How to Ship a Car Engine

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How to Ship a Car Engine
Drain fluids and prepare the engine before shipping. (New car petrol engines image by Christopher Dodge from

As a car part seller, you may have to occasionally ship an engine to a customer in a different state or across the country. The customer is relying on you to ship the engine securely in one piece and without delay. This can be accomplished when you use a reliable freight shipment company and take the necessary precautions when packaging the engine block for delivery.

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Things you need

  • Wooden pallet
  • Stretch wrap
  • Rope

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  1. 1

    Drain all fluids from the engine so it is ready for transportation (see Resources). Ensuring the engine is clear of fluids will help you avoid damage and delays during shipping.

  2. 2

    Position a sturdy wooden pallet on level ground. Place the engine block in the centre of the pallet.

  3. 3

    Tie down the engine with rope. Ensure the rope goes through the pallet's wooden slates as necessary. This will firmly hold the engine block in place.

  4. 4

    Wrap the stretch wrap around both the engine block and pallet. This will further secure the engine.

  5. 5

    Deliver the pallet to the freight shipper's warehouse or terminal. Alternatively, you can request for the shipper to pick up the shipment from your location, however, this will cost you additional fees.

  6. 6

    Check the pallet and engine one last time before signing a delivery confirmation agreement with the freight company.

Tips and warnings

  • Shop around for the best freight company for your needs.
  • Find a company that specialises in delivering engines, transmissions and other large car parts.

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