Auto Shipping Glossary: The Bill of Lading
If you’ve shipped a car before you likely know all the ins and outs of the Bill of Lading; however, for those of you new to this whole “moving a car across the country” thing, the Bill of Lading is an important document that you should understand.
The Bill of Lading is, in essence, your contract with the auto transporter that is physically hauling your vehicle. It lets you know who is shipping your vehicle, what their practices and policies are, as well as all the federal rules and regulations they are obliged to follow. Both you and the driver will need to sign it before he is able to load your vehicle at pickup.
It isn’t important that you specifically sign it; if you can’t be there when the car is picked up, having someone you know and trust sign the Bill of Lading is just fine. Auto transporters really don’t require a whole lot to move your car; likely you won’t even need the title or registration of the vehicle you’re shipping.
However, whoever is at pickup will need to do an inspection with the driver of the vehicle that will be loaded. This is to check for any pre-existing damage, and all that will be noted on the Bill of Lading as well. This is important for insurance purposes in particular, as upon delivery a second inspection will be done to look for any new damages done to the vehicle during transport.
If there are any problems, you need to make sure you have your copy of the Bill of Lading with the inspection report attached, as that will be your main saving grace when it comes to filing an insurance claim should damage occur during transport.
If you are interested in getting a quote to transport your vehicle, you can fill out our free online auto transport quote request form to get a free quote right now. You can also call our toll-free telephone number to speak to one of our helpful representatives. They can give you a quote over the phone, answer questions, or even help you start your transportation experience.