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How to send your car parts safely

Posted On 27th October 2016

How to send your car parts safely

Perhaps you’re selling an old car part you’ve found in the garage, or you’re an experienced car breaker sending several items a week – whatever your reason for sending car parts by courier, a successful delivery starts with the packing. For happy customers and a smooth delivery, familiarise yourself with our guidelines for packing car parts below.

Packing materials

Before you start preparing your delivery, make sure you’ve got the correct materials to hand. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A strong outer container – our recommended options are a double-walled corrugated cardboard box or wooden crate. You can make your own box from strong cardboard sheets taped with cross-weave tape, if required.
  • Strong internal packaging to keep your items secure and prevent movement e.g. cardboard bracing, polystyrene blocks or packing peanuts.
  • Cosmetic protection – for instance, industrial thickness bubble or foam wrap.

Wheels

All car wheels should be boxed, and any voids filled to stop them from moving around inside the box. This means placing them in a robust container such as a wooden crate or double-walled corrugated cardboard box, and securing them from the inside with polystyrene peanuts either side of them.

Doors, bumpers & body panels

These parts of the car are particularly susceptible to cosmetic damage such as dents and scratches, so take extra care when packaging them up. Bubble wrap or bin bags alone will not be enough to protect them from scuffs and scrapes. It’s always best to place items inside a box, but when you can’t find one large enough, it’s acceptable to make your own from sheets of thick corrugated cardboard joined with cross weave tape.

If you’re sending a large item that isn’t likely to dent (such as a plastic bumper), then this can be covered with a layer of foam wrap held down with parcel tape or shrink wrap to prevent scuffs or scratches.

All sharp edges should be well cushioned and secured with cable ties or tape. Protruding parts could be dangerous for drivers to carry, and risk damaging or breaking the box, which could mean your courier is unable to deliver it.

Sealing the parcel

This part is just as important as having the right packing materials. If your box isn’t properly sealed up, some of the contents could break through and leave your package unfit for delivery.

Standard packaging tape is adequate for most parcels but, for heavy items, cross weave tape is best, as it offers superior strength and tear resistance. Seal the box across the middle opening and over each of the ends to form an ‘H’ seal, as this offers the most strength and protection.

Other things to consider

  • Whether your courier will accept your parcel: certain restrictions may apply to your parcel, depending on where you are sending it and what’s inside. Check out our prohibited and restricted items list for more information.
  • Size and weight limits: make sure you’ve familiarised yourself with our size and weight limits for oversize parcels and advice for packing large items. Read our full guidelines here.
  • Addressing: the last thing you need after going to the effort of packaging up your car parts is for them to be delivered to the wrong address. Check you’ve got the correct address details (the post code is particularly important) and make sure service barcode labels are secure and clearly visible.
  • Certain car parts that are more dangerous to transport: car batteries, for instance, will not be accepted by most parcel companies – including us!

Compensation

It is important for you to note that unfortunately, SenditNow.com are unable to offer compensation for any automotive parts (except alloy wheels) that are damaged in transit. This is common among major carriers, so please do everything you can to package your item as securely as possible to avoid it being damaged in transit.