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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-21-2017, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Shipping my Spider to Europe

I am planning to move to Portugal for a few years of semi-retirement, and am toying with bringing my toy along (low mileage 92 Spider). Does anyone have any experience with trans-Atlantic shipping? Good experiences or horror stories? Roll-on/Roll-off versus containerized?

My motivation is the romantic notion of tooling about Europe in my Alfa. Anyone care to bring me back down to Earth?

Bottom line: good idea or fool's errand?

On a related matter, any recommendations about maintenance work to get done before making the journey?
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My motivation is the romantic notion of tooling about Europe in my Alfa. Anyone care to bring me back down to Earth?
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Bottom line: good idea or fool's errand?
It's not a good idea, Its a fabulous idea!

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My first clue that this was the wrong place to go looking for rational advice:

"I own 30 classic cars in various states of disrepair, but I'm struggling over my next acquisition. My wife says she'll leave me if I buy another car. Here's my dilemma. Should I go with the red one or the blue one?"

At least I can now honestly say that I asked for advice and nobody said it was a bad idea. :-)
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You can always get another car. Another wife will be very expensive. I'd keep the wife.

I assume you're taking her with you to Portugal? She'll love having the Alfa there.

You might want to see if there are some Alfa service shops where you're going
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There are a myriad of issues including how Portugal will tax your car coming into the country and how/if you can get it licensed and registered, plus the issue of insurance. Maybe some Portuguese members on the BB can help you with the location of mechanics and the availability of parts there.

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Bottom line: good idea or fool's errand?
I agree that it's a good concept. And I know nothing about international shipping. But here's another angle on the issue:

Are you sure that you can register a 1992, US-delivery car in Portugal? I don't know that you can't, but I do know that a 1992, Portuguese-delivery car would be a problem here in California. Yea, your Alfa probably has lower emissions than what they were selling in Portugal 25 years ago, but logic often has nothing to do with these regulations. Perhaps the Portuguese car dealers' lobby has blocked the importation of any car made in the last 30 years (I just made that example up, but it wouldn't surprise me).

It's worth verifying before your Alfa lands on the dock in Lisbon.

(Whoops - looks like Roadtrip and I were typing the same idea simultaneously!)

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Portugal is a nice country.

You will have no problem with parts (delivery by post from Germany in 2-3 days).

You will find authentic garage to check your car.

If you pay taxes (in case of), you will drive your car every day !!

Now, I know just the shipping between US and France, without any problem Ro/Ro or container.

You can receipt you car in France (Le Havre) and go to Portugal, long and nice way, but take a rest at the Bordeaux area... Just for wines :-))

Welcome to Europe !
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