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The US car market is very diverse, so there are plenty of options for buying a car. If you are traveling, moving or returning to England from the USA and you want to bring your car with you, there are various things to think about. These will include the method of transport for both you and the car, and the requirements for importing the car to England, to mention a few. The most common car transport method is car shipping, which we will cover in our guide.

To make sure the import goes smoothly, check out the guide below.

Online research

Owing to the developments in the marketing and advertising, international car shipping companies can be easily found online. Maybe the shipping companies near you don’t offer the services you require or don’t ship to the ports most convenient to you. This is where well-established car shipping companies with a reputation nationwide can help.

Even though you will do your research online, don’t base your decisions solely on the information available on the company’s website. Check out their reviews on third-party websites.

Also, contact the company in person or request a quote online. Not only will you be able to compare different rates for car shipping from the USA to England, but you will also assess the level of professionalism and customer care, which are very important factors.

Get familiar with the import rules

Not knowing the import requirements specific for Europe and, in this case, the UK and England, can cause you a lot of stress, delay the import and even require you pay more than you normally would on import duties.

You should contact the British Embassy in Washington to inquire whether there have been any changes in requirements regarding EU and non-EU citizens. Also, it’s important to ask whether and if yes, which requirements are different for England than they are for the rest of the UK.

Look for shipping options

After ensuring that you have all the documents to import your vehicle to England, start looking for ways of shipping the car from the USA. There are different available shipping options for car importers, including RoRo (Roll-on/Roll-off) and container (shared and exclusive) shipping. RoRo is generally more affordable and reliable when it comes to departure and arrival dates.

What many people look for when choosing an option is the safety of the vehicle. Your car shipping company should offer certain guarantees in that respect. For example, if the company is licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission, they have to hire only FMCSA-licensed motor carriers, which is considerable assurance that your car will not be damaged in transit.

Cost of car shipping to England

Different transportation options come at different costs, and that is why you need to evaluate your budget before choosing a shipping company to do the job.

Hire a reputable car shipping company

The process of importing and shipping a car from the USA to England can be quite hectic. The situation can be made worse if you are on a tight schedule. However, with a trustworthy and experienced car shipping company, the process will be streamlined and time-efficient.

Ship Overseas is a company that you can rely on to ship your newly imported car from the USA to England safely and in a timely manner. Our mode of operation is very transparent, and we pride ourselves on the reliability of our shipping services, as well as our excellent customer service. Request your free shipping rates today!

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.
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.
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.