Moving your car across the country or to a new state can be stressful even when it is in good running condition. This means it can be a lot more concerning to have to move a car that is not in operational condition. Thankfully, the process of moving a car that is not currently running is not any more complicated than moving one that is able to drive under its own power.

The key to moving a car that is not running is knowing what to ask when you are picking a carrier for your transport job and being sure that you have prepared the car for pickup. The process might not be complicated but it is slightly different than the process that you need to undertake to move a vehicle that does drive.

If you are ready to learn more about the process of auto transport of a non-running car, you need to keep reading!

How Are Non-Running Cars Transported?

This is often the biggest question that people have because their car will not be able to drive right onto the trailer like a car that is fully operational. There are some key differences in the way that these cars are transported because of this as well as some accommodations that might have to be made related to body panels or doors that are no longer fully operational or flush with the body of the car.

Non-running cars will have to be hauled on a trailer that has a winch that can haul the car onto the trailer. This is an essential part of the process of finding the right shipping company for your non-running car’s transport. This might also mean that the trailer or truck that is used to ship your car will only hold your vehicle. This can add to your costs, but you might not have any other choice due to the nature of the job.

In the case that your vehicle can roll on its tires, you might have more flexibility as to the kind of trailer that it can be transported with. You might be able to split the costs of your transportation job with other vehicles if your car can be easily rolled onto a trailer and secured alongside other cars that do drive. This is not always allowed by shipping companies so you will need to ask about this option that might secure your non-running car a place on regular car transport. In some cases, your car might be loaded in specific places on the trailer to ensure that other cars can be loaded and unloaded around it readily during the trip.

No matter what kind of trailer you have secured for your non-running car’s transport, it will need to be secured with additional straps and connectors that are not necessary for other vehicles that are in running condition. Not every car trailer is up to this task, so you need to be clear about the nature of the condition of the car’s body and parts before you secure someone to transport your car. If the shipping company that you have secured does not have the additional straps and protective solutions in place to maintain highway safety, your car will not be able to leave with the company.

Asking the right questions and telling the shipping company the condition of your car before they come to pick it up is important to successfully get your car onto a trailer and head to your new home. You will need to be sure that you mention things like doors that do not close, a hood that is not attached, and other items that might need to be secured in special ways during the trip.

Auto transport for a non-running car

What About Transporting a Car That Does Not Steer or Roll?

In cases that your car does not steer or roll, you will need to secure a loading vehicle for the transfer process at both ends of the trip. The shipping company that you select to work with will need to advise you about this process and they might have a preferred company that will make it easy to get someone to show up to provide this service.

When this is the condition of your car, a forklift will be needed or a tow truck to get your car elevated and lifted onto the trailer. A drop flatbed will be necessary for the transport process as well to make it possible to move a car in this condition onto and off of the trailer with ease. There are more moving parts to consider with this kind of shipping job and it is often easier to just get your car back into rolling condition before you move or transport it.

Cars that are not able to move at all without being hoisted onto a trailer can be quite expensive to move and if you do not have adequate room around your home for both of these large vehicles to get access to the car you might be out of luck. Make sure that you inquire about the amount of room that both the car trailer and the pickup vehicle will need to have access to before you accept a contract with a shipping company. You will likely still have to pay a portion of your fee for the trip even if your car cannot be picked up by the shipping company and transported.

There are not too many instances where you will need to move a car that is in this condition, but if this is the situation that you find yourself in, you will need to be transparent with all the parties involved in moving your car. The less confusion on the day of pick up, the better.

How Much More Does Transport A Non-Running Car Cost?

The answer to this can be variable depending on your area, the season that you are contracting during, and the condition of your vehicle. Some companies specialize only in this kind of car transport, which means that they are more likely to be affordable overall than companies that would be doing something outside of their normal services.

You might only have to pay $50 or $200 more than the typical shipping costs for this kind of job but you could have to pay hundreds more for a tow truck or forklift on both ends of the trip. The condition of your car has a lot to do with the cost of the job and you might be charged additional fees after the job is completed based on considerations that the shipping company did not know would be needed to successfully transport your vehicle.

Be prepared to pay extra for the products used to secure your car to the trailer or to help keep doors shut and body panels safely attached for interstate travel. If you have a car that is not fully assembled that you are attempting to ship, you should expect some added costs related to securing the car to the trailer properly to prevent issues with safety during the trip.

What Are Some Things That Could Prevent Transporting a Non-Running Car?

Transporting a non-running vehicle

There are some issues with a non-running car that might prevent the car from being transported by any company. These items relate to safety in most cases and the safety of others on the road around your car while it is being transported. You should not expect to be able to get around these issues no matter which company you speak with and you will want to take care of these problems before you contract to have your car moved by a shipping company.

·         Not Having Keys Can Prevent Transporting a Non-Running Car

This is a major issue because the car needs to be able to have the steering unlocked and it needs to be placed in gear. Most shipping companies will not pick up a car that has no keys and they will not want to be responsible for a vehicle that they cannot trust to stay put on the trailer or be easy to move around as needed.

·        Non-Running Cars That Cannot Be Easily Accessed.

As mentioned before, you cannot expect the shipping company and the tow truck or forklift to be able to get to your car if your street is small, or if the car is buried in a garage or some other kind of inaccessible location. Cars that cannot be easily accessed will be refused to pick up until they are located in a place where they can be picked up readily.

·         Non-Running Cars That are Leaking Cannot Be Transported.

Any car that is leaking fluids or fuel cannot be transported to another location by a shipping company. There are various rules and regulations about this per highway safety laws, and the shipping company will not want to be blamed for car accidents, fires, or other risks that can result from transporting a car that is leaking fuel or fluids while it is being moved. You will need to drain all the reservoirs and tanks that could be leaking fluids during the transportation process before your car is picked up. If your car does not have any leaks, then you will not need to worry about this consideration.

·         Non-Running Cars With Lots of Loose Parts Will Almost Always be Refused to Transport

Cars that are in many pieces will almost always be refused transport. It is not always possible to fit all of the parts of a car securely on a car trailer and you will want to be clear about the condition of the body panels and any other items that are not totally secured to the car. Shipping companies have to ensure that your car is securely attached to the trailer per highway safety regulations and you should not expect them to allow you to ship a car that is not safe to haul at highway speeds due to a variety of loose pieces and parts that could come off.

·         Personal Possessions in the Non-Running Car Can Increase The Risk of Not Being Transported.

Cars that are non-running that have personal possessions in them offer up an increased risk of theft and damage or loss of these items. Most shipping companies will not allow these items to be moved with the car and if they cannot be taken out of the car at the time of loading it on the trailer, the car will be left off the trailer. You will need to make sure that the trunk also does not have a bunch of spare parts lost in it that could cause an issue while the car is being moved. This is particularly true of cars that do not have locking trunks.

Shipping a non working car

Can my Non-Running Car be Picked Up Somewhere Else?

There are many situations where your non-running car might be at an auction or it might be at someone else’s house. Many car shipping companies can head to this location and pick up your car to deliver it to you or to a repair shop. Many auction cars are not in running condition so this is a common request and most shipping companies are prepared to get these kinds of cars onto trailers safely and delivered to new owners.

Private shipping companies are often much more affordable than using the shipping options that are offered by the auction house. You will want to shop around a little bit in the area of the auction to make sure that you are getting a good deal and that your car can be picked up by the company with ease. There are various considerations that might need to be made for an auction car such as hauling in an enclosed trailer if the car is a classic car and safety considerations due to loose parts of unattached items. Make sure that you work with the auction yard or house to be sure that the shipping company is prepared to pick up your car and relocate it without issue. The more information that you have about the condition of the vehicle before it is picked up, the better the experience will be for everyone involved.

Make sure that you ask about exposed electric parts and other items that might be sensitive to damage when hauled on an open trailer. This is something that is often overlooked and it can be expensive for car owners once their car is dropped off to get this kind of damage repaired. In the case of rare or classic cars, it might be very hard to source the parts needed to repair this kind of issue properly.

Is Shipping From a Place Like Hawaii Possible for a Non-Running Car?

It is possible to secure transport for cars in a non-running condition from or to Hawaii but it can be more complicated to get the documentation done on them and it can be much more expensive. It might be your best bet to sell this kind of car before making a move to or from Hawaii, but you can explore some options before you make this determination. Contacting a wide array of shipping companies might be necessary to get this kind of job taken care of.

The season and the availability of the right container transport might make this a very hard process to arrange and you might only have a small window of opportunity to move your vehicle each year to and from Hawaii. You should also check on any considerations that need to be made for documentation and for entry to the mainland or to the islands before you agree to move your car in this way. Shipping across the ocean is always complicated and it can be even more complex when your car does not run.

Shipping a Non-Running Car Can be Easier Than you Think

Shipping a non-running car

While it might sound like shipping a non-running car is impossible, there are many companies that do provide this service and are experienced in the ins and outs of this kind of job. You will need to shop around for the right company for your unique needs and be sure to be as transparent as possible about the condition of your vehicle before you contract with a shipping company. You will almost always have to pay a portion of the fee for the trip even if your car cannot be loaded onto the trailer, so you will want to avoid mishaps like this due to a lack of clarity about the condition of the car. Always make sure that your vehicle is accessible to the shipping company and a tow truck or forklift that might be needed to load it.

Preparing for the shipping process can make a big difference in your overall experience shipping a non-running car to any new location. The better prepared you are and the more research you have done, the more likely you are to have a painless and simple experience getting your car that does not run moved to a new location. You can get your car picked up at an auction house with ease by a private carrier and you will find that most of the shipping costs related to this kind of job are not much more expensive than shipping a running vehicle. 

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We feel it’s important for you to know how we determined your quote. Quotes are based on what the market demands for cars to be moved at a given time. Each quote is compared with the current rates on the National Load Board before being sent to our customers and will be reviewed periodically through the process.

Other companies might offer you a lower price to obtain your business. This method is ineffective because if the car does not pay the correct amount of money, it will run the probability of not getting loaded or transported on time. You will not get this information from our competitors. Truck drivers always take the loads that pay the most first, leaving the loads that are mispriced to be moved last or not at all. We try very hard to avoid this with our customers by quoting a fair but realistic quote up front. Visit our How we determine your quote page for more information.

Understanding auto transport insurance is important and we think it’s valuable to explain how it works. As part of providing a great car transport service, it is our job to guarantee that the carrier we assign to pickup your vehicle is licensed and insured. Click here to check out our license.

When you go with Mercury to ship your vehicle, you can rest assured that the carrier assigned to move your car is fully insured and licensed with the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier and Saftey Administration).

Your vehicle is covered by the carrier’s insurance policy that is doing the shipping. Depending on the type and size of the truck/trailer that is shipping your car, the insurance policy can cover from $100,000 to $1,000,000 of damage.

We have also provided a checklist to explain what you need to do at both pickup and delivery in case there are any issues so, you can file a claim and know that everything will be taken care of.

It is rare but, time-to-time there may be accidental damage while in transit and it is good to know that your carrier’s insurance will protect your auto shipment in that event.

To view a sample BOL (Bill of Lading) and learn what to do in case of accidental damage, please check out our Condition Report and Procedure checklist.

When comparing auto transport companies, keep in mind that low-priced quotes often result in delays in getting your vehicle loaded. Choosing the right broker is vital to getting a reputable carrier for the lowest price possible.  

We feel it’s important for you to know how we determine your quote.

When you’re looking for a car shipping rate, you want to understand how auto transport works. Prices are based on seasonal market demands for cars to be moved at any given time. Each quote is prepared based on the season and the current national rates.

When comparing auto transport companies, keep in mind that low-priced quotes often result in delays in getting your vehicle loaded. Choosing the right broker is vital to getting a reputable carrier for the lowest price possible. Not all brokers are created equal in this talent.

Mercury does a thorough background check with each carrier for every shipment. We verify their ratings, references, and in addition, we obtain a certified copy of their insurance certificate, directly from the government agency that it is on file with.

You can have peace of mind knowing that the carrier shipping your vehicle is the very best and that there are no surprises guaranteed.

Mercury Auto Transport is licensed, Bonded and Insured. Our FMSCA Motor Carrier Number is MC647319.

While we do our best match your auto shipping needs with the most responsible carriers with the best track records, from time-to-time there may be accidental damage while in transit, it is good to know that the insurance of the carrier we locate for you will protect your auto shipment in that event.

Shipping a vehicle can be stressful if you don’t know what to do.  This is why we believe it is paramount to have our highly trained agents be your main point of contact from start to finish.

They will go over everything you need to know so you can relax.  In the meanwhile, we prepared this checklist.  This includes everything from pickup to delivery and how to make sure your car is ready for pickup.

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