Did you just purchase a car that doesn’t run or do you have a classic car you need to ship across country? All it takes is a little prep work and you can have a smooth sailing transport experience. Here’s what you need to know to ship a vehicle that doesn’t run.
Does My Car Qualify as a Non-Running Vehicle?
If your vehicle doesn’t operate at all, or it does run (but not safely or effectively), your vehicle is considered by car carriers as non-running. Some carriers won’t ship a vehicle that isn’t running, while others will ship one with an added fee. Most car shipping companies will charge an additional fee, averaging between $50-$200. Do you have a classic car you’ve sold and need to transport? A car broker can help you find the right one to meet your needs.
Prepping Your Vehicle
It’s so important to contact several shipping companies and receive several quotes before choosing one. Some auto transport companies won’t offer enclosed transport – which is important to house a car that doesn’t run. When getting a few quotes, ask if they have the proper equipment to handle a non-running vehicle. If so, how much will it cost to ship? What other hidden fees are there? What other information do you need to know to prep your vehicle before your shipping date?
Finding the right company can be time-consuming when you do it all yourself. Let Ship A Car Direct handle the heavy lifting for you! They weed out 80 percent of carriers so that you’re left with only the best. Contact us today for a free consultation!
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Your Car Moving Questions
The hardest thing for people researching car moving companies to understand is that the prices they are getting are not hard and fast gaurantees, but rather ESTIMATES of what one company thinks it will take to get a vehicle moved promptly versus another company's opinion of what it will take. Don't be fooled, there are not carriers committed to take your vehicle at these quoted prices, the company you choose will still have to get to work getting a carrier to commit to move it at the price they quote you.
Your total price breaks down into two parts, the broker's fee (or 'deposit' as everyone calls it) and the carriers fee (your COD amount) Make no mistake about this, EVERYONE YOU ARE GETTING SALES CALLS FROM IS GOING TO BROKER YOUR MOVE. In this industry, there are brokers who try to fool you into thinking that they are the actual carriers and there are an equal amount of carriers who sell themselves on the fact that they have a truck or two but are not being honest about the fact that they broker out 90% of the orders they book. Here is a quick easy way to tell, if a company takes an up front fee, whether they call it a deposit or any other name, they are a broker. Carriers do not take any payment until the vehicle is delivered.
In our opinion, you are crazy to do so. Have you ever been paid up front for the work that you perform for your employer? Why would you pay a fee up front when there are reliable and trustworthy companies like ours that won't ask for it until we provide you with your carriers details?
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will be between one and two weeks. 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.