Shipping Car Parts
Sending car parts via courier is quite common, but can also be quite difficult depending on the part. For example, sending a pair of wiper blades is far less complicated than sending a door or an engine. But generally speaking, if the car part is packaged correctly, you won’t have any issues finding a courier service to deliver it for you.
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Size and weight restrictions
When preparing to ship a car part, keep in mind that most companies have similar limitations in terms of size and weight. For instance, CouriersPlease is unable to ship a package exceeding 1.8m or 32kg. And Toll’s same-day delivery is restricted to packages weighing 30kg or less.
With that said, a number of courier services can accommodate larger and heavier parcels. Northline, for example, is able to handle packages weighing more than 25kg as long as they are secured to a pallet with shrink wrap.
Direct Couriers has a large fleet of vans and trucks that can carry anywhere from 150kg to 20,000kg.
Which parts cannot be shipped?
For most car parts, from tires and wheels to doors and fenders, the phrase “If there’s a will, there’s a way” is applicable. However, there are a couple exceptions. If the part contains liquid it cannot be shipped. This is important to keep in mind if you’re sending a radiator or a fuel tank—both must be completely drained before they are packaged.
Parts containing glass—with the exception of headlights and taillights—are prohibited, as are car batteries. If you’re shipping tires, make sure they are completely deflated.
Packing your car parts
Depending on the part, finding a suitable box can be challenging. In any case, choose a box that is new and sturdy. Ideally, the box should be double-walled and corrugated. If you’re packing multiple parts, ensure each part is isolated and protected with bubble wrap or another type of cushioning. That goes for multiple components of a disassembled part as well.
Many car parts have hard, sharp edges. These need to be covered by several layers of packaging. Using both cardboard and bubble wrap is a good idea.
Using a pallet
Extra heavy parts will need to go onto a pallet, which should be big enough so that your package does not hang over the edges. Do not use a pallet with broken boards or protruding nails, and do not overload the pallet. Either circumstance can result in damage to your goods.
When you are finished stacking your packages onto the pallet, secure them using shrink wrap.
For high value items, consider insuring your shipment for added coverage.