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Shipping a Car That Does Not Run?

Things to Know About Transporting an Inoperable Vehicle

Vehicles that don’t run, roll, or start can still be professionally transported. It is a routine service for the right vehicle transportation company, but it can be a complicated process taking special equipment and training. But in the right hands, wrecked vehicles, cars without engines or tires, and the rusted antique vehicle, can be transported to your desired destination without worry.

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Collision Damage

Mechanical Issues

If you have a vehicle with any of these problems, there are a few things to be aware of when you’re shopping for transport for a non-running vehicle:

  • Your vehicle may be considered “inoperable” even if the engine runs. The question is – can the vehicle be driven onto the car carrier, or into an enclosed transport box, safely and securely without assistance?
  • A loading winch or even a fork-lift can be used to load an inoperable vehicle.
  • Shipping non-running vehicles takes special equipment, expertise, and additional time. The additional service means additional fees. Expect to pay more to ship a non-running vehicle.
  • Scheduling for pickup should be done as far out as possible. Arranging for the right carrier with the right equipment can take longer than a standard pickup.
  • You should also inquire about shipping in an enclosed vehicle. Often cars and trucks in damaged or delicate conditions are best shipped in the protected environment of a single, closed box carrier. This option is strongly suggested if your vehicle is also of high-value, rare, or sentimental.

Knowing what to expect when scheduling a transport for an inoperable vehicle will streamline the process and get your vehicle to its destination safely.