Posted on 09/27/22

3 Tips To Ensure A Safe Shipment Of An Inoperable Car

3 Tips To Ensure A Safe Shipment Of An Inoperable Car

Although it's similar to shipping a vehicle that is running, there are some steps you should take when shipping an inoperable vehicle. A vehicle that is not safe or able to be used effectively is called an inoperable vehicle. It could be that the vehicle is unable to start at all, or that it has mechanical problems that prevent it from running properly. It will be deemed inoperable if it is not able to be loaded onto a carrier. It is possible to ship inoperable vehicles across the country safely. These are some important points to remember when shipping an inoperable vehicle.

Locate the Right Auto Shipping Company

First, find an auto shipping firm that can ship a vehicle in a non-running condition. Because inoperable vehicles require special equipment to load and unload, not all companies are able to provide auto transport services. A winch, which is a piece that can be used to lift an inoperable vehicle onto a truck, is required. This accessory is not included on most transport trucks. You should not only verify that the shipping company has the right equipment but also inquire about the cost of inoperable vehicles.

Do Some Research

After you've verified that the shipping company can ship an inoperable vehicle you will want to conduct adequate research to ensure the company is both qualified as well as reliable. Many times, people shipping inoperable cars are shipping antique or classic vehicles that need special work. The owner of the vehicle wants to make sure their antique or classic car is safe during transportation. You should read customer reviews and check the Better Business Bureau. Also, make sure the company is licensed and registered with the Federal Department of Transportation.

Prepare Your Vehicle for Shipping

Before you hand your vehicle over to shippers, there are some things you need to do. You must ensure that the vehicle can drive, roll, and brake. The equipment may lift the vehicle onto the carrier but it must still be able to roll, steer, and brake. Additional assistance may be needed to secure the vehicle on the trailer if it is too damaged to roll. When you request transport service, be sure to ask about additional assistance. Be sure to inform the transport specialist about your vehicle's condition. Failure to notify the carrier in advance could result in additional fees and issues.