By Mike Richards Updated: 05/22/2019 Posted: 10/17/2015

Trying to export cars can be a long process, and it tends to require a substantial amount of paperwork and time. Let’s look at what you’ll need to do when you are trying to export cars to Europe to make things a bit easier on you.

What Are the Rules in Your Country?

First, you should realize that the rules to export cars from the United States to Europe will vary by country. It is important that you learn the rules for importing vehicles to your country, and that you check out the latest VAT, duties, and taxes you will need to pay when you bring the vehicle into the country.

Also, if you are buying a salvage titled vehicle and exporting it, make sure you understand your country’s rules on these types of titles. In general, you will need to have the vehicle repaired to the point where it meets the country’s standards for roadworthiness before you can drive it.

This might mean you can’t actually drive the vehicle the moment you get it from customs. You might need to have it towed to a repair facility to complete the repairs first. Since you will have to pay for customs duties, as well as possible repairs, it is a good idea that you factor these costs into your budget when you buy the vehicle.

Once you understand the rules in your nation, you can then start to look for a vehicle through an auction.

Know Your Shipping Costs and Find a Great Shipping Company

You also have to consider the shipping. You need to understand where the auction and the vehicle are and what steps it will take to get the vehicle to the port where it will ship overseas.

You will find that it’s generally a cheaper option to find a single shipper that will be able to transport the vehicle across the land in the United States to the port, as well as across the ocean to Europe.

Sometimes, the auction houses and dealers can connect you with shippers that can help. You want to make sure the shipping company can ensure you have all of the paperwork needed to get through customs in the US.

Many will also have brokers or agents that can help with the entire process, including helping the vehicle through customs in your country. It’s much easier to have someone with this type of experience helping you, so make sure it’s something you look for when you are choosing a shipping company.

Take the time to calculate the costs of shipping as close as possible. Ask for an estimate from shipping companies to get a better idea of how much you will have to spend. Remember to factor VAT and customs duties into your budget so you don’t overspend on the price of the vehicle.

Know Where They Deliver in Your Country

You will also need to know where the shipping company can deliver in your country. Where is the nearest port? You might be able to drive to the port or have someone pick up the vehicle for you. In some cases, you might want to have the vehicle shipped from the port to you.

When you export vehicles from the United States to Europe, having some help from shippers and exporters who have been in the business can make things much easier for you.

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