Shipping my car from Europe to Canada or the U.S

The plan is to drive my car (a small 4×4) from Prudhoe Bay1 (Deadhorse), Alaska to Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego in Chile. I will be travelling for an undetermined duration, with a minimum of two years. (I know it can be done a lot faster, but it’s about the journey, the destination is just an excuse).

We will leave in the first week of January, 2013. For various reasons, I’ve decided to bring my own car. So, I’ll need to ship it from Europe to Canada.

My questions are:

  • Has anybody shipped a car between Europe and Canada or the U.S.?
  • What kind of cost am I looking at?
  • Any gotchas I need to know about?

Quick Update
I’ll be shipping from wherever is the cheapest option in Europe (mainland) and shipping to the cheapest option in Canada or the U.S.

Extra Information
Many people suggested buying a car in either Canada or Alaska. But that does not answer the question I was asking : ) The car has some very nice base characteristics (very small, very good off-road ability, cheap) and in addition has special modifications for long range independent travel (such as, but not limited to, extended fuel- and water tanks) and in addition, I know this car’s history so I can make an informed estimate about it’s reliability. So, I’ve decided to bring this car. The question is now, what’s the best/cheapest option to ship it.

I will likely not re-register the car in the U.S. nor Canada. I’ve heard from several travellers that it increases hassle if your car is registered in a different country than you live in, so, for now, the plan is to keep the car registered in my home country.

1) I Actually wanted to go to Barrow, but it turn out the 200 miles between there and Deadhorse are an expedition in itself.