If you have ever needed to source a transmission for an auto project, you know it takes time and hard work to find the perfect one. Unfortunately, that means possibly searching hundreds, if not thousands of miles away to locate it. That also means that you will need to figure out a way to ship it to you. Well, the good news is that shipping a transmission is actually pretty easy.
The best way to ship a transmission is by less-than-truckload (LTL) freight. LTL freight is a method of shipping that consolidates various shipments going to the same place into one trailer. You are essentially sharing space with other people to create a full-truckload. That said, shipping a transmission through LTL does take careful preparation. Keep reading to find out how to prepare and package a transmission for shipping.
How to Prepare and Package a Transmission for Shipping
The first thing you want to do before transporting a transmission is to drain all of its fluids. When your carrier arrives on the day of pickup, they will fully inspect it to makes sure you have done this. If there is any fluid left inside, the carrier will reject the freight and cancel the pickup. Again, save yourself the headache and properly drain your transmission before shipping it.
Once the transmission has been fully drained of all fluids you will want to package it in a crate or strap it to a pallet. While some carriers will allow you to use a pallet, the majority will require you to fully enclose the auto part in a crate prior to pickup. If you have any questions about transmission shipping, feel free to contact our LTL shipping experts.
How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Transmission?
The average price to ship a transmission is around $300. However, there are many factors that can affect the price:
- Distance: The further the transmission has to travel, the higher the price.
- Weight: The total weight, including the packaging, has a major influence on the price.
- Dimensions: This includes the total length, width, and height of your crated or palletized transmission.
- Location types: It is more expensive if you are not shipping dock to dock. To save money, try shipping terminal to terminal.
- Additional services: LTL carriers charge for additional services such as a liftgate or inside delivery.
Transmission Freight Quotes
Once your transmission has been crated or placed on a pallet, you will want to use uShip’s LTL transportation services to ship it. To get instant LTL transmission shipping quotes from highly rated carriers, you will need to create a listing. You will want to know the exact dimensions and weight of your pallet or crate, plus the pickup and destination zip codes. Once you submit your information, you will want to review your quotes and choose a transporter. For more LTL shipping tips, please visit our LTL Help Center.