Shipping Car to Europe

International car shipping is not easy to Europe especially when you ship your car from a non European Union nation. Some moving companies provide short notice car shipping services at additional charges. You should place order for car shipping at least two weeks before the move to get as many choices as possible. Certain companies don’t move inoperable cars and you should be clear with this condition. Required modifications such as antifreeze must be done on your own to your car if required.

You have to select an international auto transport company after comparing at least three different quotes. Usually, shipping car to Europe costs anything from $650 to $2000, depending on the car and the source from which you initiate shipping. If you can’t drive the car yourself, you have to get necessary services to get your car delivered to your home by the moving company. Shipping insurance is often the most overlooked and most important factor when it comes to shipping cars. The basic liability of $500 for overseas shipment is not enough for your car. You should buy adequate insurance that will help you in times of needs when your car gets damaged, or ever worse, lost.

Duty and taxes must be paid in destination country when shipping your car to Europe. This basically depends on the age of the car. Certain European countries like Germany treat old and new cars in the same way. In most of the European countries, import duties are exempted for cars that are six months old. Some countries don’t encourage import of new cars. Also, when you import duty free cars to European countries, you are not allowed to sell the car within a year. 10% of the purchase price of the car must be paid as import duty. An additional 17.5% value added tax must also be paid. If your car is an antique car or a collectible piece, additional import tax may apply.

All cars shipped to Europe are required to take single vehicle approval test in Europe. This test ensures that your car that is imported meets all the standard requirements in Europe. Only when your car passes this test, the customs will be cleared. Hence, you should hire a person in your home country to make necessary modifications to make your car adhere to the European guidelines.

Moving companies that deal with shipping car to Europe will take care of customs clearance and documents. Make sure that you have the original documents with you and give copies to the movers.

Documents confirming ownership of the car must be cleared at the customs office in Europe. Vehicle registration and insurance documents must be submitted. Some countries require you to obtain a license when you intend to stay for a longer period. Also, you need to buy European insurance to drive the car on European roads. A proof of your residence in Europe must be given to allow car imports. You have to confirm with the destination whether a prior import permission document is required.

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