If your vehicle's brakes and steering work well but the engine won't start, a tow truck and winch might be the best solution. This method involves renting a tow truck to take your vehicle to the boarding terminal. From there, the carrier will charge your car manually or with a winch. Even if your car isn't working, you can ship it.
It's possible that you bought a car at auction that didn't come with an engine and you need to have it shipped to your address. Maybe you bought a classic car from an individual seller that needs some repairs. This will cost you a little more than regular shipping a car, regardless of your situation. This is due to the additional work required to get the car up and down from the carrier and to the special equipment needed to do so.
The cost of a vehicle that doesn't work will vary depending on the distance you're sending it and the transportation company you're using. This type of shipment is called inoperable vehicle shipping. What is considered inoperable and non-functional? Inoperable cars are those that cannot be put on or off the carrier. It doesn't matter if your car has several punctures or if it doesn't have an engine.
If they can't get it on the truck, it will be inoperable and it will cost you a little more to ship it. Shipping costs will not be affected by body damage, unless they affect the vehicle's ability to drive in a straight line and without taking extreme measures. Your vehicle will be considered inoperable if you don't have a key. It's best to work as little or as much as possible to get the vehicle started before shipping.
This will help you save money on shipping costs. Sometimes it's as easy as charging or changing a dead battery. A car is still a car, whether it works or not. It goes against the purpose of a car transport company if it decides not to send a vehicle just because it doesn't work.
However, keep in mind that shipping a car that doesn't work comes with additional costs. We recommend closed car transport if you have a classic vehicle and want to ship it with special care. Once you find a company that will ship the vehicle that is not in circulation, they will take care of most of the details, so all you have to do is prepare your vehicle for shipping. Keep in mind that, once your car is delivered, you'll probably need a tow truck to take it to your favorite repair shop, unless you're an auto mechanic.
Expedited shipping will take about three days for a pick-up instead of the usual 24 to 48 hours, as it's much harder to find drivers on short notice operating a transport truck equipped with a winch.