Shipping Cars Overseas from California
Shipping a car to another country from the coast of California is best done through a professional auto carrier. Trying to ship a car to another country any other way is nearly impossible, especially without the help of experienced professionals. You need a lot to successfully complete an international transport. It would cost way more to try and carry out the transport alone than it would to hire those already established in the industry.
Estimating the cost of an auto transport cannot be done without supplying the transport company with a few details. Then, they’ll take that information and give you a quote for their shipping services.
How to Get a an Honest Total for Your Overseas Transport out of California
As you search online for the most reputable auto carriers nearby to ship a car to another nation, narrow your results to a few selected transporters. Look for certain qualities that stand out. Read over any reviews and testimonials you find too. This will give you a better idea of how well the company operates.
Contact the transporters that you feel possess all the right qualities. As you do this, expect to answer a few questions. By answering the questions in as much detail as possible, it’ll be easier for the transporter to give you a true quote.
Some Information You Will Need to Provide
- Vehicle Make and Model
- Vehicle’s Weight
- Distance of Transport
- Desired Shipping Services
After the information needed is provided, the transporter will calculate the most honest quote possible for your car’s transport. Although you are given a quote for the transport of your vehicle, expect to pay taxes and duties on the shipping process. This could cost more than the services through the transporter. Call the embassy of the country to find out what the current tax and duty rates are months before the shipping date. You’ll have to provide Customs with proof that these were paid off.
Ways to Ship a Car Overseas
There are two common transport methods that most customers purchase for the transport of their vehicle. These services include open air and enclosed shipping services. Both of them are great methods of transporting a car overseas, but RO/RO shipping is an open air service that tends to cost much less and be just as effective. Most transport companies will suggest enclosed transport methods for vehicles of higher value. It offers more protection from outdoor elements like poor weather conditions. Nonetheless, your transporter will provide you with insurance coverage as required by California state law.
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.