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Shipping Auto Parts From State To State, This Could Save You Some Time
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If you have never shipped auto parts from your state to another state, then this article might just save you an incredible amount of time by letting you know a few of the places that will or will not accept auto parts. It may sound like something that is very easy to do, but it is not be as simple as it sounds.

We had a 1986 Buick Riviera that a friend asked us to part out for him. He is a junk dealer, and thought this car was just too nice to be destroyed by a car crusher. There was not an ounce of rust anywhere on the outside, no rust on either of the doors, hood, fender, trunk, it was absolutely flawless on the outside. The inside was a different story. The seats were all ripped up. It smelled horrific inside, there was not much on the inside that was even salvageable.

Since I had done some selling on Ebay, I decided I would put a few of the smaller parts on Ebay, and put in my description that I had some great outer body parts for the car, and that for anyone needing any of the parts to contact me. I got a message from someone near Buffalo, New York. He was interested in the hood and one fender. Eventually, after speaking to him, in total he wanted both fenders, the hood, the front bumper and the dash. At the time, I was pretty excited to sell some of the parts for our friend, and to make a few dollars as well.

So the next step was to figure out the most economical way to ship the parts from Iowa to New York, almost 1000 miles apart. We didn't think it would be a big deal, as there are so many options to ship things these days. At least that was what we thought. It ended up being one of the biggest headaches I've experienced over something that seemed so simple.

The first thing we did was rule out the US Postal Service, as they have size and weight limits that would have obviously been exceeded with these parts. Next, we called UPS and their cost of over $700 to ship these was well over the budget of the gentleman buying the parts. We didn't think too much about it yet, as there were still many options available. Next we called FedEx, and they were even higher in price than UPS, they wanted $900 to ship them. Then it was DHL, and again, well over his budget.

After ruling out all the obvious choices, I then turned to the internet. I must have spent 3 days looking for different ways to ship, looking up quotes only to find that $1000 or more was the average freight charge on shipping these parts to New York from a little town in Iowa. By now, I'm not only shocked that we can't find a reasonable price, I'm starting to wonder if this was going to ever work out.

Then I came across a search on the internet where someone, actually several people suggest using Greyhound to ship car parts. I called the local Greyhound station about 20 minutes away and they said to call someone else, they didn't take parts, they were just a bus depot, for passengers only. One of the places I called after this was Old Dominion Freight. And I thought that we had finally got it all figured out. They were reasonable, less than $300, would pick it up at our house, and had everything ready to go, including the invoice, and then the day they were going to pick the parts up, they called and asked me "what was in the crate you were shipping again?" I told them just what they had put on the invoice they sent, used auto parts. And after going through everything with them on the phone about what specifically was in the crate, including the parts and size of the crate, you guessed it, they told me they wouldn't ship auto parts!

I could probably write another whole page on everything else we went through, but I think you get the picture. This went on for days if not weeks, but we did finally end up getting the parts shipped to New York, at a cost of under $300, and although we had built one solid wood crate to put everything in, we did have to unpack the crate and ship it in 3 separate packages.

The packages ended up going through Greyhound Bus believe it or not. Whenever I had called them before, they were trying to tell me I had to go to Illinois or Minnesota to a Depot to ship the packages from one of those locations, and both of those were over 250 miles from me. I have no idea why they were doing that because I finally called the depot in Des Moines and they told me that they would take the packages from there and ship them to New York for under $300, I don't remember the exact amount, but it seemed reasonable, especially comparing it to the all the other quotes I had gotten.

So if you ever decide that you want to ship auto parts from one state to another, I hope this article will help you in getting it done in an easier manner than what I went through. I am sure there are probably other economical ways to ship used auto parts that I didn't find, but I believe that this should at least give you a heads up that shipping them isn't as easy as making a quick phone call to the closest shipping store and sending them on their way. There are many rules and regulations that the trucking industry has about shipping used car parts, such as liability issues, and if you start with Greyhound, I think you are probably going to save yourself a tremendous amount of time.

I am not a spokesperson for any of the companies mentioned in this article, I simply believe that the experience I had was not a pleasant one, and if I can save someone the hassle, I think it would be much appreciated. I know that if I had read this article before I went through the ordeal, I sure would have appreciated whoever had written it.

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