Another possible Fastenal success story: they just quoted me $250 to ship four tires on a pallet (sizes 13.6-24 and 8.3-16 and estimated weight of 1000 lbs, as the rears are filled) from Vancouver, WA to El Cajon, CA - a distance of about 1100 miles.
Basically, the way it works is they quote the price from their nearest stores - you have to make arrangements to deliver and pick up the pallet at either end.
I'll update this post if / when we go forward with them, but thought others would be interested to hear how reasonable their quotes are.
I asked for $900 originally, and they included it in the $250 quote - but didn't break out the cost - but then I thought maybe I ought to get a higher value, so asked them what the cost would be to increase it to $1500, and they said *no additional cost, we can do up to $5000*. NICE
They said "no more than 2 weeks" but kinda made it sound like it'll be quicker than that...
Well, I'm one happy Fastenal customer!
total of 9 days from the seller dropping off in Washington state to me picking up in El Cajon, CA (San Diego), so they significantly beat their promise of no more than 2 weeks.
Help with loading:
Staff at Fastenal El Cajon dropped everything they were doing when I got there, and used their forklift to load the tires onto my truck. And I didn't make it easy on them, as I was hauling a trailer at the time, AND, my truck has an enclosed utility bed on it, so they had to load the tires one at a time, rather than just put the pallet in the bed of a truck. They were very good natured about these constraints and worked with me to get everything safely loaded with no damage.
The Fastenal coordinator that I dealt with, Danelle, was extremely quick to cheerfully respond every time I requested an update on the status of the wheels as they made their way south to me, that was very much appreciated, as I was eager to get the wheels.
I paid with a credit card upon pick up - no cash or checks accepted.
Ok, I think that covers all the details I can think of, but if anyone has any questions and/or I've left out any details, just let me know!