How to Ship Car Seats

By Jamie Lisse
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There are many reason you might find yourself needing to ship a car seat. Perhaps you are sending it as a gift to a friend or want to have an extra car seat at a travel destination. If you are planning on shipping the car seat because you are selling it, you will want to be aware of a few things. Only car seats in good condition, that have not expired and have never been in an accident should be resold. Before settling on a sales price, you will want to figure out how much it would cost to ship that car seat. Shipping a car seat is similar to shipping any other large package and can easily be done on your own.

Put the car seat in its original box if you still have it. If you no longer have it, you can purchase sturdy boxes. Before purchasing a box, measure the height and width of the car seat so that you can get a box as close to the size of the car seat as possible. You do not want a box that is too big, as it can result in postage for a oversized package.

Pack the car seat with some packing materials to cushion it against damage while in transit. Use bubble wrap, peanuts or bagged air. Packing materials can be purchased at an office supply store. It is important to package it well as a damaged car seat is not safe for the child and cannot be used.

Seal up with the car seat box with some strong packing tape. This can be purchased from an office supply store or a general merchandise store.

Measure the length, width and height of your car seat package. Packages mailed through the U.S. Postal Service that exceed 108 inches total for priority mail or 130 inches for parcel post are subject to an oversize package fee. Write down your measurements. Use a scale to weigh the package. You can use a regular bathroom scale.

Input your package dimensions and weight on the USPS online shipping calculator to get a shipping quote. Do the same on other shipping websites. This will give you an idea of where you will get the best price on shipping the car seat.

Take your package to the place that had the best shipping quote. Present your package to the clerk for shipping and pay the shipping fee. You may want to consider purchasing the insurance on your package.

Things You Will Need

  • Box
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Packing materials
  • Packing tape
  • Scale

Tip

Alternatively, you can take the car seat without its box to a store that will package and ship it for you.

Warning

If you are shipping a car seat to another person, it should have the manufacturer's label still on it to verify the manufacture date of the car seat. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend using a car seat older than 6 years. If you are shipping the car seat to yourself, make sure the seat abides by safety standards.

About the Author

Jamie Lisse has been writing professionally since 1997. She has published works with a number of online and print publishers. Her areas of expertise include finance and accounting, travel, entertainment, digital media and technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.