There are many reasons why it is attractive to buy USED vehicles in USA and export them. The USED vehicle car market has always been cheaper for purchasing for the same model vehicle overseas. Not only cheaper, substantially cheaper! Even after import taxes have been calculated for the country of destination, it’s still cheaper.
To most people owning a car is the 2nd most valuable thing next to a home. It is impossible for one to ship their home overseas from USA, but certainly a car can be shipped. A customer would look at what his car would cost in their home country and immediately realize that shipping from USA to their homes overseas is a good financial decision.
Another reason is that USA has so many different makes and models of cars available which are not available overseas. This is good prestige value to people wishing to purchase and own something different from the normal type of vehicles available in their country.
These are some of the upsides to exporting a vehicle from USA. However, some countries have restrictions for importing vehicles. Some countries restrict the importation of older vehicles. Example, Saudi Arabia does not allow import of vehicles that are older than 5 years. There are exceptions to the rule if you are a studying student. Some countries such as Brazil only allow import of New Vehicles and some countries do not allow import at all.
There are many reasons why this is happening. Example is South Africa will not allow USED vehicles to be imported as they protect the Motor Industry of New Car Manufacturers in their country. The likes of Toyota, BMW, Mercedes Benz etc would not be able to sell their new vehicles should the import of the much cheaper cars from the USA be allowed.
It is important to check with your country whether import of a vehicle is permitted before buying and finding yourself at the “wrong end of the stick”. Most countries are lenient and allow import of vehicles.
So where are good places to buy from? This depends on what country you are shipping to. You can always contact us through Facebook and ask what cities you should buy in. It’ll help cut shipping costs. If you want an example of this, read our blog post Buying Cars Online in USA for Nigerians. In addition, if you are not in a rush, you “might” get a better deal if you’re buying a car from the Northeast USA during winter because there are less buyers during cold times.
Here are some websites you can use to find your next car:
- Enterprise Car Sales – They have fixed pricing. Try and find your car there and then go comparison shopping.
- Car Max – Similar to Enterprise Car Sales.
- Auto Trader – They started off as a magazine. Now they are one of the largest auto websites.
- eBay Motors – There are many people who sell cars here. You can bid or you can Buy it Now.
- Craigslist – You can buy from individuals and dealerships here.Again, buy close to a port that ships to your country. While you can buy in the middle of USA, it better be a really good deal because the cost of transporting a car to the port can be a lot.
Quick pointer, if you are going to ship your car overseas, you’re going to need to pay the whole car off because it won’t pass US Customs. We recommend that you start converting your used electronics like old smartphones into cash by going to a pawn shop. This can only be done by people in USA, not abroad.