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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 specific do's and 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.  


Mistake #1

Attempting to ship your vehicle to a country that will not accept it. 


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.


Mistake #2

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...


Mistake #3

Grossly overpaying for auto transport OR hiring an unreputable company.


High prices do not necessitate great service in this particular industry.  You will want to seek out someone with sufficient experience, minimum required insurance, and most importantly, a stellar reputation.  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.


Mistake #4

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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