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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.