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6 Questions to Ask Before Shipping Your Car Overseas

There are many things to consider before deciding whether to bring your car with you if you're moving overseas: transportation costs, vehicle restrictions and whether you can find the parts you need in your new home.

Here are some questions to help guide your decision.

  • Are you moving to a major city? Do some research to determine if you will need a car in your new location or if it is possible to rely on public transportation instead. There is no point of having a vehicle if you can get by without it.
  • Shipping vehicles can be extremely expensive, but if you're being relocated for work, some ccompanies will pay part or all of the shipping expenses. 
  • What is the price range for vehicles in your new destination? You may find that it is less expensive to purchase a car rather than transporting your own.
  • The steering wheel may be situated on the opposite side you are used to in your new country and you may have to drive on the left-hand side of the road. Consider this important factor when thinking about transporting your vehicle.
  • Ask about import tariffs before deciding to ship your vehicle.
  • Many countries will allow you to use your current driver's license when you arrive for a specified period of time. However, you will eventually be required to obtain a new license.
If you do import your vehicle here are a few things to remember:

  • Lower or remove your cars antennas to prevent any damage to them while your vehicle is being transported.
  • Offer your mover instructions on how to disarm your car alarm in the event that it goes off.
  • To receive a good evaluation before shipping, ensure that your vehicle is clean before you hand it over to your transporter.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, all keys must be turned over to your mover, including keys to the glove compartment, trunk, etc.
  • Auto shipping is weight-sensitive so check that the fuel level is only a quarter-full before you hand over your vehicle.
  • Make note of any scratches or dents in your vehicle so that you are aware of its condition prior to its transport.

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