How to Ship a Car Step by Step

Whether if it’s your first time doing so, or you’ve had past experiences, shipping a car internationally or overseas may not always seem like an easy errand to take care of. Usually, when we look into transporting a car to another country or a faraway region, it is usually part of a bigger scheme of things. For instance, you might be relocating your whole life elsewhere , along with your family, your home, even your pets… Or you could be organizing a complex operation such as a car exhibition, motorsport event, or even a film shooting at a remote location requiring specialized vehicles for it.

Anyhow, chances are that if you need to ship a car internationally, or a number of them, you’re also looking for a reliable and trustworthy partner to handle things. It’s all about buying yourself some peace of mind. A vehicle is always a cherished asset and shipping it overseas is a delicate matter. Fortunately, at Driving Logistics we take care of all aspects of vehicle shipping, door to door, from beginning to end. We have more than a decade-long successful know-how shipping vehicles under our belt. With this in mind, we’ve put together a series of meticulous steps to follow easily so that you don’t get lost navigating the endless sea of information available on the Internet.

Read closely, as in the following lines we’ll provide a step-by-step description of the process involved in shipping a car overseas.


Step by step process to ship a vehicle internationally


    1 – Fill out our Driving Logistics information form

This first step is crucial for us at Driving Logistics to be able to peruse what shipping modality is best for your needs. Not only that, but it will also enable us to provide you with a quote so that you can plan accordingly, right from the start. For this, we need some essential data such as your contact information, and vehicle characteristics –brand and model–. Furthermore, and most importantly, we need to know where to pick up your vehicle, and its delivery destination. We even provide you with a comment box for you to indicate any specific or unusual requirements.

    2 – Choose between ground transport, sea or air freight

Once we know the characteristics of the vehicle you wish to ship, we will be able to suggest different quotes and transportation modalities. Naturally, some destinations will not be suited for ground transportation. Not to worry, however, as we will advise on the best decisions to make depending on your situation. The main difference between air and sea freight is that the first is the fastest and safest option for high value cars, but the more expensive of the two. Sea shipping is cheaper, but involves longer transit times and is not always recommended for special and delicate vehicles. Our specialized agents at Driving Logistics will know how to advise you best. Rest assured, however. Regardless of the transportation modality you choose, our car transport services are door-to-door. This means that your vehicle will be picked up wherever you wish and dropped off directly at its final destination.

    3 – Schedule the car pick-up and delivery dates

Once you’ve decided which car shipping modality suits you best, we will need you to schedule the dates for our precision drivers to pick up your vehicle. Likewise, we will need to know when you want your car delivered in order to plan accordingly. At this point of the process, we will also ask you to sign an agreement specifying the car transportation conditions, and we will ask you to pay a deposit to reserve your order.

    4 – Prepare your vehicle for international shipping

Once the previous steps have been completed, it’s finally time to prepare for shipping! For all types of car transportation, our agents will thoroughly inspect the state of the vehicle involved, before you even hand us over your car keys. In this regard, we advise you to wash the vehicle beforehand, in order to streamline the condition report inspection. We will also ask you to empty the vehicle of any personal possessions or valuables. Depending on the type of vehicle, it is possible that we will also give you extra requirements, which will be specified by our agents in due time.

    5 – Get the final paperwork ready for shipping

We’ve already covered some essential data we will need in order to ship your vehicle. Nonetheless, the closer we get to the end of the process, we will require some additional paperwork. Basically, this consists of your identification documents, a receipt proving the sale of the car and a valid vehicle ownership title. Depending on the destination, we will potentially need a valid visa.

Just to be clear, however, at Driving Logistics we handle all logistical aspects of shipping a vehicle overseas, including documentation requirements and full assistance with regard to custom clearance, and the issuance of mandatory ATA Carnets & CPD (Carnet De Passages). We even check If you can be exempt of paying import duties and taxes at destination, and handle the vehicle registration process whenever it’s required.

    6 – Monitor your car shipping

If you’ve reached this step, it means your vehicle is well on its way to its destination. At this point of the process, all you have to do is kick back and relax. Your car will be constantly monitored by fleet satellite control, which you can check upon whenever you want. Furthermore, we also provide a comprehensive digital car damage check with full reports of each car transported.

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