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How To Ship Auto Parts



Shipping auto parts can be a complex task due to their unusual shapes and heavy weights. Before you embark on the shipping process, it's crucial to assess your needs thoroughly. If your auto parts aren't easily palletized or crated, plan your packaging strategy in advance.

Here are some guidelines to ensure a smooth shipping process for your auto parts:

  1. Proper Packaging: Auto body parts such as bumpers require extra care to prevent dents and damages during transit. Use appropriate materials like bubble wrap, foam, or packing peanuts for effective protection.

  2. Accurate Measurements: Measure and weigh the packaged auto parts correctly to obtain precise shipping quotes and avoid issues during transportation.

  3. Choosing the Right Shipping Method:

    • Parcel Shipping: Suitable for lighter parts (less than 150 pounds) that can fit in boxes.

    • Less than Truckload (LTL) Shipping: Ideal for larger or heavier parts that don't require a full truckload.

    • Full Truckload (FTL) Shipping: Perfect for a large quantity of automotive parts.

    • Expedited Shipping: If time is critical, explore expedited shipping options for the fastest delivery options.


  1. Selecting a Reliable Carrier: Choose a reputable carrier experienced in shipping auto parts. Check carrier ratings from previous customers to ensure reliability.

  2. Clear Labeling: Attach clear and visible shipping labels with accurate delivery and return addresses.

  3. Insurance: For expensive or valuable shipments, consider purchasing shipping insurance to protect against loss or damage.

  4. Tracking: Monitor your shipment's progress using the online tracking system.


Frequently Asked Questions:


What Types of Auto Parts Does Specialized Global Logistics Ship? We assists with various automotive parts, including the entire car, bumpers, hoods, fenders, grills, spoilers, rims, doors, and more. Contact our shipping experts to determine if they can handle the specific parts you want to ship.


Do certain car parts have specific shipping requirements?

Different auto parts have unique shipping needs. For instance, engines should be drained of fluids to avoid hazmat fees and delays. Most LTL carriers require engines to be fully crated.

  • Machinery parts, like engines, need to be drained of all fluids to avoid hazmat fees and delays

  • Most carriers require engines to be fully crated, you may also want to crate engines to prevent damage.

  • Used auto parts, such as refurbished or rebuild engines have lower limited liability coverage-- consider added protection on these shipments.

Make sure to determine how your auto parts should be wrapped and padded to avoid loss and damage.


How to ship batteries, fuel tanks, or other parts that are dangerous or hazardous?

Some of the most frequently shipped auto and mechanical parts are considered dangerous goods and hazardous materials. These include airbags, aerosols (like paint and lubricants), batteries, engines, engine blocks with hazardous fuel, used fuel tanks, flammable paints, and touch-up paints. Check with the manufacturer for the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for detailed information on the product. The MSDS sheet will have transportation instructions. Relay that information to the carrier.


How much does it cost to ship auto parts?

Shipping costs depend on factors like part type, dimensions, weight, and handling requirements. Use the online tool to request free quotes from multiple carriers for accurate estimates.


What shipping class do auto parts fall into?

The freight class for auto parts varies based on the specific part, dimensions, weight, and handling requirements. Provide accurate information in the online tool to receive precise quotes and ensure proper handling during transit.


Will my auto parts be secure during transit?

Certain parts might require additional packaging or filler, such as packing peanuts or spray foam, to prevent dents or scratches during transit. Filler will help ensure your freight reaches the final destination without any dents or scratches.


How can I track my auto parts throughout their transit?



Specialized Global Logistics offers assistance in efficiently shipping auto parts. With careful planning and the right mode of transportation, you can ensure your auto parts reach their destination safely and on time.




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