If you suddenly find yourself in a position of having to ship a car overseas you may be a little worried about the process and how much it is going to cost you. There are a few things that you are going to want to take into consideration. The size of the operating condition of the car, the size of the car, and your destination will be the biggest determining factors in how much the whole experience is going to cost you. You can probably already guess that this is going to be somewhat of a large expense for you. But if you are moving or going to be overseas for a long time, it is a good idea to bring your car with you. Overall, it is much cheaper then buying another car once you get to your destination.
One thing that you will want to consider is that international shipping of a car must be done from a special location. Cars can be transported by ship from anyone of the following places:
- San Francisco, California
- Los Angeles, California
- Jacksonville, Florida
- Miami, Florida
- New York City, New York
- Norfolk, Virginia
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Wilmington, Delaware
- Baltimore, Maryland
For those who live near these shipping docks there is simply the matter of driving your car there yourself. But what if you do not live near any of these places? Will you have to turn getting your car there a separate road trip? Do not worry about it, as there are services available to help you out. The car owners who do not happen to live near these places can get assistance with the transportation of their car form their home to the shipping dock. The overseas transportation ships generally have contracts with local auto movers.
The amount that this is going to cost will vary depending on the distance between your home and the shipping dock. The smallest amount you could possibly look at paying would be one hundred dollars and the highest amount would probably be somewhere around nine hundred dollars. The higher end is generally for those people who live in a Midwest state. Since the vehicles are driven into a 7x7x19 foot long container, there will be fees associated for having to store larger or over sized vehicles.
You will also have to take into consideration shipping insurance to cover the value of your car. This could range around three hundred to five hundred dollars for a typical twenty thousand dollar car. Check with your auto insurance first before paying for any additional coverage. Your policy may in fact already have you covered for vehicle transport. There may be port of entry taxes if you are traveling to Europe so make sure that you are prepared for those as well.
If your vehicle does not work then you will be looking at an additional cost for the loading and unloading difficulties that would be created by that. All in all you could be looking at up to three thousand dollars for the international shipping of your vehicle. For an accurate and up-to-date International car shipping quote, contact the Schumacher Cargo Logistics sales team.