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Shipping A Non-Running Car

Shipping A Non-Running Car

Shipping a Car That‘s Not Running

If your vehicle doesn’t start or move using the engine, it’s considered to be a car that’s not running. In-operable or non-running are other terms that might be used. It could be in this condition because it’s broken down or damaged and waiting to be repaired. It could also be a project motor you purchased that’s not yet running. Owners of classic vehicles often use the services of an auto transport provider when their pride and joy needs to be worked on. Another reason for wanting to ship a non-running car is if it’s a classic vehicle that’s recently been bought from out of state.   

If you want to transport such a vehicle you might struggle to find an auto transport provider to help. Here at SGT Auto Transport, however, we can. All we ask is that the brakes are working, the wheels turn and it can be steered. If this is not possible, make sure a forklift is available when it needs to be loaded and unloaded.

Shipping a vehicle, whether it’s working or not, is much the same, with just a few extra things to bear in mind.

  • Let the Carrier Know – be honest with the shipper. Let them know the car is not running because additional preparations have to be made. Use our online calculator, for example, and it’s a simple case of clicking on the “Vehicle is Not Running” box. If you speak with our shipping advisors let them know the condition of the vehicle being shipped. If you’re not completely honest about the condition of the vehicle, the carrier may refuse to ship it.
  • Allow Plenty of Time – book well in advance if possible. This gives the carrier plenty of time to make the necessary arrangements. Allowing additional time for all the arrangements also means we can secure the best possible price.
  • Ensure the Vehicle is Ready for Loading – this might mean securing all loose parts. Also remove all personal belongings. Ideally, the gas tank should be no more than a quarter full. However, if it’s not running, there’s no need for any fuel.
  • Do You Want an Enclosed or Open Trailer? – if your car is shipped in a trailer that’s open it’s taken onboard using winching equipment. Enclosed shipping, on the other hand, generally uses the tailgate. If you’re transporting a classic vehicle, or one that’s of significant value, the recommendation is that you choose an enclosed trailer. This provides the maximum protection and the vehicle isn’t exposed to the elements.   
  • Consider Fixing it Before Being Transported – to save some money, consider fixing your vehicle first. Of course, this might not be an option but if all it needs is a new battery, it’s worth buying a new one.
  • Be Prepared for an Additional Cost – it’s usual for the price of shipping an in-operable car to be higher than one that’s running. It can be a complicated service to provide and a number of different procedures are required. Specialist equipment and training is also needed. Certain other factors are also going to affect the cost of transport. For example, the make and model of car, how far it has to be transported and the route. How quickly you need your vehicle shipped also affects the total price. One of the most expensive options is expedited or express shipping. With this type of service your waiting time is significantly reduced. 

We have no issues arranging the shipping of a car that’s not running. You do, however, have to inform us of its condition so that we can ensure our carriers know what to expect.

When it’s time to make your shipping arrangements, get in touch on (866) 774 6570. We also have a handy online chat option. Speak with one of our chat gurus during office hours.