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Is it Worth Shipping My Vehicle to New Zealand?

Feb 03. 2022

Making the move to New Zealand takes a lot of planning and will give you plenty to think about. In amongst your plans you’ll need to decide whether to ship your vehicle(s) to your new destination. Whether it’s the family car, your pride and joy or you have a weakness for classic cars, you’ll need to make the decision on whether they are making the move with you.

Firstly, you’ll need to determine whether your particular vehicle is allowed to enter New Zealand under the car import rules. It’s imperative that it meets the New Zealand compliance standards else you won’t be able to use it in New Zealand. To find out whether your vehicle is compliant, it’s worth speaking to an international removal company with experience in car shipping as well as household effects.

Bear in mind that trying to replace the car with the same make and model in New Zealand often poses the risk of leaving you out of pocket. Cars tend to be more expensive in New Zealand. This is particularly notable if it’s a European or luxury model vehicle. It’s important to research what it will cost you to purchase the vehicle in New Zealand.

The cost of shipping your vehicle from the UK is often quite a lot less than the cost of replacing it. It’s worthwhile obtaining a quote from a reputable international moving company for the cost of exporting it to New Zealand, so that you are aware of the costs involved and are best informed to make a decision.

It may seem easier to sell your vehicle in the UK, but take into account not only the hassle of selling a vehicle in the midst of the relocation, but also the potential loss of money from the sale. Equally, in a period of considerable upheaval there is a value to retaining your own familiar and reliable vehicle to explore your new surroundings with.

It is often the thought of the lengthy paperwork involved that puts people off from entering into the process of exporting a vehicle. As with all countries, there are rigid laws about importing cars and strictly enforced quarantine clearance procedures. This is why calling on the services of an experienced international removal company is important. You’ll need their advice and guidance to ensure you comply with all the New Zealand regulations. They will have the capacity and the expertise to be able to guide you through the maze and make the exporting process seamless and stress free and it will save you a great deal of heartache if you make the correct preparation in the UK rather than when you reach your overseas destination.

When it comes to choosing an international moving company to ask for advice from and to arrange the exporting of your vehicle, look for those that are FIDI and BAR registered. Movers who are not members of these professional bodies don’t follow the quality standards and can’t realistically guarantee a high enough standard of service or the necessary level of redress should you encounter a problem.

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