150x150xsportscar-sandiegovehiclestorage1-150x150.jpeg.pagespeed.ic.2aYDI-nZaWWhen beginning the process of moving overseas there are many different aspects that need to be taken into account.  Shipping your entire life to a new country can be quite a large task and it is easy to overlook details throughout the process. You will need to figure out the movement of furniture, personal items, and every aspect of your life to a new country. One thing that may be easily neglected is the storage of your car before and or after the shipping process.

People have different needs when dealing with car storage and overseas moves.  Some may not want their car shipped ahead of time if no one will be available to receive and care for it, while others need their cars available the second they arrive and insist on it being the first item to go.  Regardless of your circumstances the best car storage facilities will offer daily and monthly rates for storing your vehicle until you are ready to have it shipped or picked up.  They will also assist you in the process of getting your car to and from the shipping sites in your absence.

When choosing a storage facility it is also important to work with those who will make sure your car is truly taken care of while it is being stored.  Again, the best facilities will start your car on a regular basis and make sure that it is not damaged.  For an additional fee some car storage facilities can also make repairs to your vehicle including engine and cosmetic work before it is shipped to your new home. Also, many car storage facilities will offer to cover your car, and wash and wax it before it is shipped to you.

I recommend finding a family owned, small business to work with no matter what services you are looking for. Whether it is shipping your vehicle overseas, storing it, or finding some other service, the people who work at these types of businesses are more likely to make sure that you are 100 percent satisfied with their work and will be more willing to work with you to meet your needs.   Just be sure that the company you choose will take great care of your vehicle during storage, transportation, and shipping to make your moving process as positive and painless as possible.

It is always good to do your research, and find a company that will work with you to meet your needs. Read reviews and make sure that your decision will make your moving process as painlessly as possible.


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Important info to Ship a Car Overseas:
  • No car can leave USA if it has a lien on it. What does this mean? Your car must be paid in full. The only people who can ship a car overseas and still carry a lien on the car are US Military and Government employees/contractors. For those people a letter of authorization from the lender will need to be issued to pass US Customs. Otherwise the car may be considered stolen.
  • A clear Title of Ownership with no Liens on the Title.
  • If you bought a car new, then your name must be listed on the front of the Title as the registered owner.
  • If the vehicle has been sold, then both the Seller and Buyer have to sign the back of the Title in the spaces as detailed on the back of the Title.
  • For safety reasons, the vehicle cannot have more than a ¼ tank of gas.
Import Duty for Destination Country:
  • Import duty is NOT collected by Ship Overseas. It must be paid at the arrival port by whoever is picking up the car. We wrote a blog post about vehicle import duty here. It talks about how to find out import duty for your country.
Travel & Living Abroad:
  • Most countries will allow a traveler to temporarily import their car for up to 6 months. After the 6 months is up, import duty will be charged. For many travelers going to Europe and taking their car, a deposit is paid up front. When the car goes back to it's destination country, the deposit is refunded. If a person has lived in USA for 1 or more years, most countries will allow that person to bring their car back duty free! The car must not have any liens on it. Please check with your Customs Department first.