Should You Invest in Car Shipping? 4 Pros and 4 Cons to Consider

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If you are deciding to take the plunge and move overseas, you may be considering shipping your beloved car abroad, too. However, how realistic of an idea is this? Is it really the best thing for you to do? Well, worry not. We have devised a list of considerations for you in the form of a pros and cons list. This should help you to decide if car shipping is really for you.



  1. The first good reason for car shipping is that you have already become used to this vehicle. It is yours; you’re attached to it. With a big move abroad, there can be so many new things to take in that it’s overwhelming. So, perhaps, having the familiarity of your current vehicle can really help the process.
  2. Secondly, there is the obvious – you won’t have to buy another car if you bring yours with you! We all know that shopping for a new car can be a big hassle, so if you opt for car shipping, you won’t have to worry about this.
  3. Similar to the aforementioned, if you ship your car you won’t have to buy a new one, and shipping may end up much cheaper than buying a new car anyway. Depending on the price of your car and the cost of car shipping, you may just find that it is more cost-effective to ship your vehicle abroad instead of investing in a new one.
  4. Lastly, it kind of makes sense to ship your car if you are already shipping most of your household items anyway. Some services will allow you to ship them all together and this could be a cost-effective and hassle-free option for you.


  1. On the other hand, there are some things to consider in terms of cons (reasons why you maybe shouldn’t opt for international car shipping). The first being the fact that the cost of car shipping can sometimes be more expensive than just buying a new one. If your car isn’t worth a lot, and you would be fine with buying a new one of equal value, then car shipping may not be for you. It could be more cost-effective to sell your car and buy a new one once you’re abroad. For example, if you are shipping a large car via a fast method and using an enclosed carrier, it will cost you a lot when in fact it isn’t worth it, because you could buy a car of the same value abroad instead.
  2. Our second point is a worry for some; the idea that your vehicle can be damaged in transit. Even though this is very unlikely, it is a consideration for some. At times, if a car isn’t enclosed or properly handled, it can suffer minor damages when being transported. But, as we say, this isn’t likely.
  3. The third thing to consider is the complex documents that you may have to fill out for car shipping to certain countries. Some countries can be difficult to transport goods to, and there is a number of documents and checks and hoops that you must jump through. Some, therefore, would rather skip the hard part and just purchase a new car.
  4. Lastly, there is the hassle of organising a car shipment and waiting around. Some people like to just go the easy route and cut corners. It saves time to simply sell your car and buy a new one overseas.

So, what do you think? What would be better for you? Car shipping to Australia, for example, or buying a new one when you get out there? The pros definitely outweigh the cons for us, as it is simpler to keep your own car. You know your car, you enjoy your car, so maybe you should just bring it all with you.