Non Ops

The act of shipping a non-op car is much different than that of the shipping process for an operable vehicle. It takes a great deal of labor and the use of tools and equipment not normally used for the transport of a vehicle in good condition. This will raise the cost of the transport by at least $100. Luckily, you will still find the help of professionals extremely beneficial and cost effective.

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Shipping An Inoperable Vehicle With A-1 Auto Transport

Hiring a company to ship an inoperable car is not much different from standard auto transport with a couple small exceptions. The first is that a non-running vehicle typically requires the use of a winch to get it onto and unloaded from a transport carrier since it can be driven. The second is that shipping an inoperable car—sometimes referred to as “non-operable” or “non-op”—does cost slightly more due to the process being more labor intensive.

Typical Shipping Prices- How Much Does It Cost?

Shipping prices for inoperable cars and trucks have a wide range, depending on a number of different factors. Speaking in general terms, when you ship an inoperable vehicle or salvaged title, you can expect to pay slightly more than you would for a running vehicle. Most frequently, the additional cost ranges from $50 to $150, while the bulk of the cost is dictated by the following things:

  • Make and model of the vehicle
  • Vehicle condition and operability
  • Transport distance
  • Method of transport
  • Weight & size of vehicle
  • Fuel costs
  • Any specialty service requirements

The above criteria are the most important aspects of transport that will impact the total cost with the shipping distance being the main indicator of price. If you’re shipping an inoperable vehicle a few hundred miles, it’s going to cost far less than if you need it shipped all the way across the country. Here are some prices for recent salvaged and inoperable vehicle shipments we have made to give you an idea of what sort of cost to expect:

  • Salt Lake City, UT to Dallas, TX - $745
  • Nashville, TN to Tucson, AZ - $961
  • Los Angeles, CA to Minneapolis, MN - $955
  • Denver, CO to Atlanta, GA - $752
  • Chicago, IL to New York, NY - $593
  • Philadelphia PA to Las Vegas, NV - $1,280
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How To Research Inoperable Vehicle Shippers

Before you get a cost estimate from a potential shipper, there are a few basic things you should verify. The first is obviously whether or not they ship non-operable cars and, if so, how often. Experience is key, whether it’s the type of shipment you need or the distance and area of the destination city. Ideally, you want to deal with a transport company that has ample experience with inoperable vehicles, as well as one that operates regularly in the areas in which you’re shipping to and from.

The internet is where a lot of people tend to do the initial phase of research and you can glean a lot by simply looking up any companies you’re considering. An experienced auto shipper will have a web presence that clearly spells out the services they offer and, in the case of inoperable vehicles, they should have a section explaining the process and their expertise. A company that regularly transports non-running cars should have dedicated space on their site, as opposed to a simple bullet point that mentions the service. If you really want to drill down to the nitty gritty and find out about an auto transport company, there is no better place to look than the FMCSA Company Snapshot. There you will find information about licensing, performance history, shipping safety, and complaints lodged against particular shippers—a terrific resource for finding up to date information about any car shipping company.

Joe Webster
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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. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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NO. 018191NF
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15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
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Elizabeth, NJ 07201
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Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
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1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
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