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  1. Shipping An Inoperable Vehicle With A-1 Auto Transport
  2. Typical Shipping Prices- How Much Does It Cost?
  3. How To Research Inoperable Vehicle Shippers
  4. Related Information & Faq
Shipping An Inoperable Vehicle

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:

Cost Of Shipping
  • 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

A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles, both running and inoperable, to any location around the world. Whether you’re shipping a project car or a salvage title, we can handle the job affordably and with our trademark professionalism! Click Hereor call 1-800-452-2880 to get a FREE, no obligation cost estimate for any non-op vehicle shipment!

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.

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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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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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