Transporting Inoperable or Inop Vehicles
RCG Logistics specializes in shipping non-running and damaged cars. Shipping cars that do not run can be a complicated process, involving different procedures, training & equipment from a typical car transport. Every move is unique, some cars do not start while others can’t rolls due to collision damage and some don’t even have wheels. Although there are many reasons that can make a car inoperable – we provide the expertise and nationwide coverage making it simple.
How We Ship a
Car That Doesn’t Run
When shipping cars with no keys wheels must be pointing straight and transmission be put in neutral. A tow truck is hired for an extra fee to load the car at the pick up location and unload on delivery.
If the car doesn’t start at any point of the transport it is considered non-running. Generally if a car doesn’t start a winch is used to get the car on and off the trailer.
Damaged cars that won’t roll, need to be loaded by a roll-back tow truck or a forklift. When picking up a vehicle at a salvage auction a forklift is generally available, an adequate size forklift will also be necessary at the time of unloading.
Why Choose Us?
Very few companies have the expertise and absolutely no one matches our resources when it comes to shipping inoperable cars at long distances. We started shipping cars in 2005 for major salvage auctions, quickly learning that when it comes to shipping a non-running vehicles it is essential to have access to the right equipment & knowledgeable staff. We can arrange loading, unloading, storage and transfer of non-running vehicles.
Shipping non running cars is always more expensive because of additional time necessary to load & unload the vehicle as well as higher risks of damage. Most drivers if given a choice will always pick a running car over the one that doesn’t. Depending on the level of complexity of the transport, location & distance, price can increase by several hundred dollars.
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Common Shipping Questions
Is shipping non-running vehicles more expensive?
There is added charge to ship cars that are inoperable. This price will depend on the size of the car, extend of the damage and the location from which it is shipped. An average surcharge for a non-running car is $100. It is critical that we are notified of the condition of the car during the placement of the order and especially before the driver arrives to pick up the vehicle.
What kind of equipment is needed to transport a non-running car?
It is important to make sure that the car being shipped will at least roll, steer and brake. Certain car haulers are better equipped to transport cars that are damaged or not running. Because fewer trucks can ship non-running cars there may be a delay associated with those transports. We have an extensive network of carriers that specialize in hauling damaged cars and are a premier shipper of such vehicles.
Do damaged cars need a condition report and will they be inspected?
In cases where a vehicle is purchased out of state without first being seen in person by a shipper RCG Logistics will make a condition report per request. Cars with extensive collision damage may be difficult to inspect properly. Unfortunately it is quite common for accessories and removal items to “disappear” from cars whenever picking up at salvage auctions. To facilitate the arbitration procedures please inform us in advance to inspect specific items of a vehicle.
How are damage claims handled during the transportation?
Neither RCG Logistics or its drivers are responsible for damages done to non-running vehicles in an attempt to load, secure or unload them off a car hauler. We are also not responsible for damages done to vehicles during transportation that is a direct resultant of a prior collision. Drivers generally secure loose parts whenever transporting cars after a collision, however if a hood or a trunk lid flies open causing additional damage to the car, RCG Logistics or its subcontractors cannot be held liable.
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