With great weather and an attractive cost of living, it is of little surprise that U.S. mainlanders ranging from business owners to retirees make the move to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Since car shipping to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic are among the many arrangements that need to be made, here are a few car shipping tips to help with the process.
Usually when people move, it’s within the continental U.S. Thus, they drive their cars to their new home and never have to think about hiring an auto Shipping Company. The main questions to ask yourself if you’re shipping a car to Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic are, how important are cost, safety and convenience.
Choosing a Vehicle Shipping Company
The first tip is to choose a shipping company that owns and operates all aspects of intermodal transport (trucks, container ships, storage and logistics services) and has strong ties with rail services. This can have a big impact on cost, safety, and convenience.
The best of these providers are often container shipping companies. They can deliver these containers to your location via truck and trailer chassis and load the car into the container in which it will travel for its entire journey. Containers provide a greater level of security from damage, tampering and the elements, which is ideal for average, high price, vintage or custom cars.
Understanding Regulations and Limitations
You’ll also want to make sure that you understand any Vehicle restrictions that may be in place for the country where you will be shipping your car. For instance, car shipping to the Dominican Republic requires that you be physically present for your vehicle to clear customs. Additionally, only one vehicle may be shipped per person, and you must have owned or had the vehicle registered to you for at least one year.
Other limitations and regulations include weight limits, having no more than six cylinders and having original documentation (i.e. no photo or carbon copies). Any important information that you need to know can be found online with a little research. Typically, the more experienced auto shipping companies have any information you need to know available in detail on their websites. The best companies will also have representatives that can explain the details of regulations, fees and insurance plans.
Preparing Your Vehicle for Drop Off
Before you put your vehicle in the hands of the shipping company, remove all of your personal items. You shouldn’t have a problem with stolen items if you hire a reputable vehicle shipping company, but theft does happen.
You’ll also want to wash your vehicle, make sure that it has no more than a quarter tank of gas, and check for tire pressure, a fully charged battery, antifreeze and any mechanical problems. Ideally, you shouldn’t ship a car to Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic if it has mechanical problems just to be on the safe side. But, if you can’t have any mechanical problems fixed in time, make sure you inform the shipping company as well as put it in writing.
When you drop off your vehicle at the seaport, you will be asked to sign a legal document stating its condition. It’s not a bad idea to take this documentation process a bit further. Once you’ve washed your car, take photos at all angles with the truck driver present.
Arrival: Storage and Pickup
A company’s process for shipping to the Dominican Republic or Puerto Rico is about more than the method of transport and securing the vehicle properly – it is also about what happens to the vehicle upon arrival.
You’ll want to check your vehicle outside and inside for any damage or missing items (if you decided to leave some belongings in the vehicle). If you find damage, be sure to report it to the shipping company and document it yourself by taking photos.
Although these are just some of the tips that you should be aware of when shipping a car to Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic, they are among the most important. If you’re working with an experienced shipping company, you’ll likely receive good advice to ensure the safety of your vehicle in addition to making the process convenient, cost effective.