How to Ship Auto Parts
uShip makes shipping auto parts easy as three steps!
1 | Create Your Shipment Listing
It's important to properly list your car parts for the most accurate freight quote. In order to decide what kind of freight service you need, first package and measure your auto parts. List the number, size and weight of the individual units. Pallets, drums, crates and boxes are all commonly shipped by carriers and can be used to better protect your car parts shipment. If you know your freight class and load density be sure to include that information, as well as special requirements your shipment may have, such as the handling of your freight or permits needed. Whether you choose to list your shipment for quotes in our marketplace or book an instant quote, having a detailed listing will earn you more accurate auto parts shipping prices every time. Freight companies offer several options, including less than truckload freight (LTL), truckload freight (TL), and expedited freight services. Using a freight forwarder, you can even ship freight internationally.
2 | Choose the Best Auto Parts Shipping Service
Once your listing is complete, instant rates from our Published Rates Carriers may appear as an option for your auto parts shipment. Select an instant rate, and you will receive direct contact information for the auto parts shipping company. These published rates may not be available for all car parts shipments. If your shipment listing goes to auction, you’ll receive quotes from car parts shipping companies as they compete for your business. You’re able to maintain your privacy while you ask questions and talk directly to the shipping companies providing you with transport quotes.
Each car parts shipping company also has their own carrier profile on uShip. You can find customer rated feedback, safety records, and transportation history all in one place. Review the transportation history to see what kind of auto parts transport they have done in the past, and the experiences previous customers had with them. Most freight haulers add some photos of their equipment so you can see what your parts will be moved in. Reviewing these profiles and talking to the shipping companies will help you feel confident you’re choosing the best car parts shipping company for your shipment.
3 | Car Parts Shipping & Delivery
When you have chosen your transporter, contact them directly with any questions, concerns or additional details you have about your auto parts delivery. Share any contact information for any third parties involved in the pick up or delivery with your carrier. Work with your car parts transport company to figure out pick up and delivery. If you have trouble communicating with your transporter directly, please let us know. We are here to help before, during, and after your car parts delivery.
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How Much Does it Cost to Ship Car Parts?
The average cost to transport car parts depends on the distance and the specifications of the parts. It costs $1.36 per mile to transport car parts less than 100 miles, but costs $0.28 per mile to transport car parts less than 1000 miles.
Begin by taking a look at our cost-to-ship car parts page. There, you will get insight into what the costs look like when it comes to shipping large car parts and view shipping transactions completed through the uShip marketplace.
Prepare Car Parts for Transport
If you haven't already done so, the first step to shipping your car part is to take a few good pictures before you wrap it up. Once you've snapped a few pictures of your part it's time to pack it up for its journey. For body panels, such as a hood, you're going to start by padding the corners and edges. Next, cover the surfaces with a padded blanket, cardboard, or foam. You want to create a suitable barrier to protect the paint and metal from damage. If you want to take it to the next level build a wooden frame for the hood to slide into.
Bucket or bench seats can be shipped covered but be mindful of the transport option you choose. An open transport can be exposed to inclement weather, so covering the seats in plastic is a good idea. For heavy items like engines, transmissions, axles and rear ends (differentials) you should palletize or crate them. You can typically find pallets on Craigslist or at some businesses for free. Follow our freight shipping guide for more insights on how you should package your part on a pallet.
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