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Moving abroad can be a headache, especially if you want to bring with you an automobile that weights a few thousand pounds. While transporting a car abroad can be challenging and tasking, there are certainly steps you can take to ensure the process will be as smooth as possible. Let’s check out five tips on how to ship a car abroad.
Shipping companies that are in the business to transport automobiles generally ask for payments ranging from $750 to $3000. They base this payment on the size of your vehicle, but of course different companies may still have different pricing. Do your research beforehand, figure out your budget, and call a variety of shipping companies to get price quotes.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so buy shipping insurance before you transport your car abroad. Shipping companies can most likely provide this, and the costs may be anywhere from 1.5 to 3 percent of your car’s estimated value. Be sure to check with your personal car insurance policy first, as your insurance company may already cover car shipping, saving you a bundle in the process.
Be sure to check over your automobile before you give it to the shipping company to transport. Take note of any past dents, scratches, and pre-existing conditions on your car. Remove any personal items inside to prevent theft. Just to be on the safe side, take photos after your inspection and removal of items as proof of the shape of the car before it was transported.
Most shipping companies refuse to ship cars that have been disabled due to ownership concerns. Get a declaration of proof from an auto mechanic and give it to the shipping company. Do not fill up more than a quarter of the gas tank though; gas weighs down your car, making it more expensive to transport and potentially unsafe.
When you go to pick up the car, bring an extra set of keys just to be safe and remember your driver’s license (both as a method of proof and to legally drive). Also bring the paperwork for the shipping company for proof of purchase and transfer of the car. If you haven’t yet paid off the entire balance, be sure to pay off the rest. While transporting cars abroad may be tedious and at times risky, these five steps will go towards making the process as easy as possible for the car owner. Remember: it’ll be worth it when the car is safely back in your possession on the other end.
Joan has been writing and blogging for car sites such as Hertz voiture occasion in the US and France, and enjoys sharing her years of automotive knowledge with readers.