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Question DetailsAsked on 4/5/2018


Need to transport a small non operational older car from New Jersey to Idaho

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I hope this car is worth something - an antique or lots of sentimental value - because you are probably looking (assuming a full size truck can get to your house at each end) at around $700-1200 depending on vehicle size/weight - and that would be by auto carrier or rail, which has inherent risks of damage by flying rocks and vandalism along the way. For closed container shipping around 50-100% more.

Bear in mind you are going to need to let the carrier know when they are quoting you that it is non-operating - so they provide equipment which can load it. Usually use a tilt-bed tow truck to pull it up on the tow truck, then back up to the auto carrier, flatbed, or container on wheels to load it. If it cannot roll easily (flat tires, missing axles, etc) then you are going to have to arrange for them to dolly it - or perhaps even have them provide dolly(s) which travel with it and you keep, so cost can go up pretty fast in that sort of case. Probably cheaper to get flat tires fixed with patches or cheap used tires put on so it can roll, if possible. Not being able to be driven also pretty much rules out auto carrier because it would have to be beavertail loaded and then unloaded and reloaded every time they want to get another car off, and rail is probably out because of the similar issues.

The Search the List category for this is Auto Transport or something real close to that. you can also google for search phrases like - cross country auto tramsport, or - antique auto transport - to find provider names for this.

Also - if in a closed container, be sure the shipping documents say in BIG letters - VEHICLE INSIDE - DO NOT TILT UNLOAD, because even though it should be chained down that should not be trusted to hold it during tilt unloading as containers are commonly done.

If you are moving too, depending on how much household goods you have you can sometimes move it in the same trailer - safest (and some carriers require this if in a trailer with goods) needs to have the fuel tank removed or drained and nitrogen filled and certified to that by a mechanic.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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