If you’re shipping automotive parts, you’ve come to the right place. We’re not talking about steering wheel covers and custom license plates — we’re talking about the BIG STUFF: engine blocks, transmissions, chassis, you name it. If your auto part shipment hits that 150lb mark, you’ve entered LTL territory. That’s where we come in. FreightorGator understands LTL auto part shipping, and we’ll set you up with the carrier you need and a rate you cant beat. Shipping the big stuff requires some extra care, so we’ve outlined some pointers to help you jumpstart the process.
Prep Work and Packaging
You can’t just hand an LTL carrier an auto engine and send it on its way — the shipment of engines and transmissions requires important preparation and packaging before its ready to hit the road. The main concern is leakage: make sure to completely drain an engine or transmission of all fluids and oils. A carrier will refuse pickup if the package is leaking oil, so take the time to give the engine or transmission a thorough cleaning before packaging.
Packaging. This is also an important (and unique) step to shipping large auto parts. Every engine and transmission is different, and therefore, every packaging solution must be custom tailored to safely and securely ship. The most popular method of packaging an engine or transmission is on a pallet. Place the engine or transmission in the center of a pallet and secure it with industrial ratcheting straps, ropes or chains. Now is not the time to be stingy with your ties: the component cannot shift or budge from the security of the pallet base—it has to be “one” with the pallet. It’s probably worth adding extra wooden supports to the pallet to keep the component in place, and then padding every surface with a shock-absorbent material (we recommend FOAMULAR insulating materials).
Once the engine or transmission is secured to the pallet, its time to cover up all your handiwork. LTL carriers will not accept engines and transmissions that are not completely concealed. The caveat to this is the carrier must have access to the fluid intakes on the component—they will check the dipstick to make sure you were paying attention and drained all the fluid. Use some cardboard, or more of the pink foam we mentioned above, to cover the component, and then shrink-wrap the whole apparatus. Shippers get pretty creative when it comes to shipping large automotive parts. Take a look at some of their extravagant packaging creations.
LTL freight requires a classification so carriers can quote your shipment. According to the National Motor Freight Classification system (NMFC), boxed or crated automobile engines fall into Class 70. However, if you secure an engine to a pallet (like we mentioned above) or use any other method to package that is not a box or crate, an automobile engine bumps up to Class 85. Automobile transmissions, on the other hand, fall into Class 85, regardless if they are crated or palletized. Auto parts are fairly straightforward to classify, but if you need help at any point during the booking process selecting the right class, FreightorGator has live-chat support standing by to answer your questions and get your freight on the road. Once you determine your class, fill out our Bill of Lading, and stick shipping labels to all sides of your shipment.
FreightorGator provides a straightforward LTL freight solution to shippers moving large auto parts. Engines and transmissions require some extra attention to move cross-country, but we partner with carriers who work with auto shipments every day. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered—get a free quote, get that engine block on a pallet and get that pallet out the door.
Our Carrier Network expertise isn’t limited to strictly automotive-engines. No matter the size or quantity, you pay the same flat $25 booking rate to ship – and can book your shipment in about 5 minutes.
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