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How to Avoid Problems Shipping your Car Overseas

How to Avoid Problems Shipping your Car Overseas

You’re moving overseas and you have decided that there is one vehicle you simply cannot live without.

To avoid problems with shipping your car overseas here are five issues you need to be aware of.

Don’t choose your car shipping company solely on price

You will be facing a lot of costs associated with your move abroad, and it will be tempting to pick the freight company with the cheapest car shipping quote.

But more important is choosing a company that has experience shipping to the country you are moving to. Each country has its import policies and paperwork, and any delays due to incorrect or incomplete paperwork could mean your car stays in storage waiting on the correct information to be supplied.

Storage costs can be expensive and will be something you haven’t budgeted for.

Your shipping company should be able to provide you with references from previous clients and they should be able to easily answer any questions you have.

Make sure you read the entire quote

It is very much a case of making sure you read the small print.

You want to know what is included in the quote and what is not included. Ask questions about anything you don’t understand and make sure you get answers in writing because you might need to provide proof when you come to pick up your car in the new country.

Quotes may not include items like: –

  • Any packing materials used to help store your car
  • Customs fees
  • Port fees at your destination
  • Terminal handling fees
  • Costs to deliver the vehicle from the port to your home

If your car shipper doesn’t cover these, you will want to find out where you can find out what these costs will be. If you are going to be charged $2,000 of import duty on your car, that would potentially change your mind about keeping it or not.

Get your timing right

If your destination is a popular one, the last thing you want is to try to book your car and learn the next shipping date is a month after you depart?

While you don’t need to book too early, you certainly don’t want to leave it to the last couple of weeks before departure.

Don’t use your car as an extra suitcase

It probably makes sense to you to pack some of your clothing and household items into your car, but don’t.

The cost of sending your vehicle is based on the weight of your vehicle. If you have put other items in the car, you could get charged more, or they may not send your vehicle until you empty it.

From the time you give up possession of the vehicle, it could get moved several times and it will most likely be left unlocked throughout most of the trip. Your items could easily be stolen, and the shipping company’s insurance won’t cover any items within your car.

Organize car insurance for the trip

Many international car shipping companies are only liable for a maximum of $500 per vehicle. Making sure your car is covered during the transportation ensures you are fully covered for any mishaps.

Many problems might occur during transportation, so you want your insurance to cover them all.

If you have a favorite set of wheels, it will make sense to ship it to your new country provided you have fully investigated all possible costs and correctly organized the shipping.