Posted on 01/25/22

Questions About Shipping A Non Running Car

Questions About Shipping A Non Running Car

Everyone has dealt with a lemon. A car that refuses to stop running no matter what you do. Vehicles that don't start are considered problematic by most people because they reduce their speed of transport.

It can also be problematic if you ship a vehicle that is not running. It's not that you cannot, but that's not our intention. must understand how to ship a non-running vehicle, and especially how it's done, especially if you're shipping it.

There are many types of non-running cars - not only those that won't start but also other kinds. We wrote this post to help you understand why. It is important to know what constitutes a non-running vehicle, and what to expect when you ship it.

It is important to know that shipping a vehicle that isn't in use is not the most cost-effective way to ship a car. It costs more to ship a vehicle that is not running due to all the work involved in loading it and unloading. This price increase can be avoided by making sure the vehicle is in good running order before shipping. We'll discuss that later.

What is considered a non-running vehicle?

A non-running vehicle is one that can't start or move on its own. Normal circumstances see vehicles being loaded onto and unloaded from trucks by their driver. This is quick, easy, and does not require a driver's license. Moving a vehicle that is running is more efficient than other methods.

However, there are other factors that could make a vehicle non-running. At the very minimum, it is more expensive than a standard car.

This is when the vehicle can't be steered. It is possible for your vehicle to be un steered if it has a missing steering wheel or the linkages are damaged. These vehicles will need to be lifted onto the truck or winched.

These are the two ways to load a non-running car. We'll discuss more in the next paragraph. A non-running vehicle, in other words, is any vehicle that can't do any of these:


The auto transport industry can move all types of vehicles in any condition. Move Car can assist you with any type of shipping. We will need to know the condition of your vehicle so that we can find the best carrier at the right price.

How does a carrier ship an un-running vehicle?

Non-running vehicles can be shipped using the same 10-car open haulers as running vehicles. It's not surprising, open transportation being the auto shipping industry norm, it's no surprise.

It doesn't seem like a non-running car suddenly becomes a massive vehicle that can't fit on a standard carrier. Non-running Ford Focuses are just as good as regular Focuses that can move and drive.

However, the method used to load or unload a vehicle considered not running may vary depending on the issue.

A winch is usually all you need if your vehicle won't start but everything else works fine. A winch, a motorized device that is specially designed to allow a carrier to operate the vehicle without having to start it, is an example of a special tool. The winch is simply hooked up to the car, and the vehicle is dragged into place by the driver.

Your vehicle may not roll if it isn't. What is the problem? Is the problem with the tires or the vehicle on blocks? These issues will require a forklift for loading and unloading the vehicle. This can limit your options for carriers. To get the vehicle rolling, we recommend putting tires and wheels on it.

The brakes are a similar issue. Carriers will be cautious about loading a car onto a truck if it can't stop by itself. They simply can't stop. It's the same with steering. If a driver cannot steer the vehicle, it makes it more difficult for them to maneuver it in the right position. It's important to have your vehicle in good steering condition before you pick it up, just like brakes and wheels.

why is Shipping a non-running vehicle is more expensive.

Shipping a car to a vehicle considered non-running can be more costly for several reasons. It all depends on the reason it is considered inoperable.

It's easier to load and unload them. The extra effort required to get an inoperable vehicle onto and off a truck is what drives the cost of transporting it.

Here's a quick breakdown. It costs $150-200 more depending on which vehicle you have. They'll likely need a winch or someone to push the vehicle onto the truck.

Vehicles that can't roll are usually going to cost a little more. Vehicles that are unable to brake or steer will also be affected. They will need a forklift to lift them onto the truck.

This is more common than people think. Forklifts are capable of lifting a car onto and off trucks. Open haulers are designed to lift a vehicle onto and off a truck using the correct equipment.

Not all drivers can operate a forklift, and not all carriers have the license. If you can have someone pick up and deliver the forklift, some carriers will waive some of your fees. If you need to hire someone, however, the additional fee could be charged to the forklift operator at pickup and delivery.

Can I ship a vehicle with no engine? What about a chassis?

A vehicle that does not have an engine will typically be lighter than one with one. This can reduce the cost. It will still take up space on your truck so it may not be as light.

However, it is sometimes easier to load vehicles that don't have an engine. This depends on what else is missing. Cars without engines are able to drive, brake, and roll normally. It may cost more to load a car without an engine.

Shipping a chassis. These are more difficult. A chassis is the body of an engine and cannot roll, brake, or steer. There is a cost involved in that. The per-mile cost is also lower because of the absence of weight. It would, or at least it would if a standard carrier carried it.

A flatbed hauler is required for most straight chassis. It is not possible for a carrier to lift one of these onto the truck. Also, securing the truck becomes more difficult. Flatbed carriers might take it for a little less because the weight is so low.

Talk to your representative to learn more about these types of vehicles. To speak with one, give us a call anytime toll-free. Our homepage also allows you to get a quote for shipping a non-running car. You can also read more information about non-running cars right here. Our cheap car transportation page has more information.