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How to beat the High Price of Shipping?

Has anyone come up with a way to beat the high price of shipping for parts, specifically the larger pieces, such as the Fender Liners or the Pork Chops (front lower fender liners)? Maybe a better source for these parts?

I was going to order two new fender liners from GetBMWParts.com (Tischer) for $60 USD, and was horrified when my $120 in parts would have required $140 in additional shipping costs.
Adam (Clemster) had mentioned in the past that it's not practical to order large parts and like a noob, I balked. not anymore.

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Regardless, it requires big boxes to ship.

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Has anyone come up with a way to beat the high price of shipping for parts, specifically the larger pieces, such as the Fender Liners or the Pork Chops (front lower fender liners)? Maybe a better source for these parts?

I was going to order two new fender liners from GetBMWParts.com (Tischer) for $60 USD, and was horrified when my $120 in parts would have required $140 in additional shipping costs.
Adam (Clemster) had mentioned in the past that it's not practical to order large parts and like a noob, I balked. not anymore.
Some places advertise free shipping if the order is over $XXXX. You might try to get over the threshold amount and see if that qualifies for free shipping.

You also might see if any of the parts places fulfill the order through Amazon, which offers free shipping to its Prime ($99, now I believe $149 per year) members.

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thanks, to everyone who replied.

Ok Interesting breakdown

51718159423 BMW Fender Liner Front Left - Genuine BMW
51718159424 BMW Fender Liner Front Right - Genuine BMW
These are all OEM parts.

GetBMWparts.com - $61 each with $56.50 shipping
ECSTuning.com - $73 each with $38 shipping
FCPEuro.com - 72$ each with $10 shipping

These are usually my choices for parts and the price is consistent with past experience with GBP being cheapest followed by FCP and then ECS.
shipping makes the difference here with FCPEuro cheapest overall.

However, what to do in the case of pork chops? To me, they just take such an amount of abuse, I can't justify spending another 250/each for what amounts to a sacrificial part.

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thebmwminipartstore.com has shipped me quite a few big items for a very reasonable shipping charge. They're BMW of Cincinnati and I've ordered from often. Great prices and great service.

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bmwdirectparts.com is hands down the best online dealer. Their prices will 99% be cheaper than everyone else and cheaper shipping too.

When you add items on their website, you'll get a really high shipping estimate, but that's just their system that has some pre-determined volumes. Vic (their internet sales manager) will update the final shipping charge once he sees the order. For example, they'll ship whole bumpers for only $18-25.

You can call them before placing your order if you want to make sure. I buy almost all my parts and special tools from them.

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thebmwminipartstore.com has shipped me quite a few big items for a very reasonable shipping charge. They're BMW of Cincinnati and I've ordered from often. Great prices and great service.
That is my go-to source for ultra-low pricing. GetBMWParts.com I also frequently turn to for great customer service and amazingly fast shipping, albeit at higher prices.

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bmwdirectparts.com is hands down the best online dealer. Their prices will 99% be cheaper than everyone else and cheaper shipping too.

When you add items on their website, you'll get a really high shipping estimate, but that's just their system that has pre-determined volume. Vic (their internet sales manager) will update the final shipping charge once he sees the order. For example, they'll ship whole bumpers for only $18-25.

You can call them before placing your order if you want to make sure. I buy almost all my parts and special tools from them.
Never tried them, but will do so!

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thebmwminipartstore.com
  • 60.75 for each fender liner
  • Ground shipping listed @ $0
  • I will definitely call to verify.

bmwdirectparts.com
  • 58.75 for each fender liner
  • Ground shipping listed at a whopping $192
  • I will definitely call to verify.

these are outlier parts, I'm going to look up other stuff and see the cost differences. I'm sure both of these are winners on regular parts

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thanks, to everyone who replied.

Ok Interesting breakdown

51718159423 BMW Fender Liner Front Left - Genuine BMW
51718159424 BMW Fender Liner Front Right - Genuine BMW
These are all OEM parts.

GetBMWparts.com - $61 each with $56.50 shipping
ECSTuning.com - $73 each with $38 shipping
FCPEuro.com - 72$ each with $10 shipping

These are usually my choices for parts and the price is consistent with past experience with GBP being cheapest followed by FCP and then ECS.
shipping makes the difference here with FCPEuro cheapest overall.

However, what to do in the case of pork chops? To me, they just take such an amount of abuse, I can't justify spending another 250/each for what amounts to a sacrificial part.
I know shipping varies a lot and is the topic here but I usually start here, BMW PNPC BMW Part Number Price Comparison for Windows & Mac and then check the shipping... BMW of Morristown, NJ is a common low price and shipping is reasonable.
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