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Cheapest way to Ship an Engine to US or Canada?

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Cheapest way to Ship an Engine to US or Canada?

I have a 2006 Mini Cooper S motor with Supercharger I want to sell. What would be the cheapest way to ship it to a perspective buyer? I can strap it to a small pallet and shrink wrap it. No Idea what it weighs though??? Any advice is greatly appreciated!
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No cheap way. Lots of expensive options. Truck is of course cheapest in Canada or the U.S. but you need to find a truck line that does the route between you and buyer. If foreign, the small load makes it difficult, more so if you are not near a major port or at least a major city. Freight consolidator is your best bet.

Engine dry can't weigh more than 500 lbs probably a lot less. FWIW, I had 2 1/2 tons of rubber floor tiles shipped to me on 3 pallets. Came on a normal delivery truck with lift gate and powered hand truck.
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Only cheap option is to strap it to a pallet and ship it via truck

For US, you’ll have to drive it over the border and ship froM there. There should be a truck freight place or shipper than can arrange a pallet so you can show up with the engine and strap/label it yourself before you hand it over

Anything else will be expensive.

I’d advertise it as local pickup but with the shipping paid for by buyer. Get some quotes and put them in the ad. Get ads for LA, NYC, Houston, Miami, Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax. Then the buyer will have a good idea what it will cost depending on their location.
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Consider driving the car to the buyer and let him keep the car if he is paying $10k+ and fly back home when border reopens.
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tyerant wrote: I have a 2006 Mini Cooper S motor with Supercharger I want to sell. What would be the cheapest way to ship it to a perspective buyer? I can strap it to a small pallet and shrink wrap it. No Idea what it weighs though??? Any advice is greatly appreciated!
Cheaper is not necessarily better in this situation. As for packaging talk to local engine machine shops or even recyclers, about how they package motors. They will probably even know reliable companies who do this kind of thing all the time... If they have been around very long.

At the end of the day cost should be irrelevant to you unless you are running some sort of charity for the buyer. The cost is what the cost is, if the buyer wants the motor, they pay... LOL.
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Strap it to a pallet, shrink wrap it, and get your measurements and weight.

Then get quotes when needed with the big guys (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.), and independent shippers on uship.com.
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uship will likely get you the lowest price.

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