Emigrating? Don’t Forget Your Car

There is nothing more exciting than emigrating to a new country and start a new chapter in your life. It could be just the ticket to start afresh and find some exciting career opportunities. Whatever your reasons for moving abroad, I’m sure that you will be extremely excited!

There’s just one thing, though – starting again in a new country can be incredibly difficult. You might not be able to bring all of your belongings with you, so will have to buy everything again once you arrive. That can work out very expensive. Thankfully, though, there is one major expense that you won’t need to make again once you emigrate, and that is buying a new car. No matter where you move to, you should always consider taking your current car with you. It’s not as difficult as you might think – just bear these following points in mind.

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Shipping Options

Firstly, it’s necessary to think about how you are going to get your car from A to B. As you will be traveling abroad, you won’t be able to drive it! If you are traveling a short distance by ferry then you’ll be able to drive it onto the ferry. Otherwise, you will need to find a company that specialises in shipping cars from your home country. Thankfully, there are quite a few of these specialist companies around that offer various types of container shipments.

Duties And Fees
Don’t forget that you might have to pay certain importation duties and fees when you take your car over a border. The total that you will have to pay will largely depend on the country to which you are moving as each different nation state has their own importation policies and charges. Not only that, though, but the type of car might make a big difference to the duties as well. For instance, cars that are not very eco-friendly can be extremely expensive to import.

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Compliance And Safety Regulations

Not only are duties and importation fees different from country to country, but compliance and safety regulations are as well. So, even though your car might comply with your home country’s various safety regulations and policies, that might not be the case in the country to which you emigrate. To ensure your auto is legal and roadworthy in your new home, take it straight to a mechanic so that they can check it out and make any necessary upgrades.  

Consider Temporary Usage

When you take your car abroad and register it in a new country, you will have to pay that country’s road and car tax. However, there is a way around paying these, especially if you will only be using your car for a short period of time before you buy a new one. You can see if you can register it for temporary usage. That means you will keep your home country’s registration plates on it and it will only be liable for tax and insurance in your home country. However, the maximum limit on using a car in this way is often 12 months.

Good luck with emigrating!

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Cascade of Colour is a UK Male Lifestyle blog delving in to the world of Mens Fashion and Grooming, Food, Music, Design, Tech and Travel. Want to get in touch? Drop me an email at cascadeofcolour@gmail.com

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