How to Ship Your Car Overseas
Cars are big items to transport, especially across seas and oceans, so you would expect this to be a difficult task. Good news – Shipping your car abroad can actually be easy and simple! Follow these straight-forward steps and transport your car abroad hassle-free:
1. Do Your Research
Start your (search) engines! There are lots of removal companies that offer international car shipping so it is important to look out for three things:
- Can they transport your car from your current location to your new destination?
- Are they properly licensed and insured?
- Do they only work with third parties i.e. freight transporters, who also have the appropriate licenses and insurances?
We advise asking these questions to removal companies directly. Make sure to get the details of their licenses and insurance so you can verify the details yourself – We wouldn’t want you to be caught out!
If you have a classic or unusual car you’re looking to transport, we recommend looking for specialists who have experience driving or shipping cars like yours abroad.
Once you request quotes you can compare and decide which company is the best one for you. Alternatively, you can let us do the hard work for you! By filling in our online form below, we will match you with up to 5 trusted movers who can carry out your car transportation safely and securely. It’s a no-brainer really!
2. Organise the Documents you Need
As you would expect, there are important documents required when you want to transport your car from the UK. The requirements are different for every country so check out the official government website for more information about shipping your vehicle overseas.
To get you on the road, here are some common documents that are required:
- Original Vehicle Title
- Certificate of Origin
- Bill of Lading
- Insurance Documents.
Sirelo Top Tip: Take photos of your vehicle before it is shipped in case there’s any damage. Be sure to have a time stamp on all pictures to make sure you’re covered if anything should go wrong.
3. Prepare Your Car for the Journey
More than likely, your car will have to remain empty when transporting your belongings. Only your jump leads and spare tire can stay in the trunk! Your moving company will inform you of what can and can’t stay in the car, as well as any other requirements so there’s no need for you to worry about a thing.
Remember: Be sure to take out all your important documents and personal belongings before your car gets shipped abroad! This way, nothing can get lost 😊
How Much will it Cost to Ship My Car Overseas?
This is the million dollar question which unfortunately, we cannot answer definitively! There are several factors that will impact the cost of your car shipping such as: the type of transportation you take, the volume of your move, the destination, and the time of year you relocate. The only way to answer this question accurately for your move is to request quotes!
If you’re looking to save money on your move, we recommend shipping your car by sea in a shipping container. Although it could take over a month to arrive, your costs could be very low.
For moves within a continent, you have the option of hiring a car transporter. This comes at a high cost but your car will arrive in a few days, instead of weeks. Be sure your insurance covers the entire journey of your car – and anyone else who may be driving it!
If you want more information about your shipping options, check out our Container Shipping page for all you need to know about the costs and ways of shipping your car, and other belongings, abroad.
For a more comprehensive overview of your global relocation, have a look at our International Moving Costs so you can be fully informed what costs may come up when moving abroad.
What Removal Companies will Ship My Car Internationally?
When it comes to shipping your car overseas, picking the right moving company is key to transport your vehicle smoothly and safely. It’s important that you trust the people who are moving your car and ensure they are fully insured and reliable. After all, “A love between a person and their car can only be understood by those who have felt it”. It’s not just four wheels and an engine – it’s your prized possession!
Here at Sirelo, we have picked our top 5 trusted movers who can facilitate your car shipping:
- Burke Bros Moving Group
- Abels International Moving
- John Mason International Movers
- ABS Transport
- Bolliger UK Ltd
The reviews and ratings speak for themselves!
Congratulations – You now know how to ship your car abroad! For more help and information about driving abroad, check out the official government advice.
If you are looking for any more moving related information, check out the rest of the Sirelo website. We wish you the best of luck with your move! 😊