By: Tamara Molino | CRP, GMS

April 23, 2020

Global Mobility Solutions’ clients often have transferees relocating to the United States who can use a vehicle program to obtain a car. Arriving from outside the country, foreign nationals quickly realize they need a vehicle after their arrival. Many international locations have extensive public transportation options. Most US cities lack extensive inter-city rail options, and often do not have robust local bus or light rail service throughout the metropolitan area, so transferees need a car.

A significant hurdle these transferees face is that they often do not have established credit in the US. As a result, they will not have a credit profile that lenders can use to determine their creditworthiness.

GMS spoke with Afia Arneja, Senior Vice President, International AutoSource (IAS). Afia agreed to share her expert guidance on this topic.

Challenges of Getting a Car in the US for International Assignees

According to Afia, many transferees moving to the US are not prepared for the challenges they will face when it comes to getting a car. Having a solution for their transportation is low on their list of priorities. However, upon arrival, these transferees suddenly understand the urgency of having a vehicle in this country with its large cities and wide suburban areas.

Biggest Obstacles That a Vehicle Program Helps Transferees Overcome

1: Lack of Credit History

Afia notes that many transferees are unaware that their overseas credit history doesn’t transfer with them to the US. If they are new to the US they will have to establish a credit history to obtain a loan for a new car. Some banks or financial institutions may offer a solution, but that comes at a cost in high-interest rates. These high rates are how these institutions offset their credit risk with the transferee.   IAS recognized this issue very early on. Serving the transferee community for over 20 years, IAS built unique programs by leveraging their manufacturer relationships. IAS also provides finance and lease options for transferees. These options are much more reasonable than those offered by banks and financial institutions.

2: No Access to International Driver History and Records

Similar to credit history, driving records do not transfer to the US. Unfortunately for transferees, Afia says this means that most insurance companies will consider transferees as new drivers. As a result, these insurance companies will charge them a premium for auto insurance. IAS is a full-service vehicle program provider that has partnerships with leading auto insurance companies to solve this problem for their customers. As a result, IAS can provide reasonable auto insurance rates with no penalties for not having a US driving history.

3: Confusing Car Buying Options Compared to Easy to Use and Easy to Understand IAS Vehicle Program

Upon arrival in the US, transferees are exposed to many car-buying solutions. Navigating through the overwhelming number of dealers and buying services that promise the “best deal” can be daunting.   Afia notes that IAS created a vehicle program to protect transferees from overpaying for their automobile. IAS has pre-negotiated prices with manufacturers that provide factory-direct access and cut out the middleman. Without having to work through a dealer, transferees receive competitive prices and avoid all the hassles of negotiation.

4: Driving Options

Transferees need to identify the right solution for their transportation needs. Afia believes this starts with determining the length of stay in the US. Many transferees need expert guidance to help them find the right option for their situation. The IAS vehicle program provides products that fit any situation.

For assignments less than 12 months, ReadyDrive Rental is a long-term rental program that offers competitive rates. Often these rates are lower than most corporate rates available with insurance coverage included.

For 2-3 year assignments, there are lease products available. These products take the hassle of selling the car at the end of the job out of the equation. Financing options are also available for those planning to stay longer than 3 years.

Important Points to Note on Working with IAS to Obtain a Vehicle for a Foreign National

  1. IAS does not require a local credit history to help transferees obtain a vehicle. However, an important point to note is that buying or leasing a vehicle is extremely helpful for a foreign national to start building credit in the US.
  2. IAS is able to connect with partners to obtain competitive insurance rates for the transferee. Of particular importance is that IAS can do this even if the transferee does not have a local driving record.

What Does This Vehicle Program Solution Mean?

Foreign national transferees who want to obtain a car in the US have multiple solutions with the IAS vehicle program. Even if the transferee does not have credit in the US or a local driving record, IAS can provide a solution for their needs. Solutions might include buying, leasing, or renting a vehicle.

What Should Employers do About a Vehicle Program?

Employers with foreign national transferees who want a vehicle in the US should review the various options offered through the IAS vehicle program. Relocation Management Companies with knowledge and experience can provide guidance on industry-leading solutions such as those offered by IAS. Employers should also review their relocation policies to determine if enhancements are necessary. Adjustments to policies can be made to further assist foreign national transferees who want to use the IAS vehicle program.


GMS’ team of corporate relocation experts has helped thousands of our clients understand how to communicate to foreign national transferees any issues related to obtaining a vehicle in the US. Our team can help your company understand how to proceed by providing guidance on how to help transferees obtain a car through the IAS vehicle program.

GMS was the first relocation company to register as a .com. The company also created the first online interactive tools and calculators, and revolutionized the entire relocation industry. GMS continues to set the industry pace as the pioneer in innovation and technology solutions with its proprietary MyRelocation® technology platform.

Contact our experts online to discuss your company’s need to help foreign national transferees learn about the IAS vehicle program in the US, or give us a call at 800.617.1904 or 480.922.0700 today.

Vice President, Global Services Tammy is responsible for GMS’ regional operations teams in North and Latin America, EMEA, and APAC. Tammy provides a decade of leadership experience in the areas of international assignment management, global network management, global consulting and business development. Her experience in global mobility includes new client implementations, policy and compliance development, global compensation and billing, vendor management, case management, and real estate home sale/purchase programs. Tammy travels extensively and studied abroad in Switzerland, Chile, Peru, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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