SHIPPING WHEELCHAIRS

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SAVE TIME & MONEY WHEN SHIPPING WHEELCHAIRS

Whether you operate a company that sells wheelchairs to people all over the country or you are shipping one wheelchair for yourself or a family member, the following tips will help you save time and money.

SHOULD WHEELCHAIRS BE SHIPPED AS PARCELS OR FREIGHT?

Some lighter wheelchairs might be eligible for parcel shipping, but the vast majority of wheelchairs need to be shipped as freight due to their weight (over 150 lb.) and/or size. Freight shipping can seem daunting and expensive, but it doesn't have to be.

Unless you are shipping a full truckload of wheelchairs, your shipment will be classified and priced as LTL (less-than-truckload). That means it will be consolidated with loads from other shippers onto one truck, thereby saving all the shippers money.

Proper packaging of your wheelchair is critical to a shipping success.

HOW DO YOU PREPARE A WHEELCHAIR FOR LTL FREIGHT SHIPPING?

Your wheelchair may be loaded and unloaded several times before it's delivered. It will share a truck with dozens of other shipments that could shift around during transit. To avoid damages during shipping, you must properly package your wheelchair.

Review your wheelchair's owner's manual for special instructions on breaking down and transporting your equipment. If your wheelchair can be folded or taken apart make sure to do so.

Crate your wheelchair or secure it to a pallet. FreightCenter (800.716.7608) can help you find crating services. Or, you can build your own custom crate. If securing to a pallet with bands, make sure to wrap the wheelchair in styrofoam, double-walled cardboard and shrink wrap.

HOW TO COMPARE THE COSTS OF shipping wheelchairs FROM TRUSTED CARRIERS

FreightCenter is where the best freight carriers compete for your business. We enable you to compare multiple carriers' rates and expected transit times in a matter of seconds. Then, you choose which carrier you want to handle your shipment. FreightCenter takes care of the rest.

Your first step is get an instant, online freight shipping quote.

  1. Enter the dimensions, weight and relevant zip codes into the quote form.
  2. 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.
  3. A FreightCenter expert will review your shipment and check for accuracy.
  4. Once the shipment is scheduled, you'll receive your bill of lading and other paperwork.
  5. Double check that all information is correct.

WHAT IF YOU NEED HELP?

Need help booking your wheelchair shipment? Have questions about packaging? Have questions or concerns after you've booked your shipment? We have freight experts available to answer your questions. Get your free quote now or give us a call at 800.716.7608.

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