It isn’t uncommon to hear a person refer to his or her car using a pet name or some term of endearment, so it shouldn’t be surprising that a large number of travelers ship their cars abroad when they plan on being out of the country for an extended period of time. Transporting a car overseas is much like sending a person abroad. It requires the right paperwork and can cost a fairly large amount of money. Nevertheless, it isn’t impossible and can be painless process if done properly.
When looking for a car transport service, the best way to approach this often overwhelming task is to contact an auto shipper who specializes in oversea car transportation. Authorized auto shippers will be well versed in the the proper procedures and paperwork, which makes it significantly less difficult for the traveler.
Most auto shippers will leave from locations such as San Francisco, New York, Miami, Baltimore and other popular ports. Travelers can expect to pay a pretty hefty sum, normally calculated on a per mile basis, if the auto shipper has to take the car to the port. The price to ship a car overseas varies and is usually dependent on the distance it needs to be shipped as well as the weight, size and type of car. An individual can expect to pay anywhere between $750 and $4000.
Taking personal vehicles on a voyage means have to fill out a decent amount of paperwork, which the auto shipper will normally provide. While some auto shippers provide minimal insurance coverage, travelers should contact their insurance company to ensure their policy covers international transport. If it doesn’t, it is highly recommended that shipping insurance be purchased to cover any damages that may occur during the voyage. Have the car cleaned and inspected thoroughly before it is picked up or leaves port. Take pictures to document each angle of the car. When the car finally makes it to its destination, have it expected again to ensure no damage occurred while it was being transported. The pictures taken prior to departure will help to prove the any new dents and scratches weren’t there at the beginning of the journey. Most auto shippers will have you fill out a bill of lading that states the vehicles condition prior to it being sent abroad. Look over the bill of lading to be sure it accurately describes your vehicles condition. Before committing to a particular auto shipper, be sure that it is a reputable company and is in good standing with the Better Business Bureau.