both international shipping and also familiarity with your personal vehicle type, whether it be a standard sedan, a dually truck, a luxury car, a classic car, or some sort of specialty vehicle in a class of its own. Make a list of potential companies and check their standing with the Better Business Bureau, as well as online review websites such as Yelp. Narrow your list down to 3-5 companies based on reputation alone before reaching out to request quotes.

Compare and Contrast Quotes Provided.

Some companies will not take into account import taxes and fees for you ahead of time, while others will go the extra mile to calculate out a full package deal. Either way, make sure you are indeed comparing apples to apples so that you know exactly what is being included and provided by the transport company. Also, make sure you know exactly how your vehicle is being shipped. Often you will have the option to choose between an open carrier or a closed container, and you will notice, mainly due to size limitations, there will be a significantly higher price point associated with closed container transport. If you have a preference, make sure to voice your needs so that you end up with a package best fit for you and your vehicle’s specific situation.

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Use Reason AND Go With Your Gut When Choosing a Company.

Although this may sound like a bit of a contradiction, it is extremely important advice. Unfortunately, the auto transport industry trends to be riddled with bad apples and unsavory characters, so if you do encounter an offer that sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Seek someone professional and trustworthy, and realize that you may end up paying more in order to have this peace of mind. The value of the service is so high, but the benefit received is unequivocally there, especially when your vehicle is picked up in a timely manner and reaches its destination in great condition. Although this process seems daunting, with a little foresight and plenty of proper planning, you will be on the fast track to international transport in what feels like no time at all.

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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. 

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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.

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.

David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!

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.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
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435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
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45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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