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2 Important Things To Keep In Mind If You Want To Take Your Vehicle On An International Move

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Are you planning an international move? If so, you may be planning to give away or sell some of your items. There are likely some things that you may not want to sell, and your vehicle may be one. The following are points that you should consider if you want to take your car with you abroad. 


One thing you need to consider is the cost of getting your car to the new destination. If this is a temporary move and you plan to return to your locale within two years, it may be more sensible to put your vehicle in storage. Some international moving companies also offer storage solutions and could likely offer you a customized moving solution. For example, you could store your car and allow them to relocate your furniture and other belongings. Perhaps your move is employment related. If so, you may be able to get the company you work for to pay to have the vehicle transported. There are likely going to be import tariffs associated with the vehicle relocation. Keep in mind that some cities have excellent public transportation systems, and you may be able to utilize them if paying to move your vehicle is not in your budget.


Your vehicle may not be legal in the area you are moving to. For example, some countries have roadways that are designed for people to drive on the left side of the road. If your vehicle is manufactured for countries where driving on the right side of the road is the norm, it may be illegal to operate your vehicle. For example, Americans drive on the right side of the road, but in Australia and Japan, drivers drive on the left side of the road. You also will need to get a driving permit or license in the country you are moving to. You will need to be prepared to prove that you can safely operate your vehicle and follow the driving customs if permitted to drive it. 

An international logistics company is a good resource to use to best understand the options that are available to you. They will likely have performed many international moves, and they will be familiar with laws and customs in other countries. They may be able to offer you other critical details, which may also influence your decision. For example, they can give you an estimated cost for the transfer, and you can compare this to the cost of a vehicle in the country you are moving to. You may find that it is best to leave your vehicle in your homeland in storage and buy or lease a vehicle in the new location. You might also determine that selling your vehicle in your homeland would provide enough capital to buy a car in the other country. For more information, contact a company like Hollander Storage & Moving.