When planning a move overseas, one of the biggest challenges you may come across will be if (and how) you can transport your vehicles—unlike the rest of your belongings, you can’t pack a car into a cardboard box like most other household goods.
Transporting a vehicle, especially over open waters or to a different continent, will generally mean that you’ll need the help of a specialty vehicle moving service. Allow us to be clear, this can be a costly process, and one that causes you to call into question whether or not it’s always necessarily worth it!
The question begs to be asked: where do you begin? While there are a great deal of important steps to consider, you’ll want to begin your overall process by carefully considering two major factors.
Compare Quotes and Costs
It’s probably a no-brainer but the most important thing to consider before taking any major steps will be the amount of money you’ll need. Begin by weighing your options among a variety of different shipping companies as you can to gain an idea of how much value you will receive for the money you’re choosing to spend.
In addition to various quotes, you’ll also want to consider the overall price compared to the value of your vehicle—are you intending to ship a vehicle that retains a great deal of resale value, or a beat up old sedan? You may be surprised to find that the cost of simply moving your car across the ocean can exceed the cost of the vehicle itself—certainly not an easy pill to swallow, but still one you will want to be aware of.
Moving your vehicle extends beyond moving the vehicle itself—with ownership of a vehicle comes the droves of paperwork, coverage policies, and more that are required to legally own and drive it. Speak to any and all insurance agencies, dealership service departments, etc. to ensure that all aspects of your car can successfully make their way to your new destination. You’ll feel much more confident about the stressful aspect of vehicle transport once you’ve covered everything.
Are you planning an international move? Stevens Worldwide Van Lines has an international moving division that would be more than happy to assist you! Check out our International Moving page
for more information or our estimate form
to request your free, in-home estimate!