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Shipping A Car From U.S. To Europe

Europe and the USA are separated by the Atlantic Ocean, so if you plan on moving to Europe you will definitely have an interest in car shipping from the US to Europe. You will also find it necessary to know a thing or two about the rules and the legislation that you will need to follow in order to legally be able to drive your car in any European country.

The first issue you need to take care of when you decide to ship a car from the US to Europe is choosing the best car shipping company. In order to be able to do so, you should look for a company that handles most of the problems involved by a car shipment: offers door-to-door delivery, takes care of all the applying taxes, includes in the package offered insurance and the port duty and offers reasonable pricing for its reliable services.

Another entire chapter involved by shipping a car from the US to Europe is represented by the duty and taxes you will be required to pay. Usually, you will have to pay 17.5% VAT (Value Added Tax) and a duty of at least 10%. These percentages depend on the car’s age and considering that the most costly one is the VAT, most people try to find a way to work around it. There is a simple way to avoid paying this tax: the car you ship to Europe must be in your possession for at least 6 months before the actual shipping takes place.

To legally ship a car to Europe, you will need to make your car the subject of a Single Vehicle Approval Test. This is a test performed by the Department of Transport which is designed to check if the car you want to ship from the US to Europe meets the required standards. These standards refer to the level of noise and emissions, to the type of seats used to manufacture the car, to its brakes and even speedometer. These rules are strict and are established by the European Union. The subject of a SVA test are new cars and the vehicles with less than 3 year of usage that an owner wants to ship to Europe. You may wonder what happens if you ship an older car. Well, the situation gets a bit complicated, because in order to ship one of these cars to Europe you will have to perform some alterations regarding the speedometer (which will have to express the speed in meters per hour), the running lights that some American cars have in their indicators (those shouldn’t exist). The entire list should be provided by the car shipping company.

You are also allowed to ship from the US to Europe a car which is a right hand drive model. This is the case of many Japanese domestic models that many American buyers find attractive. Once the car reaches a European country you will have to make the necessary changes and transform the car into a left hand drive version.

I’m sure the cost involved is also an aspect that worries you. I can tell you that a car shipping from the US to Europe usually costs between $750 and $2,000. The amount depends on the car’s size and weight. You will also have to decide which international port works for you and make sure to buy insurance because in the case of international car shipping is mandatory. The insurance cost is usually of around 2% of the car’s value.

That’s pretty much all you should know about Europe car shipping.


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