Shipping a classic car that does not run

Shipping a classic car that does not run

Shipping a classic car that does not run can add costs and complexity to the process of shipping a car. Shipping a classic car that does not run is a common problem. Many classic cars are still original and need a tune-up, or might be under restoration, or be a project waiting for someone to start working. Our guide helps you understand the process of classic car transport to help you save time when finding the right auto shipping company for a nonrunning vehicle.

My classic car does not run, but rolls brakes, and steers?

One of the first questions auto transport companies ask is if your vehicle runs or not? If the answer is no, they’ll often ask does it roll, brake, and steer? If your vintage car rolls, brake, and steer, then you can typically ship with any transport company, open or enclosed, without a problem. Many companies will add a non-run fee to the cost to ship your car that is typically a few hundred dollars for the extra work of shipping a non-running vehicle.

If your classic car does not roll, brake, and/or steer, then that complicates the process of shipping it a little more.

My classic car rolls and steers, but does not brake?

If your car does not brake it often comes down to how big and heavy your classic car is. If it’s a light vintage Porsche, both enclosed and open auto transport companies may feel comfortable transporting it. If it’s a big Bel Air or pick up trucks some enclosed and open car carrier companies may ask you to fix the brakes of the car first before transporting it due to safety reasons. Flatbed services typically do not have an issue with a vehicle without working brakes but don’t offer the protection and long-range transports that over the road carriers provide. Flatbed services and tow trucks tend to transport cars locally or regionally, while enclosed and open car carriers typically ship to large regions or the entire country.

My classic car does not roll and steer?

If your classic car does not roll and steer, then it’s essentially immovable. Open and enclosed carriers will likely not have the equipment to transport your classic. You will have to fix the vehicle or ship it with a flatbed/tow truck company that have winches that can drag the car up their ramp onto the trailer. This can create further damage to your vehicle.

Shipping a non running classic car

Most companies understand that many classic cars are being shipped to a restoration shop to be worked on or repaired, but having the vehicle run will help save you money and keep your options open with the type of auto transport company you can ship with. Keeping the shipping process easier and smoother. If the vintage car doesn’t run, but rolls, brakes, and steers then it may just result in a small fee. If the car doesn’t roll, brake, or steer, then that will complicate the shipping process substantially. At Intercity Lines, we have no problem shipping classic cars that do not run, get a quote today!

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