According to another source, both larger LCD and LED TV’s are constructed to have their weight balanced when set upright. So if you actually lay the screen flat, there apparently won’t be any adequate support in the middle of the TV, which can lead to cracking or distortion on the edges if left that way over time. So, honestly, I have not tried laying a TV flat in my car yet to see if it cracks or is distorted when reaching the other side of the retail store to the house. (Please scroll to the bottom to see my update on this topic, I actually tried doing this and you will see my result).
But, I promise, I will try this one day. I am suprised Linus Tech Tips hasn’t tried this yet. Anyways, if you got no choice, and the TV is under a third party warranty offered at checkout, I’d say as long as you unbox the TV standing up, you might be OK, but I have not been there and done that, my TV I actually bought second hand through a supplier, it was a display model. It was rocking back and forth in my back seat when I bought it, but it made it home in one piece and I use it all the time for watching movies, it’s a 55″ Samsung LED TV 4k (only paid $300 for it).
So, if you have tried this already and have confirmed that it’s safe to do, please leave a comment below and maybe a picture to go with it. Thanks for stopping by. Oh and don’t forget to watch the video I found on Youtube (apparently made by Samsung), on how to successfully transport a TV. Check it out above.
UPDATE: (These images shown below are my images, I actually tried laying a TV flat in my trunk and it worked!. I will explain what happened and will show you what I bought.
What led me to buying an actual brand new 65″ LED TV is, there were some display models of TV’s being sold because they were discontinued and I wanted to get a 65″ Samsung TV (though these TV’s cannot be returned if there is something wrong with them, plus they have been sitting on the display for hours on end turned on, with less lifetime expectancy. So, I decided to buy a brand new, $899 Samsung UN65TU7000FXZC (that’s the exact model number), and I put it into the back of my SUV. You wouldn’t believe this but the box was upside down in a shopping cart and I brought it to my car from the store. See the parking lot there.
With the seats folded down in a Ford Escape, and I was able to lift the TV onto the back of the headrests, and close the actual rear door almost completely with this 65″ TV sitting in there. So, I took it home and barely had any room to set it up. But I managed, and (above) is the exact same TV sitting on a couple TV trays, I don’t have an actual stand for this TV, so I used TV trays. It definitely looks beautiful and was well worth the money. But the test is real and works, there are some risks to laying your TV flat in your vehicle but most likely you will be just fine when you get home, as long as you don’t hit any huge pot holes or get in an accident of some sort.