So I have had some buyers interested in purchasing the 2 early fenders I have for sale and running boards (later years). I have only ever shipped small packages before so this is new territory for me. Who should I use to ship these parts? How do I package it and where do I get the packaging and packing material? What is the cheapest way? I don't want the buyers to have to pay through the nose for shipping.
Matt, this is a question for Mike Peterson. He does it all the time with 26-27 front fenders that weigh much more than early ones,
I received fenders UPS and US Mail. Both times they were wrapped up in misc cardboard boxes cut and taped around them with extra cardboard on each end to protect them. A big label and fragile marked on the box. Both times they were in great shape when I received them.
I forgot to add that when I need shipping cardboard I go to a furniture stores or grocery stores and ask for boxes. Furniture stores have great refrigerator boxes for big items and they sometimes have styrofoam corners and sheets that the refrigerators were packed in.
Tape the address on them and take them to the Post Office. You don't have to wrap them if you don't want to. They put them in a bag and send the bag on to the wherever it is going. Costs an extra three or four bucks since it is non-machinable mail. Last 27 front fenders I shipped a couple years ago cost less than $20.
I ship using Forward Air for anything big or heavy or both. Outstanding service, reasonable rates terminal to terminal. It saves $$$$$ compared to any service that goes door to door.
I have 2- '27 quarter panels, that I am shipping from East Tn to Mo. The guy buying them is using Fastenal. They put they on their truck, along with their stuff thats going that way. He has used them for other large things he has shipped. He say's it cheaper then any other way of shipping.I don't know the cost, he is setting it up, and paying for them at his end.
The post office gives the over size stuff to UPS to ship, well they do here.
I think when I got new fenders from Rootlieb, they came well packed in a cardboard box.
If you open an account with FedEx, you get discounts on shipping. It's easy to do online and anyone can do it.
send it Greyhound. Much cheaper. take it to the station and they will do the rest!
Thanks for the responses guys. I'll have to take a look at these different businesses and see who offers me the best deal.
Yes, Brian is right. I have had Model T body panels and engine blocks shipped on Greyhound. They are cheaper than UPS, FedEx, or USPS. The only problems is it must be sent from a Greyhound depot and picked up at the destination depot.