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To Sum It Up

  • You will only ship your vehicle if you receive a permanent reassignment
  • The military has a process in place to ship your vehicle to your new base
  • You can ship your car both domestically and abroad

As a member of the military, you are likely to receive both contiguous U.S. (CONUS) and outside the contiguous United States (OCONUS) assignments, though this shouldn’t affect your auto insurance price rising — there’s a reason why veterans save on auto insurance.

Keep reading to find out what to do with your vehicle when you are shipped out to a new base and when to bring your car with you on assignment.

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When does it make sense to bring your car with you?

It’s a well-known fact that military members travel a lot. Assignments can take a servicemember all over the country, and it is not always realistic to take your car to each of these places.

If you are getting a PCS (permanent change of station) within the contiguous U.S. (CONUS), then you generally can drive your car to your new base, and shipping is not required.

Going to the effort of shipping your car abroad generally only makes sense when you receive a PCS OCONUS, or outside the contiguous United States.

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How does military PCS vehicle shipping CONUS and OCONUS work?

The military has an existing military car shipping program. This allows you to ship cars both inside and outside the U.S.

The first step is to prepare your car for travel. Clean it, remove all personal items, and make sure it is clean and has all the required paperwork and stickers.

Next, you will drive your car to one of the nearest PCS vehicle shipping OCONUS stations. Once it has arrived and been checked in, it will be sent to your new base.

Do you need special insurance when you’re living abroad?

Yes, military personnel driving outside the USA do need to purchase a special international auto insurance policy.

These policies can be purchased through many auto insurance companies. The most popular companies used by military members are:

This is due to the discounts that they commonly offer to military members.

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