Sending car parts via a courier is quick, cheap and reliable as long you prepare and package your items correctly – this is a guide on how to do exactly that. We’ll even show you how to get them insured.
Before shipping your car parts, here are 5 questions you should ask yourself:
- Are there any car parts I can’t send via courier?
- How do I package my car parts to survive in transit?
- Do car parts attract additional charges?
- How can I insure my car parts for shipping?
- How do I get the cheapest quote?
We regularly transport car parts for a wide range of customers and have taken the most commonly shipped items, listed below, and offered this guide on shipping them.
The most common car parts shipped with us are:
- Engines and engine parts, including car batteries
- Tyres and wheels
As part of this guide we will break down the requirements needed to ship and package these items. If you have any other car parts not listed here and are are unsure how to ship them, please contact our Customer Support team on 0844 880 4558.
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Car parts are can vary in size. An easy rule to remember is that if your item is large or bulky then you should book your collection 24 hours in advance. This rule especially applies if the heavy or bulky item requires the driver to bring a pump truck at collection. If you require this, please contact us in advance. The time allows us to ensure there is enough room on the collection vehicle and that the driver is properly prepared for the pick-up.
Are there any car parts I can’t send via courier?
We always encourage our customers to review our excluded items list before shipping with us. If you are shipping internationally then you should check the recipient countries customs website for further details on restricted or prohibited items. This will ensure you don’t waste time on your goods being stopped at customs, for example, as well as avoiding the prospect of any additional charges.
If you are shipping an engine or engine parts then it is critical you drain and dry the engine parts thoroughly. Many car liquids such as engine oils and brake fluids are classed as hazardous and cannot be sent via courier.
This also applies to any liquids in the engine parts, such as ignitable gas like Petrol not just hazardous ones. All liquids must be drained to reduce the possibility of leakages or spills during transit. If you do not drain the liquids then you may face your goods being stopped in transit and abandoned as they can’t be shipped back to you.
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How do I package my car parts to survive in transit?
Depending on the size and weight of the item, we recommend you follow our packaging and labelling guidelines to make sure your package meets our courier requirements. However, as some car parts require a little more specialist care here are some tips, tricks and hints for packaging some of those more complicated items.
Bumpers by nature are bulky and cumbersome items that need to fit in one large box. This can be tricky due to their size and shape, but once a box is found that the bumper can fit nicely into, you will need to fill it with packaging materials to cushion and support ‘the spine’ of the bumper inside of the box.
Tip: The box must be rigid and strong enough to protect the bumper during transit.
Although bumpers are fairly light weight, the size and awkward shape of the bumper can attract a price increase. This is due to the volumetric weight of the item, which is calculated by the amount of space the item takes up on the delivery vehicle.
Whilst bumper box sizes vary, the average size tends to be 190 cm x 60 cm x 60 cm. If you are sending a lightweight box of this size you will be billed for the volumetric weight. It is therefore worth preparing your bumper in good time and choosing an economy service, which helps you save money.
The average size of a car bonnet is 146 cm x 137cm, which can be difficult to send by courier. This is due to the difficulty in finding a box that can fit the entire item. However, once you have found a box big enough then it is simply a process of packaging it properly and selecting the right service.
If you can’t find a box to fit, then the best alternative is a wooden crate – and if you can’t buy one, then build it from plywood. You can also buy specialist heavy duty cardboard boxes that are 15cm larger than your bonnet, in each direction.
This is how to do it:
- Measure your car bonnet.
- Fill the crate or box with internal packaging materials.
- Wrap the bonnet in plenty of bubble wrap, and use corner protectors on all four corners.
- Carefully lower the bonnet into your crate or box.
- Ensure that the entire bonnet is sufficiently cushioned and that it fits into the box without movement.
- Use heavy duty packaging tape on all joins of the box. If you are building a crate then you need to secure the crate with nails or screws. Screw handles into the side of the crate (solid metal cabinet handles will be perfect) so the box can be moved with ease.
- Apply your shipping label firmly to the box with either strong packaging tape or staples.
If you are sending a car bonnet and are unsure if your item is packaged properly, then please contact customer services on 08448804558.
Engines and Engine Parts
Once you have drained all liquids from the engine or engine parts, you will need to request a pallet delivery service. Remember to book this 24 hours in advance so we can ensure there is room on the transport vehicle. If you are unsure in how to ship your engine or engine parts, take a look at our large & heavy shipping page for further details.
Car grilles look great but are more delicate than other car parts. With a gentle touch, it is easy to prepare a car grille for transport via courier – just simply follow our packaging guidelines.
If you are sending more than one grille in a box, then make sure you wrap each grille separately in 2.5 inches of bubble wrap, aiming for a thickness of 2.5 inches on each side. It’s also important that you protect the corners of the grille as well as ensuring that it’s fully suspended inside the box so there is no room for movement during transport.
Alloys are easy to prepare for parcel delivery and follow the same packaging process as other goods. Simply follow our packaging guidelines.
Tip: Some hubcap cleaning liquids are classed as hazardous and cannot be shipped via courier. Therefore, it’s best practise to contact us prior to shipping to find out if your brand of alloy cleaner is okay to send or not.
If you want to send both hubcaps and cleaning liquids then we strongly recommend you package the hubcaps separately to the cleaning liquids. This will protect your allows from any potential spillage from the cleaning liquids spill during transit, which can cause delays.
Tyres and Wheels
Car tyres and wheels require no special preparation prior to sending via courier, and they are easy to package for transport, just follow our packaging guidelines.
Remember that although car tyres and wheels are very durable, they are also quite heavy, so it is important to use a strong box and protect them with sufficient internal packaging materials. You should also always use a separate box for each tyre/wheel.
Additional Cover for car parts
All shipments sent with ParcelHero are automatically covered by £50 free shipping cover. During the booking process, you can acquire additional cover if your goods are worth more. However, if your item is on our prohibited items list, then it is automatically excluded from being insured, as well as any additional cover acquired during the checkout process. We will consider insuring some items if the packaging is sufficient enough. Please contact our Customer Support team for further details on 08448804558.
How do I get the cheapest quote?
ParcelHero ships to 220 countries and offers a high quality, reliable service at a fraction of the cost of booking couriers directly. We only use the world’s leading couriers, including UPS, DHL and Fed Ex, ensuring our delivery services are of the highest quality, but without the premium price tag.
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