Have you ever asked yourself, “How much does it cost to ship a car overseas?” There are many factors that go into shipping costs. In this blog post, we will share how to cut costs when shipping cars overseas. FYI, we are an international car shipping company so we know where you can cut costs.

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1) Don’t fill your car with gas. You’ll waste money. By law, the maximum allowed aboard the ship is 1/4 tank of gas. Anything above that will be suctioned out of the gas tank.

2) If you can, bring your car to the departure shipping port so you don’t have to pay our truck drivers. Catch a train back to your house if you live in USA.

3) Compare cost of bringing the car yourself vs us picking up your car for you if you don’t live close to a shipping dock.

4) If you are buying a car, try to buy it close to the departure port. If possible, see if the car salesman can drop the car off at the departure port for you.

5) If the car is far from the departure port, try to bring it to a trucking terminal in your city so our truck driver doesn’t have to drive so far. The less mountains, the less gas, the less money needs to be paid for trucking.

6) Try to ship your car via RoRo. If you are shipping 2 or more cars, then you’ll probably want to ship via a container. Note: By default we send the lowest shipping method cost.

7) If our truck driver has to go up mountains, expect higher costs because of gas regardless if it’s the same amount of miles as if it were flat.

8) Compare the cost of shipping vs. selling the car to buy a newer one.

There you have it. 8 ways to know the cost of shipping a car overseas. These are the most common ways to save. There are more, but it’s not very common. Don’t forget to get international car shipping rates by clicking on the big Green Button below.

If you need specific advice on what ports to buy a car from, ask below in the comments. For instance, if you need to ship to XYZ country, we will tell you what cities to buy in so you don’t get hit with vehicle transport charges.

Written by Francisco at ShipOverseas.com

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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.
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