When shipping a car to Europe prices will depend on a number of factors. These include the weight of the car, how close you live to an overseas shipping port, taxes, how you ship (type of container, roll off, roll on or air) and your final destination.
Again, the final price will depend on a variety of factors. For example, you may be able to ship a standard sized sedan in a shared container to Europe for as little as $750 to $1,000. You can expect to pay far more if your vehicle is larger, say an SUV, or a custom requiring its own container. Costs will also depend on whether or not you are shipping household or personal items along with your car. Give yourself at least three months lead time to carefully research shipping options, timelines, requirements and costs.
Don’t forget to factor in taxes
You will need to pay registration and destination fees, duty fees and VAT or value-added taxes. Get estimates and more information at https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/national-tax-websites_en.
Factor in roll off, roll on time
This is often the least expensive way to ship. If you choose this method, you will need to factor in time for the shipper to organize the cars in addition to ship time. Have a backup plan for transportation until your car is delivered. You should not expect to ship anything other than the car, and perhaps a jack and spare tire using this method.
Get your paperwork in order
Don’t wait until the last minute. You will need time to put your hands on original documents such as the car title, registration and bill of sale. If the car is being financed, you will also need verification from the bank that you are clear to export the car. Originals will be returned to you but make copies and keep them with you until that time.
Have the car serviced
The car must be free of any debris. It must also be in working condition. It is wise to go beyond mere working condition. Have the car fully serviced before you export. You may find once you arrive in Europe that any parts needed are expensive or difficult to obtain. You can ship via ocean container if the vehicle is inoperable.
Complete appropriate forms
Forms such as the Declaration of Dangerous Goods will need to be completed in advance of shipping. Your shipper or importer can help you identify and complete the forms you need.
You’ll need shipping insurance when you ship your car to Europe. The price is generally dependent on the value of the car. Check with your current carrier to see if shipping is covered or available with your policy.
Shipping a car to Europe is relatively easy with planning. Allow adequate time to fully research shippers and understand exactly what you can expect from the time you hand over the keys until the car reaches its final destination. If you are typically disorganized, now is the time to turn over a new leaf. Buy a folder and keep copies of all your documents, completed forms and shipping agreements handy. Chances are you will be required to show paperwork at some point in the process. Why not make it easy on yourself?
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.