IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE DIFFICULT
Savvy American collectors have noticed something. There are certain collector vehicles, popular and affordable in Europe, that are exceedingly rare in the USA. As a result, prices in North America are higher. Importers have picked up on this fact, and are bringing many of those vehicles into the states, but for their time and effort they command a premium. And to an extent, it makes sense. The idea of buying a car yourself in Europe is fraught with legitimate concerns, and navigating the laws and logistics of importing it yourself is a daunting prospect. Still, the lure of speciality cars at European prices is strong.
At Autology, we finally make the process simple, expedient, and hassle free.
You buy the car from our salon in Spain. We are a fully legal and licensed collector car dealership located in Denia, about an hour south of Valencia, with an American collector car expert on staff. We provide honest, clear descriptions of each vehicle, complete with all the photographs and videos you need to make an informed decision. We can speak on the telephone, or by video chat, so you can see the car in real time, and you are even welcome to fly here and test drive the vehicle yourself if you wish.
When you decide to buy, we deliver your car to the port of Valencia free of charge, and complete all the export paperwork on your behalf. Shipping cost is a flat rate of $1900 to your choice of Baltimore, MD; Jacksonville, FL or Galveston, TX and when the car arrives in the USA we complete all the import documentation on your behalf to make sure the vehicle is fully cleared and ready for pickup. No additional costs. No duties, no port fees, nothing. $1900, port-to-port. You just pick it up at the port of your choice and take it home.
Once you have the vehicle in your possession, we make sure you have all the documents you need to register the car in your State, quickly and easily.
You get the car you want at a European price, and you get the delivery to the USA at cost. Best of all, you have a team of proven professionals who guide you every step of the way to make sure things go quickly and smoothly.
Not American? It doesn't matter where you live, the same process applies. We'll help you get your new car from our showroom to your garage, anywhere in the world, at cost.
frequently asked questions about shipping to the usa
"What is included in the $1900 shipping cost to the USA?"
The short answer is everything, from our dealership in Spain to the port of your choice, currently either Baltimore, MD; Jacksonville, FL or Galveston, TX. For the $1900, we cover everything. Delivery to the port in Spain, export paperwork and fees, shipping, importation paperwork and duties in the USA, port fees, Customs Brokerage fees... everything. You just collect the car at the port and take it home. No additional costs.
"Can you ship the car to me in Long Beach, CA?" (or Vancouver, B.C., or Tokyo, Japan, or...)
Sure. We can ship the car anywhere in the world. But we can't do it for US$1900. For $1900 we can ship it to the ports above, all-in. If you want it to go to a different port, it will likely have to go inside a container, all by itself. And that makes the transport more expensive. All-in, for a container to Long Beach (or Seattle, or Vancouver) figure more like US$3700. But yes, we can do it. If you're interested, please inquire.
"How long does shipping to the USA take?"
Well, the boat itself takes about four weeks to sail from Spain to any of the destination ports in the USA listed above. And boats leave about every 3 weeks. So assume somewhere between 5-8 weeks from the time we receive payment, as a rough figure. Once we have the name of the boat your vehicle is booked onto, we'll give it to you so you can track the boat online, using one of the many vessel tracking websites on the internet.
"Do I have to ship with you?"
No, of course not. If you would rather handle the shipping yourself, you are more than welcome to do that.
"How do I get a title in my state?"
In 49 states, the process is quite easy and you will almost invariably walk into your local Division of Motor Vehicles and walk out with your title and registration that same day. (For California buyers, see separate question below.) When you buy a vehicle from us, we send the paperwork to you separately, by UPS international express, as well as clear, simple instructions and advice for obtaining the title. All the vehicle documentation will arrive in your hands before the vehicle gets to the port. With this paperwork, and the documents you receive from the relevant government agencies when the car is cleared through the port of your choice, you will have everything you need to title and register the vehicle. We will walk you through the whole process. It is not complicated, 100% legal and correct, and we are always here to help if needed.
"Can I register the vehicle in California?"
The answer depends on what type of vehicle we are talking about. For 1979 and older diesel-powered vehicles, or for 1967 and older gasoline-powered vehicles, you can title and register in California without major hassle. For 1980 and newer diesels, however, or for 1968 and newer petrol-powered cars, the process becomes more difficult. Many people have different interpretations of the California laws regarding this, and many people have had wildly divergent personal experiences registering imported vehicles in California, so if you plan to register in California it would be wise to consult with knowledgable professionals in the State of California before buying a car from us. Registering it in any other state, however, will not be a problem.
"Can you help me import a vehicle that is less than 25 years old?"
No. In almost all cases, importing a vehicle which was manufactured less than 25 years ago is illegal and we do not import such vehicles.
"I have heard horror stories about imported vehicles being seized at the port, or even from an owners home, and crushed! How do I know my purchase will arrive safely?"
These 'horror stories' are common internet fodder, and serve to discourage many people from importing a vehicle from another country. The bottom line, though, is that the laws are very clear, and the process of legal importation is a safe and proven one. The only time anyone has any difficulty is if they are trying to operate illegally, swapping VIN plates or doing something unethical to scheme the system. We only import vehicles which are 100% legal for import to the USA, with clear, legal paperwork, and we only import them 100% by-the-book, using an established Customs Broker in the USA.
"I'd love an excuse to visit Spain. Do you offer any kind of 'European Delivery' option?"
Sure! If you would like to drive your vehicle in Europe before shipping it to the USA, you are more than welcome to do so. You can come to our facility in Denia, Spain (about an hour south of Valencia), collect the car, and drive it anywhere you like, for up to 60 days, entirely legally. When you are finished touring, you simply drop the vehicle back off at our facility in Denia and we will get it to the port and ship it to the USA for you.
"Who is responsible if the vehicle is damaged during shipment?"
We primarily ship "ro-ro," which stands for "roll-on, roll-off" shipping. The vehicle does not go inside a container. It drives onto the boat in Spain and drives off again when it reaches the USA. Although ro-ro shipping may seem more exposed to damage than container shipping, the reverse is true. Containers are moved around much, much more during loading and transport, and the cargo inside them, no matter how well packed, has a tendency to shift. But damage during ro-ro shipping is exceedingly rare. Ro-ro transport is much simpler with much less movement of the vehicle. It's almost like a huge, specialized ferry. That said, the shipper's liability for damage during transport is usually limited to $500, so if you would like to make sure you are totally covered, you can purchase a marine transport insurance policy. We usually do not do this, and have never had any serious problems, but if you are interested, please contact us for details.
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