Posted on 02/15/22

What If My Vehicle Does Not Start When I Ship It

What If My Vehicle Does Not Start When I Ship It

It can be difficult to deal with a car that is far from you, but very dear to your heart. It will be impossible to drive the car home without having it towed, repaired, and shipped. right? Wrong.

You don't have to drive your car to ship it

Even if your car isn't running, you can still ship it. You might have bought a car from an auction that did not come with an engine, and need it shipped to your address. Perhaps you purchased a classic car from an individual seller who needs some work.

This will cost you slightly more than regular car shipping, regardless of your situation. This is due to the extra work required to move the car on and off the carrier and the special equipment needed to do this.

The cost of an inoperable vehicle will vary depending on how far you ship it and which auto transport company you use.

This type of shipping is called inoperable car shipping. What is considered "inoperable" and "non-working?" Inoperable cars are those that cannot be moved onto or off the carrier.

It doesn't matter if your car has multiple flats or if it doesn't have an engine. If they can't drive it onto the truck it will be inoperable, and it will cost you a bit more to ship. Shipping costs won't be affected by body damage unless it affects the car's ability to drive straight and without taking extreme measures.

Your vehicle will be considered inoperable if it doesn't have a key. It is best to do as little or as much work as possible to get your vehicle up and running before shipping. This will help you save money on shipping costs. Sometimes it's as easy as charging or changing a dead battery.

How are inoperable vehicles shipped?

This process is more complicated than regular auto transport. The process involves the use of a forklift to move your car onto the trailer. A winch is also required to move an inoperable vehicle onto a trailer. Only certain car haulers have a winch. Drivers who facilitate special shipments must also undergo special safety training.

The shipment is exactly the same as any other shipment. The loading and unloading is the only thing that is different. If you're not an auto mechanic, you will need to have your car towed to the shop.

Keep all these costs in mind and you might want to consider fixing your car before shipping it. This will help you save money on shipping a non-working vehicle. We recommend enclosed auto transport if you have a classic vehicle and want to ship it with extra care.

How to ship an unworking car

You will need to research companies you are interested in using, just like regular car shipping. It is important to ensure that they can transport inoperable vehicles. If they are able to transport your specific inoperable vehicle, then make sure you ask.

Next, make sure to check out reviews on online sites such as Google and Consumer Affairs. You should feel confident choosing them if they have positive reviews and ratings.

Be sure to select the company that offers the most value. Don't just pick the lowest-priced company. The company offering the best service and the lowest price is the one to choose.

It is a sign that the company is not requesting a large upfront payment.

Do I tow or ship my car?

You might be thinking, "Should I not just ship my inoperable vehicle a short distance?" Towing companies work mostly with non-running vehicles so they can always move inoperable vehicles. All trucks have winches. However, there are many drawbacks to towing companies.

Shipping your car to the right place will likely be cheaper than shipping it elsewhere. Towing companies charge a premium to get to your location immediately. Shipping your car can help you save up to half of the cost of towing if you wait.

Pricing can be inconsistent and unreliable for towing companies. Price gouging is an unfortunate part of the towing business. You could easily fall for it depending on your circumstances.

You also run the risk of your car being damaged by these tow trucks. They are less secure than automobile carriers, and their drivers are often less experienced than those who drive auto carrier vehicles.

Volume is another issue. Tow truck drivers make the majority of their income by having more pickups than they need. This means that the more pickups they have, the more money they can make each day/night. They might rush to load your car to get to another pickup faster. This could cause damage to your car.

You might decide to tow your vehicle yourself. If you're a skilled driver, this is fine. The cost to tow your car long distances will still be cheaper than shipping it. However, you'll have to do all the work.

We do not recommend that you attempt to tow your car if you don't have the necessary experience. There are many things that could go wrong during your trip. You might not be capable of seeing out of your mirrors or going in reverse depending on how your setup works. It is possible to not set up the trailer correctly, which could prove disastrous. Don't attempt to tow your car by yourself, unless you are sure of what you're doing.


After you have found a company that will ship your vehicle, they will handle all the details. You will only need to prepare your car for shipping. The usual rules apply, such as not shipping personal items in your vehicle and making sure the car is ready for inspection by drivers when they arrive to pick it up.

You should make your decision as soon as possible to ship your vehicle so you can book your shipment sooner and get your car shipped sooner.

An inoperable vehicle is more complicated so it might take longer to get your car picked up and delivered. It will take three days to pick up an expedited shipment instead of the normal 24-48 hours. This is because it is more difficult for drivers who have an auto hauler with a winch to locate drivers at short notice.

It will still be worthwhile as it is easier and more affordable than fixing it yourself and driving it all the way or paying a tow company for it.

We can help you ship an inoperable vehicle. Call us today.