Whether you are fulfilling a life long dream or simply trying to save money - importing a car from the United States of America can be worth your while. With the help of SCL Rotterdam, importing a vehicle is easier and safer than you might think!
Why import a car from the U.S.A.?
- Depending on the model of your choice, you can save a lot of money
- The American market is enormous - more cars, more choice
- Find models that are not available in your own country or Europe
- Less rust and generally better condition thanks to the warmer climate
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Prevent a bad buy: pre-purchase inspection
It might sound logical, but you wouldn't buy a car in your own country without having seen it. Unfortunately, not everyone has the option of travelling to The United States to inspect and buy a vehicle on site. Fortunately, SCL has a network of specialist technicians who can inspect your car's condition thoroughly before making the final purchase. We can usually have a technician at the seller's location throughout the USA within 72 hours. The pre-purchase vehicle inspection consists of the following elements:
- An extensive photo collection (about 50 pictures) of the car and any damages or defects
- A thoroughly prepared 12-page inspection report
- Full vehicle inspection for damages
- The car's technical condition will be assessed and described in the inspection report
- If the car is in driving condition, the technician will take it for a testdrive to check driving behaviour
The technical inspection will in most cases pay for itself: the honest and thorough assessment of the vehicle's condition greatly improves your bargaining position if you decide to purchase.
Use a secure payment method
Paying a large amount of money for an international vehicle purchase can be risky. You are doing business with an unknown international seller and not everyone can simply travel to the United States to finalize the transaction. Make sure you don't get scammed and choose a safe and secure payment method.
We offer our Safe Payment Service for USA purchases in combination with local transport to the port. Whenever you are dealing with an unknown seller we highly recommend this fully safe payment construction. Our local transport company pays the seller only when the car is physically being picked up. This way, you never have to worry about wether or not the seller actually delivers your purchase after transferring the money.
Never transfer money to a foreign seller if you are not absolutely confident. Never use anonymous payment methods like Paypal or Western Union for large overseas transactions.
Tips and advice for car import from USA
- used cars from 1 of the states with a warmer climate often have less rust
- a pre-purchase local inspection by a professional offers more certainty and a better bargaining position
- make sure you finalize your purchase using a secure payment method like our Safe Payment Service - choose safety!