Shipping A Car Overseas: The Value Of Experience

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Shipping A Car Overseas: The Value Of Experience
Shipping A Car Overseas: The Value Of Experience

The Value Of Experience

Shipping a car to another country is a big undertaking and it can be very costly if you don’t fully understand all the guidelines, requirements and regulations involved. The last thing you want to deal with when transporting a vehicle to another country are unnecessary delays or hold ups, especially if it means additional costs. This is precisely why experience counts when you’re looking for a company to ship your car internationally.

For more than 25 years we’ve moved vehicles overseas for a wide range of clients and events: military, travelers, international vacations, car & motorcycle shows, collectors, businesses & organizations, auto dealers, antique car owners, luxury & exotic car owners, racing events and more. Here are the two primary methods of shipping a car to another country:

RoRo Car Transport - RORO, or roll-on, roll-off car shipping is the most common way to transport a car to another country. The vehicle is driven onto a ship that is specially designed to safely secure them for the voyage to the destination port, either for direct pick up or to be delivered to their final destination by Overland auto shipping. Most cars that are shipped using the RoRo method must be in running condition, though special arrangements can be made for classic, antique or inoperable cars.

Container Shipping - Container transport can sometimes be a more cost effective way to have a car shipped by boat, particularly if you need to have personal items or household goods shipped as well. If you’re shipping multiple vehicles overseas, containerized transport can also be a great way to save money by transporting more than one vehicle in a single container.

To inquire about air freight options or for general questions, call us at the number at the top of the page! Get a FREE overseas auto shipping estimate in minutes by using the online form to the right! No obligation required!

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.

What Affects The Cost Of Overseas Vehicle Transport?

  • Shipping distance - Like standard auto shipping, distance is one of the primary cost factors in transporting a car overseas. For example, having a car shipped from the U.S. to a country in Central or South America will generally be cheaper than having a car shipped to Australia.
  • Overland shipping - You can save money by arranging for pick up of your vehicle at the shipping port or you can have it delivered from the port to a specific location for an additional fee.
  • Import taxes - Taxes can add a lot to the cost of importing a vehicle to another country so it’s important that an auto shipper is familiar with the value added tax that applies in different countries. In some cases, the value added tax can be more than 20% of the value of the vehicle an important fact to know before you make shipping arrangements!
  • Storage - The cost of storage is minimal when shipping a car internationally, but it is dependent on how long you need it stored. This cost of storage varies from country to country, but our international partners offer excellent storage facilities at highly discounted prices for clients that use our services for country to country auto transport.

Have questions you need to be answered by an overseas car shipping expert? Call us today or use the FREE price quote tool to get an international car transport estimate sent directly to your inbox! All price quotes are given in real time by a Certified overseas car shipping agent!

Overseas Auto Shipping Resources

Driving Guides By Country - A country by country guide to driving from the Automobile Association, a British resource that provides a list of basic information about licensing and driving in European countries.

Tariff & Tax Information By Country - From Export.gov a list of specific duties and tariffs for each country, as well as links to resources for further information and customs offices.


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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.

Email me - info@a1autotransport.com


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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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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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