How to export your car

How to export your car

How to export your car. In today’s post, I would like to talk about how to export your car. And how my wife and I did this. What you need to know and think about before you take this action.

So there’s a couple of things that are important to consider before you do this. As I found out when we were planning our move from Holland to Sweden, it isn’t as easy as it seems. This is mostly because of the gap of time between the moment you leave your home country, and the moment you arrive at your destination.

As an example, I will tell you what we had to face and what mistakes we made. But also the one things I (luckily) did very right.


How to export your car


The planning of how to export your car

When we still lived in Holland, we were driving  Toyota Auris. Which, at that point, was a really new car. We were very happy with the car, which made it the perfect car for moving. Right? Well, not as much as you might think. The two things we had to consider were; the environment/climate we would end up in. And two; the fact that it had to be imported into the new country too.

Point one will be different for everyone, depending on your destination. But to give you an idea of what you might run in to, we were moving to a place where, in the winter, temperatures can go as low as -45. And on top of that, there can be as much as 1 to 2 meters thick. All though Sweden has an amazing policy for cleaning roads, this was no place for a hybrid. So that was reason one for us to reconsider taking the Toyota.

For point two we had to do a little more research before we left. As I found out, importing a car in Sweden can get really expensive. And if the car isn’t in 100% good condition, you have to repair everything before you can import the car. Although our car was basically new, we didn’t want to risk having to pay a lot of money in our first week.

The tricky part

So after some brainstorming, I came up with the following solution for how to export your car. We sold our Toyota and bought the cheapest and biggest station wagon we could find. In our case, this was an old Ford Mondeo.  A car that could hold much of our suitcases.

We sold our car, bought the Ford, and went to the DMV to export the car. This isn’t free though. And your car has to be checked for the MOT. In retrospect, the Ford we bought JUST passed the MOT if you ask me. But we were happy to find a way to get out.

Now here comes the kicker. You have to be insured while you drive to your destination. But you can’t have a car insurance when you’re not a citizen. You want to have AA service, but nobody will cover you when you have emigrated. So how did I solve this? Well, I made a deal with both companies to sell me a short-term subscription for just 3 days. I had to pay about 150 euros for it, but that is well worth the coverage you get in case of problems.

Once in Sweden, we sold our Ford to an export company and bought local cars.

How to export your car



  • Think about your travel
  • Consider your destination
  • Don’t buy a car that will cost you much to import
  • You can always buy a new car in your new country

So that’s all on how to plan a migration. More information about getting started can be found in my introduction post.

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