Car Shipping Safe
By Mike Richards Updated: 11/09/2021 Posted: 10/21/2015

If you are in another country and you are hoping to export cars from the USA to overseas, then it is a good idea to do some research before you actually think about buying a vehicle.

What Are the Import Rules for Your Country?

Rules and laws will vary between countries. What types of vehicles will you be able to bring into the country? Can you bring in anything, including salvage vehicles that you can repair and get back on the road, or do you need to have a vehicle that’s in working condition when it arrives? What are the rules when it comes to getting a new title in your country?

You also need to contact your customs office to know what types of fees and duties you will need to pay to get the vehicle when it actually arrives. These are the initial things you will need to learn when you export cars from the USA to your country.

Finding a Shipping Company

If you are buying from the US, you have to understand exactly where the vehicle is and how you will be shipping it. In some cases, you first need to ship it to a port area and then ship it overseas.

It is a good idea to find an international shipping company that can handle all of the transportation for you, including taking the vehicle from the auction location to the port. Having just one shipping company tends to make the process cheaper for you.

When you are choosing a shipping company, make sure that they have a good reputation and rating through the Better Business Bureau. Also, make sure they are listed by the Federal Maritime Commission. Ensure they are able to provide plenty of insurance coverage for your vehicle as well, just in case it suffers from any damage while in transit.

It’s a good idea to start looking at shipping companies even before you buy your vehicle. This will ensure you have everything in place once you find your vehicle, making it far easier on you.

Find the Car or Truck You Want

Now that you’ve done the footwork to make it easier when you export cars from the USA overseas, you can start looking for a vehicle in earnest. You need to learn the type of vehicles you are allowed to bring into the country, which should help you narrow your choices.

Find a vehicle that meets your needs and start bidding. Remember all of the shipping fees, duties, and other costs you will need to pay for, including any potential repairs for the vehicle, before you start bidding too high though. Make sure you are still getting a good deal on the vehicle when you factor in all of those other expenses.

Even though it might take some added steps to export a car from the USA overseas, you can often find that it is well worth the additional time it takes. It is possible to find some great vehicles that are just what you need, and you can do so for great savings. Just do the initial research and you’ll see it is easier than you thought it might be.

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