The Automobile Shipping Bill of Lading
When you ship a car, you typically book with a broker who then finds a carrier who will ship your car. This is standard and pretty well-accepted among everyone in the industry. Every single broker that finds a carrier has to have a copy of that carrier’s pertinent information. This includes their license number, truck information, business information, and insurance information. The carrier sends over what’s known as a “truck packet” whenever they work with a new broker. But for a carrier, that’s not the end of the paperwork. You see, every time they ship a car, they have to fill out what’s called a Bill of Lading. They also have to submit an inspection report of the vehicle they are shipping and also make sure the customer signs off on everything. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
Is the automobile shipping bill of lading important?
The automobile shipping Bill of Lading is the most important document that you will sign when shipping your vehicle. As mentioned it is a contract between you and the carrier and includes the inspection report and the carrier’s terms and conditions. You need to first read it thoroughly, and if you have questions make sure to ask the driver you meet with. Come inspection time, you’ll both have to sign off on it. At pickup you’re looking for existing damage; at delivery, any new damage. This way, the insurance company has signed statements from both you and the driver (two witnesses) attesting to the state of the vehicle at both pickup and delivery.
This is a big reason why the automobile shipping Bill of Lading is important, but it’s also important because it’s your receipt. It’s your contract, the bond that you make with the company that’s hauling your vehicle. This is vitally important. Everything legal is on that document, and it’s up to you to make sure that all the information on it is correct. This includes pickup and delivery addresses, contact names and information, and vehicle information. If you can’t be there for pickup or delivery, make sure that whoever is understands the importance of this information being accurate. When you sign the Bill of Lading, you are acknowledging that everything stated upon it is true and correct. Once you sign, that’s it – so make sure you do your due diligence.
Can I get quotes to ship a vehicle?
If you’re interested in free quotes to ship a car, just fill out our free quote form. To start, it’s free and easy. And, if you fill it out you’ll get quotes emailed to you from some of the best shippers we know. We make sure they’re the best – it’s part of what we do to help you. This is because getting free quotes from different shippers allows you to find the right price for your shipment. You can gather a wealth of information and pick the brains of top shipping agents if you contact those companies via phone. This way, you have the most up-to-date information about your shipment from the people who know how to ship it. If you have questions or concerns, give us a call at 800-384-1253 to speak to one of our agents.