Before you ship your car, a thorough preliminary inspection of your vehicle is vital. Usually, the car carrier conducts a detailed vehicle body examination and records it on a Bill of Lading Form. Having an accurately filled and signed bill of lading makes the insurance claim process smoother if there is any damage to the vehicle.
What is Bill of Lading?
The bill of lading is a legal document usually issued by a car carrier and given to the shipper. It includes all the information needed to correctly process the car shipment, such as the name of the carrier and shipper, details of the vehicle, date of departure and destination. The bill of lading template can serve as a document, contract or receipt of the car shipment.
Vehicle Inspection Checklist
Ensure Adequate Insurance coverage
In the case of damage to vehicles, most car shipping companies have adequate insurance for their customers. To ensure your vehicle is in safe hands, it is essential to check out the company’s insurance policy before shipping your car. If there is insufficient insurance coverage, you may request additional coverage in exchange for a fee. However, do not cancel your insurance policy.
Collect The Bill of Lading
When the driver comes to collect your vehicle, one important thing to do is watch as they do the body inspection. The driver marks down any dings, dents or scratches on your car on the bill of lading before shipment. Once the driver fills out the bill of lading, he will give you a copy of the Bill of Laden form but, make sure it is legible.
Take Pictures of Your Vehicle
Ensure your car is clean before the inspection. Then, take pictures of your vehicle and the driver inspecting the car at the time of pick-up.
Check The Bill of Laden After Vehicle Delivery
Upon delivery check if the inspection at the pick-up matches the drop-off inspection. If you’re not personally receiving the car, you can share photos of the bill of lading with the person receiving it for you.
Mark Down Any Damages After Vehicle Delivery
In the case where your vehicle arrives after dark, meet the driver in a well-lit location to review your vehicle. Then, check if your car arrived in the same condition when collected. Endeavour to mark down any damage at delivery on the bill of lading to avoid unwanted expenses. Once the carrier leaves and you find any damage later, the car carriers cannot be held accountable.
For a safe and smooth transport experience, Metti International is your trusted and reliable auto shipping broker. At Metti International, we are committed to providing you with excellent customer service and exceptional auto transportation. We are a licensed and bonded car shipping broker with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
As a finalist for the “Torch Award Finalist” by the Better Business Bureau for Ethics (BBB), we are here to help ensure your car shipment goes smoothly. Call Metti International today at 866.620.1776 or request a quote online. You can also visit our website at www.mettiintl.com.