Saskatoon is a large city in central Saskatchewan, Canada. The city is filled with art and history museums, bridges that surround the city, parks and walking trails. Public transportation is available, but it does not run through the entire city. In order to get to and from many areas of the city people must either hire a rental car or have their own personal motor vehicle to navigate to outland areas. During the summertime, Saskatoon is host to many outdoor music festivals and art shows that bring thousands of tourists to the city each year. Shipping a motor vehicle to the city can be conveniently accomplished when you hire a reputable automobile transport company like A-1 Auto Transport.Automobile Transport.
Hiring an automobile transport company will ensure you that your car will be taken care of during transport and that it will arrive safely. You need to make sure you have all the information necessary for customs as well as the shipping company that will be handling your automobile shipment. You will need to give the transport company the following paperwork:
- Driver’s License.
- Social Security Card.
- Copy of Motor Vehicle Title.
- Signed Power of Attorney.
Your transport agent will go over the details of how automobile shipping works, what you will need to pay for shipping and how the car will be transported. They will also let you know how to prepare the car for transport. Preparation will most likely include some, if not all, of the following:
- Vacuum and clean the car inside and out.
- Fill all fluids.
- Charge the battery.
- Have about a quarter tank of fuel in the tank.
- Disable security systems.
- Remove all items from the interior as well as any removable items from exterior.
Cleaning the car is suggested as your car will go through a pre-shipping inspection to check for any visible signs of damage just before it is loaded for transport. It’s easier to see if the car is thoroughly cleaned before the inspection.
Ways to Transport a Car to Saskatoon.
Transporting a car to Saskatoon can be done by using one of the following ways:
Open Car Carrier- An open transport carrier, or an RORO carrier is a convenient way to haul many cars at one time. Cars are rolled, or driven onto trucks or ships and then transported to the destination for delivery. Open transport is the primary way that most automobiles are transported throughout the United States as well as internationally due to the convenience of shipping schedules, quick delivery times and affordable pricing.
Encloses Car Carrier- Motor vehicle owners that want extra safety during transport often opt to use enclosed car carriers or shipping containers to ship their motor vehicles. Enclosed carriers protect automobiles from flying debris on roadways as well as weather and debris when shipping by sea. It also keeps the car protected from potential theft of vandalism and is an excellent choice for expensive automobiles when shipping.
Air Freight- Shipping an automobile by air is also an option, although it is typically only used for extremely valuable automobiles and personal items. Shipping by air is the fastest way to have a vehicle delivered, but the rates are usually quite high.
Paperwork and Customs.
As you make your car shipment plans you will need to submit paperwork to U.S. Customs for exporting the car from the United States. While customs states that the paperwork must be submitted within 72 hours prior to shipping the car, it is best to send the paperwork in at least one to two weeks ahead of time as often there can be a back log of paperwork to be processed. Your transport agent will assist with making sure the paperwork is submitted on time. You will also need to send a copy of your motor vehicle title to Canadian Customs so it will be at the border crossing that your car will go through. This also needs to arrive 72 hours prior to the date the car will cross the border. Taxes and import duties will be applied on all motor vehicle imports. You will need to check with Transport Canada to ensure that your automobile is up to Canadian motor vehicle standards. Generally, cars manufactured in the United States will conform but if your car is an EU manufactured automobile or from another country you may need to have some mechanical modifications prior to shipping.
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.