How to Ship Auto Body Parts
Whether you’re buying or selling car parts, finding a parter that makes shipping auto body parts painless and affordable has never been easier.
First, let’s take a look at the various auto body parts that are commonly shipped, then how to pack them and, finally, how to get a quote and get started. We are here to help you find the best solution and cheapest way to ship auto body parts.
Auto body parts that are commonly shipped through FreightCenter:
- Auto body sections
- Radiator support
- Pick up beds
- Hard tops
- Soft tops
- Tires and more……
More than likely, you will be shipping these parts on an LTL (less-than-truckload) haul. However, if you are shipping a large number of auto body sections, you may need a full truckload, or FTL. Regardless, your freight experts at FreightCenter can help you choose the best option.
How do I Select an FTL Carrier for Shipping Auto Body Parts?
If your shipment requires a full truck, FreightCenter’s Truckload division will help find the right carrier for your shipment. We maintain relationships with hundreds of regional and national freight trucking companies throughout the country, all of whom check in with us regularly for available hauls. Selecting a carrier who has a regular route that aligns with your destination can also help to cut your cost.
Additionally, we can help you ship your auto body section or your entire specialty vehicle. If you have special requirements, such as a flatbed, RGN or step deck, we’re here to help!
Additionally, if you own an auto shop, you can add a freight widget to your auto shop’s website to help make shipping easier for your customers. We provide shipping solutions for individual shippers to large enterprises.
How do I Ship Auto Body Parts on LTL Freight?
If you have a smaller load, LTL shipping is a great option, because you only pay for the portion of the truck that your item occupies. When choosing LTL freight, it is important to note that your shipment will travel with cargo from other shippers, it will stop frequently and it will be unloaded and reloaded several times throughout transit. Therefore, it is important to pack your shipment carefully to prevent theft and also to ensure that it will not be damaged along the way.
Package your auto parts in crates or bulk boxes. Bulk boxes are designed to fit onto pallets. The walls of the boxes can be double, or even triple wall thick, often made of corrugated cardboard. Bulk boxes have removable tops, and are best used for any smaller parts traveling along with the shipment.
Larger parts should be packaged securely in crates for the highest level of protection. Most items will be moved with a forklift, so ensure that packaging is sturdy and secure.
What Is the NMFC (Freight Class) for Shipping Auto Body Parts?
The freight class for shipping auto body parts depends on the parts being shipped. The following information comes from our Freight Class Lookup table:
- Body Sections | 250
- Chassis w/running components | 150
- Chassis, Frame(Gear Frame) | 300
- Doors or Tailgate (Boxed) | 150
- Engine Hoods, metal, in boxes/crates | 250
- Fenders, primed metal, in boxes/crates | 200
- Vehicle Hard Top | 300
How to Compare the Cost of Shipping Auto Body Parts from Trusted Carriers
FreightCenter is where the best freight carriers compete for your business. Our freight quote tool enables you to compare multiple carriers’ rates and expected transit times in a matter of seconds. From there you can choose which carrier you prefer to handle your shipment. FreightCenter takes care of the rest.
Follow these steps to get an instant online freight shipping quote:
- Enter the dimensions, weight and relevant zip codes into the quote form.
- You’ll see a list of qualified carriers for your shipment, along with their quote and estimated transit time. Choose your carrier and book your shipment.
- A FreightCenter expert will review your shipment and check for accuracy.
- Once the shipment is scheduled, you’ll receive your bill of lading and other paperwork.
- Double check that all information is correct.