How to Ship a Non-Running Car

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Although it may not be ideal, it’s possible to ship a non-running vehicle, no matter its size or condition. A non-running car refers to vehicles that are inoperable or unsafe to drive. If you need to transport an inoperable car, you’ve come to the right place. We’re sharing everything you need to know about how to prepare your non-running car to ship. 

Inform Your Broker About Your Car’s Condition Upfront 

When you schedule to ship a non-running car, make sure to explain in detail why your car isn’t in running condition. In order to ship an inoperable car, it must be able to roll and steer so the driver can load it onto the transport trailer. In some cases, whatever is wrong with your vehicle may be an easy fix that can be taken care of before shipping your vehicle, which could save you time and money. 


Schedule Transport For Your Non-Running Vehicle Early 

Anytime you ship a car, it takes planning. However, it may take a few extra days to transport an inoperable vehicle so it’s important to schedule it out as far in advance as possible. The driver will need to take additional time to get the car on and off the transport, and this will be taken into consideration when you’re scheduling a pickup.

The Cost Will Be Higher to Move An Inoperable Vehicle 

Additional work and equipment is required to transport non-running vehicles and will take the carrier extra time when moving your car. You’ll also need to schedule to have the vehicle directly dropped off to its final destination if it’s not drivable. These extra steps, plus the typical factors of make, model, and distance will be factored into the total cost of shipping your car.

Metti International is Here to Help 

We make it possible to ship your non-running car with ease. At Metti International we use our experience and expertise to provide you with exceptional service no matter the condition of the car that you need to be shipped. 

Call Metti International for a free quote today at 866.620.1776!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most major credit cards, postal money orders and cashiers checks are acceptable forms of payment.

As with most transport services, a deposit is generally required when placing an order. Deposits range from 10-25 % of the total shipping cost. The remaining balance will be due upon delivery.

Most auto transport companies accept cash, certified checks, and postal money orders.

Coast to coast trips usually takes between 10-14 days. Shorter trips ranges from 3-7 days, depending on the actual distance. Some factors may delay a trip, including traffic, weather, and truck breakdowns.

Yes, we request you, or a designated person, be present upon pick up of your vehicle. For your safety and your vehicle’s safety, an inspection is performed and a bill of lading must be signed that serves as proof of delivery.

The easiest way to ship an inoperable vehicle is to let us know when requesting a vehicle transport quote. There will be an additional charge, plus loading and unloading charges to your quote, if we are not informed of the vehicle’s condition prior to quoting.

Auto carriers are not licensed to carry house goods or personal items, these goods and items are not covered by the carriers insurance. Any damage to your vehicle due to household goods shifting or breaking is also not covered. Personal belongings left in the vehicle, are shipped strictly at the owners risk. Carriers will not inventory any belongings left in the vehicle and will assume no responsibility.

Your car is insured for the Blue Book value the entire time it is on the truck. Clearly listed on your Shipping Order, Agreement and Bill of Lading are occurrences not covered. At the time of pick up, a condition report is filled out and signed by both the person turning the car over and the truck driver and you are given a copy.

Upon delivery of your vehicle, this same report is presented. You should compare the condition of the vehicle to the report thoroughly at that time. If you feel damage has occurred to your vehicle during delivery, you must note it on the report before you sign it and the driver leaves. Damage done in transit does not relieve the shipper of paying for transport service performed. Claims will be handled by the vehicle carrier and insurance companies.

Metti International offers door-to-door auto transport service where possible. However, there are instances that we cannot collect/deliver directly to the door due to the size of our auto carrier’s trucks. The size of your street may prohibit direct delivery to your door. Also, some towns and cities do not allow trucks on their residential streets. If the carrier cannot get to your door, he will deliver your vehicle to the next most convenient accessible location, such as the nearest major crossing street, a shopping mall or supermarket.

Please have a no more than 1/4 tank of fuel, remove all personal items from your vehicle and have it washed and cleaned so that the ensuing inspection is easily performed. If it is a convertible, T-top, sunroof, etc. make sure all openings are closed and prepared for changing weather. You can find additional tips on how to prepare your car for transport here.