When opting to have a car imported, a lot of hard work comes at the start of the whole process. However, you also have to invest some time and effort in preparing for the steps involved in receiving your purchased car.
Below are some tips on how to prepare before you receive your imported vehicle:
Coordinate regularly with your import and/or shipping company. Get in touch with the company’s representative to receive important updates regarding your purchased vehicle. Verify if it will arrive at the agreed upon port and remind them to inform you immediately if they are expecting any delays. Most import and export and shipping companies provide an online tool or mobile app customers can use to track their order. Don’t forget to use this as well. Of course, make sure the import and/or shipping company gives you details about the date and time your car is expected to arrive.
Double-check all the requirements you need to claim your imported car. Make sure you have all the required paperwork for customs. These documents usually include the original bill of lading, bill of sale, and proper foreign registration. Don’t forget to check the custom’s website every now and then to see if there are any new forms that you may have to complete and submit or other requirements.
Prepare for all the expenses. Although you may already have paid a lot during the initial shopping and importing process, you will still have to pay some fees when your car arrives. Make sure you have the budget for this and some additional money to cover any unexpected additional charges. The last thing you want is to suddenly scrimmage for some money or even have a hard time coming up with the amount you need when claiming your car.
Consider hiring a customs broker to handle the process for you. If you don’t have the time to do all the work that comes with preparing to receive your imported vehicle, you can always hire a customs broker to do this. Although you will have to pay extra for this service, you can avoid a lot of mistakes when you work with a customs broker. Providers of this service will check all the required documents you have to ensure there will be no delays at customs. They will also already know the fees that come with getting your car so you don’t have to do any additional research or guesswork.