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31. Juli 2019

What is vehicle transportation? 

The term "vehicle transfer" explained


This term refers to the transport of a motor vehicle from one place to another. Sender and receiver can vary. Examples for a vehicle transfer are the transport from a car rental company to a workshop, from a workshop to the customer or other tours that are required by the customers. The necessity of a vehicle transfer can be of different nature. On the one hand, the customer is provided with a service that can save him a lot of time. On the other hand, companies such as car rental companies or garages can provide the customer with a pick-up and drop-off service and thus concentrate on their core business.

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What are the methods of vehicle transfer?


Basically, there are two transport options available for vehicle transfer, which mainly depend on whether the car is roadworthy and what distance has to be covered.

1. Transport on your own axle


The first possibility is the so-called transport on its own axis. Here, you must first check whether the vehicle is still registered.
If the vehicle is not registered, a separate transfer license plate must be applied for for the vehicle transfer. Prerequisite for this type of vehicle transport is a valid registration for the vehicle. The license plates for a car transfer within the EU are usually valid for five days and are recognised in most countries. If a vehicle is transferred to a country that does not recognise this transfer license plate, an additional export license plate must be applied for, which is valid for 15 days up to one year. The respective regulations, also with regard to customs and import restrictions, should be clarified immediately before the transport of the vehicle, as there may be changes here. There are also companies that specialise in this area of vehicle transfer and take care of the formalities for the customer, as well as the transfer itself, with a driver taking care of the job.

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2. Transport on a foreign axis


If no additional kilometres are desired for the transport of the vehicle, or it is not ready to drive, then only the vehicle transfer on a foreign axle remains. In this case, the respective transfer company must be equipped with a semi-trailer, car trailer or towing vehicle in order to be able to carry out the vehicle transfer on a foreign axle properly.
This type of car transport is considerably more expensive than the transfer on your own axle. Depending on the order, this can result in a three to four-digit amount for a vehicle transfer. It should be noted that the owner of the vehicle is responsible for compliance with customs and import regulations when crossing a border, unless the transport company explicitly states this in the services. Depending on the vehicle and its condition, a special transporter may also have to be used, which may entail additional costs. One of the most important points when transporting on a foreign axis is the selection of the transport company. Trustworthy companies have specially trained drivers and also offer insurance if damage should occur during the transfer journey. Some transfer companies also offer to take over the bureaucratic necessities. There are also offers from private providers, which are usually cheaper, but here the formalities must be done by themselves. In addition, private providers usually have no trained drivers who carry out the transport and are often not sufficiently insured in the event of damage to cover any damage. Therefore, you should carefully consider which company you want to have the vehicle transported.

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What preparations have to be made for the car transfer?


When transferring a vehicle on your own axle, you must first ensure that the car is roadworthy and insured. If this is not the case, a transfer license plate should be applied for in advance.
This can also be done by other companies at additional cost. Irrespective of whether the car transport is carried out on its own or on a foreign axle, the condition of the car should be documented. This can also be interpreted as an indication of the seriousness of the company that is taking over the vehicle transfer. If such a documentation is rejected, one should consider the selection, since one has otherwise no evidence, if with the car transfer a damage develops. It is also advisable to remove all objects from the vehicle that are not necessary for the vehicle transfer in order to prevent theft. If objects remain in the vehicle, they should be recorded in writing, signed by the vehicle handler and checked for completeness after the journey.

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