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Shipping a car from one country to another is no simple task and, if you’ve never done so before, there’s a lot of information to absorb. In this blog post, we’ll examine some of the different methods for shipping a vehicle abroad, as well as some tips for how to go about it, get the best price, and make sure your car arrives without issue.
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.
There are three main ways to ship a car abroad: on a boat, in a container, or one a plane. Shipping a vehicle aboard a plane is very expensive compared to the other methods and, as a result, is not often used except in cases where the vehicle is particularly valuable or rare. If you are considering air freight, please contact us to learn more about what’s involved, or to get an idea of what the cost is.
The other two methods ship the vehicle aboard a ship, either in an intermodal container, or in a storage area of the ship designed to haul vehicles. The key difference between these two options are that a container allows you to put other personal items and goods in with the vehicle. Other shipping options will require that the car is completely empty and thoroughly cleaned, both inside and out.
This is a key distinction to keep in mind, especially if you’re going overseas for an extended stay, or on a permanent basis. Clearly, in those cases, you’ll have clothes and personal belongings that you’d also bring with you, making a container a better option in this case.
It’s very important to keep in mind that different countries have different laws when it comes to importing and exporting vehicles, particularly when it comes to taxation. Depending on which country you’re shipping a vehicle to, the taxes can add significantly to the cost. It’s not uncommon for countries to assess an import tax of 15-30% and in some cases, it may be equal to the total value of your car! Make sure you know what you’ll be faced with when it comes to the taxes, otherwise that affordable shipper you found won’t be of much help in saving you money.
Most experienced shippers will have a good understanding of the international laws and taxes that apply to shipping a car overseas, at least they should. This is one reason it’s important to find a company that has experience in the area you’re shipping to. Import laws and taxes change from time to time and working with a company that knows the ins and outs well can save you considerable time and headaches.
If you’re considering shipping a car abroad, give us a call today! Our staff of experts is happy to answer your questions, offer advice, or just offer you a FREE cost estimate! No payment or obligation is required you tell us where you’re going and we give you the price. It’s that simple!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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