Guide to shipping your car overseas
Posted: December 17, 2018
Step 1 – Choose a Shipping Method
The first step to consider when shipping a car overseas is choosing a shipping method. You can ship your car across the oceans by choosing a method that suits your budget and requirements, with the most commonly sought options being RORO and container shipping methods.
Roll-On, Roll-Off (RORO)
Although less common, RORO is a less expensive method to ship vehicles internationally. RORO can be used when a vehicle is fully functional. It is an ideal option to choose for new cars and ensure safe and timely delivery.
Using containers to ship your vehicle has many benefits. They are not only cost-effective and safer, but are also supported by certain automated capabilities that help ensure safe loading, transportation, and unloading of vehicles.
Step 2 – Submit Documents
After choosing a method of shipping, you need to submit certain documents including personal Identification, like your driver's license and passport.
Along with personal ID’s, one copy of vehicle title is required for booking, and the original will go along with the vehicle.
Proof of Ownership
Recently purchased vehicles require a bill of sale. If a vehicle is currently financed, submit a copy of the title and a copy of the lien authorization, both attested by the lien holder.
Step 3 – Inspect the Vehicle
When shipping your car overseas, it is important to perform a thorough inspection. Maintain your own vehicle inspection report and take pictures of pre-existing damages, if any. You can also get your vehicle inspected and checked by an auto service professional before handing it over to the car shipping company.
Step 4 – Choose a Payment Method
After submitting the documents, now it’s time to pay for your shipping order, which can be done using a credit or debit card or a wire transfer. If you pay with a bank wire transfer, remember to email a copy of the receipt to the car shipping service provider to inform them that you have made the payment.
Step 5 – Prepare the Vehicle for Shipping
Last but not the least, once everything is done, prepare your car for transportation before handing it over to a car transport service provider. Wash the exterior, check for any interior damage, empty the fuel tank, disable alarm systems, and remove all add-on and custom accessories.
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