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Your Guide To Shipping A New Car Overseas

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.

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.

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.


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

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.

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Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!
★★★★★

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!

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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
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