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Ship a Car to Europe

If you are planning an overseas move to anywhere in Europe, you are likely coordinating a logistical nightmare. However, moving overseas doesn't need to be scary. Organization, planning, and research are the keys necessary to accomplish a smooth and successful move to Europe. One of the biggest parts of that success is getting your vehicle there. If you need to ship a car to Europe, it may not be as hard as you may think. Follow these simple steps and your car will be waiting for you when you step off the plane.

Ship a Car to Europe Step #1: Make sure that you really want a car in Europe. If you are moving to Europe from the United States, you may be surprised at the advanced level of public transportation available in Europe. This is especially true if you will be living in the city. And, if you will be living in the city, you must find out whether or not there is even parking for your vehicle. Additionally, you should check to see how much you have to pay for parking in the area in which you will be living. In summary, it may not be worth it for you to have a car in Europe. Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of having a car when in Europe before you go through the effort of shipping a car.

Ship a Car to Europe Step #2: Hire a well experienced, international shipping company. International shipping companies are well versed in shipping cars to Europe. You should interview several car shipping companies before you choose one to ship your car. Make sure to checking references and licenses, in order to be sure that you will get quality service at a reasonable cost. It is also important to choose a company that is experienced in shipping to your destination. For example, do not pick a company experienced in shipping to Germany if you are moving to Ireland.

Ship a Car to Europe Step #3: Prepare the proper documentation. When a car arrives in Europe, the country requires specific documentation regarding ownership, emissions, type and age of the vehicle. Your car shipping company should give you a list of this documentation, but you need to make sure the documents are complete and prepared so that you don't have trouble receiving the vehicle from customs. If your shipping company does not offer it, make sure you purchase insurance for shipping the vehicle. This extra level of financial insurance will help you have some peace of mind.

Ship a Car to Europe Step #4: Prepare the car for shipment. The most important thing in getting a car ready for shipping is to remove all valuables from the vehicle. Usually, the shipping company requires a single key to be left in the ignition. Make sure you are prepared to provide this extra key.