How to Prepare a Car for Shipping

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When shipping your car overseas there are plenty of things to keep you busy. You have to set your dates, choose your method of shipping and work out the approximate shipping costs. Once all this is booked and taken care of, the final thing you will have to do is prepare your car for shipping. This can generally be done a few days before you set off.

Here are some of the things you will need to sort out when you start to prepare a car for shipping.

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WASH YOUR CAR

First off you should wash your car. As well as making sure your car arrives at its new destination looking in tip top condition, this also has a number of practical uses.

Many countries will not allow cars to enter if they are unclean as they could have plant material or insects that could have a negative effect on the local environment. Not washing your car can cause the vehicle to fail its quarantine inspection upon arrival and can lead to additional cleaning and re-inspection costs and delays.

So, make sure you thoroughly clean any grass, cobwebs and other plant material from your car before it gets shipped.

Unfortunately, there is no way to ‘guarantee’ the vehicle will pass its inspection in NZ, it always comes down to the officers discretion on the day so you just need to do the best you can to get it clean, and then cross your fingers it passes its inspection. If it does fail however, it’s not the end of the world – cleaning and re-inspection fee’s generally only total around NZD 300.00 and this can be completed within 24 hours or so.

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REMOVE ITEMS FROM INSIDE YOU CAR

This checkpoint only applied when shipping via roll on, roll off…When your car gets shipped using this method there can be no personal goods inside your car. Because of this make sure to remove everything from your car, trunk and glove compartment. Things that belong with the vehicle, like logbooks etc can remain with the car.

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REMOVE OR SECURE ANY LOOSE PARTS

If your car has any removable parts such as bike racks, antennas etc make sure you remove or fully secure them before your shipping date.

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EMPTY YOUR GAS TANK

This only applies if you choose to ship the vehicle inside a container. To meet dangerous goods regulations we need to ensure the vehicle has minimal fuel, and the battery is disconnected. If choosing to ship via roll on, roll off then the vehicle can contain any amount of fuel. See the differences between roll-on / roll-off sand container shipping here.

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MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AN EXTRA SET OF KEYS

While not 100 percent necessary it is good practice to make sure you have a spare set of keys. As you will be leaving one set with your car it is always nice to have an extra set just in case something happens to the ones you left with the car.

If you are considering shipping your car, please feel free to use our INSTANT ONLINE QUOTE CALCULATOR or feel free to give us a call on 07 3267 3694 or email us at info@willship.com.au to discuss your requirements. For information on shipping vehicles to New Zealand please visit this page.

Moving to the UK? Here’s why you should take your car with you.

IT CAN COST LESS THAN AUD 3000.00 TO GET YOUR CAR ACROSS TO THE UK WHEN SHIPPING VIA A ROLL ON, ROLL OFF SERVICE.

IT’S CHEAPER THAN YOU THINK!

It can cost less than AUD 3000.00 to get your car across to the UK when shipping via a roll on, roll off service. Please feel free to use our INSTANT ONLINE QUOTE CALCULATOR to see the exact price to ship your vehicle to the UK.

LOSS ON THE PRIVATE SALE OF YOUR VEHICLE IN AUSTRALIA

We all know how frustrating private vehicle sales can be – having to deal with tyre kickers throwing you low ball offers and wasting your time. It’s often a far better option to ship your car over with you rather than trying to sell it on the private market here for a reduced value.

PRICE BEAT GUARANTEE
Not only do we strive to the best in the industry in terms of customer service and knowledge, we also want to be able to offer the best pricing to our clients. We have worked long and hard on negotiating great rates with shipping lines, tow companies, stevedores and customs depots to be able to pass on the best possible rates to everyone that ships with us. We feel our rates are highly competitive although if you do happen to receive a cheaper quote with all the inclusions that we offer, please feel free to send this through and we will ensure we beat it.
UNRIVALLED CUSTOMER SERVICE
We here at Willship put customer service as our number one priority, we know an international move can be daunting and we aim to remove that worry and ensure the whole process is smooth and simple. You will be kept well in the loop through the journey, we can provide tracking information for the vehicle so you know where it is at all times and we can also assist with compliance and registration. Our staff here have more than 50 years combined experience in vehicle shipping and we particularly specialize in the AUS to UK route. Your vehicle will be in safe hands.
PRICE BEAT GUARANTEE
Not only do we strive to the best in the industry in terms of customer service and knowledge, we also want to be able to offer the best pricing to our clients. We have worked long and hard on negotiating great rates with shipping lines, tow companies, stevedores and customs depots to be able to pass on the best possible rates to everyone that ships with us. We feel our rates are highly competitive although if you do happen to receive a cheaper quote with all the inclusions that we offer, please feel free to send this through and we will ensure we beat it.
UNRIVALLED CUSTOMER SERVICE
We here at Willship put customer service as our number one priority, we know an international move can be daunting and we aim to remove that worry and ensure the whole process is smooth and simple. You will be kept well in the loop through the journey, we can provide tracking information for the vehicle so you know where it is at all times and we can also assist with compliance and registration. Our staff here have more than 50 years combined experience in vehicle shipping and we particularly specialize in the AUS to UK route. Your vehicle will be in safe hands.

CONCLUSION

So, if you meet the above duty and VAT exemption criteria, then shipping your pride and joy across to the UK should certainly be considered. The process is streamlined and efficient, and we can provide you with countless testimonials from previous clients praising our service and their decision to ship.

If you are considering shipping your car, please feel free to use our INSTANT ONLINE QUOTE CALCULATOR or feel free to give us a call on 07 3267 3694 or email us at info@willship.com.au to discuss your requirements.

Shipping to NZ – What Documentation is required?

The documents needed to ship a vehicle to New Zealand are very basic and easy to get together. The best part is once you pass it all on to us, we do the rest! You won’t ever have to deal with customs directly, and we can accept your documents as emails, faxes or even high-resolution picture messages.

The exact paperwork needed will depend on your individual circumstances. If you are eligible for a GST exemption we will need some more specific paperwork than if you aren’t, further information on these options below:

1. An individual with a personal vehicle applying for the GST exemption

If you have owned and used the vehicle for more than 12 months in Australia, NZ customs requires some specific paperwork:

If you have any trouble getting any of these documents together we can use things like insurance certificates or transaction records in support of the abovementioned docs.

 

2. Shipping a company owned vehicle/individual that doesn’t meet all of the GST exemption criteria:

 

If you don’t meet all of the GST exemption criteria (see the list here LINK) or your vehicle is owned under a company name, then 15% of the vehicles ‘landed’ value will be payable to the NZ government on arrival. It can get a bit tricky working out the landed value, so feel free to get in touch with us and we can give you an idea of what you’d be up for.

If you aren’t eligible for a GST exemption, we will need the following paperwork to ship your vehicle: