Prepare Your Car For International Auto Transport

How to Prepare Your Car For International Auto Transport

If you’re preparing for an international move, you’ll need to make arrangements to ship your car. There are a few ways you can prepare for a smooth international auto transport and make sure that your car arrives safely to its destination.


International Auto Shipping

1. Remove All Personal Items

Prepare your car to be shipped by removing any personal or valuable items in your car. You’ll want to remove unattached or unsecured items and accessories. This is especially important when shipping a luxury vehicle. 

2. Make a Spare Key

Before you schedule to move your car, make sure you have a spare set of keys. If not, make a copy of the key. If you use a Roll-On, Roll-Off shipping option, you’ll need to leave a key with the shipper so they can drive the car on and off the boat. Have a replacement ready just in case the key gets misplaced during the move. 

3. Schedule a Pick Up Time and Location

If you use a Roll-On, Roll-Off option, you will pick your car directly from the arrival port. You will receive a call from the ocean freighter informing you that your car is ready and if you left enough gas in it, you can drive your car right away. If you use an overseas container to ship your vehicle, additional transportation will need to be arranged to move your vehicle to its final destination. 

Metti International Makes International Auto Shipping Easy

As a licensed and bonded broker with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, we only work with carriers who have a 95% safety and reliability rating. Rest assured your vehicle will be shipped by one of the best auto carriers. Call Metti International for a free quote at 866.620.1776!  

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most major credit cards, postal money orders and cashiers checks are acceptable forms of payment.

As with most transport services, a deposit is generally required when placing an order. Deposits range from 10-25 % of the total shipping cost. The remaining balance will be due upon delivery.

Most auto transport companies accept cash, certified checks, and postal money orders.

Coast to coast trips usually takes between 10-14 days. Shorter trips ranges from 3-7 days, depending on the actual distance. Some factors may delay a trip, including traffic, weather, and truck breakdowns.

Yes, we request you, or a designated person, be present upon pick up of your vehicle. For your safety and your vehicle’s safety, an inspection is performed and a bill of lading must be signed that serves as proof of delivery.

The easiest way to ship an inoperable vehicle is to let us know when requesting a vehicle transport quote. There will be an additional charge, plus loading and unloading charges to your quote, if we are not informed of the vehicle’s condition prior to quoting.

Auto carriers are not licensed to carry house goods or personal items, these goods and items are not covered by the carriers insurance. Any damage to your vehicle due to household goods shifting or breaking is also not covered. Personal belongings left in the vehicle, are shipped strictly at the owners risk. Carriers will not inventory any belongings left in the vehicle and will assume no responsibility.

Your car is insured for the Blue Book value the entire time it is on the truck. Clearly listed on your Shipping Order, Agreement and Bill of Lading are occurrences not covered. At the time of pick up, a condition report is filled out and signed by both the person turning the car over and the truck driver and you are given a copy.

Upon delivery of your vehicle, this same report is presented. You should compare the condition of the vehicle to the report thoroughly at that time. If you feel damage has occurred to your vehicle during delivery, you must note it on the report before you sign it and the driver leaves. Damage done in transit does not relieve the shipper of paying for transport service performed. Claims will be handled by the vehicle carrier and insurance companies.

Metti International offers door-to-door auto transport service where possible. However, there are instances that we cannot collect/deliver directly to the door due to the size of our auto carrier’s trucks. The size of your street may prohibit direct delivery to your door. Also, some towns and cities do not allow trucks on their residential streets. If the carrier cannot get to your door, he will deliver your vehicle to the next most convenient accessible location, such as the nearest major crossing street, a shopping mall or supermarket.

Please have a no more than 1/4 tank of fuel, remove all personal items from your vehicle and have it washed and cleaned so that the ensuing inspection is easily performed. If it is a convertible, T-top, sunroof, etc. make sure all openings are closed and prepared for changing weather. You can find additional tips on how to prepare your car for transport here.