Inoperable Auto Transport

Inoperable auto transport is a readily available service that
can handle your non-running vehicle.


Easily Ship Your Non-Running Car

Do you need to transport a car that doesn’t run? Maybe you bought a fixer-upper, a classic car project, or a vehicle that simply won’t start anymore. Regardless, getting a Non Running Car Shipping can be challenging.

But we have got your back! Inoperable auto transport is a readily available service that can handle your non-running vehicle.

What is Inoperable in Auto Transport?

In the auto transport world, an inoperable vehicle, also known as a non-running car, cannot be driven onto the carrier due to malfunctioning systems like the engine, transmission, brakes, or steering.

This essentially means the car cannot function safely on the road under its own power.

Here are some common reasons a car might be considered for Inoperable Car Transport:

  • Engine problems: Dead battery, seized engine, major mechanical failure.
  • Transmission issues: Transmission won’t shift gears, slipping clutch.
  • Brake failure: Inoperable brakes pose a safety hazard during transport.
  • Steering problems: Inability to control the direction of the car.
  • Flat tires: While replaceable, a car with flat tires cannot be driven onto the carrier.
  • Lowered suspension: Cars with extremely low ground clearance might require special equipment for loading.

Key takeaway: If your car requires winching, a forklift, or any other special equipment to load it onto the transport carrier, it’s considered inoperable.

How Do They Load Inoperable Cars?

Unlike operable vehicles that can simply drive onto the carrier, Inoperable Vehicle Transport requires a different approach. Here are the two main methods used for loading non-running vehicles:

  • Winch System: This is the most common method for open car transport. A winch, a powerful cable-and-drum apparatus, is used to pull the inoperable car onto the carrier bed. This method is efficient and cost-effective but might not be suitable for severely damaged cars that lack secure points for winching.
  • Liftgate: Enclosed car carriers often come equipped with a liftgate, a hydraulic platform that lowers to the ground. This method is ideal for low-clearance vehicles or those susceptible to weather damage during enclosed auto shipping.

Additional Considerations:

  • Securing the vehicle: Once loaded, the car is securely fastened to the carrier using straps and tie-downs to prevent movement during transport.
  • Battery: Some auto transport companies may offer jumpstarting services if your car simply needs a battery charge to operate essential functions like brake lights during transport.
  • Special needs: For severely damaged cars that cannot be winched or lifted conventionally, specialized equipment or even towing services might be required at an additional cost. Be sure to discuss your car’s specific condition with the transport company beforehand.

Whether you need to transport a small car or require an RV transport service, we have the equipment and expertise to handle vehicles of all sizes and conditions.

Cost Factors for Inoperable Auto Transport

While generally, inoperable car transport is more expensive than transporting operable vehicles, several factors influence the cost of inoperable auto transport:

  • Distance: Longer distances naturally translate to higher transport costs.
  • Vehicle size and weight: Larger and heavier vehicles require more space and transportation resources, increasing costs.
  • Operability level: The more difficult it is to load the car (due to winching requirements, liftgate usage, etc.), the higher the cost.
  • Transport method: Enclosed carriers typically cost more than open carriers due to the added protection they offer.
  • Expedited shipping: Choosing faster delivery options will come at a premium.
  • Company quotes: Different auto transport companies offer varying rates. It’s always wise to get quotes from several companies before deciding.

What Our Clients Are Saying

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Debbie Dahl
Debbie Dahl
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Tips for Saving on Costs:

  • Be flexible with dates: If you have some wiggle room with your delivery timeframe, consider scheduling your transport during off-peak seasons when demand is lower, potentially leading to better rates.
  • Get multiple quotes: Don’t settle for the first offer you receive. Compare quotes from several reputable auto transport companies to find the best price for your specific needs.
  • Choose open transport: Unless your car requires enclosed transport for protection, opt for open car transport, which is generally more affordable.

You can always find cheap car transport services, including our customized packages that we curate for our customers to transport their inoperable vehicles.

Preparing Your Inoperable Car for Transport

Here are some steps to take to ensure your inoperable car is ready for transport:

  • Gather necessary paperwork: This typically includes the vehicle registration, proof of ownership, and any other documents required by the auto transport company.
  • Remove loose items: Remove any personal belongings, tools, or loose items inside the car to prevent them from being damaged during transport.
  • Disable alarms: If your car has an alarm system, disable it to avoid accidental triggers during transport.
  • Check fluid levels: Ensure there are no leaks and that fluid levels (oil, coolant, etc.) are at appropriate levels to minimize the risk of damage during transport. (Note: This doesn’t necessarily mean refilling fluids for a non-running car, but checking for leaks is important.)
  • Partially inflated tires: Even if the car is winched, the air in the tires reduces stress on the rims and suspension during transport.
  • Inform the transporter: Be upfront and transparent about the condition of your car, including any specific issues or limitations. This allows the company to choose the appropriate loading method and equipment.

Why Choose Us As Your Auto Transport Company for Inoperable Vehicles?

We understand that shipping a car that doesn’t run can be stressful. That’s why we are the perfect choice for your inoperable auto transport needs. Here’s what sets us apart:

  • Expertise in Inoperable Vehicle Transport: Our team has extensive experience handling non-running vehicles. We possess a full range of equipment, including winches and liftgates, to ensure safe and efficient loading for any car, regardless of its condition.
  • Unparalleled Insurance Coverage: We offer comprehensive insurance coverage for your car during transport. Our representatives will be happy to explain the specific details and any limitations of the coverage to ensure you have complete peace of mind.
  • Customer Satisfaction is Our Priority: Our commitment to clear communication means you’ll be informed every step of the way, from initial quotes to pick-up and delivery. We answer all your questions and ensure you understand the terms and conditions before booking.
  • Convenience: Our door to door car transport service ensures that your inoperable vehicle is picked up and delivered directly to your specified locations, providing maximum convenience.

Our expertise extends to handling various types of vehicles, including providing a luxury vehicle shipping service for high-end cars that require special care

Let Us take the worry out of shipping your inoperable car. Choose us for a smooth, secure, and hassle-free experience.

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Frequently asked questions

We transport inoperable vehicles using winch systems for open carriers or liftgates for enclosed carriers, ensuring safe and secure loading.

We provide transport services for both inoperable and operable vehicles.

We transport all types of inoperable vehicles, including cars, trucks, SUVs, classic cars, and project vehicles.

We offer inoperable vehicle transport services nationwide, covering all regions.

You can get a quote by visiting our website and filling out the quote request form or by contacting our customer service team directly.

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