Vehicles that cannot start or cannot move under their own power are considered “non-running” or “inoperative” vehicles; chances are you’ll see some type of variant of the phrase “in-op” or “non-op” during your research into transporting your non-running vehicle, but they all mean the same thing. Normally vehicles being shipped are driven onto and off of the auto transport carrier, regardless of what type of carrier it is (open, enclosed, etc). With a non-running vehicle, this isn’t possible, so instead the vehicle will need to be loaded via other means. This is usually done via a special winch, which will be attached to the car and then slowly lifted until the car is in place, where it will then be secured.
The problem with transporting non-running vehicles is the fact that not all carriers have a winch. It is for this reason that you should always tell your auto transport representative that your vehicle is not running, or that you mark any boxes that say “vehicle is not running” or something to that effect when filling out an online quote form. The difference in price between a running and non-running car is usually a bit over $100, but if you misrepresent your vehicle to avoid paying that extra hundred bones it’s a real possibility that your representative will dispatch a carrier without a winch to pick your car up. Well, if they don’t have a winch they can’t pick your car up, which means they just made a wasted trip – this can lead to a canceled order, additional inconvenience fees, and some really upset drivers and representatives. So do yourself a favor and make sure that you tell your rep if your vehicle is running or not.