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Cheapest way to ship Cores back to Rock Auto?

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  • Jul 20th, 2020 1:12 am
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Deal Addict
Jan 5, 2003
4156 posts
It's been a few years, but when I last had the same situation, I recall I had a fair amount to time to return the items to Rockauto and I happened to be going on a vacation to the U.S., so was going to wait until the vacation, pack it in my luggage then ship it within U.S. as the price to ship from Canada wasn't worth it. However, I ended up forgetting to pack the items, so just ate the core charges (it was still cheaper than buying them in Canada). Since you're in the GTA, it might be an excuse to plan a short sightseeing day trip to Niagara Falls/Buffalo/Rochester...

I also read about this company and bookmarked it for future reference, but haven't tried it:

Deal Addict
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Nov 28, 2007
3115 posts
Whitehorse, YT
Before going to the trouble of sending them back, please make sure the cores are in acceptable condition. I was reading somewhere that some distributors are fussy about this and won't accept any that are unusable.
Mar 23, 2017
4 posts
Nova Scotia
If you click on the word core at top of listing it explains how to print a shipping label from Rockauto so as to take advantage of their discounted shipping rates. Might be cheaper than Canada Post.
I have never tried this but I would be curious if it is worth it. Shipping cost deducted from your core refund.
Deal Guru
Jan 27, 2006
14265 posts
Vancouver, BC
Even shipping from the US, it might be worth it to return it. I wanted to return some brake calipers when I was in the US and it would have costed me $30 US for me to get back $30 US using USPS!
Sr. Member
Dec 25, 2012
900 posts
Can you return cores years after purchase? I replaced my civic starter approx 10 years ago and just decided to clean out my cold cellar where the old one was sitting on a shelf. I bought the replacement from a Honda dealer years ago and cant find the receipt.

Anyone know if a honda dealer would take this back for the refund?
Deal Expert
Aug 22, 2006
27311 posts
One of those "we take the package to the US and give it to USPS" services is probably gonna be cheapest. Chit chats for example.
Deal Expert
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Oct 26, 2003
33995 posts
i never tried to ship cores, the shipping fee has always been greater than core deposit, it is kinda annoying but that is the case with buying stuff in another country