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Cory Wolfe

Advice on Shipping Body Panels?

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Recently, I've had a guy inquire about my front fender. He's all the way over in Washington state. Talks of shipping have been going on and I'm not entirely sure how to do this for a reasonable price. The length, width, and height are very close to putting it over UPS/FedEx's limit for a large package, which adds a $45 upcharge to an already high price due to distance. I'm not entirely sure I can find a box that will be under the said limit and still be able to fit the fender. Weight-wise, it's just under 10 lbs. Is there any way I can ship this without getting him raped on fees and not likely to go through with the purchase?

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Shipping is a real problem, I have headlights on eBay, and an interested buyer from Canada ask me about shipping. It would cost $39.50 which is $5 more than the current price of the actual headlight.

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A new fender usually comes in a cardboard box with foam bumpers made to fit the corners popped onto it to protect from uncaring shippers other than Sixty8. Speaking of Sixty8, he might be the man to ask.
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Look into Greyhound's GPX service. For oversize items, its a lot cheaper than UPS/FedEx. The packages tag along in the nearly empty baggage hold of the Greyhounds wandering the country.

The only hangup is that you will have to drive to the local GPX depot, which will not be a general Greyhound station... usually a larger one. For me, it was a local distribution point about 15 miles away... but my sender brainfarted and thought Newark, NJ was closer, so I got to drive 100 miles to pick it up. Still was better than UPS/FedEx.

Also, since fewer people handle the package (like you bringing it in the building), it seems to get less manhandled.

Keep in mind, I last used GPX in 2000 (damn, time flies!), so things may have changed, however, I know they where still cheaper a few years ago when I was investigating sending a rear axle... but that was too heavy.

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Look into Greyhound's GPX service. For oversize items, its a lot cheaper than UPS/FedEx. The packages tag along in the nearly empty baggage hold of the Greyhounds wandering the country.

Yeah, I was thinking Greyhound also...my sister used them several times a few years ago to ship some furniture pieces. Probably cheaper than truck freight shipping. I don't know what the size/weight limits are.

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Pack it really well with bubble wrap in a wide box. Put something around any loose spaces. I work in the airline industry, and have seen my share of accidents caused by poor packing. Bubble wrap, Lots of styrofoam bracing, and a strong box. Enough Said.

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