Submitted by Sydney Marasco
Moving cars overseas can seem like a very challenging task, being much more difficult than continental auto transport due to the significantly longer distance the car has to travel. Not only do you have to worry about the longer distance your car has to travel, but the pricing, paperwork, comparing quotes from multiple companies, and ensuring the safety and security in the process as well. However, A-1 Auto Transport can make this process easier and much less stressful for you. A-1 has been involved in international car shipping for over 20 years and has more than enough experts and highly trained professionals that will ensure safety, security, and a smooth process when shipping your car from one country to another.
The process of international car transport delivery is usually done by boat or airplane. This process may seem very complicated and stressful for the car owner, but A-1 Auto Transport has a wide range of employees and services that make it a quick and simple task by doing most of the work for you. Both of these methods of transport involve what is called “RoRo”, which stands for “roll on/roll off” service where a vehicle is driven onto either a boat or plane, secured for delivery, and then driven off when it arrives at any specified location you wish. A-1 ships out of all of the major ports in the United States so you don’t need to travel too far from your own home to transport your car. This service also includes containerized or crated shipping and transports to ensure the safety of your vehicle.
The types of vehicles that A-1 transports overseas include: classic and luxury cars, motorcycles, SUVs, ATVs, electric vehicles, RVs/motorhomes, any type of watercraft vehicles, oversize vehicles, and even privately-owned vehicles for military.
A-1 Auto Transport also offers a military shipping program for one of the cheapest ways to ship privately owned vehicles from country to country. This company offers discounts to anyone active in any part of the military including Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force, as well as veterans.
Both boat and air freight methods guarantee standard auto transport services on both ends of the delivery (inland to port and port to inland). However, air freight is known to be the more expensive option and is usually used for high quality, luxury vehicles. Since prices can vary depending on which vehicle you own, which method you use, and which company you are getting a quote from, A-1 offers an overseas rate calculator to help the customer find the best option financially.
However, where shipping companies like A-1 can really come in handy is when it comes to understanding the process and filing the paperwork necessary to carry out the job. Not only will A-1’s experts educate you on the import/export process, but negotiate contracts and answer any questions you have as well.
A-1 Auto Transport even offers a whole overseas auto transport info center that includes all of the information you need as well as answers to commonly asked questions which include:
International Movers: This part of the info center includes a step by step process of all of the details when it comes to moving to another country. In summary, some of the tips A-1 shares are to prepare early, be sure to have your visa/passport, find out the best way to ship your car (especially if the country you are moving to does not offer alternative transportation services), becoming a permanent resident, possibly creating storage for items you are unable to bring along with you, renting a home, getting insurance for the move, working when you make an international move, handling your utilities, and much more.
How to Make Your Car Legal in Another Country: obtain an international driving permit, research international road rules, properly register vehicle and obtain the minimum insurance required.
Shipping Household Goods: there is a weight limit of 100lbs. With additional fees to include more items than the weight limit due to increased risk of theft or damage. Although this theft or damage is not likely, it is good that A-1 informs the customer on possible risks they may take when choosing what personal items to bring when shipping their car internationally.
Car Shipping From the USA: This article includes what you need to know when shipping your car out of the U.S.: your car must be fully paid before leaving the USA, understand the restrictions and laws/regulations before shipping your car, and detailed information on how to prepare your car before handling the keys over to the shipping company of your choosing.
Dos and Don’ts: Do remove all attachments from the vehicle that didn’t come with it, Don’t forget any important personal items in the vehicle, Do ask about the different methods of shipment, Do store all the items you want shipped in the trunk, Don’t leave money in your vehicle, Do account for all items left in your vehicle by recording it on a piece of paper.
Know Your Rights: It is very important to understand what you should expect from your shipping company as well as your consumer protections and rights when shipping something as valuable as your car. Although it is not likely for a company to take advantage of a consumer who doesn’t know their rights, you should still educate yourself and take your time choosing the company that best fits your needs.
The Paperwork: A-1 provides all the information you need to know about the paperwork and logistics of the entire process to ensure the execution goes smoothly.
How Long Does It Take: It depends on the method you use. Advantages of air freight are its speed and it’s the safest method because methods by sea or road can lead to possible damage from weather, bumps in the road, or hitting other vehicles. Unfortunately, air freight is the most expensive option and can often be more expensive to ship than what your actual car costs.
Based on the above information, international auto shipping can seem very overwhelming and almost impossible, but working with an experienced and qualified company like A-1, from the paperwork to the actual execution, they will guarantee that your car gets to the destination in the same condition it left, stress free.
Submitted by Sydney Marasco