You should know that a car export from the UK is a fairly simple procedure that does not involve a lot of paperwork. Before being able to ship the car, you will need to make some basic arrangements that are described below. If you need help you can readily get it from a specialized automobile exporting company, from the dealership you bought the automobile from and possibly from the manufacturer of your car if it's a new one.
In order to arrange the legal car export from the UK, you must contact the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) so that you can prepare the full set of documents. Usually, you will need the ownership details and the vehicle's licensing documents. You must fill out the Notification of Permanent Export section on your automobile's registration card and then send it to DVLA. You must keep the rest of the card so that you can register your car in the new location that you are taking the vehicle to. The DVLA can provide a replacement for a lost documents upon request, but this may take a little while.
If you have just purchased the automobile and you will only be using it overseas, you can use the direct scheme for car export from the UK. In this case, you must use a direct export certificate and have it returned to the DVLA once the vehicle has been shipped. Direct export will save you money so you should definitely use it if such an opportunity is available to you.
Completing the legal process of exporting a car from the UK should not take you a lot of time and effort just so long as you follow the correct procedures in the right order. However, you will also want to make sure that you will be using the services of a reliable shipping company. Collect and compare offers from different companies. It is a good idea to focus your attention on the service providers that work directly with the manufacturer of your car. Ensure that the company which you pick has all the necessary certifications for exporting automobiles and guarantees safe shipping.
One area which is very important to you is insurance. It is extremely important that you have adequate insurance cover in place which will cover all possibilities of damages. The price of premiums does vary quite considerably between different insurance companies, and you should ideally use a broker who specialises in the export of vehicles around the world. This is particularly pertinent if you are exporting cars of very high value, such as luxury prestige cars or classic cars which are normally of a higher value than your "run of the mill" everyday cars.
If you can't be bothered with all these details, or just don't have the time, there are a number of shipping agents who will undertake to make all these arrangements on your behalf. If you're on a tight schedule, this could well be a very good option for you as these agencies will have plenty of experience in arranging all the small details so they should be able to complete the job quite quickly.
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