How Long Does It Take to Ship a Car Overseas?


To many of us, our cars are like our surrogate children. We love them! We’ve spent so much time with them, shared endless memories together and have many more in the future to create. Whether we’re talking about your Grandma’s 1981 Honda Civic or a new Maserati, cars often have a huge amount of sentimental value to us. So, if you’re moving overseas, there’s simply no way you’re going to leave your baby behind – it has to come with you.

Luckily, you can ship your car to pretty much wherever you’re going! Antarctica might be a bit of a stretch, but other than that, you’re sweet. So, how long will the whole process take? Won’t it take forever? Actually, you’d be pleasantly surprised.

How to figure out the time it takes to ship a car overseas

There’s a pretty easy way of finding out how long it will take to ship your car overseas: call the guys at The Moving Company. They’re the ones who can ship your car to wherever it’s going. Depending on where the car is going, it generally takes between 30 and 90 days to ship your car.

Factors that influence how long it takes

There are a couple of different factors that will influence how long it takes to ship your car overseas. Let’s have a look at them:

  • Distance
  • Destination
  • Time of year

The distance your car has to travel is the main factor that determines how long the process will take. The further it has to go, the longer it will take. If you’re shipping your car to Australia, for example, it usually only takes a few weeks, if that. If you’re shipping to the USA, it will take a bit longer, and your car is heading to Europe, it will take a bit longer again. We wish there was a magical portal through which we could send your car but, unfortunately, that hasn’t been invented yet.


Sending your car to Europe, in general, may take 80-90 days. But the destination itself may also influence how long it takes to get there. It won’t take as long to get to a major city like London or Paris as it would to get to remote Norwegian islands like Svalbard and Jan Mayen.

Time of year

Some periods of the year are busier than others and not much can be done to help that. Get in touch with your moving team to figure out the best time to ship your car.

Moving your car to another country can seem like a headache at first. But once you enlist some help from the team at The Moving Company, it gets much easier. The Moving Company can ship your car to basically any corner of the globe and have helped hundreds of Kiwis like you do just that. Get in touch with the friendly team at The Moving Company and grab yourself a free quote today!

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