It is common in the Caribbean community for people to fill up a Box Truck with freight or to overload a Sports Utility Vehicle with personal stuff then drive it to a US port that’s entrusted with the responsibility of shipping that vehicle to a chosen port in the Caribbean. This crude way of doing business may on the surface save you money but will consume so much of your time and in the long run, end up costing much more. Contrary to popular belief, it is cheaper to hire a third party through an auto shipping company to haul your vehicle to the port, you use when shipping cars and trucks to the Caribbean than doing the job yourself. “I would be glad to do the math with you.” It all boils down to how much your time is worth. From a business standpoint, it is also about “value and convenience.” Value in the sense of what’s important to you as a customer. For example, how fast do you you want the vehicle delivered to the US port? And how much money are you willing to spend to get the job done your way? Thus, you can spend your valuable time doing other things? Convenience in this context means that you sit in the comfort of your own home while a Customer Service Rep. gives you regular updates of the whereabouts of your vehicle until it arrives at the port, in the same exact condition it was given to the driver. However, once the vessel is underway, things can get a bit more complicated. When the ship is out to sea, even major “Auto Transport and Shipping Companies” don’t get an immediate response to an inquiry. At that point, your patience would be greatly appreciated. Like you, the CentEx Cargo and Auto staff waits for words whether the ETA will be met or whether there will be some delay due to unforeseen circumstances. If you still want to do the job yourself you must do it the right way. It is definitely not too difficult to do just that if you don’t live too far from the port. But regardless of the distance in terms of miles traveled or driven from a starting point to the port of destination, you must carry some type of liability of insurance on the vehicle. Driving any car or a commercial vehicle with no insurance carries a stiff penalty in all 50 states. Moreover, the vehicle must be in very good driving condition. Because if it breaks down on the way to the port, you will incur both the costs of towing and repair. Lastly, in the worst case scenario, you can potentially pay some steep impound fees, if you cannot afford to have your box truck for instance fixed immediately after some type of mechanical failure or an accident.
Well, if you make it to the port without any incident, don’t forget to remove the license plate(s) before leaving. Keep in mind that most RoRo vessels reserve the right to charge you an additional fee for overloading the vehicle or if it doesn’t start due to the battery going down. As you approach the port, don’t fill up with gas. For safety reasons, a crew member of the vessel will siphon gas out of the tank of any vehicle that’s on full.
The ideal way to transport any automobile is with nothing in it – i.e., empty. If you have a Sedan, SUV, Pickup Truck, or a Van, you should hire a company that will put it on a double deck car hauler. This way, you can have peace of mind and enough insurance coverage until your vehicle is delivered to the US port. If you have a big truck, it is best that you deal with a company that has access to some heavy duty flatbed trailers that a driver can attach to a big rig. As a valued customer, your time is too valuable for you to get behind the wheel and do the job yourself. How much does a one-way ticket cost for you to get back from the port to your home state? How much time are you willing to spend on a bus after taken some time off from work? I don’t know about you but I would rather spend a small part of my vacation supervising an Agent clearing my automobile out of customs of the port of destination and most of it on a beach somewhere in the Caribbean.
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