Auto Transport Tips: Shipping a Car for Parts
If you’re buying a car across the country and having it shipped you know you’re undertaking an expensive and time-consuming endeavor, and if you’re shipping a car for no other reason than spare parts it can be even more expensive. Part cars are pretty cool; whether you’re trying to find a specific part or you just want something you can scavenge, they’re dead useful especially if you fix up cars to re-sell them down the road. And while most mechanics can easily find the parts they need from an auto parts store, some of those classic cars lose a ton of value when you put something that’s not an original OEM part into it. Therefore, parts cars can be great when trying to maintain the value of a specific vehicle.
Generally the hardest part about shipping a parts car to you is the price. Parts cars, on the whole, don’t run, and if they do it’s shaky at best. Generally parts cars are cars that have most of their parts still in good working order but they just don’t drive very well, or their engine has too many miles on it and needs a rebuild – but most everything else is in decent working order. Mechanics can use parts cars in a variety of different ways, but they’re all going to have to go through the same process come transport time. Make sure you’re specific about the fact that the car you’re shipping is a parts car when you speak to your auto transport representative; this will make it easier for them to quote your vehicle correctly. You can’t generally ship spare parts inside the cab of the vehicle, even if they’re boxed; keep them in the trunk or call UPS to ship them. If your parts car is running that’ll save you a bit of money, so if you can get it going you probably should.
You can get a free quote simply by filling out our free online auto transport quote request form, you’ll get an instant price immediately right on your screen. You can also call our toll-free number at 800-930-7417 and speak to one of our live representatives if you are interested in getting some of your questions answered before you even start the quote gathering process, which is completely fine too. Just remember to be polite to our representatives as well as the reps you will talk to when you book your order with your transportation company.