5 Questions To Ask Before You Ship Your Car Overseas

You love your car but your work is taking you overseas and you can’t stand the idea of selling or leaving it behind. Your best solution is overseas car shipping so that your mechanical marvel is ready to go when you get there.

There are some important questions you need to ask yourself before you begin. You need to understand exactly what you are doing and make certain that the overseas shipping option you choose is safe, secure and reliable. Below are five questions to ask prior to shipping your car.

1. What are the options for shipping my vehicle?

There are several options for transporting your car internationally. If money is no option, fly your vehicle to your destination. The greatest advantage of air freighting your car is time. You’ll have it back in less than a week instead of waiting 2-3 weeks for a transport ship to deliver it. You also have the option of loading your car onto a roll on/ roll off transport vessel especially designed to transport vehicles. Your next choice is shipping your car overseas anchored safely inside a cargo container.

2. How do I know my car is safe during shipping?

When your vehicle is loaded on board, it is safely out of the elements below decks or in the storage container. Ship’s crew securely braces, block and tie it down before the vessel sails. Photographs taken before and after transport provide record a showing that no damage occurred during transport.

3. What must I do to prepare my car for shipping?

Before delivering your vehicle for shipping, the gas tank should be one fourth full or less to avoid extra charges for siphoning the fuel out. Clean the car well and have it serviced so that it is ready to drive when you pick it up. The air at sea is warm and humid. Cover your seats and dash to prevent mold or moss from growing during transport. Remove everything from the car except the jack and spare tire.

4. Will my insurance cover car shipping?

Most auto policies do not cover vehicles for overseas transport and the shipper is only liable for $500 when shipping cars.  Get full coverage marine insurance to protect your investment while it is on board the ship.

5. What documents do I need to clear customs?

You must provide a Title of Ownership without lien to the shipping company. If there is a lien on the vehicle, you need to include a letter of permission from the lien holder and three certified copies of the title. The shipper returns your documents to you by mail or FedEx after the ship clears port.

Keep these questions in mind when considering overseas car shipping and your car is sure to ship safely!

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