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Dec 19th, 2009, 01:39 PM
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A Reggie? and I have read you posting on the Rover forum!
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Dec 20th, 2009, 12:23 AM
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Many years ago I worked for Rover, then called BLMH.

I seem to have an effect on car companies - I worked for Saab, too !

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Dec 20th, 2009, 07:02 AM
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Saab was unloved by GM. I feel they never looked at the core values of the brand.
But I hope you have better luck now you work for yourself.
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Dec 22nd, 2009, 07:02 AM
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The only comment I have to make about the BMW is that even though the US market is spec'ed differently, they still assemble many of the cars there and I would expect that they could obtain parts for it pretty easily if not cheaply.

I might be more concerned about driving a US-spec'd car in Europe - what needs to be modified?
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Jan 3rd, 2010, 04:28 PM
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A couple of things:
A great column on what it took to get a car licensed in France (origin UK) at
The author moved from the UK to France and has shared his tales of French life with Telegraph readers for some time.
In the very south of France, there's a great little website/publication:
They cover Aude (Languedoc) and Ariege (Midi-Pyrenees) which are my favorite two departments in France (visited there 10 times so far, home to go again this spring). So of course I would recommend that area above others--but you'd need to check it out.
If NOLA is your home then for a good carnival, you need to check out Limoux.
There's much more to see/do/appreciate in the area, one of my favorite small towns.
Back to car shipping:
There are companies that specialize in shipping cars (and household goods) but there are good ones, and not-so-good.(I worked for one quite a while ago).
You'll need to have clear title to the car as someone is going to have to have it 'cleared' by US Customs before it can be exported:
What you decide to take to France with you will have to be itemized--detailed, as if you were selling them. The forwarder (person who will handle the export) will need this and you will need it to import the goods into France too.
Don't plan on packing stuff into the vehicle without declaring it.
Do plan on buying insurance, the coverage offered by the bill of lading (document of shipment) is limited to $300 and that's IF it can be shown that the carrier (forwarder/nvocc/ocean carrier) was responsible.

There is direct ocean service from Savannah or Norfolk to Fos sur Mer (Marseille) (22 to 24 days)
and from Savannah or Charleston to Le Havre about 18 days.
This is with a number of carriers who share vessels, the schedule I used was for CMA-CGM.
If you decide to have a full container load (20' or 40') you can also arrange to have the container delivered to your location ('door move') which the steamship line will handle.
They won't unload the container, so you'll need to arrange labor for that.
There is a limited amount of 'free' time provided before the ship sails, and once the cargo is discharged from the vessel. You need to be aware of this so you don't run into lots and lots of costs for the on-dock storage. You will need to clear customs before the container can leave the dock. Try to avoid having the container devanned and your goods stored at a warehouse--again, costs, costs & more costs.
If you do need to store your goods I would suggest having the container taken to a self-store facility and unload the goods there. The storage costs will be that much less and you can access the unit and take out what you need when you need it.
I worked for a steamship agency and have helped people both import & export personal effects and offer what I've learned from their feedback.
I envy you (a little) your move to France. Remember to take lots of good NOLA herbs and spices so you can treat your new neighbors to some home cookin'.
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