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Shipping a Car from the US
The Atlantic Ocean is the only thing separating the United States of America from Europe. If you are getting ready to make the trip across the Atlantic permanently, you will probably also be considering taking your car with you. The only problem is that this process is quite complicated and you might end up making quite a few costly mistakes if you aren't careful. That's why I have put together this list of points to help you understand the whole process better and ensure you make fewer mistakes:-
1. The first thing you'll have to do is find an auto transport broker. If you try to do this without the help of a professional, who knows what will happen to your precious car. It's best to employ the services of a broker. They might cost you a little extra money, but trust me it's worth it. When choosing a broker look for one that will not only help you find the right carrier but one that also offers additional services such as door to door delivery, insurance, etc.
2. The next thing you'll have to learn up about is the taxation and duty laws in the country you are transporting your car to. These fees and taxes are usually determined based on the age of your vehicle. You can get some discounts on this fee if you have owned the vehicle for more than 6 months before exporting it. There are numerous others ways to go around these taxes as well. Your transport broker will be the best one to advise you on this, after dealing with thousands of auto transport leads they have answers to all questions.
3. The department of Transport offers a SVA (single vehicle approval) test which is mandatory for any vehicle that needs to be exported. These standards are related to the noise and emissions of the vehicle as well as the type of seats, safety features, speedometer, etc. There are some rules which you can't go around such as changing the speedometer to show the speed in kmph instead of mph while others can be safely negotiated.
4. One major problem with transporting your car from the United States to the UK is that you'll have to move the steering wheel from the left to the right. This is because people in the UK drive on the left side of the road. You will not face this problem if you are moving to any other country in Europe though.
5. Lastly, as far as shipping your car from the United States to Europe is concerned, you can expect to pay something between $ 750 and $ 2000 for the entire move. This figure will vary based on the weight and size of your car as well as the origin and final destination. As far as insurance is concerned, you can expect to pay around 2 % of the value of the vehicle.