Shipping a car overseas isn’t something most of us do very often or ever, so when the occasion arises you’re likely to have some questions. If you search for the answers, you’ll have to sift through a good amount of misinformation to find them. The unfortunate truth is that some stubborn myths have developed around the process because it’s so often misunderstood. If you’re considering having your car, truck, motorcycle, RV or boat transported internationally, take a moment to be sure you’re not falling for one of these common misconceptions.
Myth #1 — The farther the trip, the more it will cost you.
Although it’s true that mileage is one of the biggest factors in the cost of shipping a car domestically, this isn’t always the case with international moves. Container size and rates to the port of arrival are more influential in this case. If you’re sending your vehicle to a port that’s used frequently, you may end up spending less.
Myth #2 — You can’t expect door-to-door service.
It will be expensive compared to picking up your car from a terminal, but you can have your automobile sent directly to your final destination. You will need to ask the transport company whether or not this is possible, but don’t assume that it’s impossible.
Myth #3 — You’ll have to pay exorbitant customs, fees and taxes.
Paying some taxes and duties on your vehicle is to be expected, but they might be more affordable than you expect. For example, cars more than 25 years old are rated lower than newer automobiles.
Myth #4 — You can ride along with your vehicle.
Shipping a car internationally is a bit more involved than riding the ferry. If you’re expecting to cruise to your new home with your vehicle below deck, think again. Cargo vessels don’t allow passengers, so you will have to put your faith in the transport company to do everything possible to protect your car.
Myth #5 — You can fill up your car with other belongings.
Moving to a new country can be costly, and you may be looking for ways to save a few dollars. Although you may be allowed to ship your car with some personal items inside, you’ll need to observe certain restrictions. The driver’s seat must be clear, and all windows need to be unobstructed. You also should avoid placing liquids and obviously dangerous items inside, as they will result in your container being pulled off the boat and inspected at an additional charge.
Don’t let bad information throw a wrench into your relocation plans. Be aware of these common myths and you’ll make the process of shipping your vehicle overseas easier and less stressful.