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How are vehicles shipped between the United States and Canada?

vehicle shipping methods to canada

Have you just purchased a car in the United States that you wish to ship to Canada? Or do you wish to move a vehicle from Canada to the United States? If yes, then you may be wondering what methods are used when shipping cars between the two countries. At US Canada Auto Transport, we have over 30 years’ experience moving vehicles between the two countries. We are, therefore, well placed to give you all the answers that you are looking for in terms of automotive shipments to and from Canada and the U.S.

  1. Driving across the border
You can drive your own car across the border with Canada
You can drive your own car across the border with Canada

This is the first option as far as shipping a car between the United States and Canada is concerned. Instead of hiring someone to do the job on your behalf, you can simply drive your vehicle across the border. However, you are going to have to meet several requirements in order to do this. You may, therefore, wish to get in touch with us for a list of what you need to do in order to import of export your vehicle this way.

  1. Auto Shipping Companies

The good news, for those that do not wish to have to go through the hassle of driving, is that there are countless auto shipping companies out there that specialize in moving vehicles between the United States and Canada.

We, at US Canada Auto Transport, are one of these companies. If you are looking to have your car shipped from the United States to Canada, or from Canada to the United States, then you definitely need to get in touch with us and we will gladly handle the process on your behalf.

Why hire us?

The greatest advantage of using an auto shipping company, such as ours, rather than doing it yourself, is that we will handle most of the paperwork on your behalf. The makes the entire process less of a challenge. Believe me, you need to know your way around to be able to fully comply with vehicle importation regulations between the United States and Canada.

  1. By Air
Vehicles can be shipped by air
Vehicles can be shipped by air

If you need to receive your vehicle fast and if you can afford it, then this is something that you can choose when shipping a vehicle from Canada to the United States or from the United States to Canada. To be fair, air transportation for vehicles between the two countries is rather rare, since it’s so easy for people to use ground transportation. Indeed, your vehicle needs to be rather expensive for the cost of air shipment to be justifiable.

  1. Train

This is the fourth option as far as shipping your vehicle between Canada and the United States is concerned. The D.C. Amtrak’s Auto Train is noted for offering this service. However, a train can, for obvious reasons, only take you so far. You may have to drive you vehicle to its final destination.

Why use a train?

The train carries both you and your car across the border. This has the advantages of providing you with an adventurous ride and reducing the wear and tear that would have resulted had you chosen to drive your car across the border yourself.

What do auto shipping companies use?

If you are wondering, car shipping companies use specialized vehicle carriers to move vehicles between the United States and Canada. You may have come across these double deck trucks while driving around. The great thing about them is that they can carry quite a number of vehicles, making the process affordable for those that wish to ship their vehicles.

Open and closed trucks

Loading a vehicle into a container for overseas shipment

When it comes to shipping your vehicle using auto carriers, you have two options. You can choose to either have your car shipped in an open truck or in a closed truck. Shipping container have multiple uses, even at the ends of their lives and, yes, your vehicle can be shipped in one. Watch the above video for how loading onto a shipping container is done.

How much will it cost me?

The cost of shipping a vehicle between the United States and Canada is, of course, going to be varied, depending on the method of transportation used, the type of vehicle, the distance, and other considerations. However, you can, on average, expect to pay $1200 to have your car shipped.

What’s the bottom line?

If you are looking to ship your vehicle from Canada to the United or the other way round, then there are several ways that you can do it. Get in touch with us to get the best advice that you will be able to get out there on the subject. Also get in touch to get an auto shipment quote. Now, with regard to vehicle shipments, the following are some of the considerations;

  • Cost: What’s your budget? You will notice that we are some of the most affordable in this regard.
  • Convenience: It’s better to go with a company that offers door to door shipments.
  • Urgency: You need to take into consideration whether you need your vehicle at your destination quickly or not.

Again, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you are looking for a fast, affordable way through which to transport your vehicle between the United States and Canada.

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