International Car Shipping

Although Allstate Auto Transport does not ship vehicles to international destinations, we can offer suggestions to help ease this potentially stressful project.

We can help by transporting your vehicle to a port of departure or a location from which it can be shipped to Canada or Mexico. From there, we may be able to provide you with the name of a company that specializes in international shipping.

As with domestic shipping, you will want to inspect your vehicle thoroughly and document any damage before it is shipped. Date-stamped photographs are recommended, so there can be no dispute if the vehicle arrives with new damage. Remove all personal property, and any extraneous equipment such as radar detectors, ski racks, luggage carriers, alarms, music accessories, or GPS systems.

Make sure the vehicle has the necessary fluids (oil and water) and have the gas tank full enough to drive it off the carrier– about 1/4 to 1/2 tank– but not over-filled. Let your auto transport company know about any mechanical issues and special instructions. Note the odometer reading when you drop off the car and make sure the driver has all of the keys.

Business of International Car Shipping

Your shipping company can advise you about paperwork required in your destination country. The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has a list of major embassies and diplomatic consulates that provide information on national duties and policies in various countries, which may affect your vehicle’s international journey.

Even more than for domestic shipping, it’s important that you work with a company you can trust. Read reviews online; check with the Better Business Bureau. Auto shipping can be a risky business if you throw in unfamiliar languages, culture, and laws.

For information about bringing cars into the United States, here’s a link with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.