Automotive parts that qualify for LTL shipping – chassis, engines, and transmissions over 150 lbs. – come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Anyone familiar with the difference between a Fiat 500 and a Ford F-150 knows what we’re talking about. This wide range of weight and dimensional possibilities creates headaches for folks gearing up to get these parts packaged and classified properly for LTL transport – and that’s not even the beginning or the end of the process.
Fortunately, FreightorGator is here to bridge the knowledge gap. We briefly brushed over the basics of automotive LTL shipping before but feel it’s time to provide a comprehensive breakdown of what goes into pulling off a hassle-free process. Here’s everything you need to know when using LTL shipping for automotive parts:
Class is Complicated
The first step in figuring out the cost of shipping big automotive parts LTL is deciphering the NMFC classification codes. Height, length, and width are just some of the many factors going into determining how a particular item will be classed. The ease in which an item can be handled, the risk of it being damaged and the likelihood of it being a target for theft all play a role as well. Automotive parts tend to fall into one of four classes: 60, 65, 70, and 85. The higher the number the higher the rate. FreightorGator removes the guesswork by assigning the proper class to accompany NMFC codes.
Design for Approval
The way an item is packaged for shipment determines not only which class it falls into but also whether or not the carrier will pick it up in the first place. Throwing a few bungee cords over a 300-lb four-cylinder engine is not good enough, not by a long shot. Carriers want to see fan blades and timing chain pulleys covered in padding and shrink wrap, and the whole shebang anchored tightly to the pallet with tie down straps.
Carriers Hate Drippy Shipments
Simply put, “If it drips, it won’t ship.” Final packaging cannot occur unless all fluids are drained from the engine or transmission. Oil leaks and coolant overflow can cause expensive damage to truck floors and siding. Furthermore, it’s imperative for packaging to allow for inspection of fluid reservoirs. Failure to account for inspection is cause for refusal of pickup even if all fluids have been appropriately drained.
Accurate Measurements = Accurate Quotes
“Guesstimates” on the details of shipment dimensions will lead to an equally imprecise quote on the cost. Consult FreightorGator about classification, package accordingly, then measure and weigh the final setup for a quote matching the actual bottom line price. Conceptual notions of how an engine or transmission will be secured onto a pallet don’t account for the many unforeseen adjustments, which may, in turn, alter the classification.
The FreightorGator Bill of Lading – Include Your Detail
Spell out the exact nature of the item or items being shipped on the BOL – Bill of Lading – which will be attached to the shipment prior to departure. Keep your copies to prevent confusion or disagreement with the carrier over specifics. A thorough BOL will cover every inch of the shipment and if it was signed off on there isn’t much the carrier can do to overcharge. Note, it is imperative to use the BOL provided by FreightorGator with shipments through the FreightorGator exchange.
Vehicle parts weighing in excess of 150 lbs can range from the chassis of a two-seater to the engine block of a 4×4. This makes for tricky dimensions to account for prior to arranging for an LTL pickup. FreightorGator is on standby to assist in sorting out the confusion and helping find the lowest prices offered by carriers.