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Relocating or moving to a new home, or even to a new country, requires a great deal of effort, planning and energy. Many people must arrange for the packing of all of their possessions, prepare their new home, and make all of the arrangements for such items as banking, utilities, new schools and even new veterinarians for their pets. In the midst of all of this planning and scheduling there are some significant assets that have to be dealt with as well. Usually this will include a vehicle or two, and the steps required to get it to its new home.


For vehicles remaining in the same country, there are usually three standard options:
• Being driven by an owner to the new destination
• Being driven by a paid driver to the new destination
• Being transported via a car carrying company to the new destination



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Each of the methods comes with its own benefits or disadvantages, each of which is reviewed below. Regardless of the method selected however, any vehicle will require adequate preparation before the journey, and this usually means a good service to ensure against mechanical problems, a thorough cleaning as most transportation companies require an inspection before taking charge of the vehicle, the removal of personal belongings from the vehicle, and a specific amount of fuel.


Cars being driven by their owners may not need to be inspected, and rather than being emptied can actually help transport possessions to their new destination, but they do require a service to be sure they are up to a journey, and they will require fuel. Depending upon the distance of the move or relocation, fuel expenses may need to be figured into a moving budget, as well as food or hotel stays for a really lengthy journey.


When someone decides to pay a professional driver it is best to do so through a car carrying or transportation agency or through a special service to protect against liabilities and damages. Such a service will require the car to be serviced and full of fuel upon delivery, and it will also need to be thoroughly examined by the company prior to departure. Most owners will then be asked to review a report and sign it to agree with the reported condition of the vehicle prior to the journey. Most companies will also figure fuel expenses and accommodations into the total cost of the service. Depending upon the terms of the trip, an owner may need to remove all personal property from the vehicle before delivering it to the driver.


Car Shipping Companies and vehicle transportation companies work both domestically, and internationally. They can pick up a vehicle from the owner’s home or at an agreed upon location, where the vehicle is loaded to a car carrier or into a shipping container. The car carrier will simply transport the vehicle to its new destination, where it is unloaded and delivered to the owner. The international shipping company will deliver the container to a port or dock where the vehicle is shipped to the port nearest to the owner’s new home.


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International auto shipping can be a bit complicated, requiring customs and transport fees, and foreign registration. Most international auto shipping companies are happy to handle all of the documentation, and some can even arrange to deliver the vehicle to its final destination, though the overall costs should be examined thoroughly.


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