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Your Guide To Shipping A New Car Overseas
Your Guide To Shipping A New Car Overseas

What is Your Guide To Shipping A New Car Overseas?

Shipping A New Car You Just Bought - Any time you make an expensive purchase, car or otherwise, there’s always a little extra stress right afterward. It may be the fear of “buyer’s remorse” or that you’ll somehow instantly damage it, but in either case, there’s a little extra precaution and care taken right after purchase. In the sections below, we’ll take a look at some of the best ways to ensure that your new car stays in perfect condition when being shipped overseas.

 RORO - The most popular method of shipping vehicles overseas, new or used, is a method called roll on, roll off, which is often abbreviated “RORO” in the auto transport business. Ships that are designed to transport cars overseas are equipped a garage-style storage area in the cargo deck that is specially equipped to secure and moves cars. The name comes from the simplicity of the process: your car is rolled (driven) on, then rolled off when it reaches its final destination.

 Container - Another option when shipping a car overseas is to have it delivered in a shipping container, also known as containerized auto transport. Rather than being “rolled on” to the ship, the vehicle is loaded into a container, which is then put onto the ship, usually with several other containers. Part of the reason that containers are used so widely in transport of goods is that they are intermodal: they can be easily transferred from boat to truck to rail, making for easy delivery even when multiple forms of transport are used.

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Preparing Your New Vehicle For Shipping Overseas

Clean - Regardless of where you’re having your car shipped, it’s important that it be cleaned, both inside and out. The outside being clean will help you and the shipper assess the condition of the vehicle prior to shipment, which is noted on the bill of lading. The inside needs to be clean and empty so that nothing inside the vehicle causes damage during transport.

 1/4 Tank Only - A quarter tank of gas is generally the upper limit of what’s allowed in a vehicle that’s being shipped. Fuel weight can add up when shipping multiple vehicles and it’s also a safety precaution.

 Disconnect Alarm - It may sound strange at first, but alarm systems need to be disconnected before shipping your car. You can imagine the chaos that can be caused my multiple car alarms going off endlessly over the course of lengthy international shipment. Since all new cars have some sort of anti theft device, it’s an important consideration to keep in mind.

 Have further questions about shipping a new car overseas? Call us at the number at the top of the page or send us an email to learn more! We offer FREE cost estimates on vehicle shipments to any location in the world! Contact us today for a FREE price quote!

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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.

Email me - info@a1autotransport.com

Satisfied Customers

“I am meticulous when it comes to everything. At first, I was thinking of just driving all the way to Illinois from New Jersey. A friend recommended me to go to A1 Auto Transport and told me a lot of good things about them. I refused initially because I had filed a 4 day leave just to drive and visit my mother. But things did not go well. My boss asked me to cancel my leave because a very important client asked for an urgent meeting, and the manager could not attend to it. I was hopeless and took the risk of asking help from A1. The notice was short and I forgot I needed to inform them in advance. After a couple of hours, I received a call and they told me they found a way to book me with no extra fees. I am so thankful I got to attend to my work matters. I did not get to see my mother, but the vehicle and items inside it were in perfect condition as if it was me who took care of it. I owe you guys big time! I got one huge deal from our client.”

“The plan was to ship my car from California to Utah. I went through nearly 20 quotes after using an auto shipping site which linked to a bunch of brokers. Finally, I found A1 Auto Transport, a company with its own trucks with great reviews. I was sold. Joe was very competent, gave off the impression he’d done this a million times, and it really showed throughout the transport. He listened to my request carefully, offered me several options, stayed in touch during the transport, and made sure I was happy with everything. Overall, a great company which I would definitely recommend to others!”

“I’m so glad I met you Joe!! A truly fortunate experience. Having to transport a car to Minnesota, I was stunned to see the company, who was supposed to take care of it, just vanish. I couldn’t reach them anymore, like they went bankrupt overnight. However, I was lucky enough to not pay anything, so I simply researched some more until I found A1 Auto Transport. Joe answered my call the first time and we soon agreed on a date and a quote. Unfortunately, I got caught up in work and forgot about it. The order was not confirmed, so Joe must’ve thought I changed my mind. I called him the next day and arranged for a new date. This time, I made a note on my phone and it went well. I replied to his email this time, and the driver arrived at a parking lot down the street on time, as promised. The driver was nice enough to not mention my previous mistake. He delivered my car in just 3 days. Upon careful inspection, there were no scratches or damage done to it during transport. Joe was there along with the driver and they both waited patiently until I was satisfied. Thanks!”

“A1 Auto is kind of like your favourite mom and pop pizza parlour, the one you can’t get enough of despite all the new, expensive avant-garde pizza shops that have mushroomed conspicuously across the entire neighbourhood and seem to have taken over the whole world...but not you. Because you value quality and genuine customer service, and know this business understands and works doubly hard to give you your money’s worth. I’ve been using A1 Auto Transport whenever I left California for business: they may not be the cheapest car transporters around, but the sheer professionalism, dedication, and heart they put into their work is just amazing and worth my every dime. I’m probably one of the most sceptical people you would ever meet. I’m rarely convinced when bombarded with dubious, self-congratulating ads of companies that look like they’ve spent tons of money on marketing materials just to lure your average guy in. A1 Auto Transport is the complete opposite of these companies. My car always arrived promptly on schedule, never with a hint of scratch or dirt or damage, and they keep me updated every step of the process. When you’ve found a company whose genuine care for their customers comes naturally, you stand by them no matter what. It’s the most logical thing to do.”

“A1 Auto Transport helped me move a vehicle to Iowa from Houston. I was a bit nervous, no knowing much about such services. Thanks to Joe, I was able to clear the fog a little. He answered all my questions and explained everything in a way that left no room for interpretation. The details were straightforward. I picked Sunday as the pickup date, since I wasn’t at work, and they accommodated me. The truck arrived an hour early, yet the driver patiently waited for me to arrive. He thoroughly checked my car for scratches or anything that might affect the transport then drove it onto the truck. I was given a 2 day time window during which the car was supposed to arrive in, and it got to Iowa in the evening of the first day. The trip didn’t damage it at all. Next time a friend wants to move, I’ll surely recommend A1 Auto Transport.”

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