The short answer is “yes.” Virtually any vehicle can be shipped, whether it is operational or not. However, non-operational vehicle transport requires some extra considerations. Non-operational vehicles may be either non-running or inoperable. A vehicle is non-running if it cannot be driven safely or effectively. An inoperable car cannot be driven at all. This distinction is important for loading and transport.

When shipping a car that doesn’t run, various factors contribute to the cost and process of inoperable vehicle transport. The make and model, the reason the car is non-operational, the distance and route to the destination, and the preferred shipping method all affect non-operational vehicle transport.

Factors That Affect Non-Operational Vehicle Transport:

1. Type of Car

The type of car being shipped matters. Larger vehicles take up more space. Classic and luxury cars may require special treatment and accommodations. Typical car carriers allot a certain amount of space for a single vehicle. Larger vehicles may exceed that limit, affecting other vehicles transported with the vehicle. Vehicle characteristics and customizations may impact loading or storage within the transport.

2. Damage to Vehicle

When shipping a car that doesn’t run, both you and the transport company need to know the limits and capabilities of the vehicle. Engine issues may prevent a car from starting while still allowing steering. Damage to the front end may inhibit turning but not prevent the car from starting and moving. A classic car missing its axles may be completely immobile without special equipment. Each of these would differently impact non-operational vehicle shipping and the associated costs.

You should inform the company offering inoperable vehicle transport of the specific challenges associated with transporting your vehicle to prevent delays in loading.

Changes to the dimensions or characteristics of the vehicle should also be shared with the company providing non-operational vehicle transport. An inoperable car that has been damaged due to an accident may be wider than other vehicles or have less ground clearance. Ground clearance, also known as ride height, is the space available between the lowest point on the vehicle’s undercarriage and the road. Another consideration is loose parts and pieces or leaks that may affect other cars in transport with the vehicle.

3. Distance

Shipping a car longer distances takes more time and is more expensive. Increased fuel costs and the needs of the transport driver are factors that can drive up the price of long-distance transports.

4. Destination and Route

The destination and route are factors to consider when discussing non-operational vehicle transport. Low overheads on bridges and overpasses may be too low for the transport truck to navigate. Narrow roads or roads that are in disrepair may be too treacherous for a vehicle transport truck. Rural destinations may be far from the standard shipping routes. These factors necessitate longer trips, careful planning, and may require unplanned adjustments.

5. Shipping Method

There are two primary methods used in inoperable vehicle transport. Open container shipping leaves the vehicle exposed to the elements, road debris, and onlookers. Enclosed shipping cradles your car in safety, away from prying eyes, would-be thieves, and the patina of travel. If the vehicle has monetary or sentimental value, this may be just what you need.

Cost matters, particularly when shipping a non-operational vehicle. However, the ability, willingness, and expertise of the shipping company should be considered. Shipping a car that doesn’t run requires special equipment, like a hydraulic lift or winch. Any company offering non-operational vehicle transport should have the proper equipment and training.

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