How to ship a vehicle abroad….

Getting a truck to Guatemala is not an easy task, there are a lot of working components and it seemed to be a logistical nightmare but we did it with all of your help and support!  We could not have accomplished this without you.

After we purchased the truck it sat in the church parking lot for 3 months until we could figure out all of this information. We hope compiling this information could be beneficial to the next person shipping a vehicle abroad.

Step 1: Obtain your vehicle
You may have a vehicle or are getting ready to purchase one. Our vehicle was generously donated by sponsors and we purchased a 2000 Toyota Tacoma  from a person at our church for $4,000.

Step 2: Get the vehicle titled and registered in the name of the business or person
We paid $91.99 to get the Tacoma tilted and registered in the name of Four Letter Word, Inc. and this was tax-free because of our nonprofit status. We also got a temporary tag because we were trailering the truck to Port Canaveral. To get a tag on the truck would of cost more and they take it off once you get to the Port. *Temporary tags are only good for 1 month in the state of Florida.

Step 3: Insure the vehicle 
We used esurance and insured the Tacoma for one month which went on Jon and Rayna’s personal insurance, it prorated and we paid a total of $65.00

Step 4: Contact ShipYourCarNow.com
We filled out a ton of paperwork; application, release of liability, and signed an electronic signature form. We also needed to provide Four Letter Word’s organizing documents, Rayna’s passport, German’s ID, documents from the Municipality of Xenacoj saying German is affiliated with Four Letter Word, Insurance, and title and registration for the vehicle. We paid a $300 deposit and the total was $1,100.

Step 5: Set a sail date
The boat only transports vehicles every 2-3 weeks, so you will need to set up a date in advance and have your car to port within 3-5 business days before the ship sets sail!

Step 6: Rent a trailer
We rented a U-Haul auto transport trailer and paid $63.13, which included a 24 hour rental. We loaded the Tacoma and hitched it to another pickup truck to transport it to Port Canaveral. *Before trailering your vehicle, make sure to only have 1/4 of a tank of gas, they won’t ship with a full tank.

Step 7: Drop it off at port
After driving to Port Canaveral we dropped it off at the location provided to us in our contract from ShipYourCarNow.com. They were very helpful, we signed the remainder of our documents and waved goodbye to our vehicle on July 8th.

Step 8: Wait it out
The boat has a long journey ahead so here is where you wait, hope, and pray everything goes according to plan. The ShipYourCarNow.com provided us ample information and confirmation where the boat was at all times. Our contacts in Guatemala arrived at Santo Tomas de Castilla on July 27th and waited for 5 days before they had the truck ready on July 31st. We sent additional money so they were taken care of with meals and lodging during their anxious wait.

Step 9: Picking up the vehicle and paying Government taxes
It was roughly $2,500 to get the Government taxes paid, the car’s gas tank filled up, and get it tagged and titled in Guatemala. We believe the newer the vehicle is the more taxes you have to pay. We had German, our Ambassador, check on the taxes ahead of time.

Step 10: Rejoice!
The vehicle was filled up with gas and driven (overnight) back to Xenacoj, where it now serves a purpose to transport food and assistance for widows and orphans.

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We bought the truck!

German started his car everyday with hope and a prayer. We are elated to share the Toyota Tacoma is purchased and on its way to Guatemala soon!

Imagine driving this jalopy to your physical labor job every day, putting along unpaved roads and unsteady terrain. You don’t have AC, the gas gauge doesn’t work, and every morning you have to pray it even starts. But you don’t complain; it still runs. Your wages aren’t enough to save AND provide for your family, and loans aren’t an option.

This is the current vehicle that belongs to German, the gentleman responsible for feeding our sponsor families throughout Xenacoj. This is why we need to get this Tacoma to Guatemala. This Monday, think about your commute, your desk job, your grocery bill, and reflect on all the blessings you have, all beginning with a working, reliable vehicle.

Having this truck will not only create a revenue source for German, increase quality of life amongst the community of Xenacoj, but also help the Four Letter Word Guatemala base bring food and supplies to orphans and widows in need. Please be part of this journey with us and DONATE NOW to ensure we can pick it up when it arrives in Guatemala!

Tampa Christian Fellowship
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Associated Construction Products
Synteen Technical Fabrics

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Setting Up Sustainability

With all your help and support we helped German finish the mission house in Xenacoj! The house is now equipped with new doors, finished windows, tile, 12 bunk beds, 12 mattresses, and 12 sets of sheets and comforters.

We are now accepting applications for mission trips! Book yours now!

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Casa de Gallina

Farm4Hope is proud to have built a chicken farm in Xenacoj, Guatemala with your help!

Country: Guatemala
City: Xenacoj
Ministry Partner: GO! Ministries/Four Letter Word
Dates: August 29 – September 7, 2015
Program: Farm4Hope

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Associated Construction Products
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Chickens in Honduras

Country: Honduras
City: Tizatillo
Ministry Partner: Zion’s Gate
Dates: November 28, 2014 – December 2, 2014
Program: Sustainable Poultry Farm

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