Should you ship a car overseas? If you’re going to go that route, the key is preparation and education. Here, we examine the pros and cons to investing in a transportation company, and one simple way you can streamline the process with ease.
Need your car to go to Italy? Australia? England? If you’re unprepared, it can be complicated. If you’re prepared., it can be straightforward. Here are the pros:
- Shipping your vehicle in a shared container can save you on costs, as opposed to shipping your vehicle in a sole container. As a customer who needs to send your vehicle from the U.S. to Australia, you can actually save even more money by using a roll-on/roll-off (RORO) vessel, where vehicles are rolled onto the boat and then secured.
- There’s less risk of damage in some ways shipping on a vessel than transporting domestically. When you ship domestically, the driver may subject your vehicle to weather damage and roadside damage. Changing road conditions can damage your vehicle with added risk – unlike being shipped on an international vessel.
Let’s examine the cons:
- Additional costs can add up. While you may be able to save money on shared container costs (as mentioned above), you may have to deal with other costs such as import tax. If you don’t pay customs at the border patrol, your car may be impounded.
- Unexpected fees. In addition to international costs, you may also experience the complication of moving it from point A to point B. For example, your vehicle may have to go through the country’s inspections and repairs before it goes into the hands of its owner. In addition, you may have to pay the transportation company upfront – which could amount to a hefty cost you were expecting.
No matter what you choose, Ship A Car Direct are the pros. They will guide you through the process with direct information to make you as informed as possible. Our 5-star reviews say it all! Learn more about us here, and receive a free quote!
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Your Car Moving Questions
The hardest thing for people researching car moving companies to understand is that the prices they are getting are not hard and fast gaurantees, but rather ESTIMATES of what one company thinks it will take to get a vehicle moved promptly versus another company's opinion of what it will take. Don't be fooled, there are not carriers committed to take your vehicle at these quoted prices, the company you choose will still have to get to work getting a carrier to commit to move it at the price they quote you.
Your total price breaks down into two parts, the broker's fee (or 'deposit' as everyone calls it) and the carriers fee (your COD amount) Make no mistake about this, EVERYONE YOU ARE GETTING SALES CALLS FROM IS GOING TO BROKER YOUR MOVE. In this industry, there are brokers who try to fool you into thinking that they are the actual carriers and there are an equal amount of carriers who sell themselves on the fact that they have a truck or two but are not being honest about the fact that they broker out 90% of the orders they book. Here is a quick easy way to tell, if a company takes an up front fee, whether they call it a deposit or any other name, they are a broker. Carriers do not take any payment until the vehicle is delivered.
In our opinion, you are crazy to do so. Have you ever been paid up front for the work that you perform for your employer? Why would you pay a fee up front when there are reliable and trustworthy companies like ours that won't ask for it until we provide you with your carriers details?
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will be between one and two weeks. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.