If you are taking a trip overseas or planning a long-distance move, there are a million and one details to consider. From how to move your household belongings to getting your car across an ocean, making an international move or even planning a trip can be stressful. For this reason, it is important to reduce the stress by having an experienced company assist you in coordinating shipping your vehicle overseas.
The first step to shipping your vehicle overseas is finding an auto transport company with both the experience and the capabilities to do so. Not all companies have the reach to ship a vehicle overseas; some are only able to transport vehicles locally, regionally or nationally. Using an auto transport broker or online portal to receive quotes from those shipping internationally is the best place to get started on your search.
Budgetary considerations are your next step, since it can be expensive to ship your vehicle overseas. If you are moving, you might try to find a company that has an all-in-one approach, moving your personal belongings and shipping your vehicle as well. This can result in substantial savings..
Consider Your Destination
One of the differences between shipping a vehicle domestically and shipping internationally is the destination. No matter where you are shipping in the U.S., you are sure to enjoy certain consumer protections. However, when you are shipping a vehicle internationally, you likely will not enjoy the same guarantees. This is something to keep in mind when choosing a company. For maximum safety, choose a company based in the U.S. with depots overseas or a company with a location in a larger country, such as England. The chances are greater that even if your ultimate destination is in a smaller locale, using a company with headquarters in a larger country will increase the likelihood that the shipping is done properly.
Prep Your Vehicle
In addition to finding the right company, you need to properly prep your vehicle to be transported overseas. Remove all personal effects from the vehicle, reduce fluids and gas to about a quarter level and remove any exterior accessories from the vehicle. The more you can do to strip it down to the basics, the more successful your transport will be. The goal is to get your vehicle moved overseas without incident and the less there is on and in your vehicle, the more likely it is that your vehicle will be transported without incident.
There are a few additional tips to keep in mind when shipping your vehicle overseas:
• Pay ONLY a deposit: Be wary of any company that tries to get you to pay in full ahead of transport. These companies can take your money and run, never showing up with transport. It is customary to have you pay a deposit for transport, but not the entire cost up front.
• Research depots in advance: Since you are shipping to an international destination, chances are that you won't be familiar with locations and directions before arriving. Research depots ahead of time so you know where you are going and how to get there upon your arrival.
• Research regulations, fees and other information about your destination: Depending on where overseas you are shipping, you may find that you have to pay certain fees for shipping your vehicle or follow certain procedures to get your vehicle into the country and driving legally. Research all of this information in advance, so that you are prepared to do what you need to in order to receive your vehicle and drive it away without incident once you arrive at your destination