Auto Transport Tips: Shipping a Vehicle with No Wheels
Shipping a vehicle without wheels is a daunting task, one that many car transporters probably won’t do. As most auto transporters drive the vehicles they are shipping onto the truck and then secure it into place, shipping a vehicle without any way to roll makes it rather difficult to get it on the truck.
A vehicle without wheels or tires or rims means that the vehicle is either sitting on its rotors or it’s blocked or jacked up to get it off the ground – either way, it’s not moving, either under its own power or by a tow cable or a winch. That means that a shipper moving a vehicle without wheels will have to get creative if they’re going to ship it, and more often than not it’s just not worth their time.
Think about it: even if you were just looking to tow a vehicle without any wheels, instead of shipping it across state lines, it’s going to be difficult to get it onto the truck. Tow companies will usually just yank the car onto the tow truck, ruining the rotors in the process; shippers won’t do that, because most will be held liable for damage to the rotors and they will have to replace them for you.
Tow companies can get away with this because generally the vehicle that they are towing is insured, and it’s also – more often than not – a wrecked car that the insurance will be at least partially covering the repairs for. Many times vehicles without wheels that are being shipped from one state to another will be wrecked vehicles too, but not all, and sometimes vehicles without wheels are still expensive, just missing a key component. So how do auto shippers handle that situation?
Well, most of them don’t. If you want to get quotes from our advertisers (by filling out our free online form or giving us a call), chances are they will either charge you an insanely high price or just say they can’t move it unless it can roll. Many times when searching for quotes you will be asked by prospective shippers whether the vehicle can roll, brake and steer; all three are generally required for standard shipping services.
If your vehicle cannot do one of the three, you will likely find it harder to get quotes to ship it from any of the companies that advertise with us, but that’s not to say they wouldn’t ever be able to; we recommend that, if your vehicle does not roll, brake or steer, to fill out our free online quote form anyway – it takes less than two minutes – and get a free quote right away. You can also contact us any time over the phone to speak to an agent, get your quotes, ask questions, book an order, and more.
Since 2007 Dave has written all the content and blogs for American Auto Shipping and during this time added the duties of customer support and transport logistics.
He currently resides in Washington with his three kids and their mom and cat. A fan of Marvel movies and good stories, when not shipping cars Dave can be found working on his novel, enjoying a good book or playing some tournament HALO.
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