Steven Cole Smith
Steven Cole Smith Contributor
9/10/20 9:10 a.m.

There’s no question that the number of students in the U.S. taking Latin has “dropped significantly” over the past century or so, despite a plucky comeback thanks to J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books, where helpful life lessons are often disclosed in Latin, such as “Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus,” which translates to “Never tickle a sleeping dragon.”

Still, at least one Latin term perseveres, especially in the automotive realm: caveat emptor, which means, of course, “Let the buyer beware.” Studies show that unfortunate automobile purchases have been a far more irksome issue than sleeping dragons ever were. And while buying a car here in the U.S. can be an onerous task, buying a car from overseas just has caveat emptor written all over it.

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cosworth1 New Reader
3/9/21 5:07 p.m.

I've brought over two collector cars from the UK, the second just last year. Both came using RORO, and worked out very well.

Of course, going that method versus containerized is directly relative to the vehicle and it's value. Neither of my cars would be considered to be "big buck" collectibles. If I had bought a Gullwing or Blower Bentley, I never would have used this method. But it is a lot more affordable when shipping less valuable collectibles. Either way, one needs to apply adequate insurance for the journey.

And if using RORO, get your seller to take photos of the vehicle, right at the port before it departs. All angles of the outside, as well as the interior. This way, you have some documentation of it's condition right before it left, just in case you would need to file a claim of any damages when it arrives.

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