Posted on 03/15/22

Tips For Transporting Non Running Vehicles

Tips For Transporting Non Running Vehicles

Auto transport can be assumed to be the same regardless of vehicle condition. Car shipping is now more complicated if your vehicle is not in working order. Although it doesn't have to be difficult, it is important to know the differences. It can also make a difference to be honest about your vehicle's operational condition.

Transporting a non-Running Vehicle

Why is your car not running? This is a crucial factor to consider when shipping a non-running vehicle. It doesn't matter if it starts. But it does matter if it stops or has collision damage that prevents it from rolling.

  • Are the tires or battery dead? Is the car inoperable? These are often simple fixes that can be done quickly and will save you money on transport costs. You can restore the vehicle to its original condition.
  • Is the key missing or does the engine not start but the wheels are still turning? A transport vehicle with a winch is required.
  • A tow truck or forklift may need to be used if your vehicle is in an accident or cannot be safely rolled on the transport carrier.

How to Transport a Car that Doesn't Run

You could transport a classic car that was recently purchased or sold. This vehicle may need restoration or be in the process of being fixed under the hood. It doesn't matter why the vehicle isn't running. There are still things you need to consider, such as the type of transport. Even if your vehicle isn't running, you need to choose between enclosed and open transport. Open transport is the best choice for most cars that don’t run. Open transport will still be cheaper than enclosed transport, even with the extra non-op fee. If you're shipping an expensive or classic vehicle, it won't make financial sense to ship enclosed. To ship the non-running vehicle, you will need to wait for an enclosed carrier that has additional modifications. Move Car will use the appropriate carriers to safely load and secure your vehicle, regardless of how it is shipped.

Inoperable Car Shipping Cost

It is important to understand the cost of auto transporting a non-running vehicle to another location in the lower 48. On average, it costs $100 more than a fully functional vehicle. Non-operative vehicles still have the same factors as operative vehicles.

  • Distance
  • Destination
  • Start point
  • Speed
  • Open or enclosed
  • Dimensions and size of the vehicle
  • Year of the year

There are a few other costs that you need to consider. First, the cost of your personal time. It will take more time to get your vehicle picked up by a carrier and then delivered to its destination due to the scarcity of transport vehicles equipped with winches. It may be quicker to repair your vehicle and ship traditional if time is short.

Another cost to be aware of is the one that comes with your non-running car. You could be charged significant fees if you don't disclose the condition of your car. This is especially true if your vehicle's transporter is not equipped to unload and load it. You'll likely end up with an angry driver who made a waste of his trip...and your car that is not running in the exact same spot.

Do everyone a favor, and fill out the form or inform the customer service representative about the state of your vehicle. This will result in a more accurate quote and a pleasant experience.