Tips for Reducing Shipping Cost

Thursday, September 12, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Everyone wants to minimize their costs and I often receive questions about how to reduce the cost of freight. There's no magic bullet to reduce costs in all situations, but there are some things to be aware of.

Shipping costs will depend on weight, size, number of packages and distance. Anything that reduces any of these parameters will generally lower the cost of freight.

Number of Packages

When ordering car tires, order even numbers. Car tires (and smaller truck tires) can be shipped two tires per package to reduce the cost. When ordering small accessories, order them all at once. For example, the freight for two pairs of light bulbs is usually the same as one pair.

Reduce Distance

Select items that are in stock and make sure they're in the nearest distribution center to you before finalizing the order. Shipping over the shortest distance possible will reduce the cost.

When items are in stock in your nearest distribution center, UPS Ground will often be both the fastest and cheapest. If it quotes one or two days, there is no need to use an express service to receive the items quickly.

Canadian customers near the border can also save on freight cost by shipping to an address on the United States side, or to one of our Recommended Installers if installation is needed.

Size and Weight

There's not much that can be done about the size and weight of the items. The sizes you need are pretty much the sizes you need. However, there is a way to turn the weight of the items you're shipping to your advantage.

For extremely heavy orders over 400 lbs., call (888) 428-8355 x4660 to request a delivery via an LTL carrier. When shipping LTL, delivery to a business address with a loading dock will save you the most money. Only orders of extremely large tires or multiple sets of wheels and/or tires will fall into this category.

Comments on Tips for Reducing Shipping Cost

Friday, November 22, 2013 by Dale Wofford:
I've clicked on everything related to shipping cost, yet still can't get the slightest clue as to what it costs. Yeah, I've clicked on a whole bunch of FAQ's too. If it ain't classified, how about a hint ?
Monday, November 25, 2013 by ben@tirerack:
Shipping cost will depend on weight, number of packages, and the ZIP code of the delivery address. When shopping for the items that you are interested in, click the 'shipping quote' button that is below the 'add to cart' button. Then enter your ZIP code.

A set of 4 average sized car tires delivered in the continental U.S. might cost about $50 to ship. Larger tires and distant locations may be more.

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