Shipping your car to America | Thread of the Week


"I like America and I like my 993." A solid list of preferences though not one that necessarily goes together when you live in London. But, Aircooled_Bug, clearly a determined sort of chap, wasn't to be dissuaded from a dream US road trip by the small matter of the Atlantic Ocean. The solution, seemingly straightforward, is to have your car shipped to a convenient port - then shipped back again when you're done. Simples.

Except, of course, it isn't. Not by a long shot. Do you want to put your car in a container or use a roll on roll off ship as manufacturers do? Have you considered marine insurance? Have you factored in the late arrival of said ship? Have filled out your Vehicle Import Authorisation form? Have got EPA approval? Have you sorted US car insurance - a potential rabbit warren of issues on its own?

No, you haven't done any of these things. But armed with nothing more than the patience and foresight of a Royal Logistic Corps officer - not to mention a fair bit of budget - our hero signed his name in all the right places and successfully met his beloved Porsche in Tennessee for the road trip of a lifetime. And even got it back again. The resulting thread is obviously must-see for the pictures alone, but so too is Aircooled_Bug's own comprehensive blog on the subject, where he lays out everything you'll need to follow in his footsteps.

Just don't start reading if you've got anything else to do this afternoon.



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  • NJ72 22 Aug 2019

    Not detracting from a great pair of reads, but when a user posts links to YouTube videos or similar in a thread they get blocked, so why are you promoting this person's blog?

    Is it perhaps a chance to review the antiquated 'no external links please' rule?

  • mikey k 22 Aug 2019

    This idea I like cool

  • Aircooled_Bug 22 Aug 2019

    NJ72 said:
    Not detracting from a great pair of reads, but when a user posts links to YouTube videos or similar in a thread they get blocked, so why are you promoting this person's blog?

    Is it perhaps a chance to review the antiquated 'no external links please' rule?
    Could it be because YouTube blogs are revenue generating? No idea, just a thought.

    The blog does not make money, it has no advertising on it. Countless hours have gone into creating the site and content and it's now a decent knowledge base now for anyone else who might consider doing the same thing. smile

  • NJ72 22 Aug 2019

    Aircooled_Bug said:
    Could it be because YouTube blogs are revenue generating? No idea, just a thought.

    The blog does not make money, it has no advertising on it. Countless hours have gone into creating the site and content and it's now a decent knowledge base now for anyone else who might consider doing the same thing. smile
    Potentially, but I know of people who've linked to things without ad revenue and they've been blocked.

    I'm not trying to be a hater, your trip looks PHENOMENAL and the info in your blog is really useful for anyone who might be considering doing it themselves, it's just the inconsistency from PH-towers that made me post smile

  • Fishy Dave 22 Aug 2019

    What a superb read and adventure, thanks for highlighting this PH. Having enjoyed a roadtrip in the states when buying my car it's made me think about taking it back for a holiday....

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