Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, a well-known tourist spot and technology centre as well. A popular haunt with the retirees, those that want to ship their vehicles to this leisure destination off the Pacific coast of Canada will not find it too difficult. Located on the western coast of USA, you can reach it overland as well. Those wishing to ship it via boats can do it from the western coast of America. This coast faces Pacific Ocean and Alaskan Gulf towards the north. Still, truck shipping is the preferred method when importing vehicles from US.
Different types of services are available where the transport company such as A1 Auto Transport service will send the car to your doorstep. Terminal-to-terminal and terminal-to-door are other possible options. Shipping methods are of mainly two types namely,
- enclosed truck.
- multicar carrier.
In the first option, you will get complete weather protection and the second one is more cost-effective because you will be sharing it with the other owners. In to have a realistic idea regarding your costs you should have knowledge about the shipping expenses. This depends upon the type of service you choose. For example, the door-to-door option tends to be costlier than terminal-to-terminal shipping. After all, in the first option you are getting the car right down to your doorstep and this costs money. Enclosed truck transports are also costly than open carrier options.
Costing the shipping of your car.
Other considerations include mileage, gas, and the cost of the fuel. Besides this, you should also understand how custom taxes, model, and the size of the vehicle would determine the expenses. After all, your car is going to occupy space on the truck. When shipping in the open truck find out how many other vehicles are coming in as well. Besides this, you will also need to consider the shipping requirements. For starters, provide notifications to US Border and Customs Protection 72 hours prior to shipping if not before. Only after they offer clearance will you be able to take it out of the country. Establishment of personal identity through driver’s license is must.
You will also need to produce the ownership proof along with vehicle sales bill and original title. Documented approval is must for establishing vehicle liens. Documents that you submit must contain manufacture year, model and the make with VIN number as well. When shipping the car, keep the tank one-fourth full with fuel. This is necessary because operators may need to drive your vehicle especially when getting it on or off truck.
Other than the required documents, within glove box, it is important not to have anything else inside the car. You need to keep it minimally operable with inflated tires, steer-ability and working emergency brakes.
There are other checks that need to be completed before the vehicle is shipped from USA and if you intend permanently using or leaving the vehicle in Victoria, the Canadian Customs levies a tax that need to be paid before the clearances are given.
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.