Santo Domingo de los Colorados is a very important business city in Ecuador. Situated west beneath the Andes Mountains, the terrain in the city is very arduous and having a car to drive is often more a necessity than just a convenience. Before you ship your personal vehicle you need to learn the motor vehicle laws and traffic patterns of the city. Traffic can be erratic when compared to the flow of traffic in the United States. People often tend to ignore road signs speed limits so driving cautiously is advised. Also be aware that since the city lays below the Andes the roadways tend to flood frequently and travel may be slow or impossible during flooding. When you’re ready to relocate your car to the city, you’ll need to hire a professional automobile transport company to take care of shipping for you.
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International Automobile Transport.
There are thousands of automobile transport companies listed online with new companies springing up almost daily. You have to hire a professional that has experience shipping overseas. A-1 Auto Transport has been shipping cars internationally for more than 20 years and you can depend on services to have your car shipped safely and affordably anytime of the year. You will need to speak to an agent and provide some information on your automobile to receive an accurate international shipping price quote. The agent will need to know the make, model and year of your car. They also need to know if you have modified your car in any way. Lift kits and other accessories can alter the height and weight of your car and it is very important that this is documented as the correct auto carrier must be assigned for transport. Transport space is allotted by the size and weight of vehicles that are loaded onto the carrier, and knowing the precise dimension of the automobile is critical for shipping overseas as well as transporting via land to the shipping port. Aside from specific details about your car, the agent will also need to gather some paperwork from you. Paperwork needed will include:
- Driver’s License.
- Social Security Card.
- Automobile Title.
- Power of Attorney.
The Power of Attorney will be necessary to give legal permission for the automobile transport company to ship the car for you as well as deliver it to the shipping port if you will need pick-up and delivery. Door to door pick-up and delivery will be included in the total price quote.
Modes of International Automobile Transport.
When making plans to ship your car internationally you will need to determine the mode of transport that will be used to move your automobile. For shipping to Santo Domingo de los Colorados there are a few ways to choose from. Those ways are:
Roll/On Roll/Off (RORO)- Roll/On Roll/Off transport is the simplest mode of international automobile shipping and is the most commonly used way to ship a car. Cars are rolled onto the RORO vessel for transport, securely strapped into place and then rolled off the vessel when it reaches the destination. This mode of automobile transport is the least expensive as well as the fastest way to ship by sea. RORO is excellent for all types of motor vehicles including cars, trucks, vans, SUV’s, ATV’s, Buses and much more. If it can be rolled, or driven onto the RORO ship, it is able to be transported by RORO.
Containerized- Containerized shipping is similar to RORO with automobiles being driven inside of the large shipping container for delivery. Large shipping containers are used to transport luxury, classic and collectors cars primarily, but they can be used to ship everyday driving vehicles as well. If you have personal items to ship at the same time as the car, using a container is very beneficial as you can load non-vehicle items into the shipping container as well.
Air Freight- Air freight is a very rapid way to have a motor vehicle delivered and is used often for extremely expensive luxury vehicles and valuable personal items. While it is the most expensive way to ship a car, it is definitely the fastest way to have your automobile delivered.
Once you make the decision on the mode of transport that will be used for your automobile your agent will be able to provide a total shipping quote. You will also want to inquire about the amount of damage insurance coverage available and make sure that the amount is correct for your personal vehicle.
Customs Regulations for Automobile Imports.
When shipping a car to Santo Domingo de los Colorados you will have to adhere to the customs regulations in both the United States as well as those in Ecuador. When shipping a car from the United States you will need to provide some paperwork to U.S. Customs. The paperwork needs to be submitted for approval prior to the export so it is best to send it to them at least 2 weeks prior to shipment in order to avoid delays. Your agent will let you know which paperwork you need for exportation.
Customs in Ecuador will allow one personal car per person to be imported and the car has to be within five years of the manufacture date. You will need to provide some paperwork to Ecuador Customs as well and that will include:
- Driver’s License.
- Vehicle Bill of Sale.
- Vehicle Title.
Once the car arrives in Ecuador a physical inspection will be done to ensure that the emissions and other automobile features are up to date with current motor vehicle regulations. For more information on import regulations and motor vehicle laws you can contact the Ecuador Embassy in Washington, DC.
Written By:Joe Webster
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.