Are you looking to import a vehicle from abroad? Whether that is because of the fact that importing a vehicle might be cheaper in your home country, or because you have a specific connection to a specific vehicle, the importing process is not something to be underestimated. Here are some mistakes you should be avoiding:
- Not looking into specifications and regulations – one of the worst mistakes you can make when importing a vehicle is not looking into the regulations that apply to imported vehicles in your country. If you are not aware of it, countries differ in their perspectives and standing with regards to imported vehicles. Generally, you will find that developing countries are usually lax with their requirements; however, the developed nations tend to have wildly different regulations. For example, New Zealand has put in place several strict regulations, and Dubai does not accept vehicles that are over ten years old. Not to add, do not forget to look into the position of the wheel – whilst the UK (being an RHD country) does accept LHD vehicles, not all countries do.
- Not looking into shipping requirements – another bad mistake to make is simply not paying enough attention the shipping process. Vehicle shipping Australia is also a form of shipping, albeit requiring much more care and attention than your regular shipping processes. And accordingly, the customs and regulations for importing and exporting will yet again vary from country to country. A good freight forwarder company will be able to effortlessly manage these different regulations and compliances without burdening you or delaying the shipping process.
- Paying in full before delivery – whether you are purchasing from American car importers or whether you will import a vehicle you bought yourself through a freight forwarder, do not make a full payment before your vehicle is delivered to your doorstep – or better yet, do not avail yourself of the services of a company that asks you to pay in full before they can assure you of the condition of the vehicle. Always remember that shipping vehicles must come with advance payments, and the rest of the payment should follow only when your vehicle has been brought to your home country.
- Not preparing the vehicle for transit properly – if you are leaving your car in the hands of a responsible freight forwarder, then you probably do not have to worry about this point. However, it is always a good idea to look into things to be extra sure that everything is alright. As such, remember to see whether your vehicle has been properly prepared for the shipping process: is the gas tank fully drained? Are the batteries connected or not? Is the vehicle properly fastened?