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Shipping a Car Abroad? Here’s What You Need to Know

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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.

Do your Research and Pick the Right Company

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.

Always Buy Insurance

It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so buy shipping insurance before you Always buy insurancetransport 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.

Inspect and Remove Before you Transport

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 Cars on a Train... Like Snakes on a Plane... but better. items as proof of the shape of the car before it was transported.

Make Sure the Car is in Running Shape

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.

Be Ready to Receive the Car

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 andBe ready to get your transported car 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.

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10 comments on “Shipping a Car Abroad? Here’s What You Need to Know

  1. Christina John
    August 28, 2012

    This is the best post in this category I have come across over the internet. Always compare the prices and the services of different companies for better selection of the company for car shipping…

    Keep updating, I would like to be a constant reader to your blog. 🙂



    • joytourandtravel
      August 28, 2012

      Thanks Christina! After trying to ship a car from California to Hawaii without much luck, I thought that shipping a car internationally must be even worse!

      I hope you choose to follow our blog. We try to offer blogs covering all things travel, from a vacation to a relocation every day during the week. If you have any topics that you would find interesting, please let me know!

      Safe Travels,

  2. Christina John
    August 29, 2012

    Yes I will… Thank you 🙂

  3. Steven Jarris
    January 22, 2013

    Car shipping can be very expensive and if I had more details on it, I might be more inclined to buy a car. Thanks for sharing this information about cars.

  4. You should get travel insurance before transporting your car abroad and when you’re going to receive your car then you can bring some proofs like paper work for shipping company, your driving license and an extra set of keys.

  5. hatchback buyers
    March 25, 2014

    Good blog. Encourages me to want to start off producing articles once more

  6. RandallDunnigan
    September 3, 2015

    I always take some photographs of my vehicle before giving it to the auto transport company (, so that if I cannot find my car in the same condition as before I can show them the proof.

  7. Car Shipping Company
    December 14, 2016

    This is really an amazing blog. I must say that this blog is a true eye opener for us and made us aware that what we should actually look for, before finalizing a perfect Car Shipping Company for your vehicles, that can be either exotic or classic, in short, our dear vehicles!

  8. AllanWilliams
    April 15, 2017

    Great post!

  9. vehicleshippingcompany
    April 15, 2017

    Great post!

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