Salvaged Automobiles

The process of shipping a salvaged car is a little more detailed than shipping a car that’s functional and unharmed. It takes the use of different equipment such as a forklift. A forklift is needed to get the vehicle on top of the hauler where it is secured for its transport. Not all auto transport companies are capable of providing services for salvaged cars.

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Typical Shipping Prices - How Much Does It Cost?

  • The cost for shipping a salvaged car is determined by the distance, intricacy of the transport, and the location.
  • It is safe to assume that an inoperable vehicle will cost $100 more to transport than that of a fully operable vehicle. This is due to the use of special equipment such as a forklift or flatbed truck.

Most transporters won’t insure the salvaged car during its transport. Due to the fragile nature of the cars, the transport company refuses to be responsible for any damage caused during the shipping process resulting from the vehicle’s prior accident.

The transport specialists will secure all loose car parts the best they can. This will help prevent anything from falling off during the transport. However, it is still not the responsibility of the transport company to pay for any lost parts.

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The Equipment Needed to Transport a Salvaged Vehicle

A forklift isn’t the only piece of equipment that is needed by the transport company if they’re to ship salvaged cars. With the use of equipment not typically needed for the transport of an operable vehicle, you may notice an upcharge on your final bill. It all depends on what the shipping experts must do to safely deliver the car to its destination.

  • Flatbed trucks
  • Winch
  • Rollback tow truck
  • Trailers

Of course, other tools and machinery might be necessary as well. The transport company will have their professionals assess the situation so that they can plan for the future transport accordingly.

Your Responsibility as the Customer

As a customer of the shipping company, you will have some responsibilities of your own. It’s important to fulfill anything asked of you if you wish for the process of shipping to go along smoothly. These responsibilities will keep the car and those caring for its delivery safer.

  • If the transport company cannot ship completely wrecked vehicles, they may ask that the car can roll, steer and brake. If this is required, make sure the vehicle is repaired as necessary and that it has tires.
  • If there are no keys for the vehicle, make sure that it is pointing forward and the transmission’s put in neutral.
  • Have a condition report ready if the transporter requires one. You may want to conduct your own inspection as well and write down all damage done to the car before its shipping process begins. It’s also wise to take photographs of the vehicle.
  • Make sure all fluids are completely drained from the vehicle. Remove any items that are completely unnecessary.
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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A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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