If you’re planning to relocate internationally you want to start the preparation process as early as possible. There is a lot more factors involved in moving or shipping a car overseas than there are with domestic moves. Because of this you need to begin figuring out a way to transport your car overseas that makes the most sense for your particular move and your budget. Shipping a car to another country can be a bit pricey however, it’s certainly less expensive than purchasing an entirely new car when you arrive in your new home.
A reputable, experienced auto transport company will help manage all of the logistics and specifications required for the country you’re moving to. It’s important that your entrusted car movers have all the necessary experience as shipping a vehicle internationally can be a complex process that requires meticulous preparation.
One of the most common questions people have when shipping their car internationally is: How much gas should I leave in the tank of my car? The answer to this question is rather simple as you should avoid having a completely full tank when shipping your car overseas. In fact, most auto transport companies allow no more than ¼ of a tank of gas in the vehicle when it’s picked up for transport.
Regardless, when it comes to properly preparing your vehicle to be shipped internationally, there is much more to know than just how much gas you should leave in the tank. We’ll outline all of the important, necessary details to help simplify the process and get you and your vehicle ready for the shipment.
The first step in any car shipping process, regardless of destination is to get in touch with an auto transport company. We always recommend gathering quotes from multiple trusted movers so that you know you’re getting the best deal for the services that you need.
Before beginning the rest of the shipping process, you need to retrieve a confirmed quote on export from the auto transport company you’ve selected. A confirmed rate like this is usually valid for 30 days. Each company will offer a range of different services, however most provide the following:
As previously mentioned, shipping a car internationally is a complex process and will involve quite a bit of paperwork. Thankfully, the auto transport company that you select with manage all of the export documentation for you. They will gather all the necessary documents and process them through the office of customs.
However, you will have to provide some documentation to your international auto shipper in order for them to process them properly. Make sure to have the following ready:
Depending on your destination country or particular maritime port, there may be a number of other additional forms or documentation required for shipping your vehicle. Also, keep in mind that notaries will typically charge $10 per signature.
NOTE: Get in touch with your auto transport company as early as possible and ask them about the exact type of documentation that you are expected to present. Then, send the forms and documents to their office as soon as possible to help speed up the overall shipping process.
Having your car properly prepared to be shipped overseas is the most important step in the process. Follow these steps to make sure that your vehicle is ready for international transport:
In general, there are three main methods for shipping a car overseas: Air Freight, Shipping Containers, and Roll On, Roll Off (RORO). The last two options both involve having your vehicle loaded onto a freight ship and transported across the ocean. Whereas, the first option obviously means your car will be loaded into a cargo aircraft and flown overseas. Let’s explore these options in further detail.
Sadly, this method of vehicle transport is extremely expensive and is often worth far more than the car itself. Most people who don’t own exotic, rare, antique or classic cars will not even consider having their car transported by air.
However, if this method of transport is in your budget, it is the safest shipping option possible. Air freight transport requires very little handling of your vehicle other than standard loading and unloading. Also, instead of taking a few weeks to reach its destination, it will arrive in only a few days.
This method is the cheapest way to transport a vehicle internationally. Your car is simply driven onto a ship, just as if it were a parking lot, secured and immobilized with specialized fixing devices. If you choose this method, take extra care to make sure that nothing is left in your car for safety reasons. This will also help you avoid any unnecessary customs charges or inspections.
Despite this method being the cheapest car shipping option, it may not be the safest. Having your car exposed to weather and the elements as it makes its journey across the ocean, may not give the peace of mind you require.
Shipping a vehicle via a shipping container is the most common method to get a car overseas. It will typically be more expensive than Roll On, Roll Off shipping because it provides more safety for the vehicle. Your care will be 100% protected within a metal container as it makes its way across the ocean.
To help cut down on the transpacific or transatlantic shipping costs, you can choose to have your vehicle in a shared storage container rather than by itself.
Now that you understand what is required of you to properly prepare your vehicle for shipment overseas, it’s time to get the entire process started. If international car moving services is what you require, look no further than Ship Vehicles for the job. We have extensive experience with managing vehicle transports overseas and can help take the stress out of your relocation. Partnering with us will allow you to focus on the more important tasks involved with your move.
Allow us to give you the peace of mind knowing that your vehicle is in good hands and that it will arrive safely and securely to your final destination regardless of the type of international shipping method you choose.
Give our team of experience international car shipping experts a call today to answer any questions you have, guide you through the process and provide you with a FREE car shipping estimate.
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