Should you ship your car overseas

Should You Ship Your Car Overseas?

Ah, glory be it! You are one lucky soul. Yes, you’ve found a job in Tahiti! You are getting ready to move, but have one question. Should you ship the beast in the garage to Tahiti or just buy a car there?
Okay, we’ll start off with the fact that I hate you for getting a job in Tahiti. That should be mine! Now that we are done with that, we can look at the issue of shipping a car over there. The simple question is one of economics. Will it cost you more to get the car over there and licensed versus just buying one there?
The answer requires some research. You should contact the manufacturer of the car you would consider and ask them for price comparisons between the countries. Many countries frown upon car ownership because it strains fuel supplies and adds pollutants to the car. To deal with this, they add taxes, tariffs and a host of fees to the cars. I was in Costa Rica recently and Toyota trucks were twice as expensive as they are in California because of this. This is not an uncommon result, so make sure you know what prices are like at your destination.
If you decide to ship your car, figuring out the cost can also be a bit tricky. You’ll probably hire a shipping company that will require you to drop the vehicle off at a port where their ship is located. They will then charge you based on the weight and type of vehicle as well as the distance involved.  But wait. There is more. There is a potential catch, however, waiting for you at customs in Tahiti.
Many countries will charge a custom fee for bringing a vehicle into the country. The exact amount involved is often expressed as a percentage of the value of the vehicle, but sometimes it is just a flat fee. Regardless, this expense can be very high and really screw up your evaluation. You should contact the embassy of the country in question to find out the specifics. Also, make sure you know how long the vehicle will be in customs as it can sometimes take months to get it out.
Is there any right answer when it comes to shipping a car overseas? Not really. You need to educate yourself on the costs in each scenario and just do a comparison.  Only then will you know which choice is best.

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