Many people who move overseas may want to take their vehicle with them. This is a common desire. However, before you beginning the international shipping process, there are some things you should consider. Certain aspects about international transportation and the area where you are moving to might make transporting your car undesirable and unreasonable.
Here are 5 things to consider before moving forward with international auto transport!
Your New Country’s Transportation System
Many countries around the world have perfected the art of public transport. These same areas also seem to have little to no available parking for privately owned vehicles. For example, some Asian countries, like South Korea, have subways, buses, and bullet trains available for use. These make the need to own a vehicle almost non-existent.
Car Prices and Requirements
Sometimes it is more cost effective to sell your vehicle and purchase a new one after you move. International car transport can get expensive and it is important to check out the average price of vehicles at your new home.
Also, different countries have different requirements for the vehicles they allow on their roads. Your American car may not be legal to drive. This is true if you are moving to Japan, Australia, or Great Britain because they drive on the left side of the road and the steering wheels are on the right. It is important to check if your vehicle will be legal at your new home.
Import tariffs are taxes applied to any imported goods and services. Transported cars can, sometimes, fall under this tax and this is rarely covered by a transport company. It is important to research the import tariffs for the country you are moving too so you do not spend more than you intend to. A $1,000 tariff is not unreasonable for an incoming car. This might make international transportation to expensive.
Driver’s License Regulations
Your American driver’s license is good for any U.S. state. However, many countries will only let you drive with a U.S. license for a short amount of time. You may need to take another driving test and acquire a driver’s license for your new home. Time frames vary and moving is a time consuming process. Study and understand the rules before you move.
Are You Moving for Work?
If you are moving because of a job relocation, this could make the cost of transporting your vehicle less. Many companies, that move employees overseas, will help to cover part or all of the international auto transport cost. If you are unsure if you company has a policy like this, take the time to ask. It could make the cost of moving easier to handle.
Moving to a new country is both exciting and scary. Don’t let your international car transportation questions stress you out. Contact We Will Transport It, and we will be able to provide you with a fee quote. We will also be happy to answer any questions you may have about the international car transportation process.