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WILLSHIP WAS RECENTLY APPROACHED TO SHIP AN ASTON MARTIN DB5, ARGUABLY ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS CLASSIC CARS IN THE WORLD, FROM ADELAIDE TO SOUTHAMPTON IN THE UK.

Worth almost a million dollars and well-known as one of the most recognised James Bond cars in cinematic history, you can just imagine how excited we were to transport this beauty home!

ABOUT THE DB5

As any classic car enthusiast will appreciate, the Aston Martin DB5 is just as impressive under the hood as on the outside. The car has a 4.0L aluminium engine producing 282 bhp (210 kW), ZF five-speed transmission, and three SU carburettors. It can reach speeds of up to 145 mph (233 km/h), and accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in just 8 seconds!

First released in 1963 and made famous in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger, the British luxury tourer also features reclining seats, electric windows, twin fuel tanks! Impressive for its day! Other classic features include chrome wire 15” wheels, wool pile carpets, full leather trim in the cabin, a magnesium-alloy body, and even an individual fire extinguisher.

THE WILLSHIP EXPERIENCE

The owner of this particular DB5, a UK citizen and obvious classic car connoisseur, flew to Australia to inspect this car before deciding to purchase it early this year and work with us to ship it home. And to no one’s surprise, Nick, our Vehicle Shipping Expert, was more than happy to take on the task!

After in-depth discussions with the owner, we made arrangements to collect and ship this beautiful car back to the owner’s home in Southampton, Hampshire UK. With contracts in place with various shipping lines and competitive pricing, we were able to ship the DB5 at an incredible price through our friends John and Shaun at Quest Freight. The Willship team carefully secured the DB5 with chocks in a shipping container and made sure that the container would not be opened again until the ship docked at port in the UK. The ship departed on March 12th, with an estimated arrival date of April the 19th (just a little over 5 weeks of transit time), and our client was happy to track the vehicle at any point with his customised tracking number.

What could have been a logistical nightmare for the owner of this spectacular vehicle, was turned into a simple process by our expert team. With more than 25 years of experience in the international shipping industry, we make international shipping as easy and efficient as possible. Do you have a classic car that you want transported to another country? Give us a call on (61) 7 3267 3694 or get a free online quote today to find out how we can help you move your dream car overseas!

Top Sites for Expats to see in the UK

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ARE YOU LOOKING AT TEMPORARILY OR PERMANENTLY MOVING TO THE UK? THE UK IS KNOWN FOR ITS RICH HISTORY, STUNNING LANDSCAPES AND IT’S UNIQUE CULTURE. CHECK OUT THESE TOP SIGHTS WORTH SIGHTSEEING IN THE UNITED KINGDOM!

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Above: Windsor Castle (Photo source: Premium tours)

WINDSOR CASTLE

Located in Windsor, in the English county of Berkshire, Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. The castle is known for its long association with the English, and later the British, royal family for almost 1000 years. It’s an official residence of the Queen, whose standard flies from the Round Tower when she’s in residence. The castle is also famous for its stunning architecture that can be observed closer during guided tours.

BIG BEN & THE PALACE OF WESTMINSTER

Located in Westminster of London, the Palace of Westminster is the oldest royal palace in London. It currently operates as a meeting place for the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of parliament. Overlooking the Palace is London Icon – Big Ben. Big Ben stretches to 96m high and dates back to 1859. Big Ben received its name from the massive bell that weighs a huge 13,760kg!

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Above: British Museum (Photo source: Visit London)

BRITISH MUSEUM

The British Museum is a museum dedicated to human history, art, and culture, and is located in the Bloomsbury area of London. Founded and built in 1753, the museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history many unique treasures. Famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures and even Egyptian Mummies make this place worth visiting! Get lost in history.

HYDE PARK

Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in London and one of the Royal Parks of London. Join the millions of Londoners and tourists that visit and relax at Hyde Park. Depending on your mood, you can boat the serpentine, visit the Diana memorial or just simply enjoy the fresh air on the grass!

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Above: Hyde Park (Photo source: Royal Parks UK)
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Above: Westminster Abbey (Photo source: Visit London)

WESTMINSTER ABBEY

Westminster Abbey is a 700-year-old large gothic church located in the city of Westminster, London. In recent years, the church held the marriage of Kate Middleton and Prince William, but it’s not just this reason that makes this church worth visiting. The church is a must-see living pageant of British history that has welcomed over a million visitors per year!

EYE OF LONDON

The Eye of London is a giant ferris wheel on the River Thames, in London. Open to the public, this massive ferris wheel can carry 800 people over 32 air-conditioned carriages. Taking 30 minutes to do a full rotation, you can slowly ascend and observe London at a gradual height of 135m. If you are lucky enough, on a clear day you can see up to 40 km!

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Above: Tower of London (Photo source: London tourist)

TOWER OF LONDON

The Tower of London is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames, in central London. Founded in 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England, the 900-year-old castle and fortress are famous for housing the Crown Jewels and holding many famous and infamous prisoners. The tower is also famous for another reason, the Beefeaters! The Beefeaters not only guard the tower today but also lead free tours of the Tower of London every 30min.

STONEHENGE

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire. Built between 5,000 and 4,000 years ago this unique structure has left scientist and researchers baffled as to how the massive 25-ton stones got into the position they are in now. Check out this rich piece of history!

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Above: Stonehenge (Photo source: Premium tours)

For more information on Willship and how we can help ship your vehicles and personal belongings to the UK please contact us! To find out how easy it can be, check out our infographic ‘Exporting Your Vehicle To The Uk’.

Find a Good Deal on British Classic Cars in Australia

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EVERY BRITISH CLASSIC CAR ENTHUSIAST DREAMS ABOUT FINDING A VINTAGE TREASURE IN AN OLD GARAGE OR A HIDDEN BARN IN OUTBACK AUSTRALIA.

But that sweet Aston Martin you found on Craigslist in Alice Springs? Well…it could be a bargain (maybe), but unless you know what you’re doing there’s just no way to know! Here are our top tips for finding a good deal on British classic cars in Australia:

1. FAVOURABLE EXCHANGE RATE

With the exchange rate between the UK and Australia constantly rising and falling, you should keep your eye on the figures. We recommend checking in with a reputable currency watch website, like XE or Easy Forex, at least once a week to ensure that you’re getting the best deal possible. And, according to a number of different forecasters, the exchange rate between Australia and the UK is looking pretty good right now — so consider striking while the iron is hot!

2. RESEARCH ONLINE AND CHECK THE CLASSIFIEDS

Before you visit your dealer make sure you know exactly what you’re looking for and you’ve done your research. Do you want a smaller sized car or do you mind having a larger car that guzzles more gas? Do you want bench seats or would you prefer singles? Search for the car you want on the best Australian websites to find British classic cars and check in with the local Australian classic car clubs to see if they have any listings. You could also join in with online forums to learn how much your dream car usually sells for and figure out what your purpose is. For example, do you want to purchase a car to restore it and sell it, or are you looking for the perfect car to keep in your collection for the long-term? Either way, Australia has plenty of options to choose from.

3. BRITISH CLASSIC CAR SHOWS IN AUSTRALIA

We recommend reading up on classic car terminology and visiting British classic car shows in your local area to gain a better understanding of what to look for in your new car. Some of the best British classic car shows in Australia include: the All British Day in South Australia, the British Classics Tour in South Australia, the British Auto Classic in Busselton, and the All British Display Day in the Hunter region, NSW.

4. QUALITY CHECK

To ensure that you’re getting a good deal on your new classic car it’s important to do a complete quality check of the vehicle before you buy it. Ask the owner if the car has previously had any work done to it, check for damage and evidence of rust, and find out what the mileage is. The great thing about purchasing a British classic car from Australia is that you can generally assume that your car hasn’t been kept in any wild snowstorms or cold, crazy weather. Nonetheless, if you contacted your Australian dealer from the UK you should definitely request to see photos before you consider flying in to see it.

5. DON’T FORGET TO NEGOTIATE

Or don’t negotiate at all! Sometimes the best way to get the price you want is just to tell your dealer what you want, tell them what you’ll pay, give them your number, and then leave. When it comes to settling on a car price, it can pay to be polite but firm. If you’re haggling, raise your offer in small and specific increments, like by $500 each time. If you have the means, you may also like to pay up front in cash to get a better deal. Many Australian sellers are more than happy to discount the price if you can confirm you will pay them all in one go, rather than in small installments.

6. TRANSPORTING YOUR CAR AT A LOW PRICE

Once you’ve purchased your British classic car you’ll need to source out experts, like Willship International, to transport your car to the UK. With contracts in place with various shipping lines and competitive pricing, we can help you move your classic car across the globe with ease. Just check out these stories from some of our UK customers who wanted to move their classic cars to the UK: a rare 1923 Vauxhall and Steve’s Jaguar.

 

Are you interested in shipping a British classic car from Australia to the UK? Give us a call on (61) 7 3267 3694, or send us an online enquiry today to find out how we can help you get your baby home..

The WillShip Experience: The 1923 Vauxhall

WHEN YOU PARTNER WITH THE RIGHT SHIPPING COMPANY IT CAN BE EXTREMELY EASY TO SHIP A CLASSIC CAR BETWEEN AUSTRALIAN AND ENGLAND. HERE’S ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF WHY WILLSHIP IS A CUT ABOVE THE REST.

THE 1923 VAUXHALL

photo (25)Recently we had a customer from the UK, who wanted to buy a rare 1923 Vauxhall from Australia. If you don’t know much about the Vauxhall, it’s a five-seater touring car manufactured by Vauxhall of Luton. The Vauxhall is a rare collector’s item as they are hard to come by, due to their age. The customer who purchased this prestigious vehicle was unable to make it to Australia so he contacted his brother in Cairns, who to flew down to Brisbane to organise payment and initiate the shipping of the vehicle.

 

Nick from the Willship team made things easy by arranging to pick-up the customer’s brother from the photo (26)airport. A tow truck was arranged to collect him and retrieve Vauxhall from the Sunshine Coast and bring it back to the depot for packing and shipping. The exceptional service continued when Nick was there to personally get the customer’s brother to the airport in time to catch his flight home!

 

photo (27)At Willship, we love specialising in a unique service for our customers. We are car enthusiasts just like you, and the reason we do a great job is because we understand the importance of a safe delivery for any vehicle, boat or caravan.

 

Need something shipped? Contact us now for a quote!

The WillShip Experience: From Australia to the UK

AT WILLSHIP, WE GO ABOVE AND BEYOND OTHER SHIPPING COMPANIES TO ENSURE YOUR PRIDE AND JOY MAKES IT TO YOU SAFELY. HERE’RE SOME EXAMPLES OF WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE WILLSHIP EXPERIENCE – LET’S SEE YOU GET THIS SORT OF SERVICE FROM ANYONE ELSE!

FROM AUSTRALIA TO THE UK

FullSizeRender (3)Steve had come to us with us a dilemma and wondered if we could help – he needed to ship a Jaguar he purchased here in Brisbane home to Southampton, England. The car came complete with a shed full of parts that were to be packaged and shipped along with his Jaguar. Nick, WillShip’s Vehicle Shipping Expert, was more than happy to take on the task. After contacting the seller, he made the arrangement to collect and ship the precious cargo.

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The Willship team arrived with crates, bubble-wrap, pallets and trolley jacks and carefully packaged all the parts up and secured the Jaguar. A local trucking company was organised to transport the Jag and the freshly-packaged parts from the seller’s house to the warehouse in Banyo, where everything was loaded into a 20ft container. What seemed like a logistical nightmare for Steve turned into a simple process.

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Having a team on the ground you can trust to go above and beyond is why our customers love us. It also widens your market for buying and selling cars because we regularly ship between Australian, New Zealand, and the UK.  Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you ship your precious cargo globally.

How savvy shoppers are getting the best deals on classic cars!

WANT GREAT VALUE FOR YOUR CLASSIC CAR? CONSIDER EXPORTING IT TO THE UK!

Right now, we’re getting 0.46p to the dollar. That’s rubbish if you’re buying your DVD’s from the UK, but provides a unique opportunity to substantially increase your customer base if you have something to sell here in Australia.

Lately, we have seen a trend of savvy car enthusiasts making the most of this swing in the exchange rate. In many cases, it’s become increasingly attractive to look to Australian shores to purchase classic and historical cars.

A CHEAP CLASSIC

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We recently wrote an article on the beloved marquee, MG. Looking at car sales online, right now there’s a surprising amount available on Australian websites. You can pick up a classic 1953 MG Midget in excellent condition for around $26000, with some increasing up to $43000 and beyond.

When converted that to British pounds that’s only £12000 to £18000 respectively. When you look across to the UK there’s a similar model, selling as a partial restoration only, for around for £17985! The majority of registered models are priced anywhere between £21000 to £25000.

EASY SHIPPING

photo (26)Even when you factor in shipping and insurance it’s a substantial saving. Combine that with the fact that none of these cars have been driven on icy roads covered in salt and the concept becomes even more attractive. When moving overseas the standard option is roll-on/roll-off shipping, but for a classic car it’s worth considering a secure shipping container.

TAXES AND DUTIES

worker-export-willshipIf the vehicle was manufactured prior to 1950, it can be imported duty free, and the VAT is reduced to only 5%! Even if the vehicle is manufactured after 1950 and is deemed to be of historical interest, you can still apply for what’s known as a BTI ruling, and if the UK government grant this, you will also only pay the 5% VAT on the import. This is great news for classic car enthusiasts as it greatly reduces the overall cost of your import.

As always, be sure to check import taxes and duty for changes. If the vehicle does not meet these prior requirements, or you don’t wish to apply for the BTI ruling, then currently import duty is 10% of the combined value of the car and the cost of shipping. You’ll also be liable for VAT, which is 20%, plus a £50 fee, and all of this is the responsibility of the buyer.

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