Your car is one of your most prized possessions. It is something you make use of almost every day, and if you have a car that you have found to be particularly reliable and the perfect fit for your family, then you will want to take it with you if you are to move to another country.
After any property or investment funds, your car is possibly the next most expensive item you own. So, you will want it taken care of during transportation.
Selling a car you love and trying to find something similar in another country leaves you with a lot of unknowns. Taking your own car with you makes sense as long as it doesn’t cost a ridiculous amount of money, and as long as you don’t have unexpected costs or hassles involved with the transportation.
Car shipping is probably not something you have done before, so you need to be careful when choosing the right car shipping companies that meets your needs.
Here are some features you want to check out for starters:
Focus on quality, not price
You will want to keep costs as low as possible, but cheap does not mean best. Find out what is included and what is not included. The lowest price might provide far fewer services or leave you with extra costs to pay at the receiving end.
Focus on your needs
If you will be located a long distance from the port where your car arrives, are you going to easily be able to collect your car from the port, or will it be more convenient to have it delivered to your door? Delivery in the new country makes a big difference to the overall cost. If you need it delivered, choose a company that includes that service.
You could choose a cheaper option then try to arrange delivery when you get to the new country, but find it is even more expensive.
Decide all your needs and choose only from companies that can meet all those needs.
Check the company is registered
In the US, all car shipping companies must be registered with the Department of
Transportation. Don’t bother with a company that can’t show you their registration.
Check the company’s credibility
Check that they have a website that looks professional and has positive customer reviews. If you are struggling to find information, or websites and documentation include poor spelling and grammar, you should have doubts. You will be better off looking elsewhere.
Having found at least three reputable companies that provide all the services required, request a quote from each company.
The results should all be quoting on the same thing, so you are comparing ‘apples with apples’.
You might like to choose the company that does the most to make you understand what you need to do to avoid any problems with shipping your car. This could include advising you to have fluids removed from the vehicle, how much fuel to have in the car, not packing your personal goods in the car, insuring your car for the trip, and fully disclosing any damage of any sort that already exists on your car, e.g., dents and scratches.
At this point, provided you are comfortable that they can answer all your questions, you have spoken to real people representing the company, and you have confidence that they can deliver what they promise, then the lowest price from the three quotes should be fine to accept.
But before making the final decision, make sure you read the terms and ensure every service you need is part of the quote. Then read the terms a second time to ensure you fully understand them,