Shipping a Car from Canada to the U.S.

Shipping a car from Canada to the U.S. can be a long-drawn process. That is why most people, who are relocating to the U.S., prefer professional auto shipping services to handle this rather tedious process. There are several specialized auto shipping companies that offer top-notch service, reliable delivery, high quality vehicle care and exceptional security while taking your car across the border.

The Right Documentation is a Must

When shipping a car from Canada to the United States, documentation is extremely important. This facilitates the process and ensures it runs smoothly. Usually, there are certain documents that the vehicle owner has to provide the shipping company and thereafter the company handles everything.

Some of the documentation you would have to provide is as follows:

  • US Customs 3299 Form: This form has to be filled out completely and is meant for free entry of unaccompanied articles. Make sure in the Description of Merchandise, you fill out the year of the vehicle, make of the vehicle, model number and VIN of the vehicle. The form should be duly signed and dated before being handed over to the shipping company.
  • Passport Copy: Scanned, high resolution copy of your passport is a must. The page which contains your photograph is what the shipping company needs to get the vehicle across the border.
  • Vehicle Ownership Document: A scanned copy of vehicle ownership is also required by the shipping company to ensure your car reaches the United States without any hassles.

Other Important Documents

When bringing a vehicle into the United States that has been manufactured outside the country, you have to ensure the car conforms to the rules related to emissions, safety and bumper design. Hence, before shipping a car from Canada to the United States, it is mandatory to also fill out certain other forms and documents.

  •  EPA Form 3520-1: This form is to check for emission and the rating should conform to the one set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). When filling out the form, make sure you put in the VIN, date of manufacture, make, model and other details of the car. This form can easily be downloaded from the EPA website.
  • NHTSA Safety Standards: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has certain rules regarding importing vehicles. The car should meet the motor vehicle safety standards prescribed by the federal government. This has to be done in the form of a declaration by the manufacturer and the said declaration should mention your car’s VIN.

Remember, there will be a customs fee for shipping a car from Canada to America. Presently, this fee is 2.5 percent. Furthermore, the shipping company would have to present the original bill of lading and the foreign registration of the vehicle. Since your vehicle is being shipped, you have to remove all personal belongings from the vehicle before shipping. This is because the belongings are not insured and can cause a problem for the driver.

Because of the difficult process of shipping a car from Canada to the U.S., it is best to hire a reliable, trustworthy and knowledgeable auto shipping company. This way you will have peace of mind knowing the shipping will go smoothly and your precious vehicle will reach its destination quickly.

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A Guide to Shipping Vehicles across Canada

Shipping vehicles across Canada using professional automobile shipping companies is one of the most convenient ways to get vehicles from one city or town to another. Not only does it save time, it also prevents unnecessary wear of vehicle, high fuel costs and of course the mileage. Choose a reliable and trustworthy Canadian vehicle transport company that offers coast to coast service with strategically located compounds, door-to-door service and prompt delivery.

How to Ship Vehicles across Canada?

If you are relocating, there are two distinct ways of shipping vehicles across Canada. 

Reliable vehicle transport companies often partner with a railway, such as CP Rail. When you ship your vehicle by rail, it will be transported in enclosed rail cars. Obviously, enclosed rail cars are safer and offer higher security during the transit when rail cars are kept in fenced yards.

Auto shipping companies often have their own fleet of trucks and offer customers point-to-point services across Canada. The vast and superior road network across Canada makes shipping of vehicles across the country efficient and quick. Most shipping companies have regular truck departures and delivery times are guaranteed.

Tips to Ship Vehicles within Canada

Even though vehicle transport companies are experts in shipping vehicles across Canada, to ensure efficient and safe transportation and delivery you should work in conjunction with the shipping company. Here are some tips that will help facilitate the vehicle shipping process within Canada and enjoy peace of mind.

  • Service: Work with the carrier to choose the right service for you. If you live close to the compound or rail terminal, it is possible to save money by driving your vehicle there. If distance is a problem, allow the shipping company to pick up your vehicle from your residence or place of work.
  • Multiple Quotes: Get multiple quotes from shipping companies and ensure the quotes include insurance, taxes, fuel surcharge and other costs, so that you don’t get a shock later on. Give more credence to quotes that offer door-to-door services or terminal-to-terminal, based on your needs.
  • Select a Shipping Date: When shipping vehicles across Canada, shipping companies need a minimum of two to five days notice before the vehicle can actually be shipped. This time is used for arranging the shipping and making the payment.
  • Prepare the Vehicle: Prepare your vehicle for shipping by washing it, checking the tire pressure, topping up fluids, disarming the alarm systems and filling at least quarter tank of fuel. Remove loose items, GPS and other devices from the console and glove compartment. Make sure there are no valuables or belongings in the vehicle.
  • Vehicle Inspection: The transport shipping company will inspect and document the condition of the vehicle before it is shipped.

Shipping vehicles across Canada is simple if you partner with an efficient and reliable auto transport company like Hansen’s. So select your carrier with care.

What to Look for in Vehicle Transport Service

Choosing a reliable car carrier does not have to be a stressful endeavor. There are a number of factors to consider which indicate the quality and level of service you will receive. We’ve broken down a list of pointers for when you are ready to choose your transport service.
Does the company handle new vehicles?
If the company you are considering has experience transporting brand new cars from manufacturing plants to dealerships, you can be confident in the carrier’s ability to handle your vehicle in a safe and professional manner.
Does the company have offices in major cities?
The company that you choose should have offices in major cities in Canada, and welcome the public to visit the facilities and tour the operation.
Is all business in-house?
You should take the time to ensure that the company you hire to transport your car does not outsource your business. If a carrier has their own trucks and employees, there is a significant difference in accountability and the quality of service.
Do you have a thorough understanding of details?
The company you choose should settle to completion, any and all claims that may arise. A professional company will answer specific questions about claims, deductibles and responsibilities.
Can you track your vehicle?
With the rapid evolution of technology, every carrier should have a system in place that allows you to track the transit of your vehicle.
Is the price right?
Just because a carrier has a low cost doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best choice. Some companies make promises that are unrealistic and impossible to uphold. Before picking the carrier that is right for you, make sure you have considered all of the above!

11 Things To Consider When Preparing to Ship Your Vehicle

Preparing your vehicle for transportation is probably something you don’t do on a regular basis.  Check out these 11 useful tips for how to ensure that you are best prepared for the big move!

  1. Wash your car thoroughly even if will be shipped on an open trailer. You want to be able to note any chips, dings, nicks or other cosmetic damage accurately.
  2. Remove any personal items from your car.
  3. Shut off or disable the car alarm.
  4. Don’t fill the gas tank of the car. If the tank is low, between 1/8th to 1/4th of a tank, this will save quite a bit of weight.
  5. Secure or remove any loose parts or specialty items from your car such as ground effects, spoilers, or fog lights.
  6. If you have wide mirrors, fold them back.
  7. Lower and remove/retract the antennae.
  8. Ship convertibles with the top up and secured properly. Try to seal any holes or open seams in the top to prevent air or moisture from causing damage. If you cannot raise the top, you should attempt to cover it with a secure fitting tarp that can resist high winds.
  9. Make sure the battery is charged, that the tires have proper inflation and top off all of the fluids on the vehicle and let the driver know if there are any leaks.
  10. Prepare a careful list of any operational problems or steps necessary to start, stop, or drive your vehicle on and off of the trailer.
  11. Make a complete report of any pre-existing damage your vehicle may have. You may want to go as far as taking pictures (and dating them) of the vehicle prior to shipping it.

Moving Tip #5: Do It Yourself

You may want to consider moving yourself if you have a small load and it’s just across town. Most rental moving truck companies have reasonable day rates, so they make their money on the mileage charges. Either way, have a loading plan and everything packed and ready to go. Like most things, moving takes more time than you think. Move the biggest and heaviest items first so you can return the truck sooner and move the smaller boxes in your car. The fewer trips you make in the moving truck, the cheaper your move. On long-distance moves, you can pack yourself and have the professional movers load and ship. Or you can choose a self-service move for which you pack and load yourself and just pay for having your belongings driven to their new home.

Moving Tip #4: Plan Ahead

You not only need to be organized on the moving end, but also on delivery. If you don’t have your new residence ready to move into, you will incur storage and transit fees. If you know it’s going to be a day or two, you can try to negotiate that into your contract with the movers. But if you don’t mention it until they show, be prepared to pay the movers extra.

Moving Tip #3: Be Flexible

Consider a mid-week move if you will be using a moving truck rental company because they have much less demand than on the weekends. If you’re hiring professional movers, you can usually negotiate a discount if you allow the movers to pick up and deliver on their schedule. This is because they may already have a job on the day you request but have an opening a couple days later.