The Personal Import Scheme Explained (New Zealand Edition)
While car import brokers have been in the vehicle importing industry for years, very few have bothered to focus on the personal import market, so we get that you may not understand what makes Iron Lady Imports special.
Reasons to Avoid Removal Companies
While many removal companies are quite capable of putting your car in a container with your personal effects, they are not vehicle specialists, and often don’t understand moving vehicles between countries can have numerous pitfalls, all of which will result in you paying more money – and it’s not like you can refuse the extra charges once the car is sitting in another country! Chances are you’ll get good customer service, but you’ll pay a hefty premium for the privilege, when in reality, everyone tends to use the same shipping companies anyway. To cap it off, there’s no assistance when you need to register your vehicle either.
Reasons to Avoid Shipping Companies
If you get a quote from a shipping company, it will probably sound really cheap, but generally shipping companies will only quote you the cost of exporting the vehicle from New Zealand or Australia, without including the charges at the destination end. Of course, once your car is on the boat, the shipping company and their chosen customs brokers can slug you with all sorts of miscellaneous fees and charges in the destination country, and if you want to clear your car off the docks, you have no option but to pay the bill.
History has also shown that shipping companies will assume a LOT of knowledge from their customers – shippers are generally used to dealing with large scale exporters who know the vehicle import approval process inside out rather than private customers with one or two vehicles shipping their vehicles for the first time. So while the price may seem cheap on paper, remember that when mistakes occur, they will invariably end up costing you money.
For example, if your vehicle gets stuck on the wharf in Australia (and this can easily happen if you don’t have the right documentation submitted in time), storage at some ports is hundreds of dollars per day! And again, once the vehicle is off the docks, you’re on your own when the time comes to get it registered.
Reasons to Use a Vehicle Import Broker
Your service fee also buys our experience and understanding of the vehicle import approval process, and we tailor our level of assistance to meet your individual needs.
We import hundreds of vehicles each year from various parts of the world, and often there can be complications or delays with the process, particularly from New Zealand where transit times to Australia are short. In most cases, they’re problems we’ve already seen and dealt with in the past, so we know how to fix them quickly and expediently, saving you time and money. We’ve seen many potential customers decide to go it alone, only to get ‘rescue calls’ from them later on, and it’s generally because a) they’ve considered minor difficulties to be major ones, or even worse, b) have underestimated the gravity of major problems.
Importing a vehicle to Australia or New Zealand comes with an inherent level of risk; with so many people involved in the process, there’s always potential for something to go wrong. While we can’t eliminate the risks all together, using Iron Lady Imports helps to minimise the dramas, at a time when you’re usually stressing about a million other things moving to (or back to) Australia or New Zealand.
Disclaimer: NZRelo outsources shipping services to its partners to complete and obtain quotes. All shipping is provided by the company in which quote you accept. NZRelo is not held liable for any damage/s to your goods being shipped, delays in shipping or any loss you may suffer from shipping your goods.