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How Do I Ship a Salvaged Car?
How Do I Ship a Salvaged Car?

How Do You Ship A Car With A Salvaged Title?

The first question most people have when shipping a vehicle is “How much will it cost?” The answer to this question can vary based on a number of factors, the most important of which tend to be the type of vehicle and how far it’s being transported. For the most part, vehicles with a salvaged title, or those than don’t run, cost slightly more than standard shipping. If you’d like to quickly get a ballpark estimate of the price of shipping a car from one state to another, you can click here to find the costs for recent shipments. 

Typical Vehicle Shipping Prices: How Much Does It Cost?

If you clicked the link in the paragraph above, you can see that standard car shipping costs can range from $500 to $1,200 or more, again based on the type of transport and distance. For closer shipments—less than 500 miles—the cost will be less than those mentioned, even as low as $100 to $200 dollars in some cases. For salvaged vehicles, the costs are approximately the same, but with an additional $50 to $100 for vehicles that are non-operational or have a salvaged title. 

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Best Methods For Shipping A Vehicle With A Salvage Title

Whether you purchased a salvaged car from an auction or a vehicle you already own was damaged in an accident, there are plenty of options when you need it shipped. In fact, most companies that ship vehicles should be able to ship one with a salvaged title, although there are some that will not be able to transport a non-running car. See the link at the bottom of this page for information about shipping a non-operable vehicle. 

When shipping a vehicle with a salvage title, it’s recommended to use door-to-door transport. The reason behind using this method of shipping is because registering a vehicle with a salvaged title requires some extra steps that often includes a road test. You can skip any additional risk involved with the shipment by having it delivered directly to its final destination. If you’re shipping a salvage title that is not in running condition, it’s an even better idea to use door-to-door transport since your only other option would be to have it towed or haul it yourself, which again, is risky if the transport terminal is not in the same city you’re shipping to.

Salvage Title Resources

What Is A Salvage Title? - An article from Edmunds that details what makes a vehicle a salvage title. It’s important to remember that a vehicle does not have to be undriveable to have a salvaged title. It’s based on the amount of damage in relation to the value of the vehicle. 

Shipping A Non-operable Vehicle - Information about shipping a car or truck that is not in running condition. While a salvage title vehicle can sometimes be shipped through normal procedures (providing it runs), a non-operable vehicle requires additional equipment and labor. 

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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