5 Mistakes When Shipping A Vehicle to Chile
Shipping a Vehicle to Chile by Jason Mueller
We are happy to share a new Guest Post!! this time is Jason Mueller, a Canadian expat living is Costa Rica operating his own business and also working with Auto Transport. He loves to travel and meet new interesting people from all over the world.
Top 5 Mistakes Expats Make When Shipping Their Vehicle to Chile
The need to ship a vehicle to another country becomes necessary for many individuals, especially those planning to relocate. The process of transporting an automobile overseas isn’t something that the untrained and unprepared person can take on alone. Luckily, there are tons of international transport companies willing to carry out the shipping process, assuring that your vehicle is lawfully and safely imported.
Using the latest shipping gear and the hands of their trained employees, a transport company will have the capability of getting your vehicle into Chile. Of course, your vehicle will need to comply with the regulations set by the country or a transport may not even be possible. For example, expats are only permitted to have newer vehicles imported into the country. Contact the Embassy of Chile for the current auto import policies.
Whenever you have the need to ship a vehicle abroad, it is best to be knowledgeable of some of the most common mistakes made by those unfamiliar with overseas vehicle transport. Avoiding these mistakes will only ensure that your vehicle arrives safely in the country.
1 Forgetting to research the transport company before hiring them for services
It is very important that you research the international transporters in your area before hastily hiring the first company to throw you a low quote. Check out their website and even read the reviews left by past shipping clients. Find relevant contact information, the services offered, and get an idea of how well the company operates.
2 Not fulfilling all of the country’s requirements before the transport is set to begin
The fulfillment of the import policy is the only way the vehicle can be permitted into the country. Gather the documents needed such as your passport, license, the proof of vehicle purchase, and other similar forms. Customs will release a certificate of approval upon the completion of all that is required.
3 Paying a large down payment or full payment before the delivery is made.
Never pay for your services before the delivery of the vehicle has been made. This doesn’t account for any taxes you must pay to receive approval from Customs. Be cautious of scam artists. They will always ask for money upfront. Researching the company you hire is the best way to avoid such circumstances.
4 Neglecting to prepare the vehicle.
Preparing the automobile for its international shipping process is essential to its safety as well as the safety of those caring for the transport. These are usually simple tasks to fulfill and can be done rather easily. Some of the requests include cleaning the vehicle thoroughly and documenting any damages.
5 Not reassuring that the transport company carries proper insurance coverage
All authentic auto transport companies are required to carry insurance coverage for the automobiles in their care. Although it is unlikely that any damages occur to the vehicle while it’s in the hands of professionals, insurance will cover any repairs that might be needed as a result of the transport. Always ask the transport company about their coverage and who they go through for insurance.