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« on: November 12, 2013, 06:42:38 PM »

i came across this and (if accurate) may be helpful to someone:

Ship Wheels Cheaply - How to ship a set of wheels on the cheap!

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Have you ever seen one of those awesome deals on a slick set of wheels with tires on them – damn near brand new, no curb rash, 90% tread left on the tires – selling for about two thirds of what they are truly worth? You get all excited about it right? Start asking the seller if he will ship them to you because you live 1500 miles away. Then you get the shipping quote, $300.00! Man, now it’s not even worth it, you could get the same wheels brand new down the street at that price.

This begs the following questions:

Why do people charge so much to ship wheels?
Why do they charge even more when there are tires on the wheels?
How can I ship wheels for less than what UPS quotes me?

Let’s start at the root of the problem – The Carrier (typically UPS or Fed-Ex):
Most shipping companies will make you pay extra if they know you are shipping wheels. They justify the price increase by saying that an automobile wheel is odd shaped and easily damaged, they call it an insurance charge. They will charge you even more still if there are tires on these wheels because of added weight and the probability of a punctured tire. I’ve even had a sales representative at a UPS store tell me I need to remove the valve stems from the wheels before I could ship them. I never got an explanation as to why, but I’m sure it made no sense.

Because of the difficulties when trying to package and ship wheels/tires at carriers store, people tend to get discouraged. Most sellers will refuse to ship their wheels because of the hassle involved. Some will just jack the price way up to compensate for all the extra work involved. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Here is a step by step method for shipping wheels AND tires (with the valve stems still on them) for under $100.00 And just to further prove my point, I am going to make my example wheels a little heavier than normal. I’m also going to ship them a long distance, from Indianapolis to Sacramento. I will be using UPS to ship my imaginary wheels.

The first thing you need to do is secure a commercial address that has a daily pickup. This is a simple task. You can ship them from your place of work, which is what I do. Most businesses have a daily UPS or Fed-Ex pickup/drop off. You just hand the packages to your driver and he takes it from there. If you don’t have a daily pickup at your place of employment, bring your packages to the UPS distribution center closest to you. DO NOT BRING THEM TO A UPS/FED-EX STORE! If you do this, you will screw yourself and end up paying big money. Distribution centers have customer service buildings that will take your packages as long as they are 100% ready to go, this means sealed up and labeled. It will also help if your buyer has a commercial address they can pick the wheels up at. UPS charges less to ship to a commercial address than they do to a residential address.

Next, you need a UPS online account. Go to UPS.com to sign up. Also, you will need a place to print off your labels, so, if you don’t have a printer, head for the library!

Now that you got the particulars out of the way you are ready to package up some wheels and tires! Damn, these wheels are heavy bastards – 55 pounds a piece. You will need four boxes, one for each wheel. You can get these for FREE from a local tire store – They typically throw them away! Just make sure you get some that are close to the size of what you’re shipping. Also, you can buy them from a mover (uhaul sells boxes) U-Haul: Moving supplies: Medium Moving Box
for less than 3 bucks each. Staples and Office Max also sell boxes for around that same price. Make sure your wheels fit snugly inside the boxes, don’t pick huge boxes for your wheels. I am using 18x18x16 inch boxes. I am going to cut the height down to about 10 inches so my wheels fit more securely in the package. So far I have spent around $12.00 to package up my wheels. I just used old news paper to fill in the empty space inside my boxes. Also, don’t worry about deflating your tires all the way, just bring them down to about 10 psi.

Now that I’ve got my boxes all weighed and measured, I can get my labels printed off at UPS.com. Four boxes at 60 lbs a piece, and I am shipping them from Indianapolis IN, 46228 to Sacramento CA, 95843. I packaged them up myself and I am using UPS ground to get them there. My cost is $56.52 and it should only take 4-6 days for them to arrive at their destination.

It’s a little more if they are going to a residential address, but not much. About $64.53 to ship to someone’s home.

You can calculate your own shipment here:
https://wwwapps.ups.com/ctc/request?…&WT.svl=SubNav

Now I just print out my labels, secure them to the boxes with clear packaging tape, and either give them to my daily pick up or drop them off at a distribution center near me. Do not tell them that you are shipping wheels/tires! If the carrier finds out they are wheels and tires, they will hit you with a back charge.

I spent less than $70.00 to ship my wheels, and they were extremely heavy and going across the country!

I hope this helps some people out there when they sell or buy their next set of wheels. Remember, package your own wheels and tires, print your own labels, try to ship to a commercial address, and don’t tell the carrier what is in the box!

Hope this helped you save some money.

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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2013, 06:46:33 PM »

more good info here:

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?1866300-How-to-Ship-Wheels-Must-Read!
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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2013, 04:48:56 AM »

I must be missing something here, but a Viper wheel WITH tires is not going to fit in an 18x18x16 box. The original/copy-pasted post is a bit misleading.  Viper wheels alone will cost between $25-$40 each to ship with roughly $500 insurance included. in the lower 48 of course.

Thanks Euch for posting!
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2013, 10:21:10 AM »

I spent a little over $330 to ship mine( 4 wheels and caps) from the midwest to California. It was $125.00 out of that price for the UPS store to box them up and pack for me. I don't have a lot of time so I thought is was worth it.
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2013, 07:26:18 PM »

I must be missing something here, but a Viper wheel WITH tires is not going to fit in an 18x18x16 box. The original/copy-pasted post is a bit misleading.  Viper wheels alone will cost between $25-$40 each to ship with roughly $500 insurance included. in the lower 48 of course.

Thanks Euch for posting!

i had absolutely no idea what the shipping would/should be, thanks for the price range info  :2thumbsup:
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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2013, 07:27:29 PM »

I spent a little over $330 to ship mine( 4 wheels and caps) .....


for what i'm looking to do, that would hurt me some
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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2013, 09:29:34 PM »

I spent a little over $330 to ship mine( 4 wheels and caps) from the midwest to California. It was $125.00 out of that price for the UPS store to box them up and pack for me. I don't have a lot of time so I thought is was worth it.

I've shipped wheels, tires, or wheels and tires...and never paid more than the quoted post in the beginning.  I use Fed Ex.  I package them up here, print the label and take them to the drop off place.  If you paid $330 for just shipping wheels...that's a lot of money!!

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« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2013, 06:45:29 AM »

I have shipped no less than 7 sets of wheels or wheels/tire combos.  300 is right about the range it costs everytime.  I have done the box thing.  I have wrapped them without a box.  Its the weight and size charge and UPS has gotten significantly higher in price over the past few years.
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« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2013, 10:28:36 AM »

It has been a few years since I shipped any tires...wheels.   I did a hypothetical shipment from here in the boonies to TN...about 900 miles using Fed Ex

Wheels only:  18x18x10 boxes.  Wheels at 24 pounds each.  $68 to ship 4 wheels (2 packages)
335/30/18 tires only:  26x26x14 at 34 Pounds each came to $140 (per Tirerack, the tires are 33#)
Tires and wheels:  26x26x14 at 55 pounds each came to $152

I realize these are only estimates.  Rates have definitely risen, but are nowhere near $300.  I didn't include the box cost for the wheels only option.  I used $400 insurance for the set and $200 for tires or wheels separately because they're used

If I ship tires only or mounted and balanced sets of tires/wheels...I don't use boxes to encase them.  I ship them like Tirerack does.  I've bought several sets of winter tires/wheels from them mounted and balanced

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« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2013, 10:38:03 AM »

It would have been right at $205 to ship UPS but they had the boxes there at the UPS store and it wasn't worth it to me to run around looking for the right size box and then packing it for $125.00
 

The Fed-Ex store around here is a cluster **** of morons and was no way they were touching my wheels lol
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« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2013, 11:19:24 AM »

UPS also offers hundredweight service to subscribed customers.  This can offer considerable savings as well.
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« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2013, 07:46:47 PM »

The other choice is how Joe; does it.  Buy the wheels cheaper than the freight ... then you can afford to opay the freight companies ridiculous amounts
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