How to Transport a Non-Running Vehicle

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How to Transport a Non-Running Vehicle
How to Transport a Non-Running Vehicle

Transporting a Non-Running Vehicle

A vehicle that can't run is certainly not ideal if you have a pressing need to get it somewhere. Thankfully, auto transport companies can help you to solve this problem. However, while many auto transport companies do ship vehicles fairly regularly, they ship higher amounts of vehicles that are fully operational. What this means is that it is not a given that a company will be able to transport your non-running vehicle. Check out the following guide that will help to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.

Can You Fix It First?

Ideally, you should try to fix the vehicle first, as it'll save you both money and hassle in the long run. For example, if you know that the car isn't running because the battery is no longer of use, buy a new one. It'll only set you back between $40 to $60 in most cases. If it's not running because of a flat tire, change it. The point is that you shouldn't put off such a small maintenance or repair job.

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Inform the Auto Transport Company

Under no circumstances should you ever inform the auto transport company that your vehicle doesn't run AFTER the driver already shows up to pick it up. You should always consult with them first and let them know the state of your vehicle.

The reason why you should do this is that not every auto transport company is equipped or willing to transport a non-running vehicle. Secondly, the auto transport carrier, even if they do transport non-running vehicles, will need special equipment to do so. More specifically, they will need a winch in order to both loads it and unload it. The issue is that all auto transport trucks do not have a winch, meaning that some of them will have to manually attach it ahead of time. If the driver shows up to pick your vehicle and doesn't have a winch, you're out of luck as they say.

So all you have to do is let them of your situation before you and they agree to anything.

Will It Cost More?

In the majority of instances, you will be charged more. It'll usually be around $150 to $200 extra. If you are quoted a price above that amount, go with another company or try to negotiate with them. It delays the process for carriers to have to load and unload non-running vehicles, as well as is an inconvenience for the driver, hence the higher price. That's why it's best to try and fix your vehicle to get it to run again if you can, as was mentioned above.

At A-1 Auto Transport, we will be able to assist you with your vehicle if it doesn't run and can provide you with an affordable price. We have a significant amount of experience in handling non-running vehicles. Just let us know ahead of time so that we can work out an agreement. Make sure to contact us today for a free quote!


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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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