Ground Service Shipping Update, March 2015
Many years ago, FedEx and UPS started adding a surcharge for packages measuring 3 cubic feet or greater by the space they took up on the trucks, as opposed to their actual weight. This is called “dimensional weight”. You’ve seen us refer to these as “oversized packages”.
In January of this year, in addition to an almost 5% increase in overall rates, both FedEx and UPS also raised their prices significantly by applying this “dimensional weight” surcharge to every package, regardless of size: (http://www.fedex.com/us/2015rates/other-changes.html) (http://rates.ups.com/). This means the cost to ship some lightweight parts jumped significantly. As a result, we’ve been forced to bump some of our shipping rates.
In an effort to help our customers, Motorsport is subsidizing some of the higher fees charged by the carriers. As an example, shipping an upholstery kit to the East Coast via UPS or Fed-EX used to cost about $15; in January, those charges were increased to $27. Our current shipping rate for this kit is $24, less than what we’re charged by the carriers (UPDATE: We've been able to negotiate a lower rate on this box! Now shipping to the East Coast for about $20, down from $24). Same with headlight covers. Fed-Ex and UPS charge us $17, our shipping rate is less than $15.
We’re Z-Car specialists and strive to have all the parts you need for your Z in one place. This benefits you, as you can save money on these more-expensive Fed-Ex and UPS fees by shipping most of your parts from a single source. Combine that with our competitive prices, along with our knowledgeable sales technicians, and we trust you’ll find Motorsport to be your best source of parts and accessories for your special Z project.