How much does shipping your Household cost?
Free Instant Online Calculator based on quotes from Trusted House Moving Companies
Customer Images
7790 people shipped using A-1 Auto Transport last week

Joe brought me peace of mind. I can’t thank you enough for being so reliable and trustworthy

Joe brought me peace of mind. I can’t thank you enough for being so reliable and trustworthy

+2 million
of customers
recommend us

Should You Buy or Ship a Vehicle When Moving Abroad?

What's in this article?
  1. Take Into Account The Cost
  2. Consider The Vehicle Emission Regulations And Driving Laws
  3. How Much Time Do You Have?
  4. Related Information & Faq
International Moving Services Inc

When moving abroad, especially long-term, one of the main decisions that people have to often make, especially if they have a family, is whether to ship their vehicle abroad with them or to purchase one when they're already there. There are certain instances in which it would be better to do one as opposed to the other. Here's what you should consider:

Take Into Account the Cost

We're not necessarily referring to the cost of actually shipping your vehicle abroad. Instead, we're referring to the costs associated with the customs fees and the import tax. In many countries, these costs can be quite high, as it can be in the thousands. Some of this depends on the age of the vehicle itself. If you purchase a vehicle abroad in that country, you can avoid these costs in most instances.

And, on the other hand, if you're not aware of certain regulations and don't have the proper documents submitted, you can face delays at customs and be charged additional fees. There are also many circumstances in which you can avoid certain fees if you meet certain requirements. A company such as A-1 Auto Transport will be able to assist you in avoiding as many of these fees as possible.

A-1 Auto Transport Ships Worldwide.

Get a Free, No Obligation to Buy, House Moving Quote.

Get my free quote now

or call us to do it for you:

Overseas Removals

Consider the Vehicle Emission Regulations and Driving Laws

If you're from the United States, your vehicle may not meet certain requirements abroad. The environmental regulation standards abroad are quite different than they are in the United States, and you should be aware of that ahead of time.

Also, you will also have to consider some of the driving laws in the country. If you're moving to the UK or Japan, for example, your vehicle may not be suitable for the roads, as they drive on the left-hand side, meaning that the steering wheel is opposite from where it is in your vehicle.

In many instances, you will be able to send your car to a dealership that can make most or all of these modifications for you. But it'll cost a fair amount, meaning that it might not be worth it to ship your vehicle abroad, especially considering all of the other fees that you'll also have to pay.

How Much Time Do You Have?

Planning for your move abroad can be highly stressful. If you have to have a car to commute, this can add to the stress if you're planning on buying one abroad. You will have to check out prices and determine which vehicle you want to purchase. If you have plenty of time and aren't too overloaded with things to do, you should be able to do this without too much hassle. Otherwise, shipping your car abroad gets rid of this problem.

You should consider all of the above factors before making your final decision. Moving abroad can be an exciting time, and by contacting A-1 Auto Transport today, you'll be able to focus on more important matters, as we'll be able to direct you through every step of the process.

International Moving Companies Cost
Share this content on social media
for a chance to get up to 15% off your next shipment.
Copy link

Joe Webster always knew the auto transport industry would be a great career option. And with decades of experience, Joe is now an established consultant for A1 Auto Transport.

Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

Email Me

Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
★★★★★ 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.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

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!

Testimonial by Cristine Benoit
Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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... Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport.

David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!

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.

Visit our social, and see what our clients are saying about us

Ship Your Vehicle With A-1 Auto Today
Get an instant free Quote Now

Or Call Us Today and Speak Directly to Our Sales Team:

Our Partners:

Better Business Bureau Accredited
FMCSA Member
INC. 500 Member
VeriSign Secured
AMSA Member

A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus Drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
Copyright © 1988-2023, A-1 Auto Transport - All Rights Reserved.