1. John Short

    John Short Newbie

    Hi Everyone,

    I know 1 or 2 of us on this group have shipped cars from Hungary.

    I now find myself in a situation where I’m seriously considering buying a car in Hungary, and figuring out how to import it to the USA shores :)

    If anyone has experience or can help in any way (containers, details of ports, companies who handle shipping between Hungary & USA, or even simply words of advice) – please contact me off (or on) board, I’d love to get clued up as to how this pipedream might materialize into a reality :)

    Thanks so much,

    John (Longmont, CO)

    john_short@mentor.com
    303 775 7920 C
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  2. Justin

    Justin Owner Administrator

    Hey John,

    So like we've talked about there are two people that may be bringing over a container from Hungary in the not too distant future.....One person is Aaron and the other is Bountyflyer.

    Another person that may be able to assist is Bence Mazán. He recently joined the boards and he does importing/exporting cars to the UK and US and he is out of Hungary.

    Here is a link to his introduction post which also contains a link to his site:

    http://www.trabantforums.com/threads/hello-i-distribute-lot-of-socialist-cars.1107/

    One of these three also may be able to advise or assist with temporary storage.

    Oh, also Lotsokids is an American in Hungary....I don't know if he has any knowledge or experience in shipping cars, but if he does I am sure he'll chime in.

    I hope you get the car :)
  3. turbofiat124

    turbofiat124 Loyal Comrade

    Hey john! Try G &G import in Miami. He imports cars from Hungary. He's honest and fair to deal with. If you're interested I'll look his number up for you when i get home.
  4. Wartburg353W

    Wartburg353W Loyal Comrade

    John,
    Just be sure the car is at least 25 years old to get it in the US, and check with your state on what it will require to title and register your car. Virginia wanted the ownership papers translated to English so since I knew that in advance, it was easier for me to get that done in Hungary than once I got here.
    Jeff
  5. Lotsokids

    Lotsokids Loyal Comrade

    I have no experience shipping a car from Hungary to the United States. I don't know anyone else who has. Sorry. It's more hassle to ship a vehicle from the U.S. here to Hungary. I just sold it instead of shipping it. (motorcycle)
  6. SameFD

    SameFD Newbie

    I havent shipped cars from Hungary but I had 2 cars shipped from another European country to the United States using bidux international car transport company. Its better to look for reputable companies if you dont want to have any issues, so you shouldt be looking for the cheapest shipping costs.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2013
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  7. Justin

    Justin Owner Administrator

    I agree with that, you can have good, fast and cheap, but you can't have all three of those at a cheap cost.
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  8. Raindrops

    Raindrops Smoking Along

    The first thing you need to know is that it won't be cheap. In addition to the cost of shipping, you'll have some taxes and import fees and, if the car doesn't meet the necessary specs, some modifications to make. I'd talk to a good shipper that's experienced doing this and they should be able to answer all your questions. I've worked with this company before https://www.a1autotransport.com/ship-car-to-hungary.php (from Hungary to Canada) and they seemed to know there stuff, no delays, unexpected costs, etc. I'd still contact a couple different shippers before making a decision to make you sure you get the best price & service though. My two cents.
  9. Aaron

    Aaron Leader

    Before I found mine I had difficulty finding a reliable carrier. I contacted the American embassy in Hungary for suggestions, and they gave me an email with several links at the time. I quoted them out, as well as some recommended from this forum. They were all pretty close. The odd part to me was portion of the trip to get the car from Pecs, Hungary to Bremmerhaven Germany was more expensive than the Roll on/Roll off to the USA.
  10. John Short

    John Short Newbie

    Thanks, ‘Raindrops’!

    All very true and sound advice! You nailed it with “it won't be cheap. In addition to the cost of shipping…..” Fortunately I was already aware of how that goes, so had mentally prepared myself for the financial ‘fleecing’ J
    I did actually ship the Wartburg 353 Tourist from Hungary and have been enjoying it for a good year here in Colorado now! It’s been a faithful long-haul vehicle which has given impeccable service and tremendous fun driving and tidying / maintaining J I’m very glad I went ahead and brought it over (I’m sure the Trabi’s relived to have a bit of a rest from the long-distance runs too LOL)!

    For shipping FYI I used Trans Global Logistics (Europe) out of Germany – they arrange overland to the Port of Emden (Germany) from Hungary too. Extremely efficient and a delight to work with, plus seemed as reasonable as anyone! I’d recommend them in a heartbeat. From the UK to the USA I’d previously used Golden Chariots International who were also excellent, but they don’t ship from Germany to the USA (might be worth bearing in mind if anyone ever needs to ship to or from the UK though).

    At this point I must say thanks especially again to Justin and his good wife for facilitating the shipping process with his amazing hospitality and help in collecting the car from the port and preparing it for the ‘adventure’ back to Colorado!!

    Also thanks to everyone else for the replies!! For some reason the email notification only worked for 'Raindrops' so because I don't tend to spend much time on Forums I've only just noticed some of the replies and tips. Apologies for the belated acknowledgement, and once again I really appreciate the help!

    Cheers,
    John
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  11. Rezzato

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  12. John Short

    John Short Newbie

    Thanks Rezzato - v helpful of you - but as mentioned I've had my Tourist here in Colorado for a good year now and am loving it! Don't need any further shipping from overseas for the foreseeable future :) Thanks again though.
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