How to Properly Prepare Car Parts for Shipping

When packing car parts for shipping, it’s vital to use the right packaging stuff. This means choosing materials that can handle the weight and size of the parts and, as per usual, making sure they’re strong enough to protect against bumps and knocks during transit. Gaps inside the packaging are the biggest nemesis to auto part transportation. It’s one of the main reasons parts come damaged, even if the supplier did everything else right.
In this aspect, padding helps keep parts safe. We always use enough padding to cushion the parts and prevent them from moving side to side inside the package. This helps avoid scratches, dents, or other damage that could occur from rough handling.

Disassembling Parts (If Necessary)

Sometimes, it’s smart to take car parts apart before packing them up, as this can make them easier to ship and reduce the risk of damage. For example, big parts like engines or transmissions might need to be separated into multiple pieces to fit safely into a box.
When disassembling parts, we have a knack for keeping everything organized. Our team labels each part clearly and keeps related pieces together so that the buyer can easily put everything back together. Shipping disassembled parts helps in two ways – it minimizes damage during transport and makes handling boxes easier as they’ll come in smaller packages rather than huge boxes that need forklifts to maneuver.
Mechanics disassembling a car engine, carefully preparing for shipping car parts

Techniques for Preparing Car Parts For Shipping

Once we have taken care of all of the above-mentioned, we take a few essential steps to ensure your car parts arrive in mint condition. From packing to labeling and final checks, here are A Plus Auto’s four crucial steps to prepare car parts for shipping.

Using Correct Packaging Techniques

Not all parts should be packed the same way. For example, small and irregularly shaped parts require a lot of padding to cushion them and make them fit tight into the box. Big parts, on the other hand, like doors, hoods, and frames, must go separately.
We always secure their edges and use double-wall boxes for extra protection. To secure loose parts, we use packing peanuts or foam inserts that help prevent movement within the package. We ensure the packaging is sturdy enough to withstand handling during transit.

Sealing and Labeling Packages

Improper sealing can result in boxes loosening up and parts ending up damaged due to rattle. At worst, it can lead to losing parts along the way. Hence, our use of strong tape and sealing using the H-style taping method is explained below:
  • Place a strip of packing tape horizontally across the center of the box’s top flap.
  • Place another strip vertically over the horizontal strip, creating an “H” shape.
  • Repeat the process on the bottom flap for added strength and security.
  • Press down firmly to ensure the tape sticks well to the box.
  • Check for any loose edges or gaps and reinforce if necessary.
A professional sealing carton box for shipping car parts
A Plus Auto packers never forget to label parts appropriately to avoid confusing both the driver and buyer. We vividly display content names and codes on the top of the box and include any special handling instructions to help you unpack and use the item safely.

Checking Shipping Classification

Compliance with shipping regulations is a must to avoid delays, fines, and potential safety hazards. It’s good to have a consultant or inner specialist compile a guidebook to help your workers adhere to domestic shipping laws and regulations.

Additionally, we identify any hazardous or fragile items in your shipment. We then properly label and package hazardous materials according to regulations to make sure fragile items are handled and packaged as they should be.

Let Us Help You

In conclusion, at A Plus Auto, we understand that getting your car parts delivered in perfect condition is crucial, not just for the performance of your vehicle but also for your satisfaction and safety. That’s why we put so much care into preparing your parts for shipping. From the initial cleaning and inspection to using the right packaging materials, disassembling parts when needed, and following strict packing techniques, we do everything to ensure your parts arrive safely and ready to use. 

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