What We Learned About Shipping A Car Overseas

Shipping-A-Car-OverseasAt one point in our trip, Roberta and I considered moving to Europe permanently. In the end, we decided that it was the wrong time in our lives to make such a decision, and we moved on. A similar desire caught us while we were spending a few weeks in Australia. We really fell in love with the place and did a lot of research regarding moving our vintage Cadillac from Toronto to Sidney. We spent a lot of time researching which freight companies could offer us the best shipping rates, for such a long journey.

I have had this car since I was 18, done most of the maintenance and restoration on it myself, taken countless road trips with it. It was just not something that I wanted to sell if we moved to Australia. What we ultimately decided to do was sell our everyday car and use that money to buy a second car once we landed in Australia. We knew it would be easy to find a replacement everyday car, once settled into the new location.

I had no attachments to the everyday driver that I used for work, so it made sense to try to sell it for a decent amount and use that money to get a new car later. I absolutely knew that I was not going to part with my old Caddie, so the freight company search began.

Searching online, I found a number of them that would be able to transport something like this, but one shipping company seemed to stand out from the others – especially when I searched other blogs and read a number of positive experiences that others had with this company.

I made contact with them to find out what was involved, as well as the cost for me to get my car prepped, loaded up and shipped. I spoke with a very helpful man who took a lot of time, explaining the whole process to me.

In the end, we decided not to move permanently to Sidney, but going through the research process was a good. If you are considering moving overseas and want to ship your car to your new home, it definitely pays to do your research. I really like to read about other people’s experiences in these matters and I highly recommend that you read through a number of blog posts to discover the company that is offering the best service and prices when you’re actually ready to make a decision.

About Ed Williams

Ed is an accomplished travel writer, born in Toronto and has spent most of his life living & working in Canada. In 2010, he and his wife (Roberta) decided to take a trip around the world, traveling through 4 continents. This site is dedicated to the TravelSmart Initiative, which they learned about at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and which sparked the idea to continue those guidelines out on the road. You can learn more about Ed on Google+

One Response to What We Learned About Shipping A Car Overseas

  1. Ken Booth May 18, 2013 at 9:30 pm #


    I’m in the process of moving from Canada to Germany and also have an old car that I really love. I was torn between selling it, or having it shipped to my new home in Europe. Finding your article was perfect, in fact I’ve already located a shipping company that I am very comfortable with and we are currently making arrangements to have my vintage Mustang shipped all the way to Frankfurt!

    Thanks again – GREAT advice!


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