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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Shipping a Vehicle
When shipping your beloved
Chrysler, or any other vehicle for that matter, there are very
don't's you will want
to follow in order to ensure a smooth transportation process from
beginning to end. There are also some very common mistakes people
make when attempting this process for the first time. The following
are some ideas to help you avoid these beginner transgressions.
Attempting to ship your vehicle to a country that will not accept
Every country has their own set of rules and
regulations that apply to the type and age of vehicles they will
allow to be imported, and you will immediately get off on the wrong
foot if you attempt to transport into a country that will not accept
it. For example, some
countries will allow new vehicles, but no used vehicles to be
brought in, except in special circumstances.
Vintage vehicles, which most likely resonates with you, are
often one of the few exceptions.
Contact your local consulate office to ask about the rules of
your destination country, or you can even try searching online for
the Customs website, which can link you to a bevy of information
regarding import regulations.
Paying three times the value of your vehicle to get it there.
If money is no object, then maybe this is not
even a concern, but since many of us do not have the luxury of
unlimited funds, so you will want to research the cost of importing
a vehicle into a different country.
Depending on your destination, you can expect to pay a high
percentage of the value in import duties and taxes, but some
countries will gouge you for even more than the vehicle's value,
sometimes as much as double or even triple the value.
For a custom, vintage vehicle not available elsewhere, many
will say this is a small price to pay to have your beloved vehicle
at your disposal.
However, keep in mind
that the fees you pay to the destination country do not cover the
cost of the auto transport service itself.
Which leads us to our next rookie mistake...
Grossly overpaying for auto transport OR hiring an unreputable
High prices do not necessitate great service
this particular industry.
You will want to seek out someone with sufficient experience,
minimum required insurance, and most importantly, a stellar
A word of
mouth referral is an excellent start, but if you don't have that,
then contact these guys
(www.a1autotransport.com) and they will walk you through the process, all
the while, saving you some serious cash.
Shipping your vehicle abroad will most likely cost you a
pretty penny, but if you find the right auto transport company, you
can arrive safely with your vehicle and still have enough money to
fill up your tank.
Waiting until the last minute.
This is one of the many examples of situations
where procrastination does NOT pay off, so start your research early
and do your homework thoroughly.
The best case scenario ends with you in your ideal
destination, driving along in your most prized possession into a
bright and wonderful future.
The worst case scenario ends with you penniless and car-less,
wondering why you didn't get the process started earlier and
lamenting the loss of your vehicle.
Don't end up like that.
As soon as you have the slightest inkling that you may want
to ship your vehicle, start doing your research and with a little
patience and a little knowledge of what NOT to do, you can find
yourself in a best case scenario situation.
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