Let’s say that you just purchased a sports car but you
found out that you’re being transferred to the overseas office for the next
five years. What do you do with your brand new, top-of-the-line car? Do you
sell it or can you take your “baby” with you? The answer to that tough
question depends upon a number of factors, as shown below.
Before you become depressed by imaging someone else
driving off with your spanking new sports car, do the research. Find out from
your shipping company’s custom agents what your host country allows. Does your
new country allow the importation of the specific model car? If so, are there
any modifications that need to be made before it’s acceptable? For instance,
are they any changes or alterations that need to be made to the engine to meet
local smog requirements?
Another huge area of concern
is if the new country carries parts in case repairs need to be made. If not,
how costly is it to ship over the parts? Does the host country have repair
shops that can work on your model car? Another concern is does the new country
even have the type of fuel that you need for your car.
Besides the above issues,
you’ll need to find out if there is a special “car tax” levied on bringing cars
over. It might just be too expensive to ship your car with the additional
tax. Also find out how much it will cost to insure your type of car. If it’s
the only model of its type, car insurance might be cost prohibitive.
Even if all of your shipping
concerns have been satisfactorily addressed, you’ll still need to decide if you
actually want to drive in the new location. Perhaps you’ll be moving to a
country where they drive on the opposite side of the car and you really don’t
feel comfortable driving in that position. Or you’ll be living in a very
crowded city where driving “sanely” is next to impossible and car theft is
extremely common. In other words, check out the driving environment before you
spend the money on shipping your car to decide if it’s even worth it.