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How to Safely Transport your Car Parts

If you love cars, you’ll know there’s nothing better than getting down and dirty while making a few alterations to that beloved motor of yours. You may even be building your own from scratch.

But, one thing you’ll know if you do either of these is you’ll often need to source the parts. This can be very easy when you think about it, but the only problem is finding that perfect part, only for it to be on the other side of the country. You may even be selling a car part and need to ship one across country yourself. So, what do you do?

Well, if driving there is out of the question, there’s only one thing for it; use a courier service. With so many services out there from the likes of Parcel2Go, getting your item shipped should be straight forward and simple.

Shipping Car Parts

When it comes to car parts that you’re shipping or having shipped to you, there are parts that are more popular than others. These are:

  • Bumpers
  • Bonnets
  • Engines and engine parts, including car batteries
  • Grilles
  • Hubcaps, tyres and wheels

Each one of these will need to be shipped in their own way, which we’ll take you through below.


As bulky items, these will need to be placed into a large box. This itself can be tricky due to the awkward shape.

Once the right box has been found, you’ll need to cushion the bumper with packaging materials – focusing on the ‘spine’ in particular, as this part could become damaged.


Again, due to their shape and size, these can often be difficult to send via a courier. However, it’s all about finding that right sized box and courier to ensure it travels safely.

If you can’t find a box, which could be the case, then you could use a wooden crate. If you can’t find one, building one is relatively cheap. Ensuring you tightly package the item inside is key, but with crates, they should be mostly protected – it’s finding the right price to send here that could prove tricky.

Engines and Engine Parts, including Car Batteries

The first thing you need to do here is drain all liquids, because the last thing you want is a soggy box. This should take around 24-hours. Again, using a box with regular packaging material here is fine, ensuring you take extra care of the more delicate areas of the parts.


As one of the most delicate car parts, you’ll have to ensure these are tightly and comfortably packaged for smooth transport.

Wrap the grille, if you have more than one, wrap them separately. Use bubble wrap to do this, aiming for a thickness of 2.5 inches on both sides. Cushioning the corners and making sure it’s tightly packed it the key element to sending these items overall.

Hubcaps, Tyres and Wheels

These are typically easy to send, and just need a basic box and some bubble wrap to prevent any visible scuffs during the transport process.

One final thing to keep in mind is; is the person genuine. You may have found the part and got everything sorted, but don’t get caught out as others have. Make sure they’re a reputable seller because the last thing you want is to be out of pocket and without that valuable car part.


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