Import classic cars from the USA. This must be observed!


After the really positive exchange rate in 2008, it is often said that the best cars have already changed hands at this time. However, we can confirm that this is not the case! Every month there are new treasures that enthusiasts import to Europe.

To make sure that the purchase of one of these vehicles does not become a nightmare, we have put together a few things to consider.

Again and again, we receive calls from customers who have found a particularly favourable offer on the Internet and are even prepared to pay in advance for such a "bargain"... but please be warned! Compare the vehicles of different suppliers because no seller will sell a vehicle in excellent condition for 50% less than his competitors.

It is also advisable to make the payment through an escrow service. The payment via our escrow service is carried out before or at pickup and thus guarantees the highest possible security. If you have found a suitable vehicle, ask the seller if he is willing to have his vehicle inspected by an expert before the purchase. Even if you do not want to have a preliminary inspection, this is a good indicator whether the seller is serious or not. With our USCT-AutoCheck, you are able to get an impression of a vehicle without being on site yourself.

Many sellers want a deposit of $500 - $1,000 which can usually be paid via PayPal. This is very common and confirms your interest in buying the vehicle. If it does come to problems, you are protected by the PayPal buyer protection. Here you have the possibility to claim back the amount within 45 days after payment. Please note the separate guidelines of PayPal.

When shipping vehicles from the USA, please know that cheap is not always good. Here there are different possibilities, such as the transport by RoRo, with which the vehicle is transported on a ship similar to a parking deck. Since it must go fast during loading and unloading, the vehicles are not handled with kid gloves.
A shipment in a container is no less "dangerous", but we prefer it. Here too, the price makes the music. The cheaper the freight rate, the more additional cargo is in a container. We advise to load the containers with two to maximum, three vehicles. For customers who only have one vehicle transported, this must of course be clarified in advance with the respective service provider, as the vehicle should arrive in the same condition as it left the seller. In the near future we will add some more questions from customers so that you are prepared for the purchase/shipping.

Please do not hesitate to send us further questions which we will be happy to include here.

Your team from USCar-Trader.com