By Iminza Keboge
Published March 24, 2014
In the developed world, most adults own a car; some even owning more than one vehicle. These are often made abroad and then sold in countries like the UK at a car dealer, for example. There are so many different brands and styles that it can be very difficult to make a decision on one.
Cars come in a variety of sizes, shapes, designs and colours. While some are soft tops, others are hard. The number of doors may vary between designs. Sports cars are becoming popular among the upper class and can be very pricey, while people-carriers are popular with families who need an affordable way of getting everyone from point A to B.
Car shipping is very common these days. Many cars and other types of vehicles are made elsewhere in the world where the skills for manual labour are better and the wages are much lower. This means a cheaper price of car for the British consumer, as well as a good quality finish. Various countries around the world have cars and vehicles as one of their main exports and it can be huge business for them.
Some things you may need to pay for include transport to the port, auto shipping, port charges, marine insurance, IVA/MOT costs, unloading, customs duty/VAT, DVLA registration and road tax. An auto shipper will provide you with this information and quote if needed. They can guide you through any checks or paperwork you may need to complete before the shipping process, so their expertise is invaluable when wanting to ship a car abroad.
In order to find an auto shipper, you can do a quick search using a search engine. Many relevant results will come up so pick a few of them and compare against one another in order to find which ones offer a great service and good value for money. A bit of research could save you a lot of money; so it is well worth doing this before committing to one shipping company. Shipping can be affordable but the price will depend on the number of shipments, size and weight of vehicle, make and model, as well as which countries it is traveling to and from. You need to ensure you choose the right company that has all the correct paperwork in case something does go wrong, so at least you are covered with compensation. You want them to look after your car so it must be transported safely and securely.
As well as shipping vehicles for commercial reasons to sell or lease them abroad, it can also be done for personal reasons. You may be moving abroad and want to take a car or other type of vehicle with you. This is where shipping comes in handy. Some shippers may also transport other vehicles such as motorcycles, yachts, motor homes, vans, trucks, SUVs, tractors and heavy machinery, so be sure to check that they do and also have a look at the countries they ship to and from, as they may not cover the whole world.