Though it is similar to shipping a running vehicle, there are a few different steps that should be taken when shipping an inoperable vehicle. An inoperable vehicle refers to a vehicle that cannot be driven safely and effectively. This might mean that your vehicle won’t start up at all or it simply has mechanical issues that prevent it from running correctly. Either way, if it cannot be loaded onto the carrier it will be considered inoperable. The good news is that inoperable vehicles can still be shipped safely across the country. Here are a few important tips to keep in mind when shipping an inoperable car.
Find the Right Auto Shipping Company
The very first thing that needs to be done is to find an auto shipping company that is capable and willing to ship a vehicle that is not in running condition. Not all companies can provide auto transport services for inoperable cars because special equipment is needed to load them and unload them. Generally, a piece of equipment called a winch is needed to load an inoperable vehicle onto a carrier and this accessory does not come standard on transport trucks. Not only should you verify that the shipping company has the proper equipment, but you also want to inquire about the cost, as there is usually an additional fee for inoperable vehicles.
Do Some Research
Once you have verified that the shipping company is capable of shipping an inoperable vehicle, you want to do adequate research to make sure the company is both qualified and reliable. Oftentimes people who are shipping inoperable vehicles are shipping classic or antique vehicles that require specific work. In this case, the owner of the car wants to ensure their classic or antique car is in good hands during transport. Therefore, you should check customer reviews, check the Better Business Bureau, and also check to ensure the company is properly licensed and registered with the Federal Department of Transportation.
Prepare Your Vehicle for Shipment
Prior to handing your vehicle over for shipment, there are certain things you should do to properly prepare your vehicle for transport. Make sure the vehicle can steer, roll, and brake. Even though the equipment can lift the vehicle onto the carrier, it still needs to be able to roll, steer, and brake. If the vehicle is damaged to the point that it will not roll, additional assistance may be required to lock it in place on the trailer. You will need to inquire about this additional assistance when requesting transport service. Also, be sure and tell the transport specialist about the condition of your vehicle. Issues and extra fees could be applied if you fail to inform the carrier ahead of time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.