Car Shipping Paperwork

Is there paperwork when my vehicle is picked up?

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Yes, and it is very important!

The driver will complete a multi-part document called a Bill of Lading. A Bill of Lading is a standard legal document used in almost every form of shipping. The Bill of Lading serves many essential purposes throughout your vehicle shipment.

Purposes Of The Bill of Lading

Shipping Receipt

The Bill of Lading provides you and the carrier with a legal receipt of your vehicle shipment. So be sure to check that all of the details of your shipment are correct before you sign. Once completed and signed, it will also provide documentation that the carrier has taken custody of your vehicle for the purposes of shipping.

Receipt of Payment

Any payment made directly to the carrier is recorded on the Bill of Lading. It is rare to make a payment when your vehicle is picked up, as most payments to the carrier are made when your vehicle is delivered. However, if your circumstances warrant a payment when your vehicle is picked up, then the Bill of Lading will serve as your receipt of that payment.

Condition Report

The driver will walk around your car and note any condition issues that he sees, like scratches, dings, and dents. This initial inspection will be used throughout the shipping process as a record of your vehicle’s condition when it was picked up. The inspection portion of the Bill of Lading is the official documentation of your vehicle’s condition at the time of pick up.

Sample Car transport Bill of Lading
This is a sample document that contains standard elements of a car transport Bill of Lading. Individual carriers provide their own paperwork so the layout and verbiage may vary slightly from carrier to carrier.

Once the driver has completed the Bill of Lading, he will have you sign it. The driver will then give you one copy of the form. Be sure to keep your copy as it will be important when your vehicle is delivered. Using this initial inspection as a comparison tool at delivery will verify that your vehicle has arrived in the same condition as when it was picked up.

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